Canadian conservative journalist and co-founder of Alberta's Wildrose Party Link Byfield died of cancer on Saturday. He was 63.
Byfield's father, Ted, founded a magazine in the early 1970's called Alberta Report which Link would take over in the early '80s.
Alberta Report was socially conservative, but also emphasized a concept known as Western alienation. Simply put, the four Canadian western provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba provided a majority of Canada's natural resources, but their influence in Ottawa was negligble. The most notable example of this was Pierre Trudeau's National Energy Program which, among other things, established price controls on oil. Opposition to the National Energy Program in Alberta was crucial in bringing Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives to power in 1984.