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Securities regulation is not the type of issue that triggers angry slogans, suitable for bumper stickers.

When Ottawa announced its latest attempt to cobble together a national regulator – without Alberta – there were no public protests, no calls to let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.

Still, the federal government’s aim for a new markets watchdog, and Alberta’s resistance to it, may be one vestige of the old East-West divide that can’t be bridged.

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