In 1936, Aberhart reluctantly granted an interview to the editor of the Financial Post. "We Albertans are the richest people in the world," he declared. "We have three billion tons of coal in this province. What do you pay for coal in Toronto? Ten dollars a ton? All right, if we were to capitalize our coal at $10, we'd have $30 billion. There are 700,000 people in Alberta, so figure it out for yourself how wealthy each Albertan would be if we capitalized our natural resources."
The editor promptly deflated Aberhart's argument by pointing out that, in Toronto, he paid fifty cents for a block of ice -- meaning that if the ten thousand Canadian Eskimos were to capitalize their own natural resources they would be far richer than Albertans!