Is Western Independence Ready?

Redneck Neanderthal racists are Western separatists. They are far right and have white nationalists in their midst. They don’t understand modern concepts of open borders, care of our fellow man, openness and tolerance of others no matter what they believe since separatists are all neo Nazis…

You’ll never know how hard that was for me to write because I know it isn’t true. Or is it?

We are told by the media that every time there is an assembly of Westerners protesting the murder of the oil industry, Justin Trudeau’s visit, unfair equalization or just wanting to become free of eastern domination our ranks are full of skin heads or worse. And when that doesn’t discourage they either wildly underestimate the crowd size or accuse us of being a violent bunch that is not representative of western Canadians. After all, everyone knows that “real” Canadians love Canada and support our Liberal government, right? We all know that simply by voting Conservative all our problems will be solved and we’ll be equals in confederation, right? Of course we all know that it is positively un-Canadian to speak badly of Quebec and about our dislike unchecked illegal immigration. Oops! Did I say illegal? I surely meant to say “irregular”.

We are in a critical juncture in the independence movement. In fact so critical that it may spell the end of the movement all together. What is it, you may ask? Well, it’s actually a bunch of things, some mundane, some insane, some internal, some external. Some will sound like a rehashing of old issues, some we’d rather not talk about.

It is a given that every movement must endure a certain amount of internal and external torture and bloodletting before emerging as a finished product. It’s like sharpening a knife. In the sharpening process it’s inevitable that unwanted metal is cast aside in order to make a keen edge.

Where to start…

Let’s go external first.

According to the Edmonton Journal,

“Stupid, stupid Albertans. So out of touch with the rest of the country. Live and die by your federal conservative mentality. The ‘blue wave’ is isolated and dead and only two supporting provinces share the legacy of ignoring change. Now we all suffer for your ignorance. Shame on you.”

According to VICE,

“There is a persistent belief among many of the separatists that no one outside this in-group of “real Albertans” should get any say in daily life here. Alberta belongs to the True Albertan (presumably, a white dude riding a horse around a farm or a giant truck around the oil sands) and everybody else—Eastern Bastards, First Nations, immigrants, leftists, and Muslims—can get fucked. What can we say? Here in God’s Country, the right leans white.”

And then of course, there’s the National Post headline,

“Why Alberta separatism is the dumbest political movement in Canada today”

Says it all, doesn’t it?

And this is just a sampling of what we are up against. We are not taken seriously but constantly watched for signs of whatever “ism” can be applied to us, real or not. We seem to attract an inordinate amount of scrutiny for something so inconsequential and laughable. As Western Separatists it is important, nay vital, that we are always on guard to those forces observing and reporting on us. Contrary to popular belief, they are not our friends!

So why do we give them ammunition to fire at us?

And internally,

This is perhaps the more difficult issue to address. There is so much internal squabbling between the various groups that I just don’t know where to start. Let’s just use as a starting point that everyone wants independence for the West in general but these days for Alberta in particular. From here on the road branches out in different directions and under different influences.

A disclaimer! Much of what I say here is second or third hand information, some substantiated and some not. I leave it to you, dear reader, to sort this out in your mind. My intention here is to show that just before a provincial election, confusion reigns supreme and there is much ammunition for our foes to pick from. Now if I were watching from the outside….

The RCMP and CSIS are watching. Part of their responsibilities is to protect Canada against destructive forces from outside and inside the country. Separation for the West from Canada by organized groups? Sounds fishy better keep an eye on them and make sure they don’t get too far. Check √

One leader has been publicly open to discussing personal family issues that have been rectified and no longer pose a problem…or so he thinks! We all know that the more uncompromising and perhaps nefarious amongst us simply will not allow that to stand! Internal finger pointing and nastiness.  Check √

Rather dark forces of intolerance have made some inroads into the movement. Leaders assure us that this is not the spirit of the cause and they don’t represent the party/group/movement. Denying publicly without public action equals mistrust in the public. Check √

Refusal to accept all into the movement. “I don’t want those (insert race/ sexual preference/ religion/ colour/ origin here). This movement is for real Westerners! Whatever that is…  Time travelers to 1958 simply cannot deal with issues in 2019.  Check √

Refusal to join in a common front to achieve independence for all. Fragmentation. Check √

Turf wars between individuals within the same group or party not staying on message. This shows poor leadership and control. Check √

Well? You do see what I’m saying, right? We are simply not yet ready for prime time. Sure, the goal is good and right but the packaging is shoddy and the food unpalatable.  We are not a threat to Canada, no matter what we think. It’s more than just needing a leader, it’s needing a common mindset.

Alberta Independence Party

I lived in Calgary for about eleven years, Edmonton for 5. My Mom and sister live in Calgary. Alberta holds a special place in my being. I lived through Pierre Trudeau’s National Energy Program and knew of people who lost their jobs, their homes, their families and more. We are now suffering through yet another Trudeau and if some polls are to be believed, he may have another term. Although I now live on Vancouver Island, I go back to Alberta at least several times a year. There’s no place like it.

As The Polite Separatist, I am often approached to give my take on various things as they apply to Western independence. Sometimes it’s a positive comment, sometimes not, but always appreciated as it broadens my view of situations facing Westerners today, be it political, social, logistical or as a prognosticator (crystal ball time).  Many times I feel I can give an honest assessment because I am familiar with the issue in question. Other times I am not quite sure but will give it a good stab. On occasion I am just plain wrong but thankfully I am usually the first to admit it. Being wrong is always a good opportunity to learn and hopefully not make the same mistake again.

I’ve been asked to speak about the Alberta Independence Party which is fielding candidates in the upcoming Alberta provincial elections. Everyone knows the NDP simply has to go, it’s a given. No party has done so much harm to a place with so much going for it since…well, ever!

The AIP espouses an uncompromising commitment to Alberta independence. Of course many groups do but I don’t think I have seen many with an organizational edge that they do. The Interim Party Leader, David Bjorkman, has a solid team that is well organized along the areas of specialization required to mount a serious political endeavor. I have long said that independence cannot be achieved via a one man show. It takes many to cover all the tasks and responsibilities that lend credibility to a party.

A good look at the AIP policy platform reveals something for everyone and is balanced in its approach. How long it will take to bring about these changes is anyone’s guess. Naturally, a successful election run followed by an equally successful referendum is the prerequisite to independence.

So, am I endorsing the AIP? Good question indeed! Independence has to have a starting point and of the groups I have seen in Alberta, the AIP looks to be better prepared than the rest of the field and that in itself is its own endorsement.

They need candidates in the Calgary ridings! ALL hands to action stations! Now is the time, it always has been but now the future is calling to you. If you can be a person of action with the desire to make Alberta a place where others aspire to be like. If you really care about the future of our descendants. If you want to contribute instead of allowing others to make your future without your say… Then perhaps you are the one that is needed to bring Calgary into the an independent future.

Give it a good look, the website is, https://albertaindependence.ca/

The time is now. Are you up to it?

Are you for real? Part 2

Just a quick followup on my last post. After a week, there have been exactly 4, yes four, replies saying they would attend such a meeting.

Well, 5 if you count me.

So let’s just say the question has been answered quite plainly and move on. The offer is withdrawn, I’ll leave the bun fights and turf wars to carry on and it looks like a mighty portion of the 40 thousand supporters on over 22 Facebook groups are largely tepid air.

I do hope independence comes in my lifetime but at this point I seriously doubt it. I noticed some lamentations on the Yellow Vest group that nobody shows up to protest how Canada is going. Well, maybe people don’t really care or perhaps they don’t want to have to do anything…or maybe it’s just the weather.

I am going to take a break for a while. Have fun all! Enjoy the internet!

Are you for real?

I don’t have Veteran’s plates on my truck or my car. I don’t wear anything that identifies me as a veteran. I am often asked why. Am I not proud of my service? 27 years in the Army, isn’t that something to brag about?

No. Not because I am not proud or that my service was any more or less than any other vet. I have my share of aches, pains and memories, some that make me smile and some that wake me at night. I don’t indulge in any of the visual signs because what? Because I know who I am and for me, that’s what’s important. I suppose that statement might not sit well with some and they are indeed entitled to their opinion but this is a personal choice.

A choice.

At some points in our lives we must all make a choice of some form or another. Some are as simple as what drink to have or clothes to wear. Some are complicated and some are life altering. It’s choices like these that have the deepest consequences.

I’ve spoken about the confusing array of groups and figures all purporting to be in favour of Western independence. Some have indulged in fights amongst themselves over names, territory, authority, money, who speaks for what and who. And surrounding this are, if Facebook groups are to be believed, tens of thousands of people who simply want to know what is going on and want to see tangible progress. You know, things they can point to in real life and say, “Look at that! It’s really happening!”

So far, they can only point to media talking heads that pay lip service to “western discontent” and the extraordinarily rare politician who includes independence as a threat in his platform. Although commendable that any politicians might speak of it with a semblance of sincerity, it shows very little to the common man wanting to be free.

It’s time to be serious and start. This is not a proposal; it is a call to action. I ask for tangible commitment not words.

I am not asking to lead anything, I am asking to facilitate and where necessary, arbitrate. We must provide a tangible, united front for all to see and we need to do it soon. Here is what I would like to see…

A weekend meeting in Medicine Hat, Alberta at a hotel with conference facilities. Participants would arrive the Friday and leave Sunday evening or Monday morning. Why Medicine Hat? Because it is well located between eastern BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. But more importantly because nearly all of the participants will be inconvenienced to attend. Nothing builds a team spirit like a little adversity.

What are the aims? Very simply, to emerge as a united front with common purpose, mutual support and an organizational framework. This will require some discussion, cussing, suggestions and voting. All of which is well within our capabilities. Near the end, the media will be allowed to cover our efforts and with any luck at all, they will give us the positive exposure we need to be taken seriously.

When? Mid April is a good time. Off season rates, reasonable weather, and the days are longer than 10 minutes.

I will need a few volunteers to help, especially if they live in Medicine Hat.

Cost? Ah therein lies the rub. Participants will be required to pay for their own expenses such as travel, meals, hotel, and incidentals. And all participants will be required to provide a set amount per person to pay for conference facilities and any expenses that may arise from it. I don’t expect this to be a huge amount. Consider it as admission to a show where you are a cast member (hopefully not a drama).

So, are you for real? Do you have what it takes to be a founding father? Can we do it?

I am asking for names and agenda items. Those that will attend and if you can volunteer let me know when you email. The list will be kept confidential as we must keep in mind that we are being watched. The email address is:

ourwesternfuture@gmail.com

Submissions will be accepted until the end of January. At that point we’ll see what comes next.

Well….nobody

A gentleman made comment on a Facebook post regarding Brett Wilson and his take on Trudeau and how the West is treated. His comment was,”Who is in charge of separating into a western Canada?”

A great question indeed! But is there an answer? Sadly, at present the answer is still nobody.

Still? Yes, still.

There are many notable names in the separatist realm; among the more notable are Larry Smith, Neil Fenske, Jake Wall, Jean Truffaut and a host of others. All are committed and sincere in their belief that the West should, and dare I say must, become independent of the lunatic asylum called Canada in order to ensure a secure future for all future Westerners. From my perch, it appears that where they often differ is in the mechanics of independence.  Each has their own approach and tends to emphasize the differences in approach rather than the commonality of cause.This is, to say the least, the worst possible way to run a movement or advance a cause. Why, you might ask? Because, perception is everything. How can a solid idea like Western Independence impress the common person if all they see is division within the ranks?

When Preston Manning declared, “The West Wants In”, he was a singular voice. And although there were likely differing opinions on how things should go, in public they sang the same tune. In a past post I asked, “Where is our Moses?”. I would settle for a Preston.

 Ah, but now dear reader, you’re probably asking, “Why doesn’t the Polite Separatist put his money where his mouth is and jump to the forefront? Well, there are a few reasons… First, at my age I don’t have the energy or stamina to do it. Second, due to past injuries, my physical condition precludes it. Third, as a young man I was a bit on the wild side and can’t draw on my Boy Scout history for inspiration. And lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I have a face made for radio and print.  The last point explains the posts. We do what we can do, but the point is that we do!

So where does that leave us? As we are stuck dealing with arguably the most one-sided, regressive legislation ever to grace the law books of Canada, the Clarity Act, a law more fitting the Venezuelan dictator Maduro than a modern parliamentary democracy like Canada; we have little choice other than individual provincial referendums. But beyond that there must be a larger body that can speak for all groups in all Western provinces. In my estimation, it would have these aims:

1. To promote Independence in all Western provinces with emphasis on the common, national issues such as poor representation in government, regressive legislation, the attitudes of the east towards the West,the history of theft of Western resources, etc.

2. Education of the Western peoples. There is still a commonly held belief that Canada will draw all money from the West and shut us down should we dare to separate or even try! Dispel the idea that independence would happen in seconds when in actual fact it would take years, in the short term nothing changes! Call out the fear mongers and challenge the propaganda.

3. Support each provincial sub group. Yes, sub group.Because the whole must stand with each part and the whole cannot be done alone.  I would submit that the end game must be viewed as the goal with each provincial referendum a part of the endgame. One group per province following a National master plan and direction.This will reduce and hopefully eliminate grudge matches and turf wars.

4. Allocate resources and people to where it can make the most difference. A national group would be comprised of members from all Western provinces. In fact, it would be a nucleus for a future government!

5. Speak on the national stage. Pretty self explanatory.

Of course there are more things involved but the idea remains, a central entity and voice to coordinate the provincial efforts. Note that the Partie Quebecois has representatives throughout Quebec, but when it comes time to speak to the media there is one voice. The same can be said for provincial parties of all stripes. It’s called discipline. One cannot always agree with how things are done but to keep the goal going forward there has to be a singularity of purpose.

Recent polls state that some 76% of Western Canadians feel that there is a “unique Western Canadian identity”, that’s 3 out of four. According to Angus Reid, two thirds of Western Canadians oppose the Carbon Tax. And while most Canadians 65 or older feel a “deep attachment”to Canada; this shrinks to less than half (45%) in the 18-24 bracket. That elder group is aging and dwindling; making the younger demographic the ones to convince.  Why isn’t this part of planning for independence?

 Lastly, let me take my crystal ball out and give it a read…

Independence will never, ever happen….NEVER.  Unless steps are taken to make it a credible united force. I’m not sure that this will occur given the present circumstances and players. Time to bury hatchets, make up, look for common objectives, plan and support each other.

Of course we can always continue to grit our teeth and complain on face book. It’s like peeing yourself in a dark suit, feels good and warm but nobody notices.

And that’s why Western separatists are not taken seriously, even by Westerners.

Watching…

Watching

Our Prime Minister was in Calgary recently and the western welcome he got was so reminiscent of past visits by his dad. Well over a thousand people showed up to let him know exactly what the West thinks and he was quite taken aback by the less than cordial welcome. What? No good selfie opportunities?

I suspect there were stern words for his handlers when he got back to Ottawa. He wasted the day in Calgary cranking out the same tired, meaningless platitudes to business leaders and anyone that would listen. It wasn’t a pretty sight. One would think he’s gotten the message by now, but never fear, Justin Trudeau never gives the West a moment’s thought unless he’s planning a ski holiday in Whistler.

And then, as if he couldn’t possibly do worse, he declares that he will sign the Global Compact for Migration, essentially handing over Canada’s borders to the unelected UN. You know, the UN, where despots and dictators run such things as the UN Human Rights Council, with such exemplary members like Afghanistan, Angola, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, Pakistan, Rwanda, among others.

But he really has nothing much to fear, certainly not from Albertans or any Westerners for that matter. He has the next election covered. It’s in the proverbial bag. Here’s why.

The East.

The Liberals are still strong where it matters, that being the Maritimes, Quebec and parts of Ontario. They can be expected to vote pretty much as they did in 2015.

The Media

Well, what can I say that hasn’t been more eloquently said? The media has allowed itself to be bought by the Liberals to the tune of 600 million dollars. Evidence of what that buys is not hard to find in recent headlines where the Global Compact for Migration is heralded as a wonderful thing for Canada. After all, we are the “first post national state”, aren’t we? And it is non-binding so there’s nothing to fret about. That is…until you read it.

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Americans

The US under Trump is fiercely protectionist and his “America First” policies usually mean Canada second or even Canada third when Mexico is counted. Our Foreign Minister, who likes to appear at negotiations and official events like she’s ready to zip to the singles club right after, has negotiated an agreement that simply proves the Liberals are neither adept nor interested in representing the interests of Canada.  We can expect to see more repercussions of this disaster in the future. GM anyone?

Max

Maxime Bernier’s PPC (People’s Party of Canada) is full of contradictions. I must admit that I have admired Bernier since I met him in Nanaimo several years ago. And many of the ideas he proposes are actually well thought out and badly needed in Canada. However his sense of timing is so far off one can only surmise that he is secretly employed by the Liberal Party. At time of writing, he now has representation in about 2/3 of ridings in Canada. This indicates solid interest in his proposals, mainly from disgruntled Conservatives who see Mr. Scheer as a soft target for Trudeau. I don’t think the PPC will make much headway in electing MPs but enough votes will be taken from the Conservatives to ensure another term for Justin Trudeau.

Immigrant voting

Liberals, or “progressives”, despite all their sanctimonious talk of standing up for democracy, are probably the most devious and underhanded group in Canada.  Why would Justin Trudeau open Canada’s borders to illegals? Why would he revise voting rules so that virtually anyone can vote? Why would Justin sign a document that vaporizes Canada’s borders?

I sincerely hope that I am very much wrong in my ramblings. But as I see it from my perch, observing the folly of the world and Canada in particular, it is more than ever looking like the West must make some headway towards saving ourselves from this quagmire called Canada.

Think about it.

DIVORCE AGREEMENT

I saw this on Face Book and although it’s not anywhere near how things would be done to create an independent West, the sentiment speaks volumes and has to be shared. I just wish I knew who the author is in order to give appropriate credit.
“Dear Canadian liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Castro supporters, et al:

We have stuck together for 150 years for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of Canada cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

HERE IS OUR SEPARATION AGREEMENT:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. We will settle for less landmass if we get the right portion, which must include Alberta & Saskatchewan.
That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy given the favouritism divide. Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
–We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You can also keep the Carbon Tax.

–You are welcome to the liberal judges, CUPE and UNIFOR.

–Since you hate guns, and war, we’ll take our firearms, the police, and the military.
–We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and the coal mines, and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.

–You can keep Butts, Barbie,  Shannon & Suzuki. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all four of them.

–We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, the farmers, Wal-Mart and the TSE.

–You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food vouchers, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.

–We’ll keep the greedy CEO’s and rednecks.

–You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to help invade and hammer places that threaten us.

–You can have the peaceniks, the pipeline and war protesters, and anti-everything economically beneficial crowd.

— When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide security.

–We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.

–You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, peoplekind, political correctness and Mr Dress Up. You can also have our share of the U.N. We will no longer be paying any part of that bill.

–We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt, Tesla and Leaf you can find.

–You can give everyone free and regulated everything healthcare…. if you can find any practicing doctors.

–We’ll keep “God Save the Queen” and “The Old National Anthem words.”

–I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine” or “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, with “Kumbaya” or “We Are the World”.

–We’ll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

–Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our language, the war memorials and the Queens picture.

Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberals and socialists. And if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you might think about which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,

An Anonymous Law Student

P.S. Also, please only invite Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Martin & Charlie Sheen, Michael Moore, Barbara Streisand, and Hanoi Jane Fonda to your portion of landmass.

P.P.S. And you won’t have to press 1 for English when you call our country.
Let’s Keep This Going, Maybe Some Of It Will Start Sinking in.”

Just Golden….

 

What does Canada Have to Lose?

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I haven’t written for a while. I was navigating through some health issues and that took quite a bit of time but it gave me an opportunity to stop and watch. One should always take these rare opportunities as they arise and, if at all possible, savour them and take plenty of notes.

Across Canada, I have seen things that cause both alarm and confidence in this Western Separatist. In Victoria a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald was taken down over the shame he represents to the more sensitive amongst us. At other places statues of Sir John have been drenched in red paint. Our government has done nothing to address this, at least nothing worth mentioning.

The tanker ban is still in effect on the BC coast and efforts are in steady progression to ensure the Western economy suffers as much as possible. To say Ottawa has deaf ears to the sufferings of Western Canadians is an understatement. We must be punished as much as possible for not supporting the Trudeau Liberals.

Justin Trudeau and his Liberals still hold sway in eastern Canada and the Maritimes. If polls are to be believed he will, at the very least, have a diminished majority government in the next election.  The West will in all probability give him the same support as in 2015, prompting a new round of punishments. At time of writing Andrew Scheer has failed to energize his presence on the national stage and although he appears capable, today’s voters are more responsive to glamour socks and special interest group parades than good old fashion ability. Add to the mix Maxime Bernier’s PPC and we now have a scenario where Trudeau enjoys votes from the east, a split right and changes to the Canada Elections Act which will permit anyone, citizen or not, to vote in our Federal Elections virtually unquestioned. Now we know why the Canadian border was effectively dissolved by Trudeau and his support for United Nations open borders policies. He is building an implicit “Liberal forever” state. And what’s even more alarming is the media’s submissive fawning of Trudeau and the Liberal plan.

It’s a progressive’s dream come true and no one can stop it.

So what does this mean to us? We are fighting for independence from a rapidly decaying country called Canada. And we are hoping to do it as quickly as we can. But as it may appear that one of the main arguments against independence, the historical development of Canada, also known as “it’s always been this way” or “my Canada has always included the west”, simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny nor is it a defensible argument.

In recent years, Canada has been marching lockstep behind the calamitous divisions going on in the United States. It seems that Canada, being the junior partner in what is North America, is repeating US happenings at a slower pace. Our pace may be slower but the results are the same. We are now at the stage where we are actively rewriting or discarding Canadian history. Once highly regarded politicians including the father of our country are now regarded as blood thirsty evil doers. Even the Prime Ministers on our currency are being replaced with more “inclusive” figures that while deserving of recognition in their own right, are not of a real national standing. More and more of what makes up a country, national pride, history, traditions, patriotism and a sense of community are being replaced with shame of our past, constant apologies based on applying today’s standards to yesterday’s events, ignorance of the importance of borders, catering to minorities and special interests over the well being of the majority, and a media that finds fault in anything that doesn’t affirm the accepted progressive world view. Our schools are no longer centres of learning and innovation; they have become indoctrination centres spreading hatred for anything not conforming to an ideology that for many decades Canadians stood against. Now anyone not following a “utopian” vision is denigrated and slandered. Many people have been ruined for not thinking correctly. Shades of 1984!

Soon…sooner than we think, Western Canada will have enough discontent and malaise to take the leap to independence, at least I sincerely hope so. But one thing is clear, the divisive state of Canada and the continued assault on the West’s economy and citizens cannot continue to a good end for Canada. At some point it will break.

But what about Canada and how the West is a valued part of Canada? At the rate Canada is committing hara-kiri what can the future hold? Canada is not even willing to defend its own history and is espousing the globalist view over national patriotism. This is a trait not generally shared by Westerners who are fiercely proud of their lands and the blood, sweat and tears that got it where it is. Canada has nothing to lose since it doesn’t even care about itself.

But we have everything to gain.

To BC or not to BC, that is the question.

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There are those amongst us that are pretty riled at the prospect of British Columbia being a part of an independent West. Among the reasons heard are that there are too many differences, too many leftists, too many of “those” people.  Of course there are the usual handles, granola crunchers, tree huggers, hippies, leftoids, etc, etc, etc. And those are the kind ones! Another comment I hear with regards to BC and an Independent West is, “Turn off the taps, that’ll teach’em.”

 

Really?

It would go without saying that it takes all kinds to make a country, to think otherwise would not only be narrow of thought but self defeating if one is truly serious about building a country. If a neighbour came up to you and asked to join you in an enterprise, do you think he would be as willing if he was greeted with, “First I have to teach you a lesson then I’ll watch you like a hawk you son of a —–.” I’m sure your neighbour would be a bit put off, right?

At present, there is much angst and commotion going on over the former Kinder Morgan pipeline, now owned by taxpayers. Lawsuits are flying and tempers are boiling to the point where the real issues and causes have been desiccated to “us and them”. So let’s look at what’s really going on, shall we?

To understand and get a real perspective on the friction between provinces and how this is meaningful to our ambitious project called independence, we have to look at the parts of the issue separately then as a whole.

Nationally, we have a government led by a Prime Minister that has been put in office through the machinations of outside money and dishonest representation in the media. He is reminiscent of Barack Obama, who got the Nobel Peace Prize for?  And whose previous accomplishments were scant to say the least. Justin Trudeau was elected based on his name, nice hair and his ability to woo tourists and take selfies.  A great amount of foreign capital went into demeaning Harper and promoting Trudeau, money that was funneled into the election via 3rd party advertising, much of which provided by individuals that stand to profit by stifling Canada’s energy sector. Trudeau is owned, period. As such he has the unenviable task of appearing to support the oil industry while actually destroying it.

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Alberta made the unwise choice of electing an NDP government in order to show the Conservatives that they’d better watch out! It’s much like saying, “Look, I don’t want you to walk like you did before again so I’ll just break your legs…but I don’t really mean it.” Then everyone was aghast that an NDP government was in power! Make sense?

Now it worked out that Alberta committed hara-kiri just at the right time since Trudeau now had an ally in Edmonton that also needed to look like she cared but really hoped Trudeau would get his way and oil would be dead. But to be fair, the NDP is more like a willing accomplice than a paid hit man.

Now we get to British Columbia.

British Columbia took a page from the Alberta playbook and hoped to teach the rascals in power a lesson! So what did they do? Elected an NDP government.  But wait, there’s more! Not to be outdone by Alberta, BC got a coalition government, how European!

And the coalition means that if John Horgan wants to sit in the Premier’s chair he has to do the bidding of the Greens. And so BC is essentially governed by a party holding 3 seats. My, how the masses have spoken!

And so my dear reader, we can see that although one might opt to vent about us and them, in fact it is a matter of us and us. There are so many similarities that it is simply remarkable. Can anyone dispute this?

To build a country we need to look ahead as one people. And this “one people” includes right, left, old, young, gay, straight, all the colours you can think of, religions of all sorts. All fighting for the common good, to become Western Canadians in a country where everyone is equal under the law, free from foreign interference and enjoying the benefits and responsibility of making life better for all.

It’s a tall order but I do think we’re up to it.

But achieving such a thing requires a start point. A point at which we show our neighbours that not only are we serious about independence, but that we talk the talk and walk the walk. If we don’t all we are doing is parroting the divisive doctrine of Trudeau and his ilk. And if that’s the way it is then we are doomed from the start.

Can it be done?

 

Is all this good?

I have been laying low these days waiting for the outcome of the unenviable pipeline fiasco currently gripping the nation. Oh my, says the Polite Separatist, the American backers of the protest groups must be laughing themselves into a tizzy as they see the fruit of their labour come about. BC fights Alberta, Trudeau backs the pro and anti pipeline movements at the same time and Canada is falling to pieces. Not bad for a few millions invested in the right places and paid to the right people.

And just like the pipeline debacle, the separatist sphere is also seeing upheaval. And it’s getting so that one can’t tell the players without a program!

WIPA, WIPBC, WIPMan, Saskatchewan Separation Party, Separation of Alberta from the Liberal East, Alberta Independence Movement, Yukon/NWT Independence Movement, Canadian West Independence, The Republic of Western Canada, Alberta Independence Movement, WIP-SK, Western Canada Separation, Constitutional Republic of West Canada, Coalition for Separation of Western Canada, Canadian Secessionist Movement, Westcanada Separatist Group Rally Page, The Western Freedom Alliance…Did I miss any?

Now, to be fair, some attempts have been made to rally the troops under one banner in Facebook but success is somewhat dubious beyond nice logos and bold talk. It is largely the same situation that makes enemies of independence dance with delight. Fragmentation is the enemy, more than those who fight us because fragmentation saves them sweat and hard work. In effect we are doing their job for them.

I’ve said it before and I say it again. Concentrated effort, with definite roles assigned to each group, to focus like a laser point on one province, one with the highest likelihood of success, will take the day. The other Western provinces will follow.

Horgan

Now, back to pipelines. John Horgan, the Premier of BC, is firmly stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place. He can remain as premier so long as he placates the radical Green Party and they are deadly opposed to any form of fossil fuels, progress, pipelines and perhaps even Dilithium Crystals from Star Trek. He must oppose, even though a consistent 60% of the population of BC are in favour of the pipeline, in order to keep the Greens happy so he can sit in the Premier’s chair. It is a prime example that amply illustrates the lack of moral turpitude and the lengths he is prepared to go to curry favour. He knows that to stand up for the majority and the economy of BC would mean an immediate election. And more, he knows he would lose.

For British Columbians, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, knowing that their province and their economic future rest with a political party that has three seats and 16% of the votes.

And so poor John Horgan has to do the bidding of the Greens, Tides Canada, George Soros, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Greenpeace, Pembina Institute, Environmental Defence, David Suzuki, the Sisu Institute and some 50 other anti-oil groups. Anti-pipeline activists say they’re protesting pipelines to “keep oil in the ground.” And yet, against Texas, where oil production has doubled, or California, or the Gulf coast or Alaskan oil fields there are no multi-million-dollar campaigns.

Poor John has to jump to their music but not to the clear majority of British Columbians. It seems that every new generation of British Columbians have to relearn that lesson of the folly of having an NDP government.

So what does all this mean to Western independence?

In the short run, not much beyond anger and frustration. But it does serve to show that as our time gets nearer and people become more attuned to the idea of the West as a country in its own right, great care must be taken to ensure all voices carry equal weight with one notable exception, that being foreign interference either directly or indirectly in our internal affairs. And that will be a tough thing to do since foreign interference is so pervasive in Canadian internal affairs that it will require extensive legislation and tough enforcement to make sure Western Canada alone decides its destiny. In “A Better Way” I propose a system of referendums to address this and make sure the voice of the people alone influence government.

Canada is slowly self destructing. It is incumbent on all of us to learn the valuable lessons of its decline in order to build a better tomorrow in an independent West.