There appears to be much fear about independence. Naturally, the fear mongers amongst us do their best to foster this with loud lamentations that Canada will punish us, poverty will be rampant, our homes will be worthless and our institutions will collapse immediately among other nasty things like locust infestations and so on, draw your own vision of what would happen.
In other words, Armageddon!
Let’s look at facts, shall we? In previous posts we’ve discussed the mechanics of independence with a clear majority in accordance with the Clarity Act and other pertinent legislation. We’ve also looked at time scale, how long would it take? Relax, it most definitely not be immediate. But I think the real underlying question that perhaps has gone unasked is…
Could Western Canada be a real country?
For the answer we need to go back in time and then look around the world. There have been many successful and unsuccessful attempts to secede from the parent country all around the world and many are still ongoing and unresolved. So, what is a state?
The Montevideo Convention of 1933 declared that a region needs at minimum 4 things to be considered a state.
- A permanent population.
- A defined territory
- A government
- The capacity to enter into relations with other states.
But. It also needs.
- A clear majority.
- Respect for minorities.
- A viable, stable state.
- Agreed terms of separation.
In practice, these are hard to achieve.
So this, along with the Clarity Act, drives home the point that it is a long, drawn out and complex process. The most recent polls on the subject show that Alberta leads the way with support for independence sitting at about 30%, far from a clear majority. The other points are moot without a clear majority. You can see, dear reader, that much more work needs to be done and the most valuable asset is doggedness. The will to never give up and think long-term will be the game changer.
In the meantime, here are some recommendations from the Polite Separatist.
#1. Consolidate all existing group on social media into one for each province. Each province ticks in its own way. Potash is not a concern in BC. An environmentalist in the BC’s Lower Mainland gets incredibly riled that Alberta wants access to get oil to China. A farmer in Manitoba could not care less that BC salmon farms are a point of contention in Victoria. One, I repeat, ONE organization in each province. But where does that leave all the people running multiple groups?
#2. Use people for specific tasks. A leader of a group or multiple groups simply cannot do all the tasks required of such a large and complex movement by themselves. If, for example, the Prairie Freedom Party is the sole Saskatchewan independence movement, then the leaders and followers of other now defunct groups can be put to specific tasks such as fundraising, administration, membership, media and public affairs to name a few. Also, by narrowing the field and divesting responsibilities, the leader is free to LEAD.
#3. Be prepared. The Boy Scouts have it right. Do not worry about what happens in Ottawa or the provincial capital; business will go on without interruption there. Do not make the same mistake as the Bloc Québécois. When people realized their only existence was to scare politicians and nothing else, they were killed in the polls and are even now still trying to find a reason to exist. Build up the home base and be prepared for interference from outside and when it comes (and it will come) use it as a tool to further our aims.
And #4. Don’t lose sight of the aim and understand, in your heart of hearts, that this is a long road fraught with obstacles and danger. But only the reader can answer if the end is worth the trip.
It really is up to you, dear reader. Do what needs to be done or spend your time complaining from an armchair.
3 thoughts on “Do We Have What it Takes?”
THKS FOR THE INFO I,M NOT SURE THAT WE CAN SWING SEPERATION IMMEDIATLY BUT I AGREE IF WE KEEP KNAWING AT IT ONE GROUP AT A TIME AND BE PERSISTANT WE WILL GET THERE
Trudeau in bypassing parliment has committed an act of tyranny.
Tyranny should be more than enough reason to divorce from Ottawa.
Kinder Morgan transmountain pipeline approval has failed to follow the legal process.
Trudeau cannot approve it, it must be Parliament and only Parliament.
it is the law
Section 92(10) of the Constitution Act
“declared by the Parliament of Canada to be for the general Advantage of Canada”
Department of History,
“It alone is the judge as to whether or not a “work” is of “a general advantage (to) Canada.”
To legally override provincial powers of land management granted by the Constitution is a very big deal which is why approval is limited to parliament much the same as opening the Constitution.
As we see BC is not protected by the provisions in the Constitution Trudeau is ignoring with threats to cut off energy and federal transfer payments.. attempting to force the illegal approval to go ahead.
There is a simple reason Trudeau doesn’t want it to follow the constitutional process… they would have to put on record why it is in the interest of Canada. So far everything they have is either completely fabricated or stretched so far it might as well be a complete fabrication.
Gas prices won’t go down, they will go up as dilbet takes over the pipe trying to keep up to a 7 fold increase in tankers with only a 3 fold increase in product.
Losing $18 billion totally off the wall. The extra 500,000 will get world prices, about a half billion, not 18 because the US still wont be paying world price. As they are now an exporter they will probably be paying less than they are now.
Thousands of jobs, more like 50.
World class spill response is useless against dilbit, it doesn’t clean up.
Almost no risk. One spill and its a generational toxic zone and the west coast is over due for a mega quake.
The amount of revenue Alberta will get against the value of the coast is about as economically foolish as cutting down the rain forest so it wont rain as much.
The fabrications are embarrassingly bad, exposed through our parliamentary process they won’t prove the coast is less important than their fabrications, quite the opposite.
Thank you for your well thought out input. I believe young Mr. Trudeau is simply following the old axiom that through inaction, no action is required. He is perfectly content to jet off to various points around the world while leaving an extraordinarily complex and divisive issue to work itself out. He seems to liken it to the budget, it’ll balance itself!
It is a point of view that will be costly for all but him.