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.