To all cherished readers, may your 2020 be full of good things, good health and much love.
Wexit now has a podcast! You can listen to what’s going on in the Wexit movement hosted by Peter Downing. The first episode was posted recently and includes Peter’s story and motivation for Wexit and a discussion with Eric Wall, co-founder and driving force in Wexit Saskatchewan.
This is a natural progression of the movement and really enables listeners to put a voice to Wexit. The Polite Separatist knows that while print is good, voice is better. Could the next progression be Wexit TV? Who knows? Multimedia is the key, the message has to be available to all who care about our future.
You can listen by going to: redriverpodcast.com
Highly recommended! And as a means of support, please consider donating to the Red River Podcast. Information on how is at the top of the podcast site.
The Polite Separatist had the pleasure of breaking bread with Mr. Lacey Adams, the WexitBC interim representative for North Vancouver Island. It was an informal affair at a local coffee house. But as the coffee was flowing, so was the discussion.
Lacey took great pains to thoroughly explain the movement and his part in it. They have assembled a temporary interim-executive of 7 volunteers. The upcoming weeks will see them form another, even better interim executive by the end of the year which will organize an AGM to kick off a permanent leadership selection process and candidate identification in all districts.
He was very optimistic about future support. North Vancouver Island is a largely blue collar area based on fishing, lumber, mining, light industry, tourism and agriculture. Many of these areas are in decline because of repressive legislation, market forces and interference by foreign controlled eco groups. The North Island shares many aspects of dissatisfaction found in the other Western provinces.
We are governed provincially by a party (Green Party) that holds 3 seats, essentially a tail wagging the dog. Federally we are governed by a government that is not only far away but they are equally far away on what drives BC. Eastern Canada regards BC as a post card, full of happy smiling First Nations people dancing in colorful costumes. Does anyone seriously think independence would be a bad thing for us? Do we think that British Columbians cannot handle their own affairs; it must be decided by Quebeckers in a city 3500 miles away?
I sincerely hope that North Island people will embrace the independence movement and give full support to people like Lacey Adams as time goes on. Town hall meetings are in the works for the coming year. It is time to stand up; stand up for your future, your families, your jobs, your freedom.
“It would be absurd for us to sacrifice our interests in order that laws may be made for us by a people who know little of our condition and wants, and who in fact must necessarily legislate for the greater number — the people of the Atlantic Provinces. It is dangerous to place ourselves at the disposal of superior numbers.”
“I believe, Sir, we are quite capable of making laws for ourselves.”
John Sebastian Helmcken, 1870
Best wishes to all, even if you’re not a separatist.
A message to all British Columbians.
Let’s start with a few recent headlines.
“B.C. forest industry facing uncertain future as mills close across province”
“100 homeless veterans on Vancouver streets is ‘shameful’: veterans affairs critic”
“BC Forestry deserves to be discussed in Ottawa”
“The B.C. carbon tax shows us why a national one is a bad idea”
“Body of homeless man found wrapped in rug near Kamloops dumpster”
“Trudeau Government Permit 2.8 Million NON-RESIDENTS To Vote In 2019 Election”
Are you better off today in BC? Do you feel that the future is bright for you and your kids? Do you think the Federal and Provincial governments have your best interests in mind? Do you feel like you have control, do you have a say? What value does your vote hold?
I’ll take the risk and say that a majority of British Columbians would answer these questions and more in the negative. Everyone has a beef, some real and some shallow but to each of us our observations are valid and the sense of helplessness can be very frustrating. Question is, what can you do about it?
A good question indeed!
The Polite Separatist had the pleasure of attending a meeting in Victoria recently hosted by Bill McElwain launching the Western Canada Independence Foundation. No, this is not a new party. It’s better than that.
“The foremost message is to encourage separation of the Western Provinces BC, AB, SK and possibly MB from the federal state of Canada and to demonstrate who best to form a meaningful provisional government that will succeed and not replicate the woes we seek to escape.”
The magic words are, “not replicate the woes we seek to escape”. This requires a most important thing, understanding. All too often we are told by various sources what we should have, not what we want. Many quasi-separatist parties have already drafted constitutions and are even discussing what flag to have! A prime example of putting the cart before the horse. If someone is on the fence about independence, what do you, dear reader; think the first impression will be? Reality tells us that nobody likes to be told what to do, so if you want to have effective change, let the people say what they want.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, without reliable, factual and realistic information, one is simply being led by the media and other people’s brain. One should be honest and ask, “Am I a sheep?”
What do you see as BC’s future? Are you a federalist or a secessionist? If you’re a federalist, how can one expect to pull confederation from the ashes? If you’re pro independence, what can you do to make it better for all? Think about it…seriously. We are at an impasse in Canada. It has become painfully obvious that the country is not only divided but that the contempt for the West and BC has become the soup du jour in central and eastern Canada. Just look at daily news reports to guide your thinking. It is a national emergency if a job in Quebec is in jeopardy but if 2000 British Columbians are out of work in one industry? Well, they’d better quit their bitching. By the way, Quebec has a budget surplus, isn’t that wonderful?
The West Coast.
Foreign controlled Eco NGOs have been hard at work ensuring the financial interests of foreign billionaires and unscrupulous countries are protected, much to the detriment of British Columbians. I won’t go into specifics, most readers are already aware, but here are a few things to mull over.
– It costs about 300 million dollars (plus equipment) to build a medium size hospital in BC.
– It costs about 15-20+ thousand dollars to obtain a degree in BC universities depending on program.
– It costs about 26 million dollars to build an average middle school in BC.
– Healthcare in BC costs over 21 billion per year (and rising).
– Oil and gas revenues in BC are about 1 billion dollars per year but could be as much as 3 to 4 billion.
– Stumpage fees bring about 1.1 billion dollars to the BC government coffers and are set to rise.
– The cost of contracting RCMP to police BC is more than having BC police.
– BC pays much more than it gets in Equalization. In 2019-2020 BC gets nothing.
– US based NGO like Tides Foundation and Leadnow take an active role in BC elections. But for who?
The list goes on and on but the question still remains; do you feel you have any control or input? Are you wishing to stay in Canada because your ancestors were Canadian? Let me give you an example; Czechoslovakia split into two countries, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Was history before the split totally annihilated like it never happened or do the two countries have a shared history?
History marches on, only as a citizen of an independent state you are in control of your future, not unknown elites some 3000 miles away.
At time of writing, far too many BC families are unemployed or wondering if they’ll keep their home and what the work opportunities will exist in the future for them and their families. This is unacceptable. The BC government creates temporary programs to ease the misery but does nothing to fix the problem. It’s like offering a Band-Aid to fix a broken leg. As for the Feds…crickets.
The Polite Separatist encourages you, dear reader, to think about this. Inform yourself, talk to your neighbours, friends and family. Take a look at our history; do you want more of the same?
“I feel perfectly sure, Sir, that if Confederation should come, bringing with it the Tariff of Canada, not only will the farmers be ruined, but our independence will be taken away; it will deprive our local industries of the protection now afforded them; and will inflict other burdens upon them; it will not free trade and commerce from the shackles which now bind them, and will deprive the Government of the power of regulating and encouraging those interests upon which the prosperity of the Colony depends.”
Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, 1874
It’s a call to action! Start with the Western Canadian Independence Foundation, get involved, support WexitBC.
Become your future!
There’s been much happening these days…
I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to address first. As the old Chinese curse goes; may you live in interesting times. We certainly are!
It’s not always good to be right. I’ve been saying all along that one who underestimates Liberals do so at their peril. Andrew Scheer took that to heart and underestimated the lengths that Trudeau and the Liberals were willing to go to win. Such is the path leading to second place.
Trudeau had four years to stack the deck and he did so admirably. He took down Canada’s borders, played favorites with minority groups changed laws to accommodate and invested deeply in the mainstream media. All Scheer did was promise more money in your pocket and an “energy corridor” across Canada. Judging from the eons old battle for reducing trade barriers between provinces, this would’ve likely been a non starter. Justin has more baggage than an airport but Sheer didn’t capitalize on any of it. Instead he allowed the Liberal media to paint him as a nasty homophobe because he doesn’t want to march in a parade. You can’t make this up.
Justin now has a large minority propped up by the NDP; if he wants to do anything at all he has to please Jagmeet. Note that the NDP’s stance on oil and the West makes Trudeau look like a “Rig Pig”. We can expect, as Premier Scott Moe said, “More of the same”. Expect the attacks to be intensified.
Premier Kenny’s United Conservative Party swept Alberta. Considering the damage Notley’s NDP did to Alberta in an effort to please Trudeau while appearing to support Alberta and the energy industry, a giraffe in a blue sweater could have won.
Kenny is a federalist through and through. It’s a precarious balancing act for him since a third of Albertans support independence and that support keeps increasing. He has to sit on both sides of the fence, no easy task! Although he tries hard, one has to wonder about chances for success against the Liberal/NDP/Green government. Newly appointed federal Minister Freeland, who self appointed herself as the “Minister of National Unity”, has visited Kenny and although she makes a nice front, her real purpose is to pacify the West so that Ottawa and the Laurentian Elites can get back to business. It’s the same old story with the addition of a red dress. “Be good Canadians (pat on the head), there, that’s better, now bend over.
Always bear in mind as this unfolds that there is a big difference between listening to reply and listening to understand. Actions will decide things.
WEXIT is here! Like it or not, Ottawa. I have asked Peter Downing for input into this blog entry, unfortunately he is rather busy. The movement has great momentum which for the moment is centered on Alberta. As The Polite Separatist has always said, it will start in Alberta, then Saskatchewan, then BC. Very large crowds have gathered for events in Calgary, Edmonton and elsewhere. It’s looking very good!
I’d like to say a few words about WEXITBC. First and foremost, kudos to the interim executive! Their work is very much appreciated. Now let me offer a bit of advice, if I may. As we have seen, the more the movement grows, the more scrutiny it comes under. Plus, there is no lack of people who desperately want this to fail. They will stoop to incredible lows to sink WEXIT in the eyes of the public. As such, optics are vitally important. If one wants to be respected and thought of as a credible professional representative of the movement, one has to look the part. Long unkept hair, thick beards and bad lighting are a no-no. You are being watched…always. Sorry, but there you have it. You’re out to inspire not to be comfy.
WEXITBC will have a much tougher row to hoe than WEXIT Alberta. Why? Because BC is the home of strong left wing forces that support NDP and Green Party policies that are in direct opposition to Western Canadian energy. BC is also home to large special interest groups, LGBT and so forth. All of these folks will have to be inspired to join us.
To paraphrase Premier Scott Moe, we are in for more of the same. Little Miss Red Dress will try hard to sugar coat the bitter pill to come but it will come. The UN has announced that the earth’s temperature will rise by over 3 percent by 2100, UNLESS governments triple their efforts now. Frankly, they can’t decide on how many genders there are, they can’t reliably predict the weather next week, but they are predicting the temperature 80 years from now? Really?
The sad thing is that Trudeau will take this as carved in stone and woe be unto any “deniers” out there. Expect more taxes on energy as he works hard to please the NDP and Greens and covets a temporary seat on the UN Security Council.
The situation is changing.
I haven’t written anything in the past few months so that I could observe the progress of our national election. If I were living in the Maritimes, Quebec or Ontario I might be jumping for joy. But alas, I am a Westerner and for us the writing is on the wall. This election was said to be about the fate of Canada’s unity. That fate is now certain.
Since we know that the best indicator of future performance is past performance, we can be sure that the decades long assault on the West, especially Alberta, will continue and in all likelihood will intensify. We can look forward to much higher taxes, much higher immigration without concern to Canada’s needs, a border that is little more than imaginary and incessant constitutional battles between Ottawa and Alberta in an effort to save what’s left of the energy industry.
This election reinforces over 100 years of eastern Canada deciding who governs Canada. Western votes, beyond locally, mean very little in the Canadian landscape. There is some truth in the old Liberal Party war room chant, “Screw the west, we’ll take the rest.”
So what now?
This is certainly a boost for Wexit. I do hope that they will take advantage of this turn of events, they must, as goes the old saying, strike while the iron is hot! The Polite Separatist sincerely hopes that all independence minded people in the West will rally to the cause and show unity of purpose because now more than ever, our time has come.
Always remember, you have the power to make a better future.
I’ve been watching history unfold before my eyes as Canada slowly falls into disarray. And although it’s course seems certain at time of writing, I thought I’d lay out some thoughts before things become a matter of record. You see, in our modern times, once an event passes it becomes forgotten by the average person. Oh, it may be a matter of concern or relief for a day or two but once the Monday morning alarm goes off it’s promptly shuffled to the back or our minds somewhere between picking up dog food and what’s on Netflix tonight.
Is this a callous view? Perhaps.
There is so much to talk about! I
hardly know where to start! Let’s begin with Alberta. Jason Kenny’s overwhelming
majority in toppling Rachel Notley was hardly surprising and is bound to raise
eyebrows in the coming days. And rightly so, he raises the possibility of
Alberta breaking away from Canada over pipelines and Alberta recourses. Who
knew there was a closet separatist in Jason Kenny? I don’t think so. Perhaps he
read some of my works on different forms of victory, but I’m not too sure he
will willingly pull the pin and actually declare a referendum on independence.
Perhaps if he does it will be because he is pushed into it. Kenny has been an
ardent federalist all his life, which will be put to the test in the next year.
I happened on to a CBC panel discussing this very matter. Now understand I don’t watch the CBC, much for the same reason I avoid stepping in dog poop. It was an accident. It was comprised of the usual CBC talking heads, Chantal Hebert, Andrew Coyne and the rest. The usual suspects. And they did not disappoint in casually brushing off the reality of impending Western Independence starting with Alberta. They implied that it was not based on fact, that Albertans are very much happy as Canadians. Albertans don’t mind being shafted by Ottawa and BC. You know, they are happy with a pat on the head while being told they are good Canadians. Unemployed Canadians, but that’s not a problem for Laurentian Elites. The level of condescending denial was just astounding. This, dear reader, is what your country thinks of you, presented by the state broadcaster and official propaganda arm of the Liberal Party.
Speaking of the Liberal Party…
At time of writing, the impresario of division, the head of the party hell bent on the end of Canada, the most elite of the elite, Justin Trudeau, has been making gaffs and insulting moves almost daily now. I really should write more about it but many more erudite people make a living on recounting Justin’s lunacy. It is common knowledge that since Trudeau lost his puppeteer, Gerry Butts, he is showing that he really is a vacuous bumbler.
Again, at time of writing, it appears that Saskatchewan has lost the court case by a split decision against the federal Carbon Tax. Is this surprising? However, Premier Moe has stated that the province will appeal to the Supreme Court. This as the Liberals revealed that before a nominee for judge or the Senate is appointed, he is checked against the list of party donors. Who is running the country? In whose interests?
Federal environment minister Catherine McKenna says the victory against Saskatchewan is a victory for the planet. The planet? Are Westerners so evil and disgusting that we threaten the very existence of the planet? The contempt for Westerners is not only tangible but increasing.
On to October!
If there is anything I’ve learned in life it’s that to underestimate the Liberals is not only foolish, it’s a death wish. Although Andrew Scheer is gaining in polls and Justin Trudeau keeps on giving reasons to punt him to the curb, the complacency in that comes with accepting what looks like an obvious fact can often lead to disaster.
According to the Angus Reid Institute, more than four-in-ten (44%) who voted for Trudeau’s party in 2015 now disapprove of the Prime Minister, and more than half (51%) now plan to vote for a party other than the Liberals – or are undecided. The question is whose party will they vote for?
There have been whispers that the NDP would be open to coalitions? If BC is an indication, that would be with Elizabeth May’s Green Party. That would make such a coalition the Official Opposition, a “Government in waiting” so to speak.
As we saw in the 2015 election, the Liberals are counting heavily on assistance from American supported and financed groups such as LeadNow, North99, Tides Foundation, 350.org, Forest Ethics and more, all of which conducted campaigns to vilify Harper’s Conservatives. They were greatly helped by Canada’s media who saw this as a wonderful way to return to the good old days of Liberal largess. And they were right! Justin has paid them off to the tune of 650 million dollars. Just two catches, the deserving recipients will be selected by a Liberal led and controlled committee and it doesn’t take effect until after the election (hint hint).
The Liberals have frustrated and stonewalled attempts to reduce or eliminate foreign interference in our elections, we can expect that the pro Liberal, anti Conservative vox populi will resume as we get closer to the election. Want proof? How many times lately have you read anything other than passing references on SNC-Lavelin or Jody Wilson-Raybould? Watch how the narrative has quietly shifted to “Scheer and White Nationalists” and “Scheer’s secret meetings with Big-Oil”.
It will get worse and more intense, count on it.
I try to keep these missives down to a reasonable level to avoid diatribes but there has been much happening and I haven’t written for some time. I am very interested in the thoughts and opinions of readers. Who knows? Together we may come up with something great. After all, according to Catherine McKenna, we Westerners are a threat to the very existence of the planet.
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?
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.