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It was The Best, and the Worst

Dave 07What was arguably the most important election in Canadian history is over, and with apologies to Mr. Dickens, it’s now the Best of Times and it’s the Worst of Times.

First, the Worst. Easy. Canadians are once again faced with the prospect of an “always drive in the left ditch” government led by the childlike tyrant, Justin Trudeau.

More Worst? The Liberals will have a minority government and will often need to be propped up by that reality challenged duo, Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May. They are are determined to shut down Canada’s largest export industry, and, at the same time, increase jobs, and also borrow for more goodies like a universal drug program. Perhaps they’re already, over-indulging beneficiaries of Mr. Trudeau’s legacy, legalized marijuana?

The Best of times? When newly elected Montréal Liberal MP and rabid anti-oil activist, Steven Guilbeault was asked about the Trans Mountain pipeline, he said that it was “a done deal” and that the Liberals were going to move on to other climate initiatives. I turned to Meritha and said: “That’s the most important utterance this evening”. It suggested to me that Trudeau probably does intend to go ahead with the TMX pipeline, and, if true, and admittedly that’s a big IF, they will have the support of the Conservatives. On TMX at least, Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh can go pound sand. The completion of Trans Mountain and the Keystone XL would have a major positive impact on Alberta’s economy.

The other Best is simply that the Liberals won. Ok, go douse your hair! Yes it’s a positive because that will be the catalyst – it’s already happening – that will ignite a serious separatist movement in the West. If you think Sheer would, or could have turned it around, the thought: “A triumph of hope over reality” comes to mind.

60% of the vote went to political parties that have vowed to shut down an industry which is a major driver of the Canadian economic activity, but happens to be located in the West. I don’t think the message to us from the rest of Canada could have been any clearer. We were flipped the bird.

As it is currently constituted, Canada is dysfunctional and is not fixable, and its Constitution virtually guarantees that it cannot be fixed unless we change the Constitution.

EqualizationSo the only possible way that Canada could be fixed is by the West emulating Québec and threatening to leave. Québec’s secession threats are serious but they’re not credible because they can’t afford to leave. Ours must be serious, and would be credible, because we can’t afford to stay.

So now what? First thing, our various separatist groups must unify. To lead, we must elect credible, serious, and moderate women and men who, in the words of Alexander Hamilton, one of the framers of the US Constitution, are committed to creating a … “good government from reflection and choice.”

We’ll then need a separatist party with provincial and federal branches. Eventually they must win governments in the West, and win a strong presence in the Canadian Parliament.

There must be a referendum on separation with a question that is legally and logically clear, and won by at least 60% of the vote. And then we must negotiate a place in Confederation similar to Québec’s, where the maximum possible autonomy is given to the West, and where it is equal to other regions in every respect.

If that is agreed to it would probably make sense for us to remain within Canada. But failing that, a major marketing campaign must be undertaken to explain our position to the world, and serious separation negotiations must be commenced.

To those who say it can’t be done, I’ll say this. At the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom, George Jonas awards dinner the other evening, JCCF President John Carpay, related that when he visited Poland in 1987, people constantly told him that under communism things never changed, wouldn’t change, and couldn’t change because the Communists were so entrenched. Two years later the Berlin Wall came down.

Remember that as we continue to examine Alberta and Saskatchewan’s future within, or without Canada.

For our grand-kids, and yours

I’m Dave Reesor

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The Art of the Sacrifice

dwr.jpgIn previous blogs and social media posts I have stated my belief that Canada cannot be fixed, and that the path to a better future for our descendants is for Alberta and Saskatchewan to leave Canada and form their own nation. That will take sacrifice. Many have agreed, but as expected, some  have questioned my motives, my sanity, and even my loyalty to Canada. I no longer am.

I’ve been thinking about Saskatchewan and Alberta’s subordinate place in Canada since I was a teenager in the late 1950s, but more intensely since the late 1960s when Pierre Trudeau made his assault on Alberta through the National Energy Program. That outrage fomented a small separatist movement, but many still believed that, “If we just had a Conservative government, we’d be okay”.

So after Trudeau we briefly got “Conservative” Joe Clark. Joe Who? you might ask, and probably just did. Then more Trudeau senior, followed briefly by Liberal, John Turner.

Then “we got a Conservative”, Brian Mulroney, and while he had a couple of very positive achievements including a free trade agreement with the US and Mexico, (NAFTA), and scrapping the hidden, and constantly rising manufacturer’s sales tax (MST), for the visible GST, Mulroney also gave a major service contract for Canada’s F-18 fighters, to Montréal based Bombardier, even though Winnipeg’s Bristol Aerospace had won the bid on both technology and price. Whether Liberal or Conservative governments, the West is not an equal within Canada.

Like the Liberals, Mulroney continued running deficits until mid the 1990s, and Canada faced bankruptcy.

JT and QueensSince 2015 we’ve been led by an individual who, by any measure, is the least qualified and most divisive Prime Minister Canada has ever had; one who is distinguished  by his narcissism and totalitarian tendencies and unrelenting silliness; and his undisguised disdain for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Given even the possibility that he could again be Prime Minister, it’s clear that Canada cannot be fixed, and if we don’t know that by now I’m not sure what it would take.

So we need a negotiating strategy, and some strategies initially take us away from our  goal. Regarding the ongoing US trade dispute with China, Donald Trump said: “Somebody had to take China on. This is something that had to be done. The only difference is I am doing it. China has been ripping this country off for 25 years, for longer than that and it’s about time whether it’s good for our country or bad for our country short term. Long term it’s imperative that somebody does this.”

That’s a strategy.

Canada can possibly be fixed, by coercion – the subject of my last blog,  Breast-feeding and the Art of the Deal – but the coercion must be based on a credible and moderate and serious Alberta/Saskatchewan separatist movement. And again, the best way to turbocharge such a separatist movement is for Justin Trudeau to be re-elected in October. That’s the sacrifice needed to make the deal. Does that mean I’m going to vote Liberal? Nope, my stomach couldn’t take it. I’m voting PPC, on principle.  I’m aware that they’ll lose.

If you honestly believe that a Conservative government can fix Canada, good luck.  But I’m reminded of Einstein’s dictum: Doing the same thing, over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. If you believe that a separatist movement is necessary, but after we get rid of Trudeau, that’s a triumph of hope over history. Conservative governments haven’t, and can’t, create permanent change.

Trudeau and his ilk are a problem for the rest of Canada to deal with, and they have the votes to fix it. But for Alberta and Saskatchewan separatists, a Trudeau re-election in October is the sacrifice, and catalyst, that is needed.

I feel nauseated.

I’m Dave Reesor

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