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A critical day for this century.

dwr.jpgNo, that’s not an exaggeration. Today is that critical day because it’s the last day that you can buy a membership in the Conservative Party of Canada, and you need that membership to be able to vote on a new leader in August. And that vote will hopefully set a new direction for Canada, and particularly Alberta and Saskatchewan, for the rest of this century.

There is no question that for the last 60 years, Canada has been a declining power. In World Wars I and II, Canada punched well above its weight, and gained enormous respect internationally. Even in the1950 – 1953 Korean War, 700 Canadians successfully fought off 5000 Chinese Communist soldiers at the battle of Kapyong Valley. Without the heroes of Kapyong, Seoul may well have been recaptured and Kim Jong Un would now be running all of Korea and being an even bigger menace than he is now. And in 1957 Canadian diplomacy was instrumental in heading off a major conflict involving Egypt and the Communist world, and Israel, the United States, Great Britain and France.

JT ClownBut since then Canada has drifted into increasing irrelevancy until we’ve  arrived at the point where Canada’s Prime Minister is regarded, by serious people, as an un-serious clown on the world stage. Unless there is a Conservative Party of Canada win in the next federal election, the downward slide will continue.

Even if you’re a western separatist, as I am, we are going to be stuck within Canada for the next ten to fifteen years, and, be beside Canada thereafter. Considering the amount of damage the Liberal government has done to us in the last four years,  I shudder to think of what they could do to us with another eight or ten years. It’s critically important to the West that they are turfed from office at the earliest possible opportunity.

Today, Friday, May 15 is the last day that you can buy a membership in the Conservative Party of Canada, and without that membership you cannot vote for the next leader. And the next Conservative leader is going to be critical to Canada and to Albertans, including separatists. I’m sure you’re aware that we’ll have a choice of four leaders, but that’s for after today, until August 21. Today, if you don’t already have a membership you can get one here.

And if you can’t get around to it, allow me to be a bit blunt. If you don’t like the result after the next federal election will you promise not to complain about it?

But, if you agree that our descendant’s future hangs on the next election, please forward this to your entire email list.

I’m Dave Reesor

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LESLYN LEWIS. Remember that name.

dwr.jpgFor those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter and in my IWUZ.ME blogs, I don’t think it’s a surprise for me to tell you that I’m a social conservative. But I’m a moderate social conservative. I do believe in traditional marriage and I believe that it was breathtakingly presumptuous for Progressivists to insist that we throw out thousands of years of tradition which recognized marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in favor of same-sex marriage. And many in the LGBT community agreed. Same-sex relationships being recognized in law as civil unions, as they are in many “progressive” European countries, would have been fine. But that ship has sailed, and it’s up to us that believe in traditional marriage to make it stronger.

Regarding women’s rights, I am pro-choice, just not unlimited choice. I’m pro-life, but I recognize the fact that we will never completely end abortions, and therefore believe we should compromise and set limits around abortion. I agree with the author of the guest blog I published last week, that social conservatives need to take a well thought out position, and then to articulate that position over and over again until people understand it. And we should be pragmatic; Gain what is possible.

indexWe need to do that as individual conservatives, but in the public sphere it would be wonderful if we had exceptionally well-qualified people to articulate the socially conservative position. A few days ago I ran across the name Leslyn Lewis, and I am convinced that Ms. Lewis is one of those persons.

She’s hardly known as yet, but she’s running for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Ms. Lewis would bring a new gravitas to the entire spectrum of debate; from fiscal conservatism, to social conservatism, to legal conservatism.

Here’s a rundown of her qualifications. Single mom, Entrepreneur, a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toronto Trinity College, graduating Magna Cum Laude; a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University; an MBA Concentration in Business and Environment from the Schulich School of Business; a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a PhD in International Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. I’m not aware of any leader of any political party in Canada, or the United States, in my lifetime, with equal, non-political qualifications.

I think that even if Ms. Lewis doesn’t win the leadership of the Conservative party, and she probably can’t, she would elevate the level of the discussion around Conservative leadership enormously. Because of that, Meritha and I are supporting her for leadership of the Conservative party. If you’d like to see a higher level of debate, here’s what to do.

  1. Have a valid membership in the Conservative party. If you’re not sure, or can’t find your number, phone the party at 1-866-808-8407 and get your membership number.
  2. Go to her website, http://www.leslynlewis.ca and click on Nomination Form, and fill it out carefully.

Let’s make sure that as the Conservative Party elects a new leader, they have the highest quality debate possible!

I’m Dave Reesor

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INDEPENDENCE. What we must and mustn’t do.

dwr.jpgThe Canadian federal election turned out to pretty much as expected, with a Liberal minority government that will be propped up by the NDP and Green Party. I think it’s important to note that if the Liberals are telling the truth about their intent to push forward with TMX or Trans Mountain pipeline, they can count on the Conservatives to support them on that issue.

But Canadians have spoken, and two thirds of them obviously continue to view Alberta and Saskatchewan as whiny rednecks and knuckle-draggers, complaining about nothing more than the fact that they send billions to the rest of the country and are blocked by the rest of the country from getting the resources that produced the billions, to market. Why would anyone complain about that?

So, Alberta and Saskatchewan need to construct a thoughtful, moderate, but absolutely serious separatist movement. Can we do it? It’s been a personal mantra of mine that if something needs to be done, and there’s no intrinsic reason that it can’t be done, then it should be done. Dozens of countries have won independence in the last hundred years, many of them peacefully. That must be our objective.

The various separatist groups need to come together and compare principles, and then after carefully, courageously, and completely, thinking through and negotiating the kind of country we want for our children and grandchildren, form one unified movement from which will flow:

  • A declaration of our reasons to seek independence;
  • A constitution based on MAGNA CARTA and British Common Law, and borrowing from the best of the US, and Australian, and Swiss forms of government.
  • A Political Party with both provincial and federal branches.

And here’s where it gets tricky and of equal importance. It’s what we must not do.

Westerners are already regarded as gun toting, woman suppressing, racist, homophobic, etc. etc., ad nauseum. It’s categorically not true. Most Albertans don’t own guns and most of those who do use them responsibly. Alberta’s women were the first, in the British Empire, to win the vote. Alberta’s most famous and revered cattleman was John Ware, an emancipated slave from South Carolina. Alberta had Canada’s first mosque in the 1930s, its first Muslim cabinet minister in the 1970s, and Calgary has Canada’s first Muslim mayor. He’s turned out to be a dud, but that’s a different discussion.

SilverbergCalgary also had Canada’s first woman Chief of Police, and she happened to be Jewish. I know of no one that objected. People of all ethnic backgrounds, colors and sexual orientations are integrated into and involved in every area of Western life.

But we’ve allowed Central Canada to brand us, and those of us who are seeking independence must be extremely careful about what we say and what we say it about. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t tell the truth, but we must be certain that it is the truth, based on facts, and useful.

We must sideline xenophobes. I for one have no interest in a country that accepts or rejects immigrants based on their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc.. That does not mean for one minute that I don’t believe that immigrants must be vetted, extremely carefully, accepting only those who can convince well-trained immigration agents that they are coming to our country to get away from toxic cultures and religious practices that are antithetical to our Judeo Christian-based Western civilization.

And we should write it into our Constitution that individuals that go back on that agreement can be sent back to their country of origin, expeditiously.

Final thought. While some countries have gained independence through violence, there are many who have done it peaceably. That’s all we should be interested in. People who talk about how many guns they have or how they would like to eliminate politicians that they disagree with, should be summarily expelled from any serious separatist movement. If you want to confirm your knuckle-dragger bona fides, do it on your own.

I’m Dave Reesor

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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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