The 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.
Calgary 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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