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Battles. Trudeau vs the West, Trump vs Biden

I looked this up. The Prime Minister … “… determines the general direction of Government’s activities ….”

So what is the general direction of the Liberal government’s activities under leadership of Justin Trudeau? If you can go by the past five years and the recent throne speech, and his follow-up content-less address to the nation, and his further follow-up, platitude-ridden address to the United Nations, it would seem that Canada’s direction is Progressivist virtue signalling, full throttle, at any cost.

And away from the interests of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and consequently, the interests of Canada. We’re going green! green! green!, with absolutely no regard for or recognition of the disastrous “going green” experiences of Ontario and Germany and Japan. Instead of only Ontario residents experiencing massive increases in their cost of heat and electricity, the Trudeau government wants equality of misery for all Canadians. Besides, it’s well-established that “going green” isn’t green.

M998.51.1 | Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Famous Finger | Drawing, cartoon | Serge Chapleau | McCord MuseumRather than recognizing the centrality of the petroleum industry to Alberta’s economy and to Canada’s economic well-being, Justin Trudeau has kicked sand in Albertan’s faces, again. Or perhaps flipped us the bird like his father did 50 years ago. There was absolutely nothing in the throne speech to help Alberta in its dire straights in spite of the fact that Albertans have contributed over 600 billion net dollars to Canada over the past 60 years.

Trudeau almost seems determined to give Albertans justification to separate. It’s working, and if Justin Trudeau or Jason Kenney think the separatist movement is a myth, or that it’s just people blowing off steam, they need to give their heads a shake. When you have world class economists like Jack Mintz saying that it might become the only option, then you’d better take it seriously! As I’ve said before, when people in Québec voted, many knew that Québec couldn’t afford to go. Albertans are increasingly aware that they can’t afford to stay.

And a brief note on the US Presidential election. Over the past couple of months, it’s been well-established, by Joe Biden, that Joe Biden is a racist. (To a black journalist Biden said that if he, the black journalist, wasn’t voting Democrat, he wasn’t black.) It’s also well-established that he’s fond of fondling, and  there is credible evidence that he committed rape. (The woman who accuses him is willing to take a lie detector test. Joe Biden isn’t.) The Ukrainian and Chinese revelations are also well on the way to establishing that he is also blatantly corrupt.

And while Biden is unable to point to any significant accomplishment during his 48 years in public office, in just three years Trump was able to: Establish a roaring US economy with record low black unemployment, record high black employment, new investment in the blighted inner cities where Democrats rule but have done nothing, brought in reforms that released thousands of over sentenced prisoners, read the riot act to China regarding their intellectual property theft and unfair trade practices, and called out NATO members for reneging on their commitment to spend 2% of their GDP on defense. I’m not a Trump the person fan, but I am definitely a Trump the President fan.

I know a number of people that exhibit full blown Trump Derangement Syndrome, which means being incapable, and I mean, literally incapable, of acknowledging any of the positive things that Trump has done. It’s a troubling phenomenon and I suspect that some day it will become the subject of psychological studies.

Anyway, that’s the view from here. Meritha is making good progress after her cancer surgery, and in a couple of months she’ll be fit, and spoiled, and rebuilding the honey-do list, and…….I’m in trouble!

I’m Dave Reesor

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The Myopically Progressivist Danielle Smith.

dwr.jpgLet me say right up front, that having listened to dozens of US and Canadian radio talk show hosts, I think that QR77’s Danielle Smith is one of the best in North America. But she still is plagued by some massive blind spots of the type that led her, as Wildrose Party leader, to cross the floor and join the corrupt and unpopular Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta.

Currently, it’s her fundamentalist Progressivism that steers her into the ditch. indexListening to a recent show, she dismissed both Derek Sloan and Leslyn Lewis as potential leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada, because, they have some non-Progressivist positions on social issues, and she says: “Canadians don’t want to go backwards on social issues.” Actually, many of us would argue that we need to go back to regain sanity.

Irregardless, Danielle completely ignored Lewis’s five specific, and only positions on social issues.

Lewis will do nothing on same-sex marriage because that ship has sailed, and I agree with her. Canada made a deal with same sex couples, and while I oppose the demands of the LGBT radicals to co-opt whatever cultural traditions they wish, I absolutely detest people and companies and countries that break contracts.

DSC5610_2-removebgLewis’s other foray into social issues is abortion, and she’s laid out four specific policies that the overwhelming majority of Canadians agree with.

1. She would outlaw aborting baby girls just because they’re baby girls. 91% of Canadians agree.

2. She would outlaw coerced abortions. Anyone who would object to that should be ignored.

3. She would increase funding for counseling and support for women and girls facing unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. That’s an initiative that the pro-choice side has been advocating for decades.

4. Lewis would end funding abortions in developing countries, for the very good reason, that most people in these developing countries, and I know this for a fact, oppose this cultural imposition. They view it as 21st century colonialism, and someone should let Justin Trudeau know.

And Danielle Smith needs to break out of her intellectual straitjacket on some of these social issues, and do a 3 C rethink, that is, think Carefully, Courageously, and Completely.

I’m Dave Reesor

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Transformative Politician Needed. One Is Available!

dwr.jpgOnce in a lifetime, perhaps only once in two or three lifetimes, a transformative politician comes along and sets a country in a new direction. Margaret Thatcher comes to mind. She became British Prime Minister in 1979 when the nation was in social disarray, and economic peril, and had sunk from a leading position during World War II to where Britain was commonly referred to as “The Sick Man of Europe”. Margaret Thatcher took on the unions, and socialism, and transformed Britain back into Europe’s most important nation, with London again as the world’s most important city after New York.

More recently, Hugo Chavez and his socialist comrades, successfully, but in the wrong direction, transformed Venezuela from the wealthiest country in South America to the poorest, in just 20 years!

Canada’s Pierre Trudeau came close to Chavez’s record. First elected in 1968, the socialist policies he initiated had by 1993, transformed Canada from an economic success to an massively indebted nation where 4/10 of every tax dollar was spent on interest on the debt.  in January 1995, the Wall Street Journal declared Canada an honorary member of the Third World.

JT  bestNow, for 4 ½ years we have endured Pierre Trudeau’s offspring who  theatrically declared that he would: “Grow the economy from the heart outward” and that “The federal budget will balance itself.” Instead, his policies have driven hundreds of billions of dollars of investment, and tens of thousands of jobs from Canada. A third term of Justin’s “growing” and “balancing” act would leave Canada in the same position as Venezuela. Transformation is critical!

DSC5610_2-removebgEnter Dr. Leslyn Lewis If Dr. Lewis is elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, she will be the most transformative Prime Minister since Pierre Trudeau, only transformative in the right direction. And she will beat Justin Trudeau quite easily as a large, independent, randomized poll recently proved. Here’s the exact question posed to  Canadians.

Below are four biographies.Choose the one you think would be best to lead the Conservative Party of Canada in the next election:

Male. Former MP and Cabinet Minister. Lawyer. Former Crown Prosecutor. Former leader of a political party. Non-visible minority.

Male. Current MP and former Cabinet Minister. Air Force veteran. Lawyer. Non-visible minority.

Male. Current first-term MP. Lawyer and former small business owner. Non-visible minority.

Female. Lawyer and entrepreneur. PhD in law and Masters in Environmental studies. Visible minority.

The result? Leslyn Lewis beat each of McKay, O’Toole and Sloan by over 2 to 1 overall, and by even wider margins with WOMEN, and nearly 3 to 1 with MILLENNIALS! This is solid majority win territory!

To check out the survey, Search leslynlewis.ca and then MENU. Click on MEDIA. Choose NEWSLETTERS from the dropdown, and scroll down to, LESLYN CAN WIN! Also check out MILLENNIALS, and WOMEN. There are many more excellent and encouraging articles.

Stay on MEDIA, or follow the sames steps to MEDIA and drop down to MEDIA where there are many interviews and newspaper articles. If you like what you see, and I’ve even had NDP supporters tell me that they do, then share her website link directly, or Like, and Share this blog. And talk to your friends and family! Leslyn started in January as a political unknown but her visibility is rocketing up. She’s clearly what is needed to rebrand the Conservative Party, and WIN. We need to help her increase her visibility, so she can win the leadership of the Conservative Party in August, and then end Justin’s political career, permanently, in the next federal election!

Have a great summer!

Dave

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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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Here’s why I’m a separatist

dwr.jpgThis is a note that I sent to the Chairman of the recent Essentials of Freedom conference in Red Deer Alberta, which was sponsored by the Economic Education Association. An absolutely exceptional conference! For clarity I’ve editorially expanded on points that I made in the note.

Dear Danny

Here’s why I’m a separatist

I thought Maxime (Bernier) gave an exceptional speech and would that he was Canada’s prime minister. But I think his belief that Confederation can be fixed or that Alberta separatism will meet the same fate as Québec separatism is quite misguided.

Quebec and Alberta are not the same, and a thoughtful and strategic separatist movement in the West, particularly Alberta, would encounter fundamentally different realities than Quebec.

Quebec has been propped up and coddled and subsidized by Canadian taxpayers since Confederation in 1867. On the other hand, since their formation in 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan have been regarded as colonies of the Laurentian group. (Sir John A Macdonald actually used the word, colonies.) The Laurentian Group is the entirely self-serving alliance of corporations and politicians, and bureaucrats centered in the Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal triangle.

BuffaloIn 1905, when it was proposed that a province called Buffalo be carved out of the Northwest Territories,  the Laurentian Group, together with the Liberal government, decided that a province as large as Québec or Ontario might pose a future threat to their domination of the Dominion. So they ran an arbitrary line right down the middle and created Alberta and Saskatchewan. There was no rational reason for it except to keep Alberta and Saskatchewan small enough that they could be controlled.

It’s never stopped. For 30 years, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba fought to gain the same control of their natural resources, as every other province had had had since Confederation. We were successful with that, but then, in 1968, Trudeau the First brought in the National Energy Program which was a direct attack on Alberta’s resources. Even until now we continue to face endless policies and programs aimed directly against the interests of the West.

Pete Reesor CabinA personal story. I learned about how Canada’s government operates when I was about 15 years old. My grandfather is pictured on my Facebook page in front of the log cabin he originally built in 1902 near Fort Walsh, Northwest Territories. Next year he moved the cabin 40 miles down Battle Creek, and in 1910, using horses, he and a couple of other ranchers began constructing an irrigation system which has been, even until now, invaluable on the bone-dry prairie of Southwest Saskatchewan. It now encompasses about 10,000 acres, owned by dozens of farmers and ranchers.

In the dirty 30s year of 1935, it was taken over by the federal Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Association, PFRA, with the written agreement, that in exchange for his 25 years of hard labour and expense, he and his heirs and successors, in perpetuity, would receive water for a specified number of acres at a specified rate per acre foot. Just over 20 years later, my dad got a letter from the PFRA informing him that the allowed acreage was being cut and the charge for water was going to be the same as for everyone else.

Since then I’ve understood exactly why our aboriginal people regard promises from Canada’s government, which usually blather “…as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers/waters flow”, as proceeding from a forked tongue. These agreements should have an addendum saying “…. or until we change our minds”.

For the Prairie provinces it’s been totally consistent. Every time we think they’re letting us up, we’re hammered back down. That’s a completely different experience than Quebec. Compare Trudeau’s unethical, (and likely illegal), support of the famously corrupt SNC Lavalin, and his Pierre like shrug about Encana.

The second difference between Alberta and Québec is very simple.

Quebec can’t afford to separate; Alberta can’t afford to stay.

Thanks Danny!

I’m Dave Reesor

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Jason got it right!

Jason KenneyI spent an hour listening to Jason Kenney’s Manning Conference speech. You should too. I know Jason just a little bit, and it’s exactly what I expected. It’s strategic, almost down to the last detail.

For the last number of months I’ve been calling myself a separatist but maybe I should change that and call myself an independentist. (That’s the English version) I’m convinced that separation may still eventually be necessary, and good – separation is our trump card and the rest of Canada needs to understand that we’re holding it – but it’s way too early to play it now.

Consider this. Let’s say the provincial government held a referendum on separation and it won, even by 75%, then what? No seriously, then what?

Most Alberta taxpayers have their paychecks deposited directly to their bank accounts and their taxes are automatically withdrawn and sent to Ottawa. How do you talk a meaningful number of companies into withholding those taxes? And then they would send them where? And what kind of fines would the company risk?

If you’re self-employed and you withhold taxes from the federal government, your bank account will be seized and the taxes withdrawn. You’ll pay a penalty and interest and probably be fined. How would you fight that? Our provincial police force is the RCMP and they’re controlled by Ottawa.

Controlling the collection of taxes in Alberta and having our own provincial police force are critical steps that must be taken before we begin to talk about a Triple E Senate, immigration control, and other steps towards independence. And certainly before a referendum on separation.

Separatist movements must continue growing and coalescing and gaining credibility. The stronger and more credible our separatist movement is, the stronger Alberta’s negotiating position is with the rest of Canada.

But here’s what those separation movements must not do. They must not tolerate anyone who advocates or hints at violence. They must not tolerate anyone who insists on riding their personal hobbyhorse into the movement; issues like gun-control which do ultimately belong within provincial jurisdiction, or truly arcane issues like whether the Bank of Canada is a legitimate institution.

There must initially be a total focus on organizing our own police force. That will take time, plus it will take two years to get out of the contract with the RCMP. And like Québec we must collect our own taxes, and better yet, those that go to the feds. That would give us enormous bargaining power.

dwr.jpgMeritha and I are heading to the Essentials of Freedom Conference in Red Deer on Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16th. There will be many knowledgeable speakers debating the merits of eventual separation vs the merits of simply obtaining a Quebec level of independence from Ottawa. If you are able, you really should go. Here’s the link.

One more comment about Jason Kenney’s speech. I was a bit disappointed when he said: “I am, and always will be a patriotic Canadian.” As a provincial premier who was not elected on a separatist platform, he has to say that “I am” but saying …. “I always will be” could be a promise that he’ll be compelled to break at some point in the future. We’ll have to see.

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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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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