North America could be getting its very own version of Brexit.
Justin Trudeau’s reelection by a minority of the voters, engineered by the usual lefty urban electorates, has become the last straw for many people in Alberta. And a #Wexit campaign is growing that seeks to break away the west into a separate republic.
Potentially, a Western Republic of Canada.
Alberta separatism isn’t a new phenomenon, but the growing economic problems that have been caused by Trudeau’s war on energy has driven the crisis to a breaking point. And #Wexit is that breaking point.
“Canada was a compromise,” says Downing. “It was a pact between Ontario and the founders of confederation that wanted to protect the economic and political privilege from Ontario, and then those from Quebec who wanted to protect the religious, cultural, and language privileges of Quebec. Eastern Canada had no say, they were forced in by the British. The west wasn’t even at the table.”
When asked about Jason Kenney’s statement to Canadians addressing the election and Albertan isolation, Downing made it clear that Albertans have had enough of middle ground speak from the Premier.
“Premier Kenney uses words like alienation, we use words like ‘100,000 people out of a job.’ [Why do we] talk about 16-year-old Greta Thunberg? Well, you’ve got a lot of 16-year-old girls whose dads are out of work. Every time there’s a percentage increase in unemployment, 16 Albertans take their lives. So when Kenney talks about equalization reform or alienation, how about fix the problem,” said Downing.
Some Wexiters are pointing out that the United States would benefit from a friendly conservative neighbor to the north, instead of the horrifying train wreck that Canada has become.
According to a recent press release, whether it is the “hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in Alberta’s Oil Patch, the federal mismanagement of Saskatchewan’s agricultural exports, the opium war conducted against British Columbians, or undermining of Manitoba’s aerospace and transport industries – Western Canada suffers, while Eastern Canada robs our wealth and our children’s future through crippling industrial regulation, over taxation, and destructive social policies. Wealth is transferred from West to East, leaving economic and personal ruin in its wake.”
In addition, “the Government of Canada continues to agitate our southern neighbour through weak law enforcement, compromised intelligence and border security, unsustainable unvetted immigration, susceptibility to espionage, and most importantly – geopolitical opposition to Americas legitimate claims to the Northwest Passage situated in the Arctic.”
The release stated that there is more hostility shared by Eastern Canadians towards the US than the Western Provinces, realizing that the US is our number one military and economic partner. The feeling seems to be that a confederation of Western Canadian Provinces would be a better partner to the United States of America than they currently enjoy in Ottawa.
Meanwhile here’s a Facebook post that amply sums up the grassroots appeal of Wexit, not just economically or politically, but culturally.
–We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You can also keep the Carbon Tax.
–You are welcome to the liberal judges, CUPE and UNIFOR.
–Since you hate guns, and war we’ll take our firearms, the police, and the military.
–We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and the coal mines, and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.
–We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, the farmers, Wal-Mart and the TSE.
–You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food vouchers, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
–We’ll keep the greedy CEO’s and rednecks.
–You can have the peaceniks, the pipeline protesters, and anti-everything economically beneficial crowd.
— When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide security.
–We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian value.
–You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, peoplekind, political correctness and Mr. Dress Up.
–You can also have our share of the U.N. We will no longer be paying any part of that bill.
–We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt, Tesla and Leaf you can find.
–You can give everyone free and regulated everything healthcare…. if you can find any practicing doctors.
–We’ll keep “God Save the Queen” and “The Old National Anthem words.”
–I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine” or “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, with “Kum Ba Ya” or “We Are the World”.
P.P.S. And you won’t have to press 1 for English when you call our country.