A photo of a fake Republic of Western Canada passport has been circulating online by people who feel Canada's west should separate from the rest of Canada. (Facebook.com/Screenshot)

Alberta Wexit leader announces future elections strategy

Share

Just how much of the sound will grow into political fury remains to be seen, but those who advocate taking Alberta out of Canada–what is being called Wexit Alberta–appear to believe the time has arrived–again–to press their case, especially after last month’s federal election that saw Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals win not a single seat in the oil-rich province (as well as in neighbouring Saskatchewan).

Good relations between Alberta have ebbed and flowed over the years as many Albertans have long harboured fears the province is treated as a second-class citizen by the rest of Canada.

Which brings us to a high school gym in Calgary on Saturday night, where about 750 people gathered to hear Peter Downing, an advocate for western separatism, deliver a fired-up message.

Attendees at a Saturday evening rally in Calgary listen as Wexit Leader Peter Downing speaks. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

“It’s not a left wing versus a right wing thing, The reality is that confederation does not work for western Canada,” Downing told the crowd.

“If the rest of Canada wants to have a constitutional convention to fix the problems, now is probably the time to do it.”

As Downing spoke, volunteers sold merchandise that included red baseball caps bearing the slogans, including “Make Alberta Great Again.”

Wexit Leader Peter Downing at a rally for supporters in Calgary on Saturday. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Downing told the crowd he plans to run candidates federally under the name Wexit Canada and provincially in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“The establishment is scared when western Canadians stand up for their rights and aren’t going to be pushed around anymore,” Downing said.

“And the reality is this: it’s not about white supremacy, it’s not about any kind of race or religion…it’s about liberal supremacy.”

Saturday’s rally follows by two weeks a similar one in Edmonton.

About 700 people attended a rally in Edmonton on Nov. 2 to call for western provinces to separate from the rest of Canada. (Gabriel Brown/CBC)

Another is planned for Red Deer in two weeks.

That’s expected to be the last one in Alberta before Downing travels to other provinces to drum up support.

With files from CBC, CTV, Postmedia, CP

Share
Categories: Economy, Politics, Society
Tags: , , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet Netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette
When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish or in one of the two official languages, English or French. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*