Wexit Alberta founder Peter Downing said the Conservatives had their chance to replace the Liberals. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Election results prompt interest in Wexit

Red Deer rally on Nov. 30

Momentum has exploded for the western separatist movement Wexit since the election of the federal Liberal minority government on Monday, says the founder of Wexit Alberta.

Peter Downing said the election was right there for the Conservative’s taking.

“They had their last chance. We are launching Wexit candidates. We’re going to be registered very soon as a federal separatist block. The Reform Party did it in the 80s and 90s with the slogan the ‘West Wants In’. Ours is ‘The West Wants Out,’” Downing said on Tuesday.

He said interest in Wexit blew up after the election results came in. The VoteWexit.com Facebook page went from 2,000 members to 149,677 by Tuesday morning.

“We didn’t expect that much this quick. These are regular people. They are looking for somebody to protect their livelihood. They are ready to separate because they know what a Trudeau minority government means — the Trans Mountain pipeline is not getting built.”

In addition to Alberta sovereignty, the Wexit platform includes enhanced economic, military, and geo-political co-operation with the United States; delivering essential government services only; and ending public investment in unreliable energy technology like wind and solar.

Related:

Trudeau win would fan Western separatist flames: Wexit founder

Some Albertans feel they have more in common with Americans than Canadians

Downing said Albertans want access to tide water for oil resources and they want the taxes and provincial transfer money that leave Alberta to be reinvested in their province.

He said the Liberal’s carbon tax is going to level Albertans who are already struggling so the time is now to pressure Premier Jason Kenney to hold a referendum on separation.

“We’re going to put so much pressure on Premier Jason Kenney to hold a referendum on separation, kick out the RCMP, to unilaterally take control again of firearms, taxation, immigration and payroll deductions — we’re going to do right now.

“He’s got a choice to make. Does he want to be the premier of Alberta and fight the way that Albertans deserve, or is he going to give us fairy tales about referendums and equalization that don’t mean anything?”

Downing said applications are in the process of being submitted to hold Wexit protests at the provincial legislature and Calgary City Hall.

Wexit rallies are already scheduled for Nov. 2 in Edmonton, Nov. 16 in Calgary, and Nov. 30 in Red Deer.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Mustard Seed to launch new wellness centre in Red Deer

A new service is coming to Red Deer to help the city’s… Continue reading

Penhold firefighters handle ‘difficult’ blaze

Penhold firefighters battled a “difficult” blaze Friday afternoon. Fire crews were called… Continue reading

Clearwater County firefighter recruitment campaign deemed a success

A firefighter recruitment campaign is being considered a success by Clearwater County.… Continue reading

Dems say oust Trump or he’ll betray again; ‘He is who he is’

WASHINGTON — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned Friday in Donald… Continue reading

Senators may have to rein in activism in minority Parliament: new govt rep

OTTAWA — Independent senators may have to curb their enthusiasm for amending… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: The basics you need for your body type

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 1 A Jump Rope Competition will be held at the Abbey… Continue reading

St. John’s, N.L., lifts state of emergency eight days after massive storm

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The City of St. John’s has lifted a… Continue reading

Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay announces Tory leadership bid

STELLARTON, N.S. — Former federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay says he will… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $17 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $17 million jackpot… Continue reading

French doctor: Virus from China seems less serious than SARS

PARIS — The lead doctor treating two Paris hospital patients for the… Continue reading

Trump lawyer says Dems want to ‘overturn’ last election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s lawyers opened their impeachment trial defence Saturday… Continue reading

Democratic candidates pour into Iowa for last-minute push

DES MOINES, Iowa — Freed momentarily from the Senate’s impeachment trial, several… Continue reading

Europe’s bishops mark Auschwitz anniversary denouncing hate

WARSAW, Poland — Europe’s Catholic bishops are marking the 75th anniversary of… Continue reading

Most Read