DOUG CHRISTIE WCC CANDIDATE
FOR SAANICH SOUTH - - -
has practised law in Victoria for 38 years,
specializing in free speech and individual rights
cases across Canada
is the founder of the Western Canada Concept (1980)
and the Western Block Party (2002)
has been President of the Saanich Water Polo School
for 10 years
is a long-time local taxpayer and advocate for tax
oppose the sewage treatment plants ordered by the BC
government. Nature already provides us with an effective,
inexpensive and environmentally beneficial treatment
system. Campbell’s plan will cost billions and result in
much higher taxation and even bankruptcy. The Regional
Health Officer opposes the plan. Yet the Campbell
government has ordered us to comply. A plebiscite should
be held before such massive expenditure is
Basi-Virk-Collins case drags on with official complicity.
The sale to BC Rail is a serious moral failure by the
Campbell government. There are serious problems with the
administration of justice in BC. The Robert Dziekanski and
Ian Bush deaths are two further symptoms of a general
federal system of government punishes BC with unsuitable
immigration, an unpatriotic foreign policy, crippling
taxation and wasteful spending. Referendums should be
held to determine whether the West should secede from
Canada, and BC should lead the way.
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WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED?
Back when Stephen Harper was
President of the National Citizens Coalition, he had this
to say about free speech:
rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on
our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a
democratic society. It is in fact totalitarianism. I find
this is very scary stuff.
Will the government amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to
prevent unwarranted interferences in free expression by
human rights commissions?
The government has no plans to do so. We’re certainly
aware of the issue. My understanding—we’ve been
monitoring this closely—I think you’ll actually see
there’s been some modification of behaviour on the part
of the Canadian human rights commissions. The most
egregious cases right now are mostly at the provincial
level. And it is a very tricky issue of public policy
because obviously, as we’ve seen, some of these powers
can be abused. But they do exist for valid reasons, which
is obviously to prevent public airwaves from being used to
disseminate hate against vulnerable members of our
society. That’s a valid objective. It’s probably the
case that we haven’t got the balance right, but I’m
not sure the government today has any answer on what an
appropriate balance would be.
What's changed between then
and now? Then, Harper was the leader of an organization
based in Calgary; now, he is the leader of an organization
based in Ottawa. It's as simple as that. Harper has many
failings, but he knows how to count; BC, Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Alberta together have only 92 seats in
the House of Commons, while Quebec and Ontario together
Our Central Canadian elite
has decided that only repression can keep our Tower of
Babel from crashing to earth. Here in the West, we can
huff and puff till we're blue in the face, but it's all
wasted breath if the East decides otherwise.
B? The West tried that before. It was
called the Reform Party, and it was 15 years of wasted
breath. The real Plan B is Western Independence, which is
the only plan that will return to us our God-given right
of free speech.
Real Canadians, as defined by
our Eastern masters
FIRST THINGS FIRST
foundational strategy of the Western Block Party is to
secure for Western Canadians a referendum for
Western Canada is independent, our policies will be
decided on a regular basis by thorough, free, public
debate followed by citizen-initiated referenda on all
and corrupt politicians who place their vote at the
disposal of the highest bidder will be a thing of the past
as people become actively involved in the political
then, however, attempts to divide the movement with
fractious debate over post-Independence arguments will be
resisted by the leadership of our party. We do not yet
have the power to choose, and we will never have it unless
we unite to achieve it.
H. Christie, Leader, Western Block Party
BASIC POLICY OF THE WESTERN
Our one goal is to achieve
Independence for all Western Canada after referenda in
each of the four Western provinces.
We seek to establish a new
nation with four basic qualities:
constitutional right to direct democracy—recall,
referendum and initiative—applicable
to all laws and measures.
A bicameral (two-house) legislature, with representation
by region in the upper house and representation by
population (one person, one vote) in the lower house.
Two levels of government, national and municipal.
referendum on the constitution after its drafting by a
independent judiciary beholden to a constitution based on
the principles of liberty and personal responsibility.
December 10, 2008
The resources of Western
Canada taxed at source are sufficient to provide for all
necessary health, education, pension and social benefits
to Western Canadians without a personal income tax.
Instead, we donate billions to Ottawa to to bribe the
voters of Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces.
The Western economy can pay
all necessary pensions with greatly reduced pensions so
long as we can control immigration to our tax haven. No
federal party can speak against immigration for fear of
the ethnic vote, which demands an open door policy.
Independence is the only
option that will protect both our economy and our culture.
How long can you wait and watch the plunder of our
Douglas H. Christie
Leader, Western Block Party
December 9, 2008
NEW WESTERN SEPARATIST
issue of the Western Separatist has just been
published, and you can find it online here.
December 9, 2008
DOUG CHRISTIE'S QUOTATION OF
is really four countries: the West, Ontario, Quebec and
the Atlantic provinces. No matter who leads any federal
party, Parliament will always be dysfunctional. Only with
smaller countries united in a common interest can
democratic government function properly. Western Canada
should be such a nation.
December 8, 2008
MISTER HARPER WANTS THE WEST
TO GO BACK TO SLEEP
Harper: He's had his say; now it's our turn
For a brief moment, it looked as if the vast majority of
Western Canadians were awakening to how the Canadian
system really works. With the Conservative Party
of all seats in Western Canada, two
Quebeckers and one Torontonian could control the House of
Commons. So he pressured the Governor General into
proroguing Parliament to win time to “influence” the
Coalition and keep his job. Harper wants the West to go
back to sleep. He doesn’t want us to ponder the truth
that even if he remains Prime Minister, Canada will still
be ruled by Quebec and Ontario. Why do we put up with
this? Now, Stephen Harper may benefit thereby, but what do
we gain by continuing to subsidize their oil and
their natural gas and prop up their failing auto industry?
How long can we ignore the obvious? How long are you going
to allow this costly farce to continue? Free the West!
Douglas H. Christie,
Leader, Western Canada Concept
results suggest a sure-fire winner in a Most
Boring Headline contest: "Little
Change In Canadian Election."But
the big change in Canadian politics remains gradual yet
ineluctable: the emerging answer to Canada’s version of
Question: whether it can survive as a
nation-state, the particular expression of a particular
people. Canada as a single polity—A
mari usque ad mare(from sea to sea) as it
says on Canada's coat
its dissolution is taking longer than I predicted in this
space two years ago. (In my
defence, I hadn’t
counted on Quebec’s separatist
openly homosexual coke-sniffer for its
leader. Guess how that worked
out.) But now more than ever, Canada is not
a nation (with one caveat, of which more later). Neither
is it a "community
of communities," as former PM Joe
Clark once claimed.
No, Canada is an ongoing blackmail/bribery scheme, a mere
political contrivance, a conglomeration of seven
increasingly dissimilar and fractious regions—Newfoundland,
the Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward
Ontario, the Prairies (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta),
British Columbia and the Arctic (Yukon, Northwest
if that weren’t enough, our three largest cities,
and Montreal, will soon be majority "visible
in a country where over 80% of the population remain
members of the barely-tolerated white majority.
Harper’s Conservative Party was re-elected to another
minority government Tuesday. The numbers:
143 (of 308 seats, 12 short of a majority), up 19;
popular vote 37.6%, up 1.3%
76, down 23; 26.2%, down 4.0%
Democratic Party 37, up 8; 18.2%, up .8%
Québécois 50 (of 75), down 1; 10.0%, down .5%
Party 0, same; 6.8%, up 2.3%
2, up 1
(seven seats) dumped its three Conservatives, because
Premier Danny Williams demanded it. Williams hates Stephen
Harper because he won’t let the province keep all its
newfound oil royalties and continue to grab its eternal annual fortune in transfer payments
in recognition of its have-not status.
Maritime Provinces (25 seats), despite their history of
selling their seats to the highest bidder, elected a bare
plurality of Liberals, and the plunge in the Liberal
popular vote presaged a disastrous showing country-wide.
Given local jealousies, it is entirely possible Maritimers
voted against Williams, who is remarkably arrogant for a
man who leads a province where barely half the population
its leader Gilles Duceppe boasted, the Bloc took a
majority of Quebec seats for the sixth straight election.
Politically, Quebec (75 seats) has already left Canada.The
Liberal Party did not win a single seat in Francophone
Quebec, a complete change from the days of Pierre Trudeau,
suggesting that the party’s historic raison
d’être has disappeared.The
Conservatives, however, gained no seats in Quebec, despite
Harper’s unprecedented pandering: giving the province
(now only 22% of Canada’s population) its own seat in
UNESCO, guaranteeing it a permanent duopoly in the agency
that regulates the broadcast media, offering it a separate
Criminal Code (blatantly unconstitutional) and compelling
his party to recognize Quebec as a "nation"
in the House of Commons.
Conservatives made their largest gains in Ontario,
Canada’s most populous province (106 seats). The
Liberals were reduced to their ethnic redoubt of Toronto,
Ontario’s largest city. My friend Jay Currie has dubbed
the Liberals "the
Toronto Party". But "the
Immigrant Party" is closer to the truth. Between
Toronto and Montreal, their other ethnic redoubt, the
Liberals garnered 41 (54%) of their total seats.
Liberals were almost wiped out on the Prairies, taking two
of 56 seats. Leader Stéphane Dion’s climate-change
"Green Shift" (think Al Gore with carte blanche) succeeded only in shifting Liberal votes everywhere
the Liberals did almost as badly in British Columbia (32
seats), taking only five and running behind the Green
Party in no fewer than 10.
was the big loser on Tuesday. He is easily the worst Liberal
leader of my lifetime. A peevish academic,
he manages to be both effete and epicene. His own people
despise him, and his obstinate
refusal to master English—despite
spending a year at Brookingsin Washington—made
him an obvious non-starter in English Canada. His party is
broke and crippled by internecine feuding.
Conservative leader Harper was not a big winner. For the
third time in a row, he failed to win the majority that
seemingly should have been his for the asking. Why not?
Well, it’s not simply that he rejects the Sailer
Strategy; it’s more that he’s the anti-Sailer
candidate. Harper is a Bush clone, an
unrepentant neocon whose only known enthusiasms are Israel
and American global hegemony. Like Bush, he has worked
assiduously to attenuate the Conservative base. His ethnic
pandering reached a new low: apologizing (and paying
redress for) the Chinesehead tax, which ended
in 1923; apologizing for turning back a
boatload of Sikhs
promising even-higher immigrant levels, even as the
proportion of skilled immigrants falls to 17.5% of the
total; promising to force the provinces to recognize immigrant
medical and other credentials; standing
foursquare behind Canada’s
perhaps even embracing the Sailer Strategy in Anglophone
Canada wouldn’t have been sufficient. The Canadian "National
Question" is peculiarly complex. Kenney’s faux
pas reveals the impossibility of the task Harper—or
any federal party leader—faces
in the confederation of regions that is Canada. He cannot
both suck up to immigrants and appeal to a Quebec that is openly
rejecting multiculturalism. He cannot stand
as the champion of the West while continuing to shovel unearned
billions to feed the inexhaustible
appetites of the East. He cannot claim to stand for
"unity" while insisting that one linguistic
group gets to be a "nation," while the other
gets to pretend it doesn’t exist.
is a political
circle that can’t be squared. The
people(s) of Canada are coming to realize it. On Tuesday,
voter turnout reached an all-time low of 59%. The
reckoning is soon at hand.
PAPERS NOW ONLINE
Western Separatist Papers, the official newsletter
of the WCC since 1983, are now posted here.
Inside, you'll find political commentaries from our leader
Doug Christie, as well as the facts you'll need to embrace
the cause of Western Independence—
if you haven't already!
December 4, 2008
OLD WORLD WISDOM
Jean, our peripatetic Governor General, rushed
back to Canada Wednesday to deal with the
constitutional crisis fomented by the creation of Stephane
Dion's Liberal-Socialist-Sovereigntist coalition. The GG
was forced to cut short her trip to Hungary, the Czech
What's significant about this? Well, the latter three
nations did not exist as independent countries 20 years
ago. Slovenia left Yugoslavia after a referendum,
and Czechoslovakia split after the Velvet
Divorce. Before independence, they
languished as provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and
then as slaves of the Communist Empire. Today, they are
free, peaceful and prosperous. So, whenever anyone tells
you it's "preposterous" that the four provinces
of Western Canada could ever be free, give them a history
Jean in Prague: Back from the
December 3, 2008
DOUG CHRISTIE IN THE WESTERN
Canada Concept leader Doug Christie was interviewed Monday
by Matthew Johnston of the Western Standard. You
can read the interview here.
And while you're at the site, be sure to check the WS's
2005 poll, which revealed that 36% of
Westerners thought we "should begin to explore the
idea of forming their own country." We suspect that
after the events of the last week, 36% might be a trifle
December 3, 2008
LET'S BE FRIENDS
Western Canada Concept and the Western Block Party now
have a Facebook page, which you can see here.
We're not exactly sure what Facebook
is, but we're told it's madly popular among the younger
folk. Seriously though, this site gives you the
opportunity to connect with other members and to post your
thoughts on Western separatism.
DON'T RESIGN, JOIN THE
today that possibly dozens of Conservative MPs
(overwhelmingly from the West, one supposes) are
considering resigning their seats in protest against the
Liberal-Socialist-Sovereigntist coalition. This would
force by-elections that would presumably demonstrate the
depth of Western anger at Stephane
Dion becoming Prime Minister. But here's a better idea —
resign from the Conservative caucus
instead and sit as Western Block Party MPs! If you resign
and are re-elected, you'll still be Conservatives, still
beholden to the electoral power of Quebec and Ontario. You
have nothing to lose but your chains!
Bloc Quebecois was formed
out of the depths of Quebecois anger after the defeat of
Lake Accord in 1990. The new party swept
Quebec three years later, and today Stephane Dion's
would-be coalition could not survive without it. The
looming payoffs to Quebec if Dion takes power can only be
imagined. There is a tide in the affairs of men / Which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Come on Tory MPs,
it's time to get your feet wet.
Coalition capos: Two
Quebecois and an Ontarian: Quelle surprise!
December 2, 2008
AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE WCC
have had a number of inquiries from a number of people
obviously concerned about the political crisis in Ottawa.
This, in my opinion, is the logical outcome of a
fundamentally flawed system. There is no way to rectify
the problems that the Ottawa government has created and it
is a waste of time for Western Canadians to continue to
pour tax dollars into a corrupt and bankrupt system.
Therefore, to those of you who are dismayed or concerned
by what is going in Ottawa, I strongly urge you to do the
a group of Westerners who believe that Western Canada
as an independent nation is a better option;
a Western Block Constituency Association and hold
meetings to discuss what should be done in your area;
sufficient numbers appear to exist, see if you can
contact us to arrange a meeting in a central location
with a number of others in your area, so that we can
have a successful public meeting to discuss these
matters and I can answer any questions you may have at
you have any other intervening questions, I would be happy
to address them by email.
worst thing that can happen in this situation is to do
nothing. Western Canadians have done nothing for far too
long, and merely complaining about the problem does not
accomplish the solution. The independence of Western
Canada is the only viable political solution to an
unbalanced federal system which favours Quebec and Ontario
and has consistently plundered Western resources. If you
have any doubt about this, ask yourself what happens to
the Canadian dollar when the price of oil goes down?
at the Western Block Party look forward to communicating
on a one-to-one basis, but with the volume of material
arriving by email, it has been made necessary to draft a
standard form answer. This does not mean that I am unaware
or have not read the emails you have sent, but they all
seem to reflect a common theme: the frustration and
confusion of Western Canadians.
am one person who has consistently advocated independence
for Western Canada since 1974. I am the one person who has
consistently explained it in a rational manner and brought
it to the attention of Western Canadians through public
meetings and discourse. My goal is to make sure that each
of you do not allow your frustrations to fall back into
apathy as has happened many times. Unique and different
perspectives of each Western Canadian as to why we feel
the frustrations we do, must surely not allow us to be
divided and conquered once again. For once, let us unite
in forming the one true alternative in the nation of
Western Canada which we all can look upon with pride as an
accomplishment of our generation, rather than curse the
darkness created by previous generations of incompetent
you for your support and attention. Please keep in mind
that unless your support manifests itself in some sort of
monetary assistance, this exchange of information could
amount to nothing but the ventilation of frustration. We
cannot allow this moment of understanding to pass without
concrete, constructive, lawful, political action.
for the independence of Western Canada,
Douglas H. Christie
December 2, 2008
SIGN THE PETITION TO VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE!
Please click here, then print and photocopy our petition (back and front on one
piece of paper to keep it unified). Then get it filled out
by 10 of your friends and pass on a
blank petition form to each of them for their similar
effort. Then mail it to us at
Western Canada Concept
255 Menzies Street
a record a record of the names for future contact and
we have 100,000 signatures from each province, we will
deliver them to the Premiers of British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba with the request for
referendums. How fast can you do this? Remember that
the Western Canada Concept will enable us to
expand our efforts and move faster to make the new nation
of Western Canada a political reality.
COMIC OPERA CALLED CANADA—A SEPARATIST'S COMPLAINT
By Douglas H. Christie
pure venality of the pigs at the trough is hard to take.
One gets the same impression of the squealing of the
Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois when they see a move to
cut their party off from public funds. Party donations
should be neither
publicly funded, limited or tax deductible. If a few rich
people could fund a party, many not so rich could still do
better, as did Obama. The regulation of party funding is
equivalent to strangulation by bureaucracy for anyone who
knows what difficulty party funding regulations create.
having suffered losses in the last election, the three by
linking arms plan to take over the government, which the
people in the voting denied them. Out of the darkness
(literally and figuratively) comes Ed Broadbent and Jean
Chretien both maneuvering for new power. Only in a comic
opera would two such macabre figures have a chance. But
they do in Canada. They could take over the country.
elected party “leader” with the largest numbers backs
down from a fight with the three cripples for fear the
result would be loss of position. He cannot call their
bluff because deep down he knows he too is bluffing and he
likes his position. It’s really a battle of four
cripples—four moral cripples—three against one. The
result is survival of the mediocre and the restoration of
the status quo. Disaster in the microcosm—the world
economic collapse—mirrors disaster in the microcosm, the
mad world of Canadian politics. Do you not think Western
Canadians could do better?
initiative and recall (direct democracy) would reduce the
powers of these petty little people who strut and posture
in that Gothic museum on the Rideau. It seems obvious
their pretend fighting and real tax powers would be
meaningless if the people who pay them—the
taxpayers—had a routine, regular and constitutional
right to stop, control and redirect them. Suddenly
democracy would have a real meaning and people would need
to become responsible and involved in the process. As
things stand, a 35-day public relations campaign, financed
by massive public expenditures, helps the people to choose
who is the better liar. Their promises mean nothing. (GST
direct democracy is like holy water to a vampire for them.
Heavens, how could people decide on complicated
legislation like we create? That’s the point—for those
that need them, the laws of Canada are like a mystery
religion with an arcane language only the priesthood
(i.e., the lawyers who wrote them, argue them in court and
judge them) can understand. Thus law never resembles
justice, and bureaucracy just grows with the tax bills.
Canadian Constitution fundamentally drawn in 1867
(notwithstanding the window dressing Charter of 1982)
still gives all the political power to Quebec and Ontario.
It creates a Senate all appointed by the Prime Minister of
the day, stacked in favour of Quebec and Ontario. The
Prime Minister still appoints all judges, heads of
commissions, ambassadors, consultants and a myriad of
sinecures. What a paradise of patronage and corruption for
the best liar in the country to enjoy.
to support this massive hot air balloon we need cohesive
ethnic and social groups. They get the same patronage
grants and favours as the rest of the country, and in
exchange they influence in the “election” of one of
their number to run the government. Support the
party—collect the cash. They get rewards if their team
wins, or they have to plot for better luck next time. In
Ottawa, they call this democracy.
free speech—when we allow it to mean praise of Canada
and its “tolerance,” just like the good, old Soviet
days. For those who say “ethnic politics is taking over
the country”—such people need to be reeducated by
“dialogue facilitators” (as at Queen’s University)
or maybe prosecuted as “hate” criminals. Naturally,
our judges—duly trained in Newspeak—can nuance the
words “reasonable limits as are demonstrably justifiable
in a free and democratic society” to punish the enemies
and reward the friends of the establishment. Their
judgments can be monitored, and if that’s not enough the
Judicial Institute can reeducate them to reward the
compliant and sidetrack the non-compliant. Only the
“educated” judges will ever reach the Supreme Court
where all the real power lies. “Free speech is never
absolute!” Keep driving that home. Pretty soon you can
take the “absolute” out of that sentence.
Canada, the comic opera country. But unlike Gilbert and
Sullivan, there really isn’t a happy ending. More like a
farce with a tragic ending. Of the many noble men and
women who tried to make the system work fairly and justice
possible, a hostile bureaucracy will squash them like
bugs. The taxes required to recycle incompetence will keep
the slaves on the treadmill until they drop, wondering
what happened to the country they were born in and thought
they could leave to their children intact.
Separatism presents the only viable option. Each province
under the Clarity Act
has a legal right to separate with a “clear question”
and a “clear majority” in a referendum. Each
provincial government can put the question to their people
at any time they choose. Our goal is to raise awareness of
this option and deliver 100,000 names on a petition for
Independence to the premiers of each Western province. We
can create a new nation with one government with sovereign
authority, a Triple E Senate, where all provinces have
equal power and the rights of referendum, initiative and
recall to give people the power to decide issues between
elections and bind the legislature to their decisions. The
opportunities to use modern technology to tap the
democratic will are endless and exciting, but Canadians
are stuck with 19th-century chicanery.
federalist replies: Western Separatism, why that’s
radical, isn’t it? They would never be able to govern
themselves. They need our expertise in the fine art of
fraud to keep Canada together, speaking all three official
languages. Say it once in English, a different version in
French and, just in case, the third version in doubletalk.
The media—coast to coast to coast—all agree. If they
don’t, we in Ottawa would take away their licences or
have our colonials in the provinces do it until they came
to their dubious senses (the media that is). Thus Western
Separatism, that quaint notion of a new Western Canada,
with an elected Senate and citizens power will never
emerge as a real option. We in Ottawa can see to that. We
will ensure that our supply of Western resource revenues
will enable us to bail out dead manufacturers in Ontario.
We will distribute cheques to defeat Quebec separatists.
Brilliant really. Get back to work and pay your taxes.
Federalist elite in Canada has always viewed the West as a
collection of knuckle-dragging, redneck idiots, good
cannon fodder for war, good taxpayers in peace.
Federalists have always ensured that their representatives
were elected to fill all posts or were appointed to all
positions of authority even in Western Canada. We must not
say “The West Wants In” anymore. We
want out. The petition for a referendum is the
means. We will deliver 100,000 signatures from each
province to each premier. We will ask you to join us in
building a separatist option in Western Canada. The
Western Block Party is the only Federally registered
separatist party and thus the only party that can issue
tax receipts for donations to the separatist cause. We ask
for your support in turning our goal into reality and
putting Canada’s comic opera to an end—a happy end.
December 1, 2008
DOUG CHRISTIE SPEAKS: THE WESTERN BLOCK PARTY PART 2
Come back soon for more
The Western Block Party has
nominated Patricia O'Brien as its candidate in the BC
riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.
DOUG CHRISTIE SPEAKS: THE WESTERN BLOCK PARTY PART 1
Come back soon for more
DOUG CHRISTIE ON WESTERN BLOCK PARTY WESTERN TOUR 2008
(SASKATOON, LEDUC, CALGARY, REGINA, AUGUST 1-6)
These small but vigorous meetings saw the appearance of many new and encouraging members. I realize that great movements depend on the events of history. But we are ahead of the events that are soon to come. The “Green Shift” will inevitably win support in Ontario and Quebec.
Stéphane Dion is well on his way to the return to power the Liberals always make. There is a likely federal election in October or November. Then a Liberal majority is possible, and a Liberal minority is likely. Back to the same old game of Ontario and Quebec calling all the expenditures and raising Western taxes. The National Energy Policy is a new form can and will repeat history. It will all be wrapped up in a green mask.
The new members of the Western Block Party are the wave of the future. History will prove us right. I congratulate you on your brave and free decision to join the Western Block. Together we can change the course of history and build a new nation on a firm and just foundation.
Yours for Independence,
Western Block Party
THE NEW (WOULD BE) BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS
the following article from 2001 demonstrates, the Liberal
Party has always been keen to stick it to the West. Did
somebody say "Green Shift"?)
The West As Spoiled Teenager
Chretien adds insult to injury by saying the region that rejected him needs 'tough love'
Kevin Michael Grace The Report
January 21, 2001
If Jean Chretien and western Canada were a couple and had a song, it would be the Crystals' "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)." As that oldie but goodie explains, "He couldn't stand to hear me say/That I'd been with someone new." Western Canadian voters have been with someone new--the Canadian Alliance--and demon lover Chretien knows just what they need: "Cause when he took me in his arms/With all the tenderness there is/He hit me, and he made me feel/Baby won't you stay..."
Asked during a Global TV interview December 22 why the Liberals had won only 17 seats in the West, Mr. Chretien replied, "You have to realize that when you vote [for] a national government, you vote to deal with the national problems and not always look only from a local perspective but look at it on the national perspective. I used the 'tough love' theory in Quebec and I still have a lot of scars on my political body for that, but I've been persistent and we managed to have 4.5% more in the popular vote."
Mr. Chretien had hit the West, but it didn't feel like a kiss. The West was thinking about calling the battered spouse hotline. Within the last six months, Mr. Chretien had declared that he did not like working with westerners because they are "different." After all, they supported the Alliance, which Mr. Chretien and Liberal cabinet minister Elinor Caplan had compared to neo-Nazis.
A parental help Web site explains: "The concept of responsible parental love has been developed by Phyllis and David York in their publication
Toughlove: A Self-Help Manual For Parents Troubled By Teen-Age
Behavior. It represents a firm, caring solution for families torn apart by completely unacceptable and 'acting-out' behavior...'Tough' love means giving teens clear-cut rules and reasonable limits and expecting them to abide by them." So westerners are the stupefied adolescents of the Canadian family: sulking in their basement, refusing to do chores, mooching off hard-working parents and "acting out" with swastika tattoos.
Westerners have reacted to macho Mr. Chretien with bemusement. Canada West Foundation president Roger Gibbins comments, "It's a very odd concept to apply to the West. I interpret tough love in Quebec as the tough part being hard on constitutional issues, like the Clarity Act, accompanied by very significant financial infusions, which is the love part. In the West there's no particular cry for special economic benefits and no inclination that the federal government would move in that direction."
National Citizens' Coalition president Stephen Harper responds, "I think Chretien just doesn't care. You've got to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada: people who live in ghettoes and who are not integrated into western Canadian society."
It is expected that Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Stephane Dion will reprise the tough love capo role he played to Mr. Chretien's satisfaction in his home province of Quebec, and will begin lecturing the West about federalism's myriad benefits. Mr. Harper argues, "It almost confirms the argument that Ottawa treats western Canada as a foreign country. Now we have an ambassador! Our representative is not somebody from here; it's somebody from there."
University of Calgary political science professor Thomas Flanagan says, "If Dion actually attempts to do this--coming out here to tell us that we are heavily taxed so that Quebec can get large transfer payments--it will make things worse. But my concern is not so much that we might have to endure some lectures but that if we are moving into a recession, if the government is strapped for money again, they're going to come looking for it in the West."
International trade agreements rule out another National Energy Program, but there are other ways to gut the western cat. Last year's row between then-Newfoundland premier (now Industry Minister) Brian Tobin and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein revealed that the Atlantic premiers think Alberta insufficiently "sharing." In other words, the net transfer of $3,000 every Alberta man, woman and child pays every year is not enough. Alberta Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Shirley McClellan does not rule out her province's participation in any such talks. "Alberta has always believed in a strong and united Canada, in a federalism that works. We have tried to work hard with Mr. Dion to see that our position is clearly understood. We've supported equalization and never complained, but we want our constitutional rights respected, and we want fairness."
B.C. premier-in-waiting Gordon Campbell takes a harder line. "The B.C. Liberal Party has a responsibility to the people of B.C. to speak up for our province and say what's best for it," he says. "Shipping billions to federal coffers and getting $13.4 million back--that's not the way confederation should work." He argues that B.C. and Alberta should "speak with a strong and united western voice" and advises the Atlantic provinces to "reflect on the successes they've seen in Alberta."
Alliance MP Rob Anders contends it is insane for Mr. Chretien to facilitate Albertans learning how much they give to Ottawa--and not just in equalization: "We're no drug addicts. If what we were getting before was called love, and whatever we are going to get afterwards is going to be called tough, I think Chretien may be sowing the seeds of western separation."
Edmontonian Matthew Johnston, president of Teaching Liberty, Inc., says, "Tough love? I think it's great; I think it will help push Alberta out of confederation. The only way we're going to scale back the size and scope of government is by being an independent nation. I think the political culture of Alberta is conducive to a vision of limited government and individual freedom not shared by the rest of the country." Mr. Johnston adds, "I don't want to leave the impression that I oppose or support the existing political efforts to secede. My goal is to work with others to build an intellectual movement."
Vancouver Sun columnist Barbara Jaffe is worried by such talk. She concluded in a January 5 column, "As someone who grew up with the separatist movement and ultimately left Quebec in large measure because of it, I can only warn in the strongest terms possible against a similar strategy for the West." But then, she's from somewhere else.
THE NECESSITY OF WESTERN
Never has there been a time when Western separatism was more necessary. Yet there has never been a time when the Federal government has been more successful than now at convincing Westerners than it was not. The necessity arises out of the conflicting economy between the West and Ontario. Ontario, where all the manufacturing of Canada has been traditionally subsidized to keep the Liberals in power, faces deep layoffs. They are so dependent on both Federal subsidies of one kind or another and the American market, that they were doomed with America’s decline. The West, on the other hand, is a resource-based economy, and its commodities are now in intense worldwide demand. From oil to water, to wheat, to wood fibre and all the minerals, the West has an abundant surplus. Uranium, the source of clean energy, is a new market demand. Saskatchewan and Alberta are booming. The need to equalize the Western surplus with the Ontario deficit has never been greater, what with oil approaching $1.50 per barrel.
Then we look at the political reality, and we are astonished. The so-called Conservatives having reneged on their electoral promises—from scrapping the gun registry to a Triple E Senate—have all but capitulated to Ontario and Quebec. Just like the Liberals, but unlike the Liberals they are not faced with a revolt in the West. They are perceived as a Western Canadian party with a Western leader. After Maxime Bernier misplaced his documents, no Westerner could take his place. It was another Quebecker as a matter of necessity. Mr. Harper must consistently cater to Quebec and Ontario. So equalization in the West pays, and the East benefits. The Conservatives have even enhanced equalization. In short, everything necessary to win Quebec and Ontario can be done and must be done. The West simply says nothing. Were all the concessions made by a Liberal from Quebec or Ontario, the West would be alive with outrage.
Maybe the Federalists would be more effective with a Western leader who acted as the West’s false friend. Someone you trust, who speaks your language, knows your heart and pretends to assist you. Stephen Harper is that false friend.
False friends can also readily confuse allegiances and loyalties. This is the evident state of our own Western political scene. The Green Party, which claims to love the earth (maybe more than people), is gaining strength. The basic reason is the absence of real clarity on the issues brought about by the false labelling of political parties. The Conservatives aren’t conservative; the Liberals aren’t liberal; the Greens aren’t green; and the NDP are against them all. It appears confusion reigns over all.
The sea change will happen when Mr. Obama is elected President of the United States. Then we will see the American Empire in full retreat and the collapse of American hegemony around the world. Ontario’s situation will go from serious to critical and demands for money and assistance in a multicultural chaos will emerge from Toronto and with the right “Conservative” leader the West will pay again for national unity.
At times like these it is the media that makes the difference. The media generally follows the trend of popular opinion, particularly when the popular will is moved by a groundswell of support. It is clear that the Establishment did not favour Mr. Obama. The Canadian Establishment to which Mr. Harper must bow demands aid for Ontario and Quebec.
My conclusion of this analysis is as follows:
1. Just as Mr. Obama defied the expectations of the Establishment, Mr. Harper will fail by satisfying the expectations of the Establishment.
2. The success of the Federal Conservatives has demonstrated both Canada’s failure as a cohesive nation as well as the futility of Federalist politics to achieve the old Reform Party goal of “The West Wants In.”
3. We can see how Ottawa has corrupted the Conservative Party by its constant need to compromise.
4. Separation is the only way to overcome the corruption of Ottawa.
5. The Western Block Party has the capability to solve all these problems by bringing Western Canadians together in one movement to create the awareness of the need for a new nation and the rational climate to create it.
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