WEXIT: Senators forming new caucus for western Canada
A group of Conservative-leaning senators are planning to create a caucus that can represent western Canada after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were swept across the prairies in the recent election. The caucus could have a membership reaching anywhere between nine to 12 senators, according to The Tyee.
The group is expected to be formed imminently, with some reports suggesting that the announcement of its creation will be made as early as tomorrow. Since the group will have a minimum of nine members, they will automatically be granted official status within the senate.
The United Conservative Party (UCP) appears to be preparing for a fight for increased autonomy with the Trudeau government.
In their first annual meeting, members voted on through informal straw polls on a series of issues aimed at getting a “fair deal” from the Trudeau government.
From the province’s potential tax collection agency to the police force, trade relationships, pension plan, and firearms watchdog, members voted in large groups to support autonomy and further pull away from Ottawa.
A panel weighing those ideas is to complete its report by March 31.
“We are not seeking a special deal. We are simply seeking a fair deal,” Premier Jason Kenney told party faithful.
While not backing the secession movement, Wexit, the move to fight for autonomy is not surprising. Polls have placed Alberta’s desire to potentially declare independence close to if not higher than the separatist-prone province of Quebec.
The leader of the Parti Quebecois, Pascal Berube, has attacked Jason Kenney and his UCP in an opinion piece in the Calgary Herald.
In the article, Berube declared that Kenney was lying to Albertans about Albertan taxes paying for Quebec’s social infrastructure. Berube claimed that Kenney’s statements were “simply not true.”
Berube also took time to rebut Kenney’s indignation over equalization payments—an issue that Kenney will put to a referendum. Berube said that equalization payments were calculated based on the province’s ability to generate tax revenue, and thus “Albertans should not complain about paying for any of Quebec’s social programs. It simply is not true.”
Berube went on to say that “Alberta is a bigger spender than its leaders would like you to believe … Alberta is not some libertarian’s dream, as some would like you to believe. The province is a perfect example of ‘big government.’”
By saying this, Berube has labeled Kenney and the UCP as hypocritical and manipulative.
What was more piercing, however, was when Berube attacked Kenney directly, suggesting that Kenney was “looking for someone or something to blame for his gigantic fiscal deficit.”
Berube went on to say that “Albertans need to realize that their leaders have let them down … he will seal his place as the proud heir of past leaders who drove Alberta to the brink of the fiscal precipice where it now finds itself.”
Berube’s attack is the latest incident in a war of words between the two provinces. Previously, Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and CAQ leader Francois Legault had criticized Kenney and the Wexit movement. Blanchet, for example, has also disputed Kenney’s equalization claims, declaring that Alberta doesn’t “send a cheque to Quebec.”
Blanchet has also ridiculed the broad sentiment of alienation in the western province, stating that “the desire to do whatever they want with their oil might not be a sufficient reason to fuel a desire to become a country.”
Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order that restricted the influx of immigrants and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries, Justin Trudeau tweeted the following:
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada”
Trump’s policy was slammed by many as a “Muslim-ban,” mostly based upon statements he had made during the election campaign calling for a ban.
However, the policy itself ended up still allowing immigration and refugee settlement from the majority of the world’s Muslim-majority nations, and also included bans on countries like Venezuela and North Korea.
Of course, Justin Trudeau still didn’t miss his virtue-signalling moment, and his resulting tweet led to a large influx of illegal border crossers to Canada.
At the time, some might have claimed that it was just an emotional reaction by Trudeau, that he was legitimately upset by Trump’s remarks and the restrictive policy on immigration from certain countries into the U.S.
Yet, let’s just consider the contrast in Trudeau’s response to a policy passed by the United States (our close ally and a nation where the rule of law prevails), and Trudeau’s response to China’s actual Muslim concentration camps.
As revealed by the China Cables, there is now no way to deny that China is engaging in the mass oppression of Muslim people in Xinjiang province:
“The China Cables, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, include a classified list of guidelines, personally approved by the region’s top security chief, that effectively serves as a manual for operating the camps now holding hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs and other minorities. The leak also features previously undisclosed intelligence briefings that reveal, in the government’s own words, how Chinese police are guided by a massive data collection and analysis system that uses artificial intelligence to select entire categories of Xinjiang residents for detention.”
So, China is holding innocent Canadian Citizens hostage, has repeatedly threatened Canada, is oppressing the freedom-loving people of Hong Kong, and is now arbitrarily arresting innocent Muslims, taking them away from their families, abusing them, indoctrinating them, and committing crimes on a horrendous scale.
Where’s Trudeau’s tweet about all this?
Where’s his tear-filled press conference?
Where’s the strong action by the Canadian government to distance ourselves from China, ban Huawei, and stop infiltration by the Communist State into the politics of our nation?
Instead, Trudeau and much of Canada’s pathetic political class are silent.
It’s gutless and hypocritical, and it makes Trudeau’s tweet following Trump’s so-called ‘Muslim ban’ seem like a complete joke.
China is in the midst of a real Muslim ban, punishing millions of people and trying to eradicate their faith.
If Trudeau and the Canadian elites aren’t willing to decouple our nation from China even under these circumstances, then our values and our national strength may already be gone.
A public art display in Montreal’s downtown core has drawn the ire of residents who believe the city’s spending is irresponsible.
According to Director Quebec of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Renaud Brossard, that $800,000 figure “is as much as the property taxes of 192 Montreal families.”
The bridge, which is used commonly in the summer months to sit on as it’s placed in a city square, has gotten harsh criticism from those in the Western provinces, as many feel it’s a wasteful way to spend $800,000.
This, though, isn’t confined to Montreal. Edmonton, Alberta recently coughed up a hefty $1 million towards a public art display.