The Fire Rises: Wexit Finishes Third
November 1st, 2020 | Spartacus
A branch of the Wexit movement has pulled in more than 11,000 votes in Saskatchewan. With no money and only 17 candidates, The Buffalo Party took the third largest helping of the popular vote in Canada's middle prairie province. During an historic election, with a significantly lower turnout, the new separatist party has sent a strong message to Ottawa's political establishment. In what is a shock to pundits and forecasters, Wexit has performed better than expected in the first provincial election to test the movement's viability.
The Buffalo Party's strong showing will not only elevate the party's status in future races, it could spark life into other Wexit parties in Alberta and Manitoba.
The significance of the party's success in Saskatchewan is especially noteworthy. Saskatchewan is the birthplace of other revolutionary movements and political parties, which include the NDP and socialized medicine. Although those movements don't necessarily represent the aims and ambitions of those who tend to support separatism, it signifies the growth of another powerful political movement that could shake the entire country to its core. It again symbolizes Saskatchewan's status as the birthplace of revolutionary Western ideas.
Whenever the seeds of revolution are planted in Saskatchewan, the vines always reach Ottawa.
Just last month, the NDP won an historic majority in British Columbia. The old Saskatchewan-born party now has tentacles across Canada and has impacted change in nearly every Canadian province since its inception. The same could easily be expected of the Buffalo Party and its many cohorts across the country. Unified in their ambitions to get a fair deal for the prairies and the West, this movement has performed well with few resources, little help and a lot of zeal.
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It took years for the NDP to emerge in British Columbia as a powerful force, but it happened. We may not like what the party represents and embodies, but it is an important Saskatchewan story. The next Saskatchewan story to be told is one of revolution.
The next Saskatchewan tale will tell of a small fire that started in a dusty province and eventually burned its way across the Okanagan and into the heart of British Columbia.
The Fire Rises
In a Tale Of Two Cities, the wealthy upper class and political establishment lose to the people. When four shadowy figures set fire to their fancy chateau, the villagers stand by and watch. The wealthy elites had lost so much respect and trust, the villagers refused to put out the fire. Instead, they watched it all burn.
The fire spread, just like the revolution.
Parties like The Buffalo Party have lit the spark. For the first time in the Canadian West, there was enough of a flame to create smoke. With more than 11,000 votes and a finish in third place, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia have seen the smoke.
Alberta can smell it.
Alberta will be the next stop. With Jason Kenney doing more to bolster his own political ambitions than to get the province a fair deal, Albertans are growing tired of being taken for granted. They were duped, yet again, by another Ottawa bureaucrat with his eye on the Prime Minister's office.
Workers from the oil patch, who have lost mortgages and livelihoods, have now gotten to a point where they would rather see Canada burn (figuratively) than be forced to witness the further destruction of their heritage, culture and wealth. To them, Canada is the embodiment of the smug Laurentian elite that have destroyed everything that ever meant anything to them.
The rise of Wexit is exactly that. It is the destruction of Canada.
Fewer and fewer Western Canadians care to put out the flames. Rather, we would like to watch it all burn. From the ashes, something newer and stronger will emerge. Others have done it before. Our American cousins offer their own successful story of revolution, albeit much bloodier than this one will ever be. Fortunately, no blood will ever be shed in this new revolution. There is no need for it.
Today, we have democracy. Ironically, it is the foundation of Canada, but it will also be its demise.
Whatever the outcome may be, it will be a better one for the West. If it ends with a stronger and more threatening role in Ottawa, all the better. If it ends in complete separation and the dismantling of the Canadian confederation, it is of no difference. Many of us will take either result.
What we will not take is more of the status quo.
Jason Kenney, Scott Moe and Brian Pallister offer only the status quo. They have a choice to continue on their paths and to have their support slowly eroded over time, or to put up a stronger fight for their people. As the years pass, parties like The Buffalo Party will only continue to gain support at the expense of conservative parties. In time, the effects will start to be felt by federal Conservatives. At the moment they are strong, but on their current course they will face much of the same fate.
Kenney's referendum on equalization is a good start, but it is nothing more than a political ploy designed to posture for those who support Wexit. The referendum itself will offer an indication of how serious Albertans are in their pursuit of fairness and strength. In the end, however, it won't accomplish much more than a statistical sample of attitudes in Alberta. When push comes to shove, Jason Kenney will choose his own ambitions over those of Albertans. His slow jog into the PMO will never become less important to him.
Brian Pallister and Scott Moe want nothing more than a relaxing retirement filled with private sector gigs and big pay cheques. Supporting the destruction of Canada is no more conducive to their ambitions.
Perhaps once they taste the smoke, they will be more keen on choosing the right side. As the fire rises, they will have fewer choices anyhow.
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