If I understand this Western Standard article correctly, Alberta separatism has awoken from a long hibernationâ€¦ which means that if they see their shadow, they'll go back to sleep.
And that's why Canadians had better hope that they don't see their shadow, because if they do, then Alberta, and, to a lesser extent the other Prairie provinces, are DONE. They're hitting the bricks, gonna mosey, gonna sashay, clear out, vamoose, say adios, ciao, auf wiedersehn, sayonara, au revoir, hasta luego, Godspeed until we meet again WHICH WE WON'T because the West is really gonna do it this time.
The nascent #Wexit movement has already managed to saddle itself with a name that few can say out loud without laughing, but at least #Wexit has an advantage over the Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance Party (CCRAP), the Coalition Avenir du Quebec (CAQ), and the People's Party (PP) of Canada in that it doesn't sound like something you'd leave in the toilet. But that doesn't matter, because the movement is trending on social media, which is all that matters in 2019. All concerns about who's going to lead this unruly collection of Prairie folk or whether any of them can perform basic activities of daily living are moot.
It also doesn't matter that the corpse of Max Bernier's People's Party of Canada is barely cold. While Max was a cringe trainwreck who stupidly focused on national rather than regional ambitions, THIS reform movement is based on LEGITIMATE anger expressed by strong and independent minded Westerners, at the Central Canadians bullies who won't stop being a bunch of meany pantses. It's about calling the Prime Minister of the country treasonous while declaring you want nothing to do with Canada. It's about complaining that Quebec gets special treatment when Quebec has their own culture, their own language, and undertook a collective transformation of their province in response to being dominated economically and culturally.
I'm not sure if the Western separatists are trying to do their best Greta Thunberg impressions, but there's a better than average chance that they'd yell "How Dare You!" at anyone who points out that nobody seems to have a Step 2 to this process beyond yelling on Twitter. Some people are actually circulating a 100-year-old editorial cartoon showing rich Ontarians and Quebeckers in top hats and waistcoats milking a cow that's being fed by skinny farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Think about that: for a century, you've been complaining about the same thing, wanting someone else to fix it, and are still expecting results.
You cannot, of course, call the aggrieved westerners entitled or ask them to work just a little harder or demonstrate a reason why they should be taken seriously after banging this drum for the past century, because then you're not compassionate enough. It's bad enough when people of the left, such as the Bloc Quebecois or past Toronto mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat pull this emotional blackmail. When those ostensibly of the right do the same, it proves that it's a Liberal world and we all just live in it.
There is, of course, a solution to these regional woes, and that is culture change. Canada is a place where we haven't quite made the separation between church and state. Despite knowing our leaders from Prime Minister Blackface on down kind of suck, we still want to believe that they have godlike powers. They, and not we, are supposed to do the right thing even though we give them no reason to. But if you ask the conservative thought leaders in this country about culture change, they'll ask you, "Does culture change create one job? How does culture change put more money in your pocket and help you get ahead?"
The complete lack of imagination at the top of the conservative pyramid is dispiriting, but, as ever, at least they have something resembling an orientation (jobs = good, everything that is not jobs = bad). The #Wexiteers have nothing just a massive, sucking, black hole of hurt feelings. 100 years from now, they will still be the other Canadian separatist movement. That, and not Central Canadian tone-deafness, is why they can be safely ignored.
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Written by Josh Lieblein