Prime minister Justin Trudeau is being offered some help from the West, and if he knows what’s good for him at all, he better take it. It isn’t help that he particularly deserves, as he was well and properly punished for his anti-West policies in the federal election, with the result that there is no representation whatsoever from Saskatchewan and Alberta in a minority government situation.
The help is being offered by Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, and by former Alberta premier Alison Redford.
They have both said they have not been offered any kind of position or job with the federal government, but they have both said they would be willing to help the Liberals in providing a voice from Alberta on issues affecting the West. So, the issue is not so much that Trudeau deserves any assistance, but this would be for the good of Canada, to help keep this beautiful country together.
The problem with this, of course, is that once again Saskatchewan is being completely overlooked, both by the national media (who often forget to even mention Saskatchewan in this context) and by the Liberals themselves.
There needs to be a voice from this province also, for the primary reason that there are serious rumblings occurring on the Prairies of a separatist nature.
The movement is called “Wexit”, and there are Alberta and Saskatchewan committees who have been actively holding meetings on this very topic, with a spike in interest following the disastrous federal election.
The overlooking of Saskatchewan is only going to feed the fires of separatism, on top of which Albertans are also feeling left out in the cold by a federal government that has openly attacked the energy industry, and is actively suppressing any ability of the industry to grow and market themselves. This is bad for both provinces, and again was reflected in the election results.
On election night, former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow spoke about the results, even before they were fully known, warning that the whispers of separatism is a serious thing that Eastern Canada likely knows little of or understands. Quebec has kicked the idea around over the years, and with the election of several Bloc Quebecois MPs, this may yet again rise up as an issue in that province, but for completely different reasons than here in the West.
Many, if not most, Canadians love this country, and want to see it stay together as a whole nation, but unless the Liberals take the West’s concerns seriously, that unity may be in serious jeopardy.