The idea of separatism breaks out in the most unexpected places on the planet. The impression is that the richest regions, Catalonia, California, Scotland – keen to get off the sinking ship of the national economy. Now about secession from Canada has reflected in the two most prosperous provinces of the country. How did this happen?
Canadian Prairies – the so-called two most prosperous provinces of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan. They are located in the South-West of the country, rich in oil, have a prosperous agricultural industry, generations vote for the conservatives and used to enjoy economic growth even in difficult times for other locations times. In the eyes of the Eastern Canadians, the people of the plains – jammed narrow-minded bourgeois, alien to the values of globalism and liberalism.
The ideas of secession possess the minds of the people of Alberta and Saskatchewan regularly. Moreover, bouts of separatism always happen against the background of economic crises. During the great depression the government of Alberta promoted the idea of social credit, the Federal government was strongly opposed. Albertans were ready “on the way out with things.” In 1970-1980s, the surge in separatist sentiment has caused the fall in world oil prices.
Today, the idea to secede from Ottawa once again attractive to residents of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The immediate reason for their outrage was the outcome of the elections held in the country in 2019. Despite the landslide victory of the conservatives in the Prairies (support the ruling party here was about 10%), the Liberal party again has managed, albeit with a minimum margin, to win the Federal parliamentary elections. In a bloc with another party, she plans to form their own government. And at the head it is again an undisputed leader of the liberals Justin Trudeau.
The voters of Alberta and Saskatchewan see that the conservatives are once again driven from power. A few years the government Trudeau will promote a purely liberal agenda. And not only that it is contrary to all the vital interests of the people of the plains. Almighty clan Trudeau visibly tired canadian audiences with his tenure. This family decades demonstrates how cemented social mobility in the political life of Canada.
The liberal party, prominent members of which were Trudeau, the rules Canada, with small breaks almost the entire second half of the twentieth century. Nearly 16 years the Prime Minister was Pierre Elliot Trudeau. After a short stay in the opposition party returned to power – this time under the leadership of the eldest son of Pierre-Elliot, Justin Trudeau. And here he is again Prime Minister. Inevitably there is an impression that the highest office in the country is banal inherited.
With him by inheritance transferred to and economic problems. During the reign of the elder Trudeau, the national debt of Canada has increased seven times. For the first three years in power Trudeau, Jr., the budget deficit increased from zero to $ 18 billion.
These unpleasant Parallels superimposed corruption scandal, showing how closely intertwined political and business interests of the clan Trudeau. Today Trudeau Jr. is accused that he was trying to save from prosecution the engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, which is accused of bribery with the aim of obtaining lucrative contracts in Libya.
SNC-Lavalin are not simple firm. This is one of the oldest and richest corporations of Quebec. Her guidance is always represented on the Board of Directors of a family Foundation Trudeau. Family relationships of politicians with these business has been around for decades and are developing on a mutually beneficial basis.
It is interesting that by supporting Quebec businesses, even at the cost of his reputation, Trudeau is doing everything to destroy business in Alberta.
All laws passed by the ruling Liberal party in recent years, reduced government investment in oil production and the development of new wells, imposing the oil industry crippling taxes and otherwise interfere with the development of the biggest project of the province of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the construction of which has already invested more than four billion dollars.
Political differences are superimposed deep cultural differences. Albert contemptuously called “canadian Texas”, hinting on the richness and on the backwardness of the people of the province. In turn, English-speaking residents of the Prairies are suspicious of the French-speaking provinces and their liberal agenda, including the legalization of marijuana and fighting for the rights of LGBT people.
The same oil is not just a subject of economic disputes, but a sharp political issue. The globalists of the Eastern provinces are ready to fight to the death for closing oil wells of the Western regions. In the midst of parliamentary elections in Ottawa and Montreal demonstrations for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions against global warming. Definite perpetrators of climate change in Canada long designated oil.
The demonstrations in the style of the unforgettable Greta Thunberg was by no means spontaneous. They took part from 350 to 500 thousand people. In state institutions, schools and universities, was declared a day off, public transport was free that day. The procession was attended by all the leading politicians – with the exception of the conservatives, representing the interests of Western voters.
Activists from the Eastern provinces regularly attack the oil wells of Alberta, demanding their immediate closure. Recently on one of such actions the police detained among the Protestants of the mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart.
This constant pressure from their own citizens together with the fall in world oil prices is slowly but surely killing the economy of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Additional difficulties are created by a trade war with China. Fearing the unreliability of canadian suppliers, the Chinese are beginning to terminate the contracts with local farmers, preferring to buy soybeans and wheat in South America. The farmers of the Western provinces are unable to sell their harvest. And when the locals are trying to convey their concerns to Ottawa by voting for conservatives, they still can not hear. The program of the government of the Liberal party suggests a further reduction of oil production and switching from traditional agricultural industry to grow marijuana – legalization Trudeau believes that its main contribution to the fight against economic depression.
According to opinion polls, over the past 10 years, the number of Albertans who do not have savings and live “paycheck to paycheck” has grown from 29% to 50%. 60% believe that dealing with the worst economic situation in his life. From 46% to 9% decline in the number of those who believe that the Federal government can help local residents.
Massive disappointment in the policies of Trudeau and the Liberal party made the canadian “zapadentsev” EN masse to vote for the conservatives.
And when it became clear that the liberals again came to power, the population of the provinces seriously thinking of secession from Canada.
The idea Wexit (similar to Brexit is “the separation of Western Canada”) originated in social networks in the night after the parliamentary elections on October 21. A group of “separatists” in the “Facebook” already has several hundred thousand people. The hashtags #sascseparation and #albertaseparation filled canadian Twitter. Supporters Wexit hold their meetings in Edmonton and other Alberta cities. Canadian senators plan to create a “Caucus” on the issue of secession in Western Canada – and this is the first step towards creating a full-fledged political party of Western separatists.
As expected the separatists, residents of the Western provinces vying to calculate exactly how much taxes they overpaid in the Federal budget. According to some experts, only on the development of the hated French-speaking Quebec Alberta for the last 58 years has spent 476 billion. It is unknown what facts confirm this, but the subject monetary claims to the center – this is a classic “trick” of all the separatists in the world.
More recently, Canada seemed an island of prosperity, where the delights of capitalism was mitigated by a solid social support of citizens. Americans are liberal beliefs, disillusioned with life in the homeland after the victory of trump, the mass was about to emigrate to Canada. Today, however, and here the approaching global crisis has divided the country into two unequal parts, which are in a state of latent civil war with each other.
Justin Trudeau will not be easy to solve the problem suddenly resurrected Western separatism. Moreover, along recalled his five Francophone provinces. From three times increased its presence in Parliament, “Quebec block” – a party fighting for the independence of Quebec.