Is Canada Following Britain with WEXIT?

  • #Wexit gained popularity after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reelected.
  • Alberta and Saskatchewan would like to separate from Canada.
  • Alberta and Saskatchewan joined Canada in the 1905.

This week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudueau has been re-elected for a second term. Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party which was only able to form a minority government this term. Trudeau is disliked in Western Canada. After the election the new movement #Wexit (Western Exit) is gaining popularity on social media. Within 24 hours a Facebook page for VoteWexit.com gained over 200,000 members.

The movement is similar to Brexit in the UK and demands separation of the Western Canadian provinces. The VoteWexit.com group was created in 2012 but its popularity increased after the last Canadian election.

The hashtag #Wexit has been trending on #Twitter for the past few days. In Alberta, the PC Conservative Party won 33 out of 34 seats and 14 out of 14 seats in Saskatchewan. Alberta and Saskatchewan joined Canada in 1905, while the other provinces joined in 1867.

Additionally, Wexit continues to gain momentum and there are planned demonstrations in Alberta next month demanding separation from Canada.

One of the major concerns for the Western Provinces is the Federal Carbon Tax, which is in reality an additional money grab from hard working Canadians, with flawed promises to create higher returns. It could be compared to a legalized ponzi scheme. It does absolutely nothing for Canada besides being another way to offset some of the large budget deficits Trudeau has been running. The carbon tax previously failed in Australia.

Pre-election Poll: 50% in Alberta believed separation from Canada is a real possibility.
Maroon: unlikely to happen
Blue: highly likely to happen

One other major issue is Alberta’s dependency on the oil and gas industry and the Liberal Party is not doing much to aide Alberta’s economy. This issue is two pronged: in one way the province needs those jobs; on the other hand it is horrid for the environment and the province should diversify its economic portfolio.

The Conservative Party had a tough run too. An inter political drama unfolded when Andrew Sheer won the leadership race and Maxime Bernier came in second. He left the party and created his own People’s Party of Canada. His party failed to secure any seats.

Andrew Sheer is a fiasco as a leader. He lacked charisma and a clear plan. None of the candidates attracted me to vote for them in this election.

Earlier this year, an Angus Read poll showed 50% in Alberta believed separation from Canada is a real possibility .Given the trending interest on social media the percentage has likely increases in favor of #Wexit since the election. Interestingly enough, certain areas of Eastern Canada are calling for a movement to Alberta if Wexit gains actual traction to hold a referendum.

Quebec held a referendum on the separation from Canada in the early 1990s but they were unsuccessful.

The question remains, how sustainable an independent Alberta can be, or is the long term goal to join the US? However, it is for certain Justin Trudeau will have a very tough time with his minority government this term. Will he go down in history as the Premier that drove division and the separation of Alberta and Saskatchewan from Canada? Are the oil companies behind the movement?

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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