I read Anastasiia Bykhovskaia’s story on the western independence movement, known as Wexit, on the Estevan Mercury’s website, www.estevanmercury.ca, on July 18.
I attended the Regina meeting held by the Wexit leader, Mr. Allan Kerpan, and his associate. And what a meeting it was. Unpopular comments about Brad Wall and Regina’s bypass cost were snuffed out quickly. In attendance were people, all of whom seemed angry.
Western separation will do nothing to further the interests of Albertans, Saskatchewanians and the odd Manitoban. As political columnist Murray Mandryk puts it, why would a land-locked country be better off than a group of land-locked provinces when it comes to getting oil to tidewater?
It is interesting to note that Souris-Moose Mountain member of parliament Robert Kitchen of the Conservative Party attended the meeting but told the Mercury’s reporter that people don’t want to separate. The implication is that Wexit doesn’t really want the west to separate; they just want enough power to threaten it.
I suspect Wexit will die an unremarkable and quiet death if Andrew Scheer of the Conservatives wins the next election.
Formerly of Stoughton