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Wildrose is Back: FCP & Wexit to vote on merger

The Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP) and Wexit have decided to join forces and, if members approve, will be called the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.

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The Wildrose is back in Alberta – and this time they want the province to leave Confederation

The Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP) and Wexit Alberta have decided to join forces and, if members approve, will be called the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.

The FCP’s Bill Jones and Wexit’s Peter Downing signed the agreement to merge on Monday.

“The people of Alberta, having been exploited by the federal government since its establishment as a province in 1905, and having attempted in good faith for generations to seek reconciliation without resolution, require a political vessel with which to sever or radically redefine its ties with the federal government,” the two parties said in a release.

“Therefore, the members of Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP) and Wexit Alberta commit to bind themselves together in the establishment of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta, hereafter referred to as the “WIP” or “the Party”.

It’s founding principles state: Alberta will be strong, free, and sovereign; Alberta will sever all ties of domination from the federal government; Alberta will immediately repatriate all powers granted to it under the constitution as it seeks to sever or radically redefine its current relationship with the federal government.

“Alberta will establish its own constitution and its own Charter of Freedoms. Alberta’s government will hold the freedom of its citizens as its highest responsibility,” the release said.

“Today’s unification agreement is the fulfillment of more than nine months of negotiations representing the direction we were given by our members after the last election,” said FCP President Bill Jones.

“They told us to reach out to other parties and organizations that support freedom and sovereignty for Alberta, and we have done so with an outstretched hand. We have worked hard to include everyone interested in coming together for the greater good of Alberta to found a credible, viable, mainstream party to be the voice and vehicle of Alberta independence. If our members ratify the agreement that we present to them today, then we will radically upset the stale two-party, federalist monopoly that governs Alberta.”

Wexit Alberta Executive Director Peter Downing said in a statement: “Since Eastern Canada re-elected Justin Trudeau, the Western independence movement has exploded. Albertans have given Jason Kenney a chance to get a ‘fair deal’ for his people, and after one year, all we have seen is talk. Because Mr. Kenney and Ms. Notley are committed federalists, Ottawa knows that all they will do is talk.

“The time has come for all Alberta sovereigntists in all parties and organizations to come together behind a single, unified and credible party that can do what we are unable to do apart. The Wildrose Independence Party is here to put Ottawa and the federalists on notice: Alberta independence has arrived, and it will fight on until Alberta is free,” said Downing.

Both parties will set up a remote, online vote on the potential merger to be held June 29.

If the ratification vote is approved, 15 members of each party will sit on the interim board of directors.

That board’s first acts will be to select an interim leader and set up a founding annual general meeting, to be held within three months.

After the founding meeting, a leadership campaign would be held.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westewrnstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Horgan told he can’t build a ‘BC Wall’

Many pundits said such a move would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Horgan plugged away and last week ordered government lawyer to do some digging to see if he could.

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BC Premier John Horgan isn’t legally allowed to ban other Canadians from travelling to his province, his lawyers have told him.

Horgan has been musing for several months about the ban, which he said would help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Many pundits said such a move would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Horgan plugged away and last week ordered government lawyers to do some digging to see if he could.

Section 6. (2) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: “Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right: to move to and take up residence in any province; [and] to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.”

And guess what BC lawyers found – they concluded the pundits were correct!

“The review of our legal options made it clear we can’t prevent people from travelling to British Columbia. We can impose restrictions on people travelling for non-essential purposes if they are causing harm to the health and safety of British Columbians,” Horgan said.

“Much of current interprovincial travel is work related and therefore cannot be restricted.

“Public health officials tell us what is most important is for everyone to obey health orders, wherever they are, rather than imposing mobility rules. Therefore, we will not be imposing travel restrictions at this time.

“If we see transmission increase due to interprovincial travel, we will impose stronger restrictions on non-essential travellers. We will continue to work with the tourism and hospitality sectors to make sure all possible safety precautions are in place.”

In November, Horgan said: “We need a pan-Canadian approach to travel. People in Quebec and Manitoba should stay in Quebec and Manitoba.

“We want to make sure we have an approach to travel not inconsistent with citizenship. Non-essential travel should not be happening in British Columbia,” he said.

So far, BC has had almost 63,000 cases of COVID-19 with 1,119 deaths.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Dastardly thieves steal entire herd of Saskatchewan cattle

While it’s quite common for the RCMP to be called in when one of two cows get stolen on the Prairies, it’s a whole different matter when the entire herd is pilfered.

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The cattle rustling – and there’s cattle rustlin‘!

While it’s quite common for the RCMP to be called in when one of two cows get stolen on the Prairies, it’s a whole different matter when the entire herd is pilfered.

RCMP in Saskatchewan are now on the look-out for 63 purloined cattle worth an estimated $100,000.

RCMP said between October and December, a Saskatchewan farmer had 35 cows and 28 calves on multiple quarters of land between Moosomin and Fairlight go missing.

It was only reported a couple of days ago and RCMP are investigating the matter as a theft.

“It’s definitely rare. Just everything about it,” Cpl. Dallyn Holmstrom told Global News.

“I’ve heard of people losing cows to the (United) States over frauds … but it’s always been a fraud where they’ve sold cows and then through frauds or whatever, they haven’t gotten money.

““But I’ve never heard of cows just being stolen — at this magnitude anyway.”

Holmstrom told Global all the cows are all branded with a line over a capital T and E.

“The calves aren’t branded, but they all have ear tags and the cows have ear tags as well, but they’re branded,” Holmstrom told Global.

“They can’t go to an auction mart, they can’t go to a butcher. They can’t because they’re branded.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 310-7267 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Edmonton councillor calls for study on creation of urban reserve

An urban reserve is defined as a reserve within or adjacent to an urban centre.

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An Edmonton city councillor will ask administration to study the possibility of setting up an Aboriginal reserve with city limits, the Western Standard has learned.

Ward 5 Coun. Sarah Hamilton will make the request at the next council meeting on Monday.

She will move “that Administration prepare a report to formally implement an Urban Reserve Strategy for the City of Edmonton, to work with First Nations that would like to establish an urban reserve within the City of Edmonton boundaries.”

An urban reserve is defined as a reserve within or adjacent to an urban centre.

There are numerous urban reserves across the country – the majority being created as a result of a specific claim and Treaty Land Entitlement settlements, which provide First Nations with cash payments that, may be used to purchase land.

Hamilton asks administration to “outline how other municipalities in Western Canada have implemented an Urban Reserve Strategy, including bylaw compatibility, municipal service agreements and other considerations, and recommendations of feasibility on implementing a similar model in
Edmonton.”

In a federal government website on urban reserves, it notes it’s important for the new centre to have a municipal servicing agreement because it provides a fee for services such as water, garbage collection, police and fire protection, in an amount which is generally equivalent to the amount the municipality would have collected through property taxes.

“The same sales tax exemptions that apply to reserves in rural areas also apply to urban reserves,” the government said.

“Many First Nations in Canada are located in rural areas, far from the cities and towns where most wealth and jobs are created. This geographic remoteness can sometimes pose challenges for First Nations trying to increase their economic self-sufficiency. As a result, urban reserves are one of the most successful ways to address the problem of geographic remoteness of First Nations.

“Urban reserves offer residents economic opportunities that are generally unavailable in more remote areas. They give First Nation businesses the chance to establish themselves and provide employment and training opportunities. At the same time urban reserves can create jobs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and contribute to the revitalization of the host municipality.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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