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Former Harper minister to lead new federal Canada Wexit Party

“After 17 years of working in Parliament I have reluctantly recognized that the West will never be treated fairly,” said Wexit Canada leader Jay Hill.

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Veteran B.C. MP Jay Hill has been chosen to lead the new Wexit Canada party with a goal to have all four western province hold a vote on independence.

Hill, who served 17 years in the House of Commons, including being the chief government whip, said the goal of the new party is to push for fairness for Western Canada – much like the Bloc Quebecois has done for Quebec.

Hill said former party leader Peter Downing has stepped aside and at a recent Zoom meeting of a new board he was asked to become the interim party leader. The party has already been registered with Elections Canada.

“I have written a number of columns that Western Canada is not getting a fair deal, and likely never will,” Hill said Tuesday in an interview with the Western Standard.

“After 17 years of working in Parliament I have reluctantly recognized that the West will never be treated fairly, because of the Golden Triangle of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. It’s a Golden Triangle because of the way they fleece the West.”

Hill said it was the results of the October election that gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a minority government that made him decide to take a more active role.

“I believe we elected a disgrace as a Prime Minister,” Hill said.

And Hill also took a shot at Conservative leadership candidate Peter MacKay, who in a French-language debate last week said he would let Quebec have the last word on any proposed pipeline projects to go across their territory.

“After hearing that and reading the reports in the Western Standard I can’t believe anyone would ever consider voting for him,” Hill said.

Hill, who ruled out running in the next federal election, said his next step is to start building the party from the ground up.

Fundraising, organizing a founding convention and a leadership race is all on his agenda, which will be hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s going to take a lot of work,” Hill said.

The ultimate goal, he said, would be convincing the governments of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to allow their residents to have a referendum to decide if they want to stay in Canada.

Hill said the federal party will have no connections to any of the provincial independence parties.

Hill served as Reform and Tory MP for Prince-George Peace River from 1993 until his retirement in 2010. He also served as Government House Leader 

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. 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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Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

…more to come

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

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

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

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