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‘Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan’ set for a membership vote

Members of Wexit Saskatchewan will vote on choosing “Buffalo Party” as their new name.

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Wexit Saskatchewan is considering a name change just two months after it was given official party status. On June 3, the party’s executive board voted in favour of the name “Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan”. However, the party announced a few days later that it will put the choice to its membership in an online vote.

In a post on the Wexit Saskatchewan website, the party said, “Over the last few months, we have heard both membership support and toleration for the registered name and feel at this time (as we move towards a Founding Convention this summer) it is imperative to allow the membership to decide on the name of this grassroots independence party.”

The executive sees some advantages in distinguishing itself from the “Wexit” name. 

Party executive member Harry Frank told the Western Standard that his party did not want to be associated with all of the broad range of comments on the VoteWexit.com Facebook page, which has 3,600 unmoderated posts per day.

“They basically let anybody post anything they want, and a lot of it may not even have to do with Wexit. People were getting pissed off. You’re posting a whole bunch of crap from the [United] States. Just racist comments…I might make the odd comment and usually it’s Wexit Sask has nothing to do with these guys.”

Frank said, “People just saying, ‘I’m fed up with this site, this is ridiculous,’ you know, ‘you just lost my vote,’ so that’s something that we want to try and curtail.”

According to the party’s website, “All members will receive an email containing a secure voting link beginning on the morning of June 28th, 2020. The poll will remain open until 6:00pm on July 4th, 2020. The results will be published within days shortly thereafter.”

Two members of the executive resigned over the name change, partly because they supported the old name (Wexit), and partly because at that time the executive had not yet decided to put the matter to a vote of members. The former executive members talked to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

“My position was stay the course, deal with a name later. Rome wasn’t built overnight, so quit trying to please everybody. Do we stand for something, or more worried about what everybody thinks?” said one. “I won’t be ‘buffaloed’ into virtue signaling.”

The second former executive member told the Western Standard, “I can’t hear that name without seeing Michelle Rempel’s face.”

Michelle Rempel, Glen Motz, Arnold Viersen, and Blake Richards were four Conservative Alberta MPs who published the Buffalo Declaration earlier this year in the Western Standard. The declaration called for federal reforms to rectify ‘critical injustices’ against Alberta.

Other names were pondered, including Liberation Party of Saskatchewan, Prairie Freedom Party, and Grass Roots Independence Party. However, Elections Saskatchewan wouldn’t let the party use the word “Independence”, deeming it too close to “independent candidate”. This wasn’t the case in next door, where Elections Alberta approved the name “Wildrose Independence Party” for the pending merger of the Freedom Conservative Party and Wexit Alberta. 

“We found out you can’t use the word ‘Progressive’ in it, ‘Conservative’, ‘Saskatchewan’, ‘New’,  anything that relates to any other party you can’t use in your name…”

The Province of Buffalo was proposed by the former Premier of the Northwest Territories, Sir Frederick Haultain. Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier decided to create a separate Alberta and Saskatchewan instead.

A search of domain info on the Canadian Internet Registration Authority shows that “buffaloparty.ca” was registered on May 2 of this year. The Wexit movement is represented by VoteWexit.com. However, a visit to VoteWexit.caautomatically redirects to a clip of the 1978 film Jaws.

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Affairs Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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UPDATED: 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?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

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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