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JAY HILL: Why I left the Conservatives for Wexit

Jay Hill writes about why he left the Tories, and why he believes Western independence is the path forward.

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As I reflect on the past week of numerous interviews and feedback I’ve received since accepting the role of Interim Leader of Wexit Canada, I can’t help but recall the shock and disappointment some friends, acquaintances and former colleagues have expressed with my decision.

Yet anyone who has read my newspaper editorials and social media posts over the past three years could have easily predicted my evolution regarding Western independence.

Western Canada is increasingly suffering from the “tyranny of the majority”, with little consideration for the economic wellbeing of people west of Ontario. 

When asked by reporters, journalists and political show hosts what motivated me to “become a traitor to my country”, the simple answer is the most truthful.  My grandchildren.  At 67 years of age and comfortably retired, I have become increasingly concerned about my children’s and grandchildren’s future. I do not want to look into my grandkids eyes on my deathbed knowing I could have tried to do something to give them a brighter future, but chose not to. 

Canadian’s face runaway debt levels at both the federal and provincial levels, equalization payments that are anything but fair to the provinces that generate the largest revenue from our natural resources, a Constitution that ensures the power and influence will remain in Quebec and Ontario, and a Prime Minister that has shown a lack of respect for the west at every opportunity. 

In addition, our federal government allowed widespread and unchallenged protests across our nation, blockading railroads and highways and creating untold job loss and economic hardship.

When over 100,000 Western Canadians working in the energy sector lost their jobs, there was little reaction from the federal government. But when Quebec’s Bombardier threatened to layoff 1,500 employees in Quebec and Ontario, our Liberal government quickly signed a soul-sourced contract for $105 million for two new Challenger jets to transport the PM and his Cabinet.

This weak minority government is being propped up by the NDP that cannot afford an early election call. Despite the Conservative’s best efforts to thwart the suspension of Parliament for months on end, they were simply outnumbered. 

Justin Trudeau promised us “small annual deficits” of no more than $10 billion, and that the debt-to-GDP ratio would never increase. Instead, his government produced debt accumulation twice his promise even before the Chinese COVID-19 virus was allowed access. Canada’s debt is now approaching $1 trillion and our credit rating has been downgraded due to the Liberals’ incompetence. Who will pay for this irresponsible stewardship of Canada’s finances? Our kids, grandkids, and future generations.

When asked if the turning point for me was Justin Trudeau’s re-election last October, and what I consider to be his continued destruction of Western Canada, my answer was an unequivocal yes

When asked why I don’t continue to support the federal Conservatives to win the next election, my answer is “because on all the important issues that constitute respect, fairness and equality for Western Canada, I believe they will fail”. East of Manitoba there are 231 Members of Parliament, versus 107 MPs from the West and Northern Territories. The disparity in the Senate is even worse: 78 in the East vs 27 Western Senators.

Any sitting prime minister and cabinet – regardless of party affiliation – will inevitably attempt to appease voters in Central Canada if they want to remain in power. That is how it is and shall remain, until Confederation is amended or the West secedes. 

Throw into the mix that many people in the Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa triangle do not understand, appreciate, or respect the contribution Western Canada makes to the country, and do not care to. Election after election the West hopes for change, but like the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over hoping for a different outcome, nothing ever changes. It is time for us to lead the change!

If you can relate to these challenges but still see the opportunity for a better future for Western Canada, I urge you to purchase a membership at and work together with us to create the change our children and grandchildren deserve.     

Jay Hill is the Interim Leader of Wexit Canada

Hon. Jay Hill, is a frequent guest columnist for the Western Standard and the Interim Leader of the Wexit Canada Party. He was the Member of Parliament for Prince George – Peace River for 17 years, held the position of Whip of his party four times, and served twice as House Leader.

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LETTER: Will Nenshi mandate masks?

A reader says that Nenshi should stop threatening Calgarians that do not wear masks.

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The word on the street is that the mayor of Calgary is going to institute a face-mask law for Calgarians in the next two weeks, based on the fact that not enough of them are complying to face mask recommendations. 

On July 8th, Nenshi told CTV News,  “Our level of mask wearing in Calgary, in stores and in public transit in particular, is way too low, and I’ve been pushing saying, ‘we gotta do it’ and people aren’t doing it.” Nenshi’s reason for implementing a face mask mandate is not because the death toll in Calgary is thru the roof; he has not even quoted scientific, medical data indicating if masks can contain the spread of a virus. Instead, he states that there are too few people wearing them, therefore we must force them to. Where’s the rationale in that? And why wait for two weeks before instating this mandate?  

If Nenshi and his gang believe that masks save lives, why wait? Why let more Calagarians die in the interim?  To me, his warning that he will issue face masks if Calgarians don’t cooperate sounds more like a threat from an autocratic, “too-big-for-his-britches” politician than a plea from a good-hearted, reasonable, genuinely concerned leader.  

Katrina Kitchen
Cochrane, Alberta

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NAVARRO-GÉNIE: The University of Calgary’s “systemic racism” admission is virtue-signalling at its worst

Navarro-Génie writes about the University of Calgary’s self-flagellating virtue signalling.

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The University of Calgary (UC) has admitted to being a systemically racist institution against blacks, indigenous people and other people of colour. The revelation by its Senior Leaders University Team has hardly received any attention. The shocking admission was made on June 24, which coincidentally is the unofficial discovery of this country, when John Cabot landed in Newfoundland in 1497. 

Only three weeks earlier on June 1, the University tweeted a statement denouncing racism and offering support “in these difficult times.” It was retweeted 168 times and received 559 likes (July 14).

Spearheaded in the Department of Psychology, a group from the academic grievance industry reacted to the tweet a week later, charging the university with racism in an “Open Letter”. It is an adapted form letter circulated on other Canadian campuses.

The open letter initially acknowledges efforts at the UC to create an environment of inclusion, and welcomes the new “equity, diversity and inclusion” Komissar this coming August. But it’s not enough. The open letter claims that the UC is systemically racist and has “longstanding, underlying and systemic racism” problems. 

Claiming something does not make it so, however. A skeptical approach to these claims is necessary because the letter indiscriminately casts dispersions of racism on an entire community of scholars and workers. Equally important, a minimum standard of evidence is required in any academic setting. 

The letter says the UC is “the home of racist…sentiment.” If per chance it is, presenting evidence renders the greater service to alumni and donors, to this city and province. 

Alas, beside conjecture, the freest form of association and a cartoonish intellectual attitude, the letter presented no case of systemic racism on the university’s campuses. None. There was racism in “Alberta in the early 20th century,” it reads. There surely was, but does it link to the UC today? “Researchers have shown…racism within schools is among the main reasons for the academic failure of Black students,” they say, without establishing relevance to the UC from school research.  

In a blanket smear, the letter claims that “Students, teachers and administrative staff” can be racist. But saying that there may be racist people on campus doesn’t demonstrate that it is institutional? 

In all, not one example of a person subjected to such reprobate institutional behaviour at UC is offered. The letter even fails to summon the intellectual entrepreneurship to demonstrate how minorities might be underrepresented on campus. 

Similarly, the letter does not define “systemic racism.” This absence of a clear standard illustrates the failure of social justice warrior and the grievance-studies sub-cultures in universities more vividly than rhetoric could. Strong argument based on carefully marshalled evidence has always been a hallmark of scholarly excellence.

In the absence of any evidence, the signatories leapt to the undemonstrated conclusion that “there is need to address longstanding, underlying and systemic racism in our own university.” 

Judging by what follows the racism charges, the letter’s signatories want the UC to become a factory of social justice activists “equipped to advocate.” The adapted document offers a litany of requests to correct undemonstrated problems, including a condemnation of police brutality, “more faculty and staff of colour,” and less rigor in admissions. 

The requests betray an ideological desire to transform the university into a political tool. They want to radicalise the teaching and research, in the name of “protect[ing] the public from structural and research racism, bias and discrimination.” They want “permanently [to] abolish the unsafe practices currently being used to educate community leaders and researchers” without even showing anecdotal evidence of abuse. 

Short of saying the current academic offerings promote racism, they want “programming and curricula…to provide in-depth instruction [not education] on structural racism, oppression and marginalisation, and decolonisation…to provide people with the tools to combat racism.” 

The most radical indoctrinating request wants race at the center of all things and “adopt identity-conscious policies and practices.” Put differently, the UC should become the training ground for a new race-conscious activist who, in radical opposition to the accomplishments of the last 60 years, will judge people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character.

In response, the Senior Leadership University Team admits that the institution has a “crisis of systemic racism.” The response never says whether the university may be a racist emporium for its hiring practices, for failing non-white students or because qualified minority students are being denied entry into programs or the right to graduate? Albertans need substantive answers.

Meaningless politically-correct self-flagellation is one thing. But when the top thee UC administrators openly admit systemic racist practices, they also stain Calgary and this province. 

Marco Navarro-Génie is a Columnist for the Western Standard, President of the Haultain Research Institute, and a Senior Fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

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JAY HILL: Lend Wexit your vote

Guest columnist Jay Hill writers about the need for independence, and taking a chance on Wexit.

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Ask any Westerner and they can likely recite from memory a long list of grievances of how Central Canada has misunderstood and mistreated the West. And continues to do so. Some are historical dating back decades, some much more recent.

Many folks – like myself – have reached the breaking point.  The realization that no matter who we elect to govern us, nothing much will change in this regard.

‘The system’ is rigged against us and we must break the cycle that sees all federal governments -regardless of party – focus on appeasing voters in Central Canada to the detriment of the West.

So, we all know why we’re frustrated and even angry, but what is it that convinces some of us there can be a brighter future that Central Canada continues to deny us?

I believe it is because it is not only logical, but it’s the belief we can do, and be, so much better.  And it is deep within each of us. New immigrants have come here to the West for decades, from lands around the globe, regardless of their race, creed or gender identity.  They’ve been made welcome and with those who preceded them, have worked hard to build a future for themselves and their families. Not because there was a guarantee life would be better here, but because they dreamed of a better life and never gave up on working hard to ensure it.

I believe that dream is still very much alive and well in the hearts of each of us here in the West. It is part of what makes us distinct, even unique, from the majority in Central and Eastern Canada. We are different. It is time to reject the status quo, unconditional federalism that has shackled our economy and forced unfair laws upon us. 

Even with all the logical, common sense arguments for breaking free of this abusive relationship with the East, are you still reluctant to “hitch your wagon (reputation) to our team?” “What if it’s taken over by a bunch of ya-hoos and self destructs like so many independence movements before,” you may well ask. Believe me, the eight of us on the current Wexit Board share your concern, but that will not deter us from working as hard as we can to ensure that fate does not befall Wexit.

If seeking independence from the ROC (Rest of Canada) is still a bridge too far for you, then I respectfully ask that you consider lending us your vote… just once. Take a chance for just one election.  Let’s see what can happen if we send some MPs to Ottawa that will only vote for legislation if it’s good for the West.

Not MPs who must constantly weigh their support, or opposition, based upon whether it may enhance or harm their party’s chances in Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa.

We cannot, must not, keep repeating what we’ve done in the past expecting a different result… that’s the definition of insanity. Just imagine if the early Reform MPs of 1993 – myself included – had been demanding “The West Wants Out” rather than “In”, how much further we would have progressed towards independence over the past twenty-seven years.  

I believe in the succeed against all odds, hard working, entrepreneurial pioneer culture that built the West. Pioneers carved out their futures, and ours, with their bare hands. Like others, I worked alongside my father and brothers clearing and breaking raw land to become a field of golden wheat. That’s right, my generation… not people 400 years ago. Westerners know first hand how to overcome adversity, we’re just tired of trying to overcome it from our own federal governments and so many folks east of Manitoba.

If this describes some of your own thoughts and feelings please consider joining us in working for the brighter future we all know is possible.  

Jay Hill is the Interim Leader of the Wexit Canada Party

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