“There is a bit of a political division that unfortunately sometimes takes the place of everything else," Trudeau said.
"I don’t think standing up for my family, my friends, or my neighbours, makes me unpatriotic. Even if it does, I’m willing to take such accusations...
The motion, which could be debated as early as Monday, says it is in Alberta's best interest to stay within Canada.
Guest columnist CW Alexander writes that independence gives Alberta the ability to decide its own trade and economic development.
Vince Byfield writes that the UCP risks losing power if it does not let Albertans vote directly on its future.
"Westerners are looking for alternatives, and one can’t help thinking that Wexit has missed an opportunity to become a mainstream, credible party, with a real chance...
"To make such a major irreversible change like this, seemingly without a good reason, is not only a failure in marketing, but a failure in judgement....
Independence is a legitimate option for the West, but only if it does so to end overreaching government, not replicate it.
Michael Wagner examines how Ronald Reagan's election in the 1980s gave common cause to Canadian conservatives and Western sovereigntists.
Grafton writes that one of O'Toole's biggest challenges will be keeping Western conservatives happy within his big blue tent.