FORSETH --- Jay Hill began as an MP for the party telling eastern Canada ‘The West Wants In’. In Wexit – the western separatist movement - he is now saying ‘The West Wants Out’
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lead Wexit separatist movement
For many years, Mr. Hill was the federal Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Prince George – Peace River. He began as a Reform Canada MP (the West Wants in) ... and continued on through the formation of the Canadian Alliance Party, and then to the Conservative Party of Canada. Now, in Wexit, the western separatist movement, he has moved to having the position that The West Wants Out.
While there is independence sentiment in Alberta and Saskatchewan (not enough I believe to make it a reality – in my opinion) – I firmly believe that the majority of British Columbians will not go along with the idea.
Don't get me wrong --- I KNOW there are many issues and problems with our Confederation.
That's one of the reasons why, very early on, I became a member of the Reform Party of Canada -- and have for a very long time believed in true grassroots participation in the political process. That’s what’s missing from today’s political process – direction comes from the top down, with just the odd policy scraps, being initiated by the rank and file grassroots members, agreed to.
When I stated elsewhere that I did not believe the notion of WEXIT would succeed, Mr. Hill asked me if I had a crystal ball, so as to know the future. Here is how I responded:
Sir ... I have great respect for you ... and for all the work you and our Reform MPs did to create more equality for the west, within Canada (The West Wants In) -- I wish you and others would continue on that path, rather than the one of The West Wants Out.
As to your comments of having a crystal ball, I know that was in jest, however as I pointed out elsewhere, the lower mainland of BC, along with Vancouver Island, comprise 2/3rds of the BC population, and they are the least likely to support the notion of leaving -- they are the Left Coast after all. The best chance for majority support -- as to the notion of BC joining Wexit -- would be for the people in the interior, rural, and northern BC -- that's only 1/3rd of the population.
I regret the Reform Party principles, and beliefs, could not have continued on through the formation of the Canadian Alliance, and then today's Conservative Party of Canada. Those ideals are in fact (IMHO) what is truly needed.
I also invited him to share the platform and principles of WEXIT on this blog site – to persuade me and others to join the cause – I hope he will do so.
Mr. Hill ... I believe the west still wants in – and that’s a laudable goal to pursue.