|Montréal, 9 décembre 2000 / No 73||
by Scott Carpenter
Last month's federal election only confirmed what Westerners have known all along: that Canadian politics are preordained, unalterable and the result of over one hundred years of liberal meddling, power brokering and fear mongering.
Did we have hope for the Canadian Alliance? Yes. We'd be lying if we said
we didn't. The weeks leading up to the election produced a certain confident
static in the air – a hope that our somewhat less than democratic system
might at last have a chance at some constructive change. We hoped that
the CA had what it might take to break the liberal/conservative grip on
the better part of Ontario. We hoped that the maritime provinces would
be swayed by promises of less government, less taxes and less tyranny.
Instead, they opted – as usual – for the proverbial handout.
Of course it was good to hear support for the CA had grown substantially in almost all of the provinces but somehow this seems to have brought little comfort to those living outside of mainstream political life.
While politicians from the Alliance and their direct supporters look forward to the next election, westerners are left with the stark realization that we must endure another four (and possibly eight) years of crushing taxation and creeping despotism under a Liberal majority. For the most part we can't decide whether the light at the end of the tunnel got brighter (as Mr. Day would assert), whether it got fainter or indeed – if it simply went out altogether.
What is undeniable is that that which has traditionally gone undiscussed in the mainstream press, even in the West, is finally being given some serious air time.
What am I talking about you ask?
What once was the topic of debate amongst
In a recent Calgary Sun article, Paul Jackson writes about a meeting he had with businessman and former Liberal assistant Ted Matthews.
More and more indeed.
But these sentiments are not new in the West – just suddenly (very suddenly) more popular.
Western secession movements have been around for decades. The
The Committee for Western Independence in early 1975 gained members from around the province of B.C... In July of 1978, amid fanfare from the media and people inThe
But, like anything else – everything does have its time. A lot has changed since the late seventies and early eighties. In some sense at least – revolutionaries such as Doug Christie are no longer as alone as they once were. The internet – for all its garbage and trash has made the communication of ideas an almost elementary exercise. That you are sitting here reading these words on this screen is a testament to that fact.
Like the fax machine that helped to pulverize the Soviet empire the net has the capability to help bring down one of the most corrupt regimes to ever exist in Canadian history.
Indeed, as quickly as Mr. Jackson's article was written it was e-mailed to thousands of westerners who were suddenly joined in the desire for one simple concept: political liberty.
There is little doubt left in my mind that the ball is rolling, The big question is: where will it take us?
Your questions and comments are welcome.
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