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Western Canada Concept
The Western Canada Concept was a Western Canadian political party founded in 1980 to promote the separation of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and the Yukon and Northwest Territories from Canada in order to create a new nation.
The party's concerns centred on the perception that Western Canada could not receive fair treatment while the interests of Quebec and Ontario governed Canada. The party gained popularity in Alberta when western alienation was at its height following the federal Liberal government announcement of the National Energy Program in October 1980. This policy aimed to ensure low energy costs for Canadian industry and consumers, a policy that would not benefit Alberta, Canada's major producer of oil and gas.
A member of the party, Gordon Kesler , was elected to the Alberta legislature in a 1982 provincial by-election in Olds-Didsbury riding that drew national attention. The best showing for the party in a general election was later the same year in Alberta, where they took 11.8 per cent of the vote, but did not elect any MLAs (Kesler lost his seat).
Kesler became leader of the Alberta WCC as his election to the legislature. In 1984, he was replaced by Jack Ramsay , later a federal Reform MP. Some of the more doctrinaire figures in the party opposed Ramsay's leadership, claiming that the he was not genuinely committed to western independence.
The most prominent leader of the party was Doug Christie, a British Columbia lawyer with links to the far right and who had made a career defending accused neo-Nazis such as James Keegstra, Ernst Zündel and Wolfgang Droege. It may be noted that Christie was expelled from the national party leadership in 1981, and was subsequently denied a membership in the party's Alberta branch. He later became leader of British Columbia's provincial WCC, and ran for the party at the national and provincial levels several times. Christie continues to run an organization with the "Western Canada Concept" name, but it is no longer a registered political party. In 2005, he announced the creation of the Western Block Party which would be a western version of the Bloc Quebecois.
- Independence for Western Canada, chosen by the people of each of the four Western provinces and northern territories in a referendum.
- A citizen's constitutionally established right of reasonably accessible referendum, initiative and recall.
- Protection for the sanctity and safety of human life, property and security of the person and their fundamental freedoms.
- An end to immigration to preserve our environment, culture and stability.
- Equal rights for all, with no special status for any race, or ethnic origin.
- Preservation of our Christian culture and European heritage.
- A two-house legislature, one elected by population the other by region, both with original legislative jurisdiction and both required to approve before a law was enacted.
- One official language of Western Canada.
- The establishment of a balanced budget by law under the constitution so no future debts can be incurred by government.
- List of political parties in Canada
- Secessionist movements of Canada
- Western Canada Concept Party of British Columbia
- Western Canada Concept Party of Manitoba
- Western Canada Concept Party of Saskatchewan
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