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Canada Maxime Bernier warns alienated Albertans that threatening separation actually left Quebec worse off

07:15  17 november  2019
07:15  17 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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RED DEER, ALTA. — Maxime Bernier warned on Saturday that Alberta should not follow the example of Quebec in attempting to use separation as a threat to wrest more powers and money from the federal government. The strategy, he argued, has only led to more fractiousness and unhappiness in his home province of Quebec.

In a speech delivered in Red Deer, Alta. at a “Freedom Talk” conference about meeting the challenge of Alberta separatism, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada and former Conservative leadership contender told Albertans their first choice should always be to “fix Canada.”

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“You will likely find yourself in a very negative political dynamic. One based on failed attempts to blackmail Ottawa, internal divisions, and resentment against the rest of the country,” Bernier said. “Just like in Quebec.”

The PPC leader — who lost his seat in Parliament in the October federal election — delivered a lunchtime address on the problems of Confederation and what is to be done about them. The problem, he believes, is one of distorted federalism, caused by overlarge government.

“It creates tensions and even more divisions,” Bernier declared.

Saturday’s speech was something of a return to form for Bernier, who broke away from the Conservatives last year, in that it was a paean to small government and libertarian identity, the same ideals he has said he thinks the Tories have abandoned.

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Absent from Bernier’s speech Saturday were any mentions of his more controversial positions during the election, where he argued that Canada should not bother with a climate plan, that it should not accept so many immigrants, and should build a security fence at one popular illegal border crossing.

Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister, quit a year after losing that party’s leadership contest to Andrew Scheer in 2017. Bernier formed his own party in September 2018, premised upon a populist vision and tapping into hostility to immigration, while keeping some of his personal trademark policies, such as wanting to dismantle the agricultural supply-management system. Bernier’s new party, a little more than a year old at the time of the October election, didn’t win a single seat and received less than two per cent of the national popular vote.

On Saturday, Bernier said the rise of separatism as a phenomenon, in both Quebec and the West, can be linked directly to the expansion of the federal government, which intervened in provincial affairs and has favoured some regions over others.

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Bernier wanted to liberalize the system, arguing it keeps prices artificially high and limits Swear words rang out as Scheer’s victory was confirmed, with many of the partisans getting up to leave soon after. “ Maxime Bernier held himself back,” he said. “Supply management, just in his riding is a

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He spoke at the same hotel in Red Deer where, a week before, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney had announced his plan to seek a better deal for Alberta in Confederation. Organizers estimated nearly 400 people were on hand for Bernier’s speech.

Bernier argued western separation, at least as a tactic to squeeze more benefits from Ottawa, is a “weak threat.”

“And if separatism failed to achieve much that was beneficial in Quebec despite a more credible threat, imagine what it will accomplish here,” he said.

a group of people in a room:  Bernier argued western separation, at least as a tactic to squeeze more benefits from Ottawa, is a “weak threat.”© Tyler Dawson Bernier argued western separation, at least as a tactic to squeeze more benefits from Ottawa, is a “weak threat.”

Rather, what Alberta and other provinces should push for is more provincial autonomy — a less centralized federation with a smaller national government. He said that, in retrospect, the approach of Quebec nationalists has proven to be a mistake.

“Quebecers who want more autonomy for Quebec should have allied with (other provinces) instead of making unrealistic demands on Ottawa and the rest of the country,” Bernier said.

In so doing, Bernier argued, there cannot be another western protest party like the old Reform party, which failed to make inroads with voters from Quebec and ultimately ended up subsumed by an establishment party, the Conservatives, under Stephen Harper.

“What we need to solve our unity problems and make our federation work better is a good manager of a smaller, much less intrusive and interventionist government,” Bernier said.

On that point, he took the opportunity to take a shot at Andrew Scheer, the Conservative leader, for failing to stick to more conservative principles.

“Scheer’s only program was to buy votes,” he said.

And, he said, small-c conservatives must reject the calls after losing the last election to be even less conservative, as if to emulate the Liberals. If they do that, Bernier warned, “you’re screwed.”

“We must stop compromising. We must keep defending our ideas. Even if it means we’re not mainstream enough in today’s political culture to form a government.”

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