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Canada Wexit party to run federal and provincial candidates across Western Canada

15:55  17 november  2019
15:55  17 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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a man standing in front of a crowd: Attendees at a Saturday evening rally in Calgary listen as Wexit Leader Peter Downing speaks.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Attendees at a Saturday evening rally in Calgary listen as Wexit Leader Peter Downing speaks. A western separatist party will be running candidates not just federally but provincially in four provinces as well, attendees at a Saturday rally in Calgary heard.

Leader Peter Downing said he plans to run federal candidates under the name Wexit Canada and provincial candidates in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with the hope of holding future referendums on separation in those provinces.

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Elections Canada confirmed it has received Wexit's application to become a federally registered party and CBC News has reached out to the electoral offices the four aforementioned western provinces to confirm if the party has also registered at that level.

Around 750 people gathered in Notre Dame High School's gymnasium for Saturday's Wexit rally. Volunteers hawked merchandise like red baseball caps with the slogans "Make Alberta Great Again" and "Rednexit" from a table at the back of the room as attendees filed in.

Downing's push for Alberta separatism first gained attention with a February billboard campaign, but Wexit — a portmanteau of "western exit" — appeared to gain support in the wake of the federal election which saw the governing Liberals shut out of Alberta and most of the west.

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The rally was the group's second major event in Alberta since the election, the first held at Edmonton's Boot Scootin' Boogie Dance Hall two weeks ago. Downing said he plans to hold more rallies later this month in Alberta and across Saskatchewan in the new year.

First-time Wexit rally attendee Garrett Roberts said he's interested in the idea of separation because he doesn't feel his voice as an Albertan is being heard in Ottawa.

"We're also just sort of concerned a little bit knowing that our province could erupt into something that we don't know what it is and we really just want to gather all the information," Roberts said.

"Had to see it for ourselves … wanted to see the people who are leading this movement up close and in person just to see if they're real people and if there's any motivations, what their energy's like."

Attendee Nicole Remeika said the idea of a new country, a new constitution, is exciting.

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"If it happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't, but we could be creating something new, something different. A whole new society and a whole new world."

Wexit isn't Downing's first foray into politics.

Downing ran federally with the Christian Heritage Party in 2015. He said he's since been involved with federal Conservative Party boards and as a campaign manager with the former provincial Wildrose Party — and he said he's currently a member of the United Conservative Party.

Before that, he was an RCMP officer who was suspended for uttering threats against his ex-wife. Downing has said the judge made a mistake in finding against him for uttering threats and said he left the force with a clean record.

The party has been accused of allowing conspiracy theories or other harmful rhetoric to circulate online. On social media, Downing has railed against "crybaby liberal reporters," "communist creeps and bums in Eastern Canada" and "beta males."

a man holding a phone: An attendee at Saturday's Wexit rally in Calgary wears a sweatshirt depicting a tree with a noose hanging from it and the words © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation An attendee at Saturday's Wexit rally in Calgary wears a sweatshirt depicting a tree with a noose hanging from it and the words

Another speaker, Craig Chandler with the Progressive Group for Independent Business, plans to bring some of the sentiments represented at the rally to municipal politics.

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He said his organization is putting together a slate for Calgary's next municipal election in 2021. Chandler plans to run in Ward 12, which is currently represented by Coun. Shane Keating.

Chandler also has controversies under his belt.

In 2016, he stepped down from the Progressive Conservative party's board after accusing Earls restaurants of supporting terrorism by purchasing beef from a company that also offers halal meat for Muslim customers. In 2007, Chandler was forced to apologize as part of a Canadian Human Rights Commission settlement for anti-gay comments. He was rejected as running as a candidate for the PCs that same year.

The group's goal of seceding could prove difficult, experts say. Any provinces looking to leave Confederation would have to address First Nations treaties and other complications like trade, national defence and amending the country's constitution.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said he doesn't support separation. He recently announced a panel that will study measures to give the province more autonomy, like establishing a provincial police force or pulling out of the Canada Pension Plan.

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