January 29, 2016

Justin Trudeau’s policies and prejudices revive western separatism

Tim BallRebel Columnist

All the actions of the Federal government under Justin Trudeau resurrect the hostilities his father provoked.

His policies of increasing and centralizing power in Ottawa angered western Canadians. Justin Trudeau is a child who inherited all his father’s narrow socialistic views of the vast diversity that is Canada.

Like so many politicians, such as Al Gore, they fail at everything else and devolve to politics, where they make everybody else suffer and pay for bizarre ideas around which they attempt to build a career.

Western Canadians have not forgotten the “finger” at Salmon Arm, the “sell your own wheat” remark and the formation of PetroCanada under the manipulative hands of Maurice Strong.

Now the son appears intent on continuing the pattern, although Strong is no longer with us.

I am expecting to see an Alberta car sporting the bumper sticker using Ralph Klein’s famous comment, “Let the Eastern Bastards freeze in the dark.” Mary Janigan used the phrase as a title for a book on its history. As one reviewer wrote:

Janigan, an award-winning national journalist, uses a disastrous first ministers’ meeting in 1918 as an anchor point and from there dissects one of the more intriguing inter-governmental spats in Canadian history. At every turn, Janigan lets us in on one more bit of the story of Western alienation, a tale that’s been slowly written since the day Canada acquired Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company — a transaction that would result in an endless battle over who owned what.

It is logical that the second largest country in the world encompasses great diversities of geography and climate and requires a political system and politicians who deal with that reality.

The British North America Act understood the challenge and knew it required a political system that accommodated the diversity. People living in each region faced different challenges and required local control. Politically this is achieved with a federal as opposed to a unitary system of government.

Britain has a unitary system, but even there it is under stress as people in different regions, such as Scotland and Wales, seek more local control.

The BNA Act gave the provinces control of resources, much to the annoyance of Liberals who wanted total federal control. This battle continues, although frequently superseded by battles over taxation, like the GST, and Provincial political power like Meech Lake.

In reality, the only role for a federal government in Canada is defense, and that is not possible, so there is no need.

It is the nature of ideas that they ultimately fail unless people are aware of the nature of change. Everything, from an invention to a nation, begins as an idea, but few materialize. If they do, they require components that unless constantly monitored become the seeds of destruction. The idea needs a structure of manufacture and marketing to put them into society.

The problem is the structure is inevitably rigid while an idea needs dynamisms to perpetuate itself because the world is dynamic and constantly evolving. The idea doesn’t have to adopt or adapt to every change, but it must to those that make it untenable or unnecessary.

A recent example of the structure limiting, undermining, and allowing people to divert from the original idea is the current political struggle in the US. Many see the drift away from the ideas set out in the US Constitution.

The Founding Fathers understood and anticipated change and provided a vehicle for Constitutional Amendments. They made them difficult to introduce to prevent political trifling. The other issue at the center of the US election is State power as Washington grows and usurps those powers.

As the Founding Fathers warned: 

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions." --James Madison

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." --Thomas Jefferson

"Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression." --James Madison

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." --Thomas Jefferson

Canada experienced the same growth in the centralization of power and drifted away from the BNA Act. As the country expanded from the original United Empire Loyalist eastern area to western Canada, everything changed except the attitude and adaptation to the new region.

Particularly troubling was the imposition of universality on the great diversity of landscape and climate. Universality is an ideal vehicle for a political agenda of total control, but it is eventually unworkable as it comes up against reality.

Canada is a very different country than when it was created, but little or nothing has changed to accommodate the differences. A few events accentuated the differences by effectively dividing the country along a historic boundary.  The railway was built as a steel reinforcing rod to connect east and west.

It barely fills that function anymore because of removal of the Crowe Rate, designed to deal with the difficulty of access for the Prairies to the coast; decline of railway passenger and freight traffic; complete reorientation of western Canada to the Pacific market; and reorientation of eastern Canada to the US instead of Europe. They all underscore the almost complete separation of east from west. The centrifugal forces of a large country are pulling it apart as the few centripetal forces fail  

The actions and attitudes of Justin Trudeau are under different conditions than existed when his father alienated the west. Eastern Canada failed to adjust the structure for a variety of reasons, which created and aggravated western separatism.

It is time to reconsider the division. The natural division is at the historical boundary known as the “height of land.” It was an important dividing point for aboriginal people, and later fur traders because it was the boundary or divide that separated water flowing to the Atlantic from water flowing to the Arctic.

Make the division and the Mayor of Montreal can buy his oil elsewhere without attacks from Canadians who won’t admit the idea of Canadian Federalism is not working.

Any government in Canada that opposes oil & gas pipelines
should lose its share of oil & gas equalization payments.

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commented 2016-02-02 05:59:31 -0500
Western secession will not happen, so dream on far-far right, dream on about your fascist eutopia. You people must come to terms with how few Canadians believe in the outdated values of Harper and the Social Credit/Reform Parties. Overall, we are broadly centrist, kind & caring, warm & sharing! The far left or right has never succeeded! Admit defeat, in a rational manner, and move on. The far right had it’s chance to govern, and now it’s time for moderate to govern. Once the Conservatives sort themselves out, heal, and become more urbane and cultured, they might return to government. The far right is dead and buried
commented 2016-02-02 01:09:34 -0500
VIRGINIA FIELDING… As the debate evolves in the coming four years we will get a sense of whether to go it individually or as a united front… Needless to say, presenting a common front would really get Washington’s attention and augment our bargaining rights… Also, trying to do it province by province would give Ottawa more leverage and the potential to sow dissent in each provincial capital… The utmost purpose must be to rattle the Laurentian Elites to the very core, slap their heads around, and have an honest dialogue for the first time in Canadian history…
commented 2016-02-01 21:50:03 -0500
You are right Virginia… We do not need Canada’s permission To secede…but I think that the western provinces would do better as an alliance then becoming involved with the USA… We would just be trading one dictator for another and I think we would all be better off as a democratic republic called the Western alliance.
commented 2016-02-01 17:25:38 -0500
We don’t need the consent of the rest of Canada. Under the Clarity Act, we only need 51% of Albertans to agree. The U.S. is our biggest trading partner so we could just move our oil to the U.S. West Coast refineries. On the internet they say they have the capacity for Canadian oil. I believe however to succeed each province should do it alone. We can always amalgamate after separation.
commented 2016-02-01 13:25:44 -0500
“Quebec was doing it for blackmail. The West may do it for survival!”, good point Rick.
commented 2016-02-01 11:01:40 -0500
Rick Plesnik… it is very unfortunate that your father didn’t use a condom…
commented 2016-01-31 16:25:16 -0500
Long live the Western alliance.. A true democratic republic.
Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta and British Columbia minus the lower mainland but the ports the highways and the railways remain ours..
commented 2016-01-31 16:19:24 -0500
Sean Penson threatened: “Western separatism should result in the death penalty, be it firing squad,poison gas, or the noose!” The regressive left displaying their inner Nazi once again! Never heard talk like that when Quebec was pouting all the time! What’s different? Quebec was doing it for blackmail. The West may do it for survival!
commented 2016-01-31 16:09:51 -0500
And since you’re into name calling Drew… I will call you stupid…!!
Now those Bolsheviks that you say came out of Germany and some did but they were not German people…
They were only German residence with some being born there but not loyal to the host country… Only loyal to their tribe. In fact they came from Eastern Europe and their official title is
“Ashkenazi j…” lots and lots and lots more of the power players came out of Russia. Lenin Stallon etc. etc. they were all born there or Born in a satellite state.
The German people are not half as guilty as with these Marxists would like the rest of the world to believe.
If we do not remember history then we are condemned to repeat it.
commented 2016-01-31 15:57:41 -0500
You’re such a funny little monkey Drew…
You love to call people names and if you knew anything about your Ukrainian history you would know there was no Nazisim before Hitler took over and created it you funny little monkey… Yes some of them came out of Germany because every other country but Germany from that time prior ran them out of their… countries but nonetheless that’s what they did to Russia and there’s no denying it… By the way there was lots of Ukrainian war criminals too..
commented 2016-01-31 13:17:00 -0500
Dr. Ball makes some good solid points, philosophically and morally backed up by the wisdom of the American Founders, and there are others:
“…Sovereignty can never be divided or surrendered in part. If the states had it in 1776 as Jefferson wrote, then they maintain that sovereignty to this day and thus can exercise that sovereignty through an act of interposition or withdraw…” See:
Dr. Ball points out some problems with separation in Canada, supported by others – as William Gairdner explains (with the example of Quebec separation), specifically; Permission: Partition: Duplication. and/or “The Trouble With Canada…Still”, see:
And of course there’s the problem of Separation of Powers and all the practical problems of the West actually separating…
Is there good cause for Western Separation today, and support? – Absolutely!
The practical details of what to do with those hotbeds of urban liberalism/Marxism in Vancouver, Calgary/Edmonton, and all the major urban centers in whatever form Western Separatism takes – like how the GTA voted in Wynne with a so-called majority, or Notley with a so-called majority of urban liberals, or Justin, federally with a so-called majority of urban liberals – could be dealt with…eventually.
But can Western Separation actually be accomplished…and if so HOW…specifically?
And even worse, will Canadian sovereignty even survive long enough for Western Separation to occur?
commented 2016-01-31 10:14:53 -0500
Tim Ball! What kind of divisionist and trouble maker talk is this? Why would you insight Canadians against Canadians? Why advocate West against East?
There’s a video! In most pieces where there’s a video, the written word is about what is in the video, but is that what you did? No! You were all over the place, including writing about the US constitution which has nothing to do with us. It also reflects on a division there which is black and white, so are you trying to insight French/English hatred? Some rather nice quotes but again, they were by US citizens about the US citizens, so… nice reading but will they be accepted by Canadians?
Canada does have it’s own constitution and agreements. Unlike the US, we still have ties to EU because we are still part of the British Commonwealth. Yes, we grew up some and take care of ourselves but we’re still part of the Commonwealth, therefore our laws go back to the Magna Carta.
Although P E Trudummy rewrote the constitution, my understanding is that the original is still very much legal. Although Pierre felt he had the right to fiddle with the constitution, he apparently, made it so no one else could with his constitutional act of 1982. It is this paper that Trubama is using to run the country. He said it in one of his speeches, I think just after he was elected, that he would be using his father’s constitution to run Canada. I’m sure you’d be able to find his videos easily.
Instead of urging an east/west separation because of a province or two are having problems, (we all have issues with this government) you should be putting the blame where it belongs. Yes, Trudeau’s government should not have stopped everything without having a remedy in place, no matter how long it took, In true liberal fashion, they blame the previous government for the problems that are there, so it’s also their fault for any problems the libs have been forced to cause. Sick way of thinking but that’s what these entitled, silver spoons are like. Most of his cabinet are still wet behind the ears and being liberal, they really don’t care about anyone else.
I’m sure if you check with younger people out their, you’ll find that there are a lot of liberals or people who would have voted liberal (or NDP, which is the same thing) at election time. Any refugees will have voted liberal! Any pot heads will have voted liberal! Younger mid income will mostly have voted liberal because they didn’t know any better. They all believed the lies that Trudummy told! They all believed that he was supportive of their needs.
I have one suggestion for you, since you seem to like politics – it’s not my favourite thing! :-) Read our constitutional papers and see the changes that P E T made with his 1982 version. Use our constitution against what that pansy a$$ is doing, perhaps even to cause a vote of non-confidence! That’s how we got rid of his dear old daddy! Find ways to show the illegal things he does, show up his lies (has he legalized drugs yet?), Show the destruction his cabinet is causing to the people so the people will want rid of him, like this article but without turning the west against the east. When he does or says something that would cause bad feelings between the provinces, point it out – don’t fee into it. Turning the people against each other, like Obama does with the black/white issues, just keeps everyone hating everyone, while Trudeau takes his selfies, she sings publicly (shudder) and they go on trips to spend tax payers money.
Here’s a link to find most of the links that you’ll need. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_constitutional_documents
commented 2016-01-31 09:55:21 -0500
Western separatism should result in the death penalty, be it firing squad,poison gas, or the noose! Loyalty to the Federal Crown is not much to ask! Just because you Reform Party POS don’t get your own way!
commented 2016-01-31 01:36:19 -0500
Greg the term Jewish Bolshevism originated in NAZI GERMANY! Does that not tell you anything?
commented 2016-01-31 01:35:01 -0500
Greg have you ever noticed my last name? I know more about Ukrainian history than you do pinhead.
commented 2016-01-31 01:34:14 -0500
Greg please list these great sources LMAO!
commented 2016-01-31 01:31:48 -0500
Greg when did i ever say you could not promote your heritage loser??? You need to get some mental help. Must have burnt too much rod. And sorry but Israel will always stand strong and wipe out fanatics who want to kill them , they do not need your permission to be proud of themselves , too bad hypocrite.
commented 2016-01-31 01:29:11 -0500
Greg your Jewish hate is pure bullshit. And metal weakens when it is at those temps. Sorry but that is pure science. And i never said they were a race you fucking moron. And try saying that to my face sometime you anti semite puke. Now go hate Jews like a good stooge. And sorry but i know more about Stalin than you ever will, my family members were murdered by the atheist pig. And who gives a fuck what you think. I will stand with Israel , you can stand with bigots and tinfoil hatted idiots. His mother was Orthodox you moron.
commented 2016-01-31 01:21:34 -0500
Greg it is just a way to show the idiot how stupid he is. I wonder if he has any clue that B.C. has a huge gas industry.
commented 2016-01-30 23:01:06 -0500
Why pick a fight with BC…
We all know Sean Penson is a one man ambush who stands alone and speaks only for himself..
British Columbia would be a wonderful addition to the west separatist movement minus the lower mainland of course but the harbors and ports would remain in the Western alliance possession along with free passage to and from anywhere East and north from there as well as the railway system.
commented 2016-01-30 22:16:46 -0500
Sean Penson. Do any products from China go through Alberta from BC? If Alberta were to secede from Canada do you think Albertans would forget how poorly they were treated by their neighbors?
commented 2016-01-30 21:50:31 -0500
Outstanding post Calamity Marcy…
You are a true Canadian with values and beliefs that would confound any and all of these left wing Marxist Communist sons of bitches. The Canada that we once knew is on life-support.
commented 2016-01-30 21:31:39 -0500
Sean Penson, your arrogance is breathtaking. You don’t represent anyone’s view outside of your enclave. All your facts that you dredge up are simply bullshit from other left wing mouthbreathing idiots.You purport to be the perfect incarnation of all things Canadian second only to the miserable excuse for a PM we’re saddled with. Your Canadianism represents a changed Canada, a far cry from the Canada I once knew. Your Canada is an alien nation that nauseates me. And you, I have nothing in common with you. We belong in different nations. We could not be more adversarial even if we faced each other on the field of battle, in which case I’d annihilate you and not give it a second thought. Like flushing a toilet. Your hubris is sickening and I loathe you with every fibre of my being. You need professional help.
commented 2016-01-30 20:46:42 -0500
I don’t see the word ‘race’ anywhere in the comments here, in regards to Jews or anyone else.
commented 2016-01-30 19:23:34 -0500
And Drew… To further enlighten and educate you I will make the following statements… I am neither anti Semitic or racist…
Stating facts from history that one can find anywhere from very repuatable sources that was once taught in schools while we were against communism does not make me anti-Semitic.. In fact Arabs Palestinians Hebrews the Lebanese Syrians and all the rest of the tribes in the Middle East are all Semites..
And I am not racist because I think that we should be able to promote and support our European background as passionately as every migrant in North America is allowed to support there’s.
One other thing you fucking moron… Jewish is not a race you idiot.. It is a religion.
commented 2016-01-30 19:04:46 -0500
Drew you really are an sponge headed vacant eyed little drooler…
This information is available everywhere from reputeable sources..
If you had spent any time in school studying history then I would not have to waste my time explaining your future to you.
And really Drew… The smartest thing that blacksmith ever had was his hammer..
If you weren’t so terminally stupid/critical and argumentative you might be humorous.
This is a rebuttal from someone’s earlier post.
Who gives a shit what the Jews and Israel thinks..
And I’m sick and tired of people like you and people like them constantly whining about their status as the eternal victim..
The Bolsheviks were Jews and killed between 10 and 20 million Christians during the revolt that was paid for by central banks to oust and murder the entire Romanov family..
That lead the way to Lennon and he was a Jew and responsible for the deaths of somewheres around 30 million Christians.
And that led the way to Stallon and he was a Jew who killed some wheres around 50 million Russians and Ukrainians that were Christian..
The book of communism and the Marxist state was invented written and promoted by Jews. who cries for the dead Christians.
Let’s not worry about how Justin never mentioned anything about them and concentrate on how to fix Canada that he is tearing apart.
commented 2016-01-30 17:51:12 -0500
Andy Ellerby sorry but getting rid of Quebec is not the answer… Ontar..we..owe is a much bigger leach than Quebec and just as dangerous…. the “West” separation is the only solution
commented 2016-01-30 17:36:43 -0500
Tim thank you for a great article BUT we can talk and whine forever and nothing changes… If you recall the slogan after PET’s NEP in the 80’s NEVER AGAIN… well guess what guys it’s now AGAIN… what are we going to do about it ? sit here and complain ? I say it’s time to get off our collective a$$es and get busy.. I posted 3 years back that should the idiot (2.0) should become PM that Canada would not survive a second Trudeau… Let’s make it happen…
commented 2016-01-30 13:25:18 -0500
I hope you check these comments Mr Ball. I have read 2 of your books and recently donated a little bit (and I will donate again). I simply want to express my gratitude! You are an honest, intelligent and very important Canadian. If you ever come to Ottawa (or even Montreal – Toronto) I will be there!! (I wish I could attend a Heartland ICCC conference !) I always look forward to your articles or videos – please keep them coming.
commented 2016-01-30 13:05:10 -0500
I hope I can get out of Francoland before any sort of separation. No way do I want to be stuck with french socialists making life even worse here.