Angus Reid just released a new poll, and the results are jaw-dropping: Sixty percent of Albertans and fifty-three percent of Saskatchewan residents either moderately or strongly support a Western separatist movement.
The poll asked several questions regarding the fractured state of Canadian confederation, and even included questions directed at Eastern Canadians. Most notably, easterners were asked if they thought Albertans’ threats to separate hold any water; unsurprisingly, the easterners overwhelmingly brush off the likelihood of Western separatism.
Easterners were also asked how Canada should respond to the rising separatist sentiments out west. Quebec largely opted for a “soft” approach, focusing on good relations, while Ontario and Atlantic Canada preferred a “tougher” and “firmer” approach to defending the interests of the East against Western angst.
Separation aside, when Western provinces were asked about their voting intention should a Western Canadian, Reform-concept party be established. The results further illustrate the growing discontent among Canadians from British Columbia to Manitoba.
Albertans alone would vote forty percent in favour of a Western Canadian-focused federal party, while thirty-six percent said they would continue voting for the federal Conservatives.
Maxime Bernier's new party, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was not included in the poll, even though many of his policies might satisfy this growing contingent. When Bernier spoke in the conservative heartland of Calgary in late January, he said that his party would not only force pipelines through to the coast, but that they would review and reduce equalization transfers.
This poll comes out just days before a convoy is set to depart from Alberta to Ottawa, hoping to bring attention to what they call Trudeau’s neglect of Alberta. If this poll is anything to go by, it seems that a majority of Alberta will be rooting for the convoy.