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Canada: Albertans call for independence at Calgary 'Wexit' rally

3 17.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Wexit rally attendees, Calgary
M/S Attendee holding Wexit material
M/S Wexit rally attendees
SOT, Peter Downing, Wexit Alberta Leader: "I need every one of you to remember, what’s going to make Alberta great again, is the strength within each and every one of you. Each and every one of you here today have the toughness, and the integrity, and the will to win, and to run right over eastern Canada."
M/S Wexit rally attendees
SOT, Kathy Flett, Wexit Canada industrial relations officer: "Three questions came out of it every single time: can we do this? Can we actually do this? The second one: will it be hard? And then the third one and this one came up the most. What’s it going to look like when it’s all done, am I going to be ok? And that’s a very, very good question. So let’s answer that first one: can we do this? Yeah. I mean Quebec hasn't done anything for us other than provide a roadmap."
M/S Wexit rally attendees
W/S Wexit rally
M/S Wexit Alberta Leader Peter Downing posing with supporter
SOT, Peter Downing, Wexit Alberta Leader: "30 per cent of Albertans have said that they are ready to separate today. The reality is that Justin Trudeau is swearing in a new cabinet on November the 20th, that is going to be a pro-Green cabinet, it's going to hurt us even more, all the parties that are supporting him now, they want to regulate us more, they want to hit us with carbon taxes that kills our industry to transfer the wealth from western Canada to eastern Canada. Tell you what, it's only 30 per cent right now, but Justin Trudeau is going to be the number one salesman of Alberta's separation, western Canada's separation, watch those numbers skyrocket even further."
C/U Wexit hats
SOT, Peter Downing, Wexit Alberta Leader: "Well the reality is right now people are scared, they are concerned, it’s about their survival, it’s about their economic survival. There has been a Prime Minister re-elected who has promised to phase out Alberta's oil and gas industry, phase out our oil sands right now. That's the life-blood of our economy, that's people's jobs, 100 thousand people have been out of work, and again, this is what people have to understand, Albertans have been taking their own lives because of the despair and the lack of hope. And I have been getting calls from people who have been saying 'seriously Peter, I am sick to death and heartbroken of having to bury another friend' because of this right now. And what have we got? Again, we have four political parties openly campaigning in the last election to decimate our industry even further, so we are standing up for that right now, eastern Canada has obviously left western Canada behind, left Alberta behind, and again, this is why people are here, they are here for hope and a future for their children and grandchildren."
W/S Downing posing with supporters
SOT, Roland Melzer: "We're just basically a colony of eastern Canada is how I feel about it, and I am just sick and tired of feeling like that. I have always been a proud Canadian, but that has really waned right now, and I don't think that will ever come back for me. So I am a prouder Albertan and I am a prouder western Canadian than I am a Canadian."
M/S Alberta separatism literature
SOT, Luis: "I think on our way because we don't have the respect from central Canada, you know, it's obvious that we have to do what it takes, which in this case, as a family, you get separation and then you get divorce when you don't get the respect that you deserve."
W/S Independent Alberta sign
SCRIPT
Residents of the Western Canadian province of Alberta attended a Wexit party rally in Calgary on Saturday, a new Canadian political party calling for Alberta to leave Canada and hoping to inspire other western provinces to join.
"30 per cent of Albertans have said that they are ready to separate today. The reality is that Justin Trudeau is swearing in a new cabinet on November the 20th, that is going to be a pro-Green cabinet, it's going to hurt us even more, all the parties that are supporting him now, they want to regulate us more, they want to hit us with carbon taxes that kills our industry to transfer the wealth from western Canada to eastern Canada," said Wexit Alberta Leader Peter Downing. He later added that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “is going to be the number one salesman of Alberta's separation, western Canada's separation, watch those numbers skyrocket even further."
Roland Melzer, one of the attendees of the event, explained his reasons for supporting Albertan independence, saying "we're just basically a colony of eastern Canada is how I feel about it, and I am just sick and tired of feeling like that. I have always been a proud Canadian, but that has really waned right now, and I don't think that will ever come back for me."
Earlier in November, the party's application to become a federal political party was filed with Elections Canada.