by Eric W.
Claiming Western Independence is a vital step in the resuscitation of the Western nationalist spirit. As long as we remain under federal & confederate oppression, we will forever be considered "second class provinces"; subjected to the wishes of a distant culture. The following points provide details on the pragmaticism of Western secession beginning with a victorious Saskatchewan referendum:
Geographical Location & Population: These are the most underestimated points in the viability of Saskatchewan Separation. While, Alberta & B.C. continue to organize Independence movements within their provincial jurisdictions - we must look at the greater potential of Saskatchewan in fulfilling the task. The geographical location & population of Saskatchewan is perfectly in the "goldilocks zone" of secession practicality. With a population of just over 1.2 million, a referendum success requiring at least 55%-60% of the voting population (approximately 486,000 residents in favour) has a greater chance of success than its western neighbours - Alberta (4.1+ million total residents) or B.C. (4.6+ million total residents).
The geographical location of Saskatchewan, directly in the center of Canada, would create a major issue for those remaining in Canada, in terms of material & commodity shipping & logistics - their national economy. Our location gives us bargaining power with Canada while creating other opportunities with our Southern neighbours in the U.S.A. As Saskatchewan draws the line in the sand, its Western neighbours will be inclined to decide; join Saskatchewan, or become disconnected from their country's capital.
Landlocked: In addressing the concern of being landlocked after secession, we must note that Saskatchewan has fail-safe options. If favoured by the public, the option to rejoin with the U.N. Treaty that Canada previously signed in 1994 titled "United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea". In short, being land-locked is not a valid concern. The option is available.
Federal Tax: After the People of Saskatchewan have voted in favour of secession through a referendum, one of the immediate changes would be the retainment of federal tax dollars. Currently, 2/3 of every tax dollar, you are required to pay, remains with Ottawa as federal tax while 1/3 is returned to Saskatchewan. The approximate total of federal tax dollars retained would be over $14 billion. This amount is equal to the Saskatchewan 2018 budget. Therefore, by retaining the federal tax money, Saskatchewan's budget would essentially double.
Equalization Payments: The simple explanation for Equalization is, to "top up" the revenues of provinces that have "below average capacities". On an annual average, Saskatchewan is required to pay $600 million into the Equalization slush fund. There has been much discussion on the legitimacy of these payments and questions as of why Quebec recieves a majority of the payments are being asked (Quebec will recieve approximately $11 billion of the nearly $19 billion Equalization slush fund total - this equals to over 60% of the total Equalization payout). Upon Saskatchewan secession, these questionable Equalization Payments would be ended adding an extra $600 million to the overall retainment of funds in Saskatchewan.
Government Accountability: Implementing Government Accountability is among the most significant of the potential changes to the current system and shows why Saskatchewan Separation is imperative. Aside from Western Canada not truly having a voice or a vote in federal elections, we are also stuck with whoever is elected by Ontario & Quebec for the duration of the term - this, applying to provincial elections as well. In an Independent West, we have the ball-in-hand. We can rewrite our Constitution and define the terms of Government Accountability. It is appalling that a candidate running for office has the capacity of lying throughout their campaign and win elections with zero retribution.
View the Trudeu Polimeter in the references below for a list of broken promises.
Saskatchewan Election: It would be truly fascinating to observe how an election would unfold in an Independent Saskatchewan, let alone an Independent West. Regardless of the spiritual & cultural differences within the demographics, the West shares a collective commonality - an understanding of western economy. The tug of war between Western & Eastern economic interests would be over and our new focus would be towards the best methods of advancing the improvement of welfare of all.
Currency, Military & Infastructure: Recovering the loss of our currency & military must be treated with a realistic outlook. First, the creation of a military is not an immediate necessity. As a military may be required for national defence or disaster relief, the potential of either of these occurring is rather insignificant. In the immediate need for military support, we would look towards our allies which has always been the precedence in global history. The United States of America would not allow a foreign country to invade that close to their northern border - such scenario would pose to great of a risk to their national security.
The redesign and distribution of a new currency is also not an immediate challenge and can be delayed until the disruption of transition to independence is complete. Other options may include the borrowing of currency (just like Ecuador, Puerto Rico or Republic of El Salvador uses the U.S. Dollar). Of course, in time, we would seek to continue our national identity and create a Western currency.
Resource: An Independent West, removed of overregulation & restrictions, would finally take recognition as the "powerhouse" it has always strived to be. By seceding from our confederate dictatorial government, we would be able to reap the benefits these lands provides. From our resource, our efforts will translate into the wealth & welfare of our citizens. As we flourish through the bounty of our land, steps should be taken to secure our future in an ever-changing market. While the limitations in our resource sectors are removed, the steps towards our future economy will become financially accessible.
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Part X, Article 124-132 pg. 67-69): http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/unclos_e.pdf
Policy School; Equalization Payments 2018-2019: https://www.policyschool.ca/unpacking-canadas-equalization-payments-2018-19/
Trudeau Polimeter: https://trudeaumetre.polimeter.org/