TORONTO — News of a Liberal minority win has breathed new life into the western separatist movement, tapping into the anger and frustration of voters who really feel they’ve been short-changed by the federal authorities.
Though Alberta and Saskatchewan had been washed in Conservative blue Monday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau managed to maintain on to energy, profitable a minority authorities, a lot to the frustration of these opposing the Liberal occasion.
Early Tuesday, #Wexit started trending on Twitter in Canada, igniting requires the West to separate from the remainder of Canada.
“Trudeau’s re-election is going to tear Canada in half. Good job Quebec. You’ll get your separatism desires. The west is leaving,” read one tweet echoing the sentiment of many tweeting utilizing the hashtag.
On Facebook, a gaggle referred to as “VoteWexit.com” surged in recognition, gaining tens of hundreds of likes in a matter of hours.
At one level, the variety of group members surged from 4,000 to 42,000 in 10 minutes, showing to trigger the group’s exterior web site to crash. Many potential Facebook members additionally complained that they might not entry the Facebook web page.
At time of publishing, the group had amassed greater than 56,000 members.
Ryan Switzer, a Swift Current, Sask. resident within the Cypress Hills-Grasslands driving, informed CTVNews.ca that he was invited to a number of western separatist-themed Facebook teams Monday night time, noting that separatist sentiment has been rising in his Conservative-held driving.
“I live in a conservative riding with lots of conservative Facebook friends. I knew a reaction like that would be coming,” Switzer informed CTVNews.ca in a direct message on Twitter Monday.
“There has been a lot of talk in my riding over the last four years of separation. There is a feeling that Ottawa doesn’t care about anything west of Winnipeg…There is a big feeling that the government does not have our back.”
Calls for western separation will not be new. In the 2019 provincial election, the Alberta Independence occasion obtained about 13,400 votes, lower than one per cent of the favored vote. The occasion’s primary coverage platform is Alberta’s secession from Canada.
“I am tired and I believe most Albertans are tired of being treated as a second-class colony,” Derek Fildebrandt, the chief of the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta, informed InternetNews in March.
Prior to the provincial election in April, a ballot from the Environics Institute discovered that 71 per cent of Albertans really feel their province doesn’t get the respect that it ought to.
Early Tuesday, a Change.org petition calling for an Alberta separation and a western alliance had garnered over 2,156 signatures inside an hour of being created. Facebook Event pages calling for separation additionally started popping up inside teams calling for a western alliance.
Feeling the shock and severe disappointment at tonight’s election outcomes. What’s subsequent for Alberta? I’m guessing separation. #wexit #albertaseparation @WingsNiners @dean_felt pic.twitter.com/GcwEtIqWFR
— Shannon (@Scherrybombz) October 22, 2019