Tuesday, August 09, 2005

35% of Westerners agree: Seperation an option

Splitting from Canada should be explored according to 35% of Western Canadians in a new poll

More than one-third of Westerners younger than 30 think their provinces should consider quitting Canada, showing the strongest support for sovereignty among all ages, a recent poll reveals.

Fully 36.4% of people between 18 and 29 in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba agree "Western Canadians should begin to explore the idea of forming their own country."

The sentiment is not exclusive to youth.

Across all age groups, 35.6% of Westerners favour debating sovereignty.

Albertans lead with 41.9% support, compared to 31.9% in Saskatchewan, 30.8% in British Columbia, and 27.5% in Manitoba.

"Westerners are very frustrated with their position in Confederation," said Faron Ellis, a political science professor at Lethbridge Community College, who conducted the poll for Western Standard magazine.

He warns that, at a time when Canada is not facing a major national crisis, this level of dissatisfaction could be a sign of worse things to come.

''There's really nothing aside from the ongoing institutionalized grievances to be angry about, and for the most part in all four provinces the economy is going fairly well,'' Mr. Ellis said.

''Canadians across the country should be aware that if these are the bedrock levels of frustration without a crisis, the next crisis [will have] Westerners at least debating the concept,'' he added.

I think that this is the real key (not a surprise to anyone who lives in Canada,but certainly notable to the clueless east:

Another 40.4% say that if the Liberal party wins the next election they will be more in favour of exploring independence.

Of course this bit was nice: "Doug Christie, the free speech lawyer for Holocaust deniers Jim Keegstra and Ernst Zundel who co-founded the Western Canada Concept", way to connect Western Seperatists with Holocaust deniers...