Wheat­land passes res­o­lu­tion call­ing for se­ces­sion ref­er­en­dum

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Wheat­land County Coun­cil has passed a res­o­lu­tion to take to the Ru­ral Municipali­ties of Al­berta ask­ing for the prov­ince to as­sert Al­berta’s rights within the con­fed­er­a­tions and if nec­es­sary to hold a ref­er­en­dum for Al­berta suc­ces­sion.

The res­o­lu­tion en­ti­tled the Al­berta First Res­o­lu­tion was pre­sented by Wheat­land Coun­cil­lor Ja­son Wil­son, asks the Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment to take action on a num­ber of is­sues in­clud­ing with­draw­ing from the Cana­dian Pen­sion Plan, to col­lect per­sonal in­come tax, re­move equal­iza­tion from the con­sti­tu­tion, se­nate re­form, re­place the RCMP and take con­trol of im­mi­gra­tion.

Fur­ther it re­solves “If the fed­eral govern­ment does not deal with these de­mands in good faith; if they block, hin­der, or other­wise pre­vent Al­berta from ex­er­cis­ing its rights as out­lined above, that the Govern­ment of Al­berta will hold a Ref­er­en­dum with a “clear ques­tion”, as de­fined by The Clar­ity Act, on the se­ces­sion of Al­berta from the Cana­dian

Con­fed­er­a­tion on Oc­to­ber 18th, 2021.”

The res­o­lu­tion was passed unan­i­mously by the Wheat­land County Coun­cil at its meet­ing on Tues­day, Novem­ber 5.

“I brought it for­ward iden­ti­fy­ing ma­jor con­cerns my residents have with how con­fed­er­a­tion is struc­tured," said Wil­son.

“With those is­sues, I have out­lined sug­ges­tions or rec­om­men­da­tions that could po­ten­tially solve those prob­lems within con­fed­er­a­tion.”

He says while the res­o­lu­tion does ask for a ref­er­en­dum he says it is not a sep­a­ratist move­ment.

“This is a way to fix con­fed­er­a­tion… there is a prairie fire burn­ing and this could be the fire re­tar­dant that saves it.”

He adds the ref­er­en­dum is the fi­nal line in the sand.

“When I was grow­ing up my par­ents would ask me to do some­thing, and there are con­se­quences to in­ac­tion. That is all that state­ment is, it is the con­se­quence of in­ac­tion on the fed­eral govern­ment’s part. If they refuse to al­low Al­berta to reach its full po­ten­tial within con­fed­er­a­tion, Al­berta has to look at other op­tions,” said Wil­son.

One ques­tion he is get­ting is whether this is within the scope of a county coun­cil.

“Whether it is a pro­vin­cial is­sue, fed­eral is­sue of mu­nic­i­pal is­sue, my residents are Al­ber­tans, and I tip my hat to Ja­son Ken­ney and his pro­vin­cial govern­ment for stick­ing their necks out for Al­berta and Al­berta’s in­ter­ests, but it not just solely a pro­vin­cial is­sue, it’s my residents as well and as an elected of­fi­cial I must rep­re­sent those con­cerns no mat­ter how big or small,” said Wil­son.

Ja­son Wil­son… Wheat­land county coun­cil­lor

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