.. t services would be provided in English only. All other languages will be seen equally as second languages. This will prove to be a problem in Manitoba, where a large Francophone population exists. Culture: The right of each Western Canadian to celebrate their ancestral culture would be jeopardized by these principles. The Western Canada Concept is committed to protection of a genuine national culture true to our existing European heritage and values.
This inherent belief that one cultures values have the lone right to dictate in a country inhabited by immigrants from across the globe contrasts greatly with Canadas present policy. In order to avoid racial conflict, all immigrants must voluntarily assimilate to foster tolerance and understanding. This policy will change the way citizens of the Independent West view the world, ultimately narrowing its citizens world view. Immigration and Refugee Laws: Immigration is one of the threats to the European Christian Heritage the Western Canada Concept feels this country was built upon. Consequently, immigration will likely be reduced.
Since Christie and his fellow party members feel we cannot solve the problems of the third world by importing them, and that Poverty in the third world is not our responsibility, numbers for refugees will undoubtedly also be cut. This will lead to difficulties for the Independent West in the International community. Foreign Affairs: A policy of isolationism would be put into effect for the new Independent West. Since the Western Canada Concept feels the United Nations is not effective in achieving peace, but rather at fuelling international socialism, they will not seek to become a member. The Independent West will not be a player in foreign aid campaigns, especially those involving Marxist dictatorships.
The only trade in which the Independent West would engage itself would be mutually beneficial. This policy will lead to a loss of security as a result of not participating in the United Nations. Furthermore, reluctance to help less fortunate countries will cause difficulties in the international community. Should a time of trouble arise, few countries will offer to help – the same cannot be said for Canada. Defense: All citizens of the Independent West will be obligated to fulfill two years worth of compulsory military service. Furthermore, the armed forces would be responsible for public service tasks such as reforestation, search-and-rescue, forest firefighting, and development of irrigation systems.
This program will cost a great deal, and although the Western Canada Concept asserts the program can sustain itself through defense industries, the pinch will most likely be felt in other areas of the public service. First Nations Land Claims: The Western Canada Concept views the idea of settling aboriginal title by means of land claims as tribalist, and thus, unjust. Such settlement would, according to Christie, amount to a special right based on status. Reserves, special privileges extended to First Nations, and tribal lands would all be taken away, as they all lead to ghettoization, conflict, and destruction of initiative. First Nations citizens of the Independent West would be offered reasonable compensation by the new government that would extinguish aboriginal title.
Undoubtedly, this will provoke hard feelings in the First Nations community, who will feel like they have been bought out. Freedom: The Western Canada Concept asserts that they would maintain the traditional fundamental freedom of speech, thought, belief, and opinion. In order to bring full freedom through complete disaffection of the government with our rights, the Charter will not be applied as law as frequently as it is now. In fact, it will only be used when it could prevent violence. This could lead to an inability of the government to fully protect its citizens from emotional harm. Moreover, the government will not become involved in human rights tribunals, language commissions, or other activities seen as forms of state moralizing. This will create a country where the government could not be held accountable for any human rights violation it has committed.
Although freedom from government might seem liberating to an extent, this policy also frees the government from a certain degree of responsibility to its citizens. Parliament: The Senate of a newly-created Independent West would be elected. This would be in accordance with the government modelled after that of the Americans. With this comes the concerns associated with an elected Senate. Doubts as to whether Senators will be able to work as independent thinkers when their job is on the line will undoubtedly arise. Furthermore, the Prime Minister will be able to sit in either or both houses.
Having the Prime Minister sit in the Senate will impede it from acting impartially, as Senators elected with a Prime Minister would not wish to damage party solidarity. Also, a Senate where the Prime Minister holds a seat is unlikely to reject cabinet legislation. Based on the information available, there is no suggestion whether the lower house and Senate would switch lawmaker and reviewer roles depending on where the Prime Minister sits. In conclusion, the Western Canada Concept is a complicated movement which hopes to bring about an Independent West built on ideals of the past that will be expected to exist in and compete with the present-day world. Rallying behind their leader, Doug Christie, the Western Canada Concept wish to break free of a Canada on which two provinces, Ontario and Quebec, are seen to have a political, economic, and cultural stranglehold. As the coming to power in every federal election rests in winning the majority in this region, the Western Canada Concept feels that Canadian politicians, even the somewhat western-oriented Canadian Alliance, cater their needs to Central Canada.
According to Christie, it is because of this disparity in the House of Commons that the concerns of Western Canadians will never be truly taken into account by Canadas lawmakers. The only productive solution, therefore, is secession. Through establishment of a sovereign nation, Western Canada Concept policies not currently in place in Canada, such as assimilation, isolationism, compulsory military service, dishonouring of land claims, and unwillingness to participate in human rights tribunals, could become part of the laws that govern Western Canadians. Although their numbers appear to be relatively small, western separatist movements can only pick up steam as long as the West is not adequately represented in the House of Commons. Thus, the pressure is on Canadians who wish to see a united Canada to rally for political changes that will make the western provinces represented as equals within Canada.