With all the talk about separation I thought I would write a little how-to for all you disgruntled westerners. The process is a long and drawn out one, no matter how you look at it. People out west may want to do it quickly, but to do it right, takes time and patients. Deals have to be made, organizations need to be formed. It can not be done overnight.
A referendum is simply a special election on a specific topic. It can be called provincially or federally. In the case of Alberta, Premier Jason Kenny would have to call for the special election to be held. Asking a specific question such as:
“Should the Province of Alberta peruse negotiations with the Federal Government of Canada to become a separate and sovereign nation?”
Upon a yes vote Jason Kenny would then be able to enter into negotiations with Ottawa concerning separation.
There would have to be negotiations with aboriginal tribes located throughout Alberta first. Their willingness to to sign on to an accord would be crucial to the entire process. UN regulations insist on the consultation of indigenous people when infringing on their lands or rights. Without an agreement, Alberta has no way to proceed legally. Recognition as a nation would be impossible. The accord would need to detail the acts that would govern aboriginal tribes and give them their rights as their own sovereign nation within the new nation of Alberta.
The Alberta government would also have to negotiate with Ottawa over things like trade, border definitions, resource management, federal inventory acquisition, lands acquisition, federal debt responsibility, and many other little issues that must be dealt with. The path to sovereignty would be described, and once a deal is reached, it would be made public. Another referendum would need to be held with a question similar to this:
“Should the Province of Alberta sign and enact the ‘Sovereign Alberta Accord’ and become its own Nation?”
Once this is voted on, and it passes, the document can be signed, which would allow the Province to prepare for the path to sovereignty. To get to this point will take at least 2 years from the first referendum.
Alberta would have to prepare for the separation in many ways. These things can be done simultaneously, so it should not take too much time. 2-3 years and an undetermined, but rather large amount of money.
The justice system would need to be defined and laws set out. These could obviously be adopted from current provincial legislation’s, but a new one would be needed to represent the new nation. The provincial supreme court could be elevated to federal supreme court if the justices are willing to go along with the whole thing, otherwise a new court would need to be formed. All members would need to be repatriated and sworn in to office. The government would need to draft a constitution, and have it ratified by the senate.
A large list of federal departments would need to be set up and managed. Dealing with all things that the Canadian government took care of previously. 30+ departments dealing with matters from social security to veterans affairs to immigration to the ethics commissioners office.
Borders must be secured. The government would have to begin work on border barriers covering a significant portion of passable land, build and maintain border crossing facilities.
A military would need to be created and ranks filled. All previous military equipment would have been confiscated, so new facilities, vehicles and any other needed resource would have to be sourced internationally, and purchased.
A federal police force would need to be formed. Jurisdictions would need to be laid out and assigned, relations with neighboring countries would need to be made to facilitate international law enforcement.
A central bank would need to be created. Currency issued would be immediately devalued due to how new the nation is. Exchange rates would not favor a new Albertan currency. Tariffs and trade barriers would create difficulties when trying to recoup the value of Albertan’s ‘Canadian’ money.
With no credit from international banks, Alberta would have to fend for themselves for the financing of all these changes as well. Proceed from oil would only come after Alberta has been set up and recognized as a separate country. Nobody is going to do business with an illegitimate rouge nation.
In 1933 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the ‘Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States’ was signed. It would later become operative when it was registered in the ‘League of Nations Treaty Series’ in 1936. It defines the prerequisites required for a nations statehood, and has been accepted and recognized by international organizations as customary international law. It states, The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications:
- (a) a permanent population;
- (b) a defined territory;
- (c) government; and
- (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.
It is the 4th criteria that creates the most problems. As the capacity depends on the willingness of the Canadian government to do business with a sovereign Alberta. Not to mention the necessity of being included in any USMCA or other North American trade deal.
Even though many do not like our participation in the United Nations, membership with the assembly is the gold standard of acceptance as a nation, on an international level. If Alberta wants to sell oil internationally, it would help greatly if they were accepted into the assembly. This acceptance is relatively easy with the abidance of their charters.
This is directly from their website:
How does a country become a Member of the United Nations?
Membership in the Organization, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, “is open to all peace-loving States that accept the obligations contained in the United Nations Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able to carry out these obligations”. States are admitted to membership in the United Nations by decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
Still, these things can take time. Membership is first reviewed by the security council, then a vote is held. There is no time frame given, but considering the amount of issues in front of the general assembly at any given time, I would say a 6-12 month time frame would be pretty lucky.
So basically, if Alberta wanted, in 5 years, they could have their own nation, with their own currency, and determine their own fate. Most peoples wealth would have been depleted to nearly nothing, but nothing a little hard work wouldn’t solve. Now a lot of this could be fast tracked, yes, but anything worth doing, is worth doing right.
I will say again, I think the best option for the Wexit movement would be to use the numbers as a tool for change. Start parliamentary petitions, organize mailing campaigns to sway politicians. There are so many ways a quarter million people could come together and effect change. The Change of your nations name is not going to change the political climate world wide. If you have not noticed, there has been a lot of political insanity going on lately. The election has nothing to do with how much the east coast loves and supports our western brothers and sisters, it has to do with the increasing efficiency of the liberal influence, over a large portion of the public’s perception of information and events.
I am not going to compare you all to the ‘screaming democrats’ when Trump won back in 2016, but I don’t disagree when I see other people say it. I certainly do not appreciate people painting me with broad strokes as something I am not. I thought that was a leftist symptom. It seems as if they have crossed over to the right as well. Suck it up people, and deal with it like the rest of us.
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