We all like a competitive game, whether it is cards on a cold snowy night or hockey on the pond, maybe both on the same night. But when you play and play and realize the other team or player has a distinct advantage, is cheating, or maybe keeps moving the net, you start to lose the love of the game and get frustrated.
Western Canada is frustrated. In fact, our desire to work it through according to the rules has delayed the inevitable for far too long. We can’t get our resources to markets that desperately want them. We pay “equalization” based on a formula that purposely puts one province ahead of another. Our own government blocks any potential path to prosperity with regulations and inane restrictions that only apply to one portion of the country. How is it fair that the rules for the east coast are so fundamentally different than for the west coast?
It is enough to make most folks want to pick up their puck and go home. Fortunately, northerners are a different sort, have a different temperament and are unusually steadfast in their resolve to make things work. We are used to changing conditions and when things break, we fix them, no matter what. Because if we don’t, we put our homes and families at risk. Right now, Western Canada is at risk. A lot of risk.
So, what do we do? It is one thing for a politician to say they will create jobs or stimulate the economy (read: throw tax money at it), but in reality, that isn’t a plan. If you want to lessen the impact of mental health issues and joblessness, we need to improve the whole picture. We need autonomy. We need to change the game!
Under the Maverick Party, we will cast our votes in the House of Commons for what is best for the West. When politicians are beholden to a national party that must gain seats in Central Canada, they must forfeit the needs and wants of the West in order to placate the East where the majority of the seats are. The 104 seats in Western Canada currently show more than 70% of us already stand together, can shift the balance of power, change the game.
Let’s use Quebec as an example. Quebec has 78 seats in the House. They are currently represented by the Bloc with 32. They do this with intent and are unapologetic in their quest to represent Quebec’s interest only.
Mavericks will be representing the best interests of the West. A minority government must work with other parties to get results. With a minority government, the party with the most seats has to work with the West and make attempts to get Westerners what they need, what the world wants, and allow us to prosper again. You see, Canada has had eight shots with the Blue party leading in the house, followed every time with a Red party.
Yes, since confederation in 1867 where conservatives were the first to serve, they were replaced by the liberals, every time but one. That was in 1917, when the unionist party won the election. This was a combined group of former liberals and conservatives who got together to beat the liberals when conscription was an issue and were led by Sir Robert Borden.
One thing has remained consistent throughout every majority or minority in the house: The East has maintained full control over the West. In every case, the West has not had autonomy, respect, or been treated fairly.
If we want to change the rules and get constitutional reform, we must first change the game. You and your vote can finally have an impact on the outcome for all of us. Let’s all stand up for change and play to win with the Maverick Party.
Dave Jeffers lives and works in Fort St. John and the North Peace, and is the Maverick Party candidate for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.