Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Above: The separatist flag of Western Canada
There's a federal election coming up on 14th October in Canada. Berrocscir's Banner will watch with interest the performances of the Canadian Greens (who last month picked up their first MP - a liberal defector). It's doubtful if they can gain seats this time despite their countrywide poll of 4.5% in 2006. Anti-globalists should also be cheering on the Canadian Action Party. Although they are unlikely to grab seats, the Left-Nationalist CAP are anti-globalist, anti-free trade, anti-NAFTA, so more power to their elbow. Their origins are in the Social Credit movement, once an influential force in Canada.
How Canada's thriving separatist and secessionist groupings fair in this year's poll, will also be of note. The The Quebec secessionists must be one of the most powerful in the world. Whilst there are a number of active Quebec nationalist groups in existence, it was the Bloc Quebecois who polled 1.4 million votes (42% of the whole Quebec poll) in 2006. In the 1995 referendum the figure voting to secede was 49%, so there's a real possibility we will witness a Free Quebec in the not too distant future. If this happens maybe it will kick start a domino effect on the rest of Canada which is ripe for dissolution. As well as the First Nations managing to keep a political voice today, there is also the emerging Western Separatist movement. This movement's main political force seems to be the fledgling Western Block Party. Although their 2006 vote was derisory, the WBP, who seek secession for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, could be on to a winner if their patience can hold. The Western territories have a different vibe from the rest of Canada. It is the ethnic homeland of the descendants of Germanic/Nordic settlers with their distinct traditions. It's people don't want the french language enforced on them and it has different traditions and heritage to the peoples of the First Nations. There are other Western separatist groups who unfortunately seem to relate to the WBP with some antagonism, but hopefully we can witness an improvement on the 2006 vote.
Other separatists exist in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, although whether they will stand and how well they fair if they do, is a moot point. Newfoundland in particular has a rich, distinct culture due to the many settlers it attracted from Wessex in the 1800s, so it at least has some identity to go on, should secessionist groups take hold elsewhere in Canada.
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A little bit of merger-mania to report this week. In a move which may cause their erstwhile colleagues in the English Democrats a cursory glance in their direction, the Free England Party have managed to poach Chris Nickerson, the (sole?) man behind the English Independence Party To all intents and purposes the EIP is Nickerson's personal brand name, but despite this, the fact that Nickerson agreed to take on the seemingly ceremonial role of FEP President at an NEC meeting on Saturday, is a small victory for English nationalism. Nickerson had been mocked by other activists for his own wilful isolation, so its good to see the FEP extending the olive branch. The EIP has been noted in English Nationalist circles for its robust immigration policy. Is this something we will see the FEP, as good civic-nationalists looking over?