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Volume XIII, Number I “Separate or Surrender” Febuary 1995
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Table of Contents

From the Editor

The Cost of Confederation

Other Excerpts:

State-Supported Oppression

Freedom’s Voice

A Separatist Speaks Douglas Christie

The Long View
One More Benefit of Independance
The Percentage Nesscary for a Win in the Quebec Referendum
On Aboriginal Self Government
Future Meetings
Late Note
A 43 cent Solution
New Van & Youth Group

From the Editor:

by Keltie Zubko
The greatest fomenters of rebellion among Western Canadians right now are not
people like me, but the politicians, especially the federal politicians, the so-called
leaders of our society. It is not the outcast western separatists, but those individuals
who are attempting to force western Canadians to accept self-destructive measures
with silence and acquiescence, who are creating the awareness of the necessity of a
new Western Canadian nation. No wonder that particular state of pre-revolution is
often described as one of “ferment.” That kind of transformation is happening right
now in Western Canada — everywhere you look, as reflected by the media, or as
gleaned from one’s private life, it is evident that the old confederation pot is
bubbling and boiling, ready to spill over and burn. Those “fathers” of confederation
started something that couldn’t be sustained over time. But what astounds me is that
it is those who claim the greatest allegience to the concept of Canada, and to
national unity who are the biggest fomenters of revolution. For example, the
Minister of Justice is provoking rebellion by his proposed gun control regulations,
to a populace that has some vestiges of respect for individual liberty and
responsibility. Just witness the excerpt from a Western Producer article of January
19, 1995: “Carlyle, Sask. Toronto may fancy itself the centre of the universe, but
people at a gun rally here turned it into a bull’s eye of anti-eastern wrath. “Let’s
separate,” shouted one audience member during the rally, which saw more than 700
people fill a hall and the adjourning movie theatre in this southeastern Saskatchewan
town. “We are fighting people from the East who feel their ideals” should apply
across Canada, said Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative leader Bill Boyd. “It’s
time the people in the cappuccino cafes in Toronto listened to the people in the
coffee shops in Carlyle.” “Liberal MP Bernie Collins criticized eastern Canadians
for not taking western considerations into account. He said, “You get the mentality
in Ottawa that all of us are bazooka hunters and we’re crazy. The people in Ottawa
don’t like the people who own guns.” “Gun owners in a gun shop, located beside the
hall where the rally was held, forecast dire consequences for Canadian unity if
federal justice minister Allan Rock proceeds with the gun law proposals. “We’re
told by our politician friends that we have a great problem with Quebec, so people
shouldn’t complain about the proposed gun law, said Ray Markosky. But these gun
laws are going to make us western separatists — in a big way.” [End of article excerpt]
This is just one example of what federal politicians are doing to the state of mind of
Western Canadians. They are providing a catalyst. They are — not people like Doug
Christie. We find that most western separatists come to us, ready-made by other
forces. Everyone has their own point of combustion, in their own particular field of
interest, but it’s the injustices that actually light them aflame. Allan Rock is also
promoting rebellion with his renewed focus on Nazi war crimes, i.e. crimes that are
over 50 years old, right the same week as Melanie Carpenter’s memorial was held.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Sergio Marchi also helped to stir that pot
when he stated, regarding the war crimes issue that “cost will not be a factor in
determining whether legal action will be taken.” I can hear western Canadians
wondering as they read those words in the mainstream papers just how much our
taxes will be raised to pay for that. Those government ministers and representatives
right down to the smallest bureaucrat who persist in ignoring Canadians’ desires
regarding immigration are adding to the burden of injustice and perceived injustice
that Western Canadians feel when they consider whether Canada has actually been
good for them, their families and their communities. Many people enunciate the
thought that perhaps the “old” Canada was responsible for creating and sustaining
certain values important to Western Canadians, however the “new” Canada has
consistently worked at destroying these same values. Multiculturalism is one prime
example of this. Meanwhile, the debt crisis is making more separatists. It appears
that all the talk of fixing it is too late, and we can wish that the politicians would
have listened to those prescient western separatists who warned them back in the
early 80’s and throughout the last decade and a half, about the consequences of such
debt. It appears that the politicians were busy with their spendthrift policies,
actively pursuing the course that will eventually lead to the breakup of Canada,
while cautious western separatists were trying to stop them, and being denounced by
the politicians for doing so. Now, in the face of such debt we have a tax revolt
brewing, not just in the west, but perhaps strongest in the west, and an burgeoning
underground economy, and more rebellion in the hearts of Canadians than ever
before. This does not lead to the unity of the country, nor its stability, nor can
constitutional solutions overcome the dismay and discouragement of an over-taxed
populace. This is all thanks, not to western separatists, but to those who’ve claimed
some kind of special reverence for “Canada.” Many people who attend the tax rallies
across the west, to protest increased taxation are becoming separatists. Few believe
that such protests will be heard, and the frustration of that knowledge pushes them
into new options. This direction shows in the letters we get from people spread
throughout the West. And when they write to us, they don’t have to curb their words
from the so-called “radical” idea of separatistm, as they must when they write to or
join the Reform Party. Everyday we read words such as this:
“Keep up the good work. I know that the west will wake up one day and realize that
the only solution to our dilemma is separation. I will tell people that every day that I
am alive because I really believe it in my own heart.” We hear it all. We hear from
those who have borne many injustices from the Canadian system, directed at the
West, but who have only now felt their sore nerve hit, with the proposed gun control
legislation. The mail-in card we sent out with last month’s WSP was incredibly
popular. Our ads in the BC Report, Alberta and Western Report magazines, have
been bringing letter after letter, fax after fax, of western Canadians seeking to hear
of the separation option because they have had their faith in Canada destroyed. What
is more: they recognize that Reform is impossible, not because Reformers aren’t
nice and well-meaning people, but because the structure of Canada is built upon
such a flimsy foundation that it cannot support Canada, as it has come to be, nor
even the Canada as it was conceived originally. And that foundation cannot, at this
stage, with the debt of Canada and the past antagonisms, be “re-built”. And so the
confederation pot bubbles. I can almost see the three hags around it: debt,
multiculturalism, and pure simple ignorance of the regional differences with a huge
dose of unwillingness to learn. It’s a miracle that Canada has struggled on to the
point that it has, but the fact that it has had to spend so much time justifying, or
attempting to justify itself just goes to show that as a country the very notion of
Canada is unworkable and insupportable. Lately we hear more and more from
people who claim to have always been separatists, and they are getting younger all
the time. We hear from people who have finally had it with the double standard of
peculiar to Canada: i.e. Quebeckers, French-Canadians can be as bigoted or shall we
say ethno-centric as they like, but Western Canadians, (especially young white
males) are supposed to be the dumping ground for all the nasty names, reprobation,
dislike itself. They are supposed to like being chastened by the media, and the
establishment, they are supposed to change. In simpler terms, Central Canada can
dish out the lumps and Western Canadians are supposed to silently take it, forever.
This double standard applies itself in various forms in Canada, but they are all to the
detriment of the West: Quebec separatism is at least acceptable, Western separatism
is not; the West is supposed to enjoy suffering its discriminatory freight rates,
federal policies, equalization, and more subtle slights, while the center is allowed to
do this, without guilt. The trouble is that that is how the country was established in
the beginning. The Quebec question has truly set the pot boiling even harder,
because even the densest western Canadian suddenly can see that if Quebec can get
their independence, the rest of the country will be disassembled, and once the puzzle
has lost one big piece that makes the other pieces looser. So when it comes time to
identify who the biggest “culprits” (or heroes) were in the long struggle for Western
independence, there will have to be a gallery of those who contributed so mightily to
that new nation: and won’t it be ironic to see among those faces, whom we consider
today to be the biggest rogues?
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The Cost of Confederation

Recommended Reading: Underground Nation The Secret Economy and the
Future of Canada by Diane Francis, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1994,
paperback, $21.95. This book is particularly valuable for its clear no-nonsense
description of the real costs of policies of the federal government, made necessary
by the very structure of Canada. Although Ms. Francis is certainly not a western
separatist, her analysis of the problem of Canada is extremely valuable to those of us
who are. If you read her book from the point of view of a western separatist, you can
gain many insights into what has happened to the west, and how independence could
cure it. We quote from her Introduction:
“Canada as we know it simply will not survive. Already the country is slipping
away before our very eyes. Discontent, cheating, and underground economic activity
have become widespread in response to the high taxes resulting from two decades’
worth of poor governance. Our accumulated debt has dramatically devalued our
currency since 1992, and we are moving toward a crisis. While it is appropriate that
attention be focused on the debt, the fact is that it is not the root cause of Canada’s
problem. Debt is only the reflection of flaws in the nation-state. And Canadians
instinctively know this. It is surely significant that, in the October 1993 federal
election, one in three Canadians voted for a new Canada by casting a ballot for the
untested, unknown Reform Party of the explicitly separatist Bloc Quebecois.”
“Governments spend more of our hard-earned money on interest payments than on
our health care system. Within five years, these interest payments could be bigger
than health and education expenditures combined. By the turn of the century,
Canadians will be committed to paying off lenders and getting few, if any,
government services in return. This is a formula for disaster. “During the 1980s,
governments increased taxes from 31 per cent of the economy, or gross domestic
product (GDP), to 39 per cent — second only to the tax hikes imposed in a financially
troubled Italy. These increases were necessary because the national debt climbed 500
per cent between 1981 and 1994. In the four years of Liberal rule which ended on
March 31, 1985, the country’s debts nearly tripled, to $202.4 billion. In their nine
years of stewardship, Brian Mulroney and his Tories doubled the debt they
inherited. By the time of the federal election in October 1993, Canada’s debts
topped $470 billion. That was bad enough, but during this same period the provinces
ran amok. The combined provincial debt in 1982 was a mere $11.2 billion. By 1994,
it had soared to $155 billion, an increase of more than 1,300 per cent. The provinces
were left to their own foolish devices by both Liberals and Tories in Ottawa; both
parties were spending too much time currying the provinces’ favour for
constitutional reasons to discipline them.”
“The taxes Canadians pay have soared. In fiscal year 1981-82, 11 million Canadian
workers paid a per-capita average of $2,293 in federal taxes and another $2,499 in
provincial income taxes. By 1992-93, some 12.3 million Canadians were employed,
but each was handing over an average of $5,355 in federal income tax, and $3,221 in
provincial tax, per year. So taxes have nearly tripled in eleven years, from $2,792
per person to $8.576, even though taxpayers are not getting more for their money.
“So there you have it: in a ten-year period, the economy went up by nearly 200 per
cent; taxes by 300 per cent; federal debts by 500 per cent. Worse yet, some 40 per
cent of all debts are owed to foreigners. By 1994, Canadians were sending $100
million per day out of the country in the form of interest payments to foreign
lenders in New York, Frankfurt, or Tokyo. This money represents $1 out of every
$20 generated by the entire economy, and is a permanent loss of wealth on a scale
that no country can sustain. That money neither returns nor is spent in Canada to
create jobs or generate more taxes. Clearly, spending is totally out of control in
Canada, but our politicians are doing nothing about it.” “…The October 1993 federal
election underscored the seriousness of the discontent. Two mainstream political
parties — the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats — were obliterated.
Millions of voters gave their support instead to the two new upstart populist parties,
the Reform Party and Bloc Quebecois. The two new parties garnered a combined
popular vote of 33 per cent….One in three voters in Canada was angry enough to cast
a ballot for a party whose candidates were largely unknown and whose goals were,
in essence, to destroy Canada as we know it. The year before, 53 per cent of
Canadians had rejected the Charlottetown Accord proposals and, by so doing,
rejected the country’s entire political leadership. Both events revealed the extent to
which Canada’s governments are out of step with a public which grows angrier and
more rebellious each year passes. Instead of coming to grips with the real problems
they face, our politicians remain preoccupied with getting re-elected, pandering to
Quebec, or placating certain favoured special-interest groups, particularly the
unions. In their rush to please a few, they alienate the many by limiting freedom of
speech, linguistic rights and individual liberties. Pandering to minorities has led to
the deification of multiculturalism, which divides our society.” “Canada is not the
only nation-state whose existence is threatened. All nation-states will experience
massive change in the next century because the reasons for their existence — economic
organization and defence — are disappearing. Global free trade has erased the need to
be part of a captive market, and the end of the Cold War has transferred military
burdens to the United Nations and away from individual countries. “This is the
paradox of the post-Cold War world: globalization erodes the importance and
power of the traditional nation-state, while at the same time people seek smaller,
more responsive government units in the face of internationalization. As they do so,
the lower levels of government also eat away at the nation-state as they assume
social and cultural responsibilities on a more homogeneous basis. In Canada’s case,
the federal government has, over the decades, handed over enormous power to the
provinces, and now also to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as
well as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Logically, this means
Ottawa should massively downsize. Its role should be to manage the overall
economy and to act as a coordinating body among provinces and between Canadians
and the rest of the world. Instead, Ottawa’s politicians and bureaucrats have been
resisting worldwide trends and jealously guarding their power. What may kill this
country is not devolution of more power to Quebec and the other provinces, but the
notion that an unpopular, unamendable constitution and control of the tax purse
strings can impose a unitary state on Canadians. “Canada is drowning in debt, but,
for the time being, life goes on as usual for most Canadians. There is high
unemployment, but for those of us who have jobs, the living is easy. Canadians enjoy
the world’s second-highest standard of living. We dine out, own our own homes,
have good-paying jobs, take holidays, own cottages, drive more than one car, and
fool around with boats and a range of electronic gadgets. “But Canada’s
deficit-dependent economy is artificially inflated by 10 per cent as a result of
overspending by governments based on foreign borrowing. We do not feel the full
negative effects of debt-servicing costs because governments keep borrowing the
money to make their interest payments on debts. This simply cannot continue.
Weaning ourselves from an indebted lifestyle will be painful. Living standards for
the lower and middle classes will plummet. University tuition will quadruple.
Health care charges will be imposed. The unemployed will have to live on
considerably less, or on their families’ charity. Services of all kinds will disappear.
“Canadians will survive, but the country will be transformed. There are a number of
solutions I’ve outlined which could turn the country around in time. Canada, like
IBM and other companies that have reinvented themselves, will not restructure until
it is forced to. Tragically, it may take an exchange-rate crisis or secession by
Quebec to bring about the needed reforms. The danger is that these crises may also
bring about chaos or forced amalgamation with the United States.”
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Other Excerpts:

State-Supported Oppression

“Freedom has been defined as the right to swing your arm but not hit anyone with it.
Swinging your arm is the basis of individual rights. Not allowing one individual to
hit another is the principal justification behind the existence of governments.
Unfortunately, in Canada, the state has strayed seriously away from this
responsibility. We live in a country where individuals are regularly being hit by
swinging arms, including government arms. Canada fosters politically sponsored
discrimination, unnecessary state intervention, and reductions in everything from
freedom of speech to freedom of the press and the rule of law. Canadians do not live
in a dictatorship, but we live in an increasingly oppressive country. “By ignoring the
birthrights and freedoms of Canadians, the country’s politicians are playing with
fire. Successful Canadians, like successful citizens everywhere, no longer put up
with tax systems, political systems, or economic system they do not respect or
cannot succeed in. Refusing to be shackled to a jurisdiction they despise, or that they
believe is out to destroy them, they take themselves and their capital elsewhere. This
is the new reality of the next century: the empowerment of the individual thanks to
free trade, global access and the information highway. And Canada — unless it
reconstitutes itself — is falling victim to massive tax-evasion, -avoidance, and exile
strategies.” [End of excerpts] Ms. Francis does not consider the possibility of
separation in this scenario, as solution for the West which would not just liberate
those who could afford to leave the country, but, as she puts it, “the vast majority of
Canadians who are handcuffed to the country as employees. These are the real
victims of bad governance, not the wealthy who can escape or hide.” Ms. Francis
believes she knows how these problems could be fixed, but being a Canadian
federalist from Central Canada, she doesn’t even consider the breakaway from
Canada of the West. She does refer to contentious issues, however, for example in
her conclusion when she writes: “Canada’s fiscal burden has been unfair, too
open-ended and too favourable to Quebec. In 1993-94, for instance, equalization
payments were trimmed for Quebec and axed for other provinces. Manitoba was
chopped to $844 million from $1.075 billion; Nova Scotia to $800 million from
$1.049 billion; Saskatchewan to $458 million from $683 million; while Quebec was
reduced slightly to $3.633 billion from $3.743 billion.” This book is recommended
because it offers great intellectual ammunition for western separatists.
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Freedom’s Voice

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some
rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and
useful truth in a few words.

Samuel Johnson: The Rambler, Nov. 19, 1751

When the million applaud, you ask yourself what harm you have done; when
they censure you, what good.

C.C. Colton: Lacon, 1820

When most the world applauds you, most beware:
`Tis often less a blessing than a snare.

Edward Young: Love of Fame, VI, 1728

Thy destiny is only that of man, but thy aspirations may be those of a god.

Ovid: Metamorphoses, II, c. 5

Who shoots at the midday sun, though he be sure he shall never hit the mark:
yet as sure he is, he shall shoot higher than he who aims at a bush.

Philip Sidney: Arcadia, II, 1590

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life:
Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate.

Robert Browning: Bishop Bougram’s Apology, 1855

Hitch your wagon to a star.

R. W. Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870

There are many objects of great value to man which cannot be attained by
unconnected individuals, but must be attained, if attained at all, by association.

Daniel Webster: Speech at Pittsburgh, July, 1833

The beginnings of all things are small.

Cicero: De finibus, V, c. 50 B.C.

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

John Heywood: Proverbs, 1546

At daybreak, when loath to rise, have this thought in thy mind: I am rising for
a man’s work.

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations, V, c. 170
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A Separatist Speaks, Douglas Christie

The Quebec referendum and Canada’s debt are the same thing. Today Chretien has
used the Quebec referendum as an excuse for not reducing the deficit. He and Paul
Martin have both said the deficit must remain high to show Quebec the advantages
of federalism so they will vote “no” in the referendum. The Machiavellian subtlety
of these arguments, their dishonesty and the terrible thing they reveal, should be
carefully analyzed. First, it clearly admits that Quebec costs money to keep in
Canada. This surely is no surprise to a separatist, but all those federalists must be
fools who don’t blink at that. The province that costs money to keep “in” is never
happy “in” and must surely be seen as a spoiled child demanding more every time it
threatens to leave. Secondly, it indicates that if we had to tax Canadians to pay for
this joyous privilege of keeping Quebec in Canada they might balk at it. This seems
to justify to our elitist genii the not-too-honest play of borrowing more to bribe
them so the peasants don’t realize the bribe is being paid. If keeping Quebec in
Canada is so much of a treat why not tax us openly or ask for donations to do it? The
answer is obvious: If people knew how much it costs they would be the first to say
loud and clear to Quebec “Be gone!” Thirdly, how typically Canadian to use the
need to pay a bribe as an excuse to justify breaking your promise to the people. I
mean the promise to reduce the deficit to meaningful levels. Giving a bribe must be
a worthy reason not to pay your mortgage. Try it on your banker some time. Fourth,
but not least, Quebec referendum and the debt are the same because you can’t have
one without the other. In fact Quebec is the cause of the debt in the first place. If you
look at the major beneficiary of equalization, bribery and federal patronage, it has
always been Quebec. Without Quebec there would be no debt. Therefore how ironic
that the reason for not paying down the debt is the need to pay more to the partner
who created the debt in the first place. If this reason was advanced in a company
they would think the president had lost his mind, but this is Canada and when Paul
Martin or Jean Chretien say it we nod in approval. Are we mad? No, just Canadian!
And they call those of us who believe we should escape all this massive debt and
bribery to found our own debt-free English-speaking country of Western Canada,
“radical”. I guess reason is a little radical in a madhouse.
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The Long View

“In the long run, Canada will take your home, your family, your culture and your
identity.” I remember saying this years ago on a radio station somewhere and
thinking I was going too far. But wait: by taxing, it can take your home. By
legislating and the heavy tax burden, it can take your family. By multiculturalism,
and human rights commissions and laws, it is now capable of destroying the
majority culture. Through reducing us to a number and a taxpayer, eliminating our
freedom to speak out against it effectively, it destroys our identity. Was I really
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One More Benefit of Independence

Along with economic, political, linguistic and cultural benefits of independence, one
often overlooked is the control of immigration. Canada needs immigrants to fund, as
willing tax slaves, its gradual deteriorating social system. They therefore need to
increase the environmental damage which more people bring, to continue the
debt-ridden system they created. Western Canada, a smaller, debt-free nation,
prospering on its resources and cheaper government, would not need immigration to
support it. Rather, its environment and prosperity are enhanced by its small
population. This saves both the environment and our culture.
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The Percentage Necessary for a Win in the Quebec

Already there are federalists demanding that the percentage for passage of a
referendum on independence must be 55% or even 66%. Most people, according to
some polls, believe so. But the separatists respond that Norway and France entered
the European Community by a vote of barely 51%. These figures were deemed
sufficient by those governments. However, a better precedent exists closer to home:
Newfoundland joined confederation in 1949 by a bare majority of 51% even when it
took two referenda. The first was 51% against confederation, so they held another.
This shows how slim a majority can rule in confederation. British Columbia has
never held a referendum on confederation, neither has Alberta, Saskatchewan or
Manitoba. It’s time we did. Why don’t you photocopy this little excerpt and
highlight the reference to Newfoundland and send it to Lucien Bouchard, M.P. It
maybe a useful assistance to his noble struggle.
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On Aboriginal Self-Government

Secretly and systematically, the provincial governments of B.C., Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the federal government are doing what the referendum
of the people on the Charlottetown Accord has rejected. They are creating distinct
society status for Indians, natives aboriginal peoples, or First Nations. All those
terms are new double-speak terms which betray the guilt feelings of the federalist
leadership of Canada. It is interesting to note the same process of progressive guilt
was marked by the same development of “appropriate” names in the U.S. from the
bad “n” of old to the more appropriate Negroes to blacks in the 60’s, to
Afro-Americans to African Americans. The parallel is interesting. White guilt is
measured by the development of comforting words. In any event soon vast tracts of
land (crown land) will be designated as owned not by individuals but by groups
based on ancestry. This is only partly imposed by judicial decision but it is the
Canadian way. The only real escape from this intolerable duplicity is because a new
nation would not be bound by old British treaties. If a new nation of western Canada
can come into being by the will of the people founded on the simple principle of
equal rights for all regardless of race, religion, ancestry, etc., then we can begin
again to measure each individual on merit and not on the basis of victim group status
for real or imagined grievances of 100 years ago. Anything less will create a
nightmare of racial jealousy in time. Who could ask for anything more than
equality? The West is capable of fair reward for all its citizens from the land and
resources but racial status or tribal homelands are a dead end street for individuals
and a happy hunting ground for lawyers, judges and bureaucrats. Western
Independence can break free from the cultural, racial and eventual ghettoization of
the Canadian system. Each piece of present tribal land should be divided fairly
among native claimants and either sold with the proceeds given to them of the land
conveyed to them as individual citizens. No more land, no more special status based
on race, no more government funds should ever be allocated to any group for racial,
or ancestral claims. This same position is not the Canadian way but it is the way
Western Canada must go. Simple sanity demands that we maintain this honorable
course. The alternative is constant war with the state which Canada epitomizes.
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The Western Canada Concept grows slowly every year. Our major problem has
always been reaching new people without the filter of a hostile media. To this end
we have signed a one-year contract with Western Communications for a monthly
one-third page ad in Alberta, B.C. and Western Report for $898. These magazines
are quite compatible with our goals and have a circulation over most of Western
Canada and are the best magazines on the Western Canadian market for ideas. They
are worth subscribing to and supporting. A British Colombian who paid $898 for
one month of ads would be able to receive a tax credit. If we could get 12 people in
B.C. to pay this much we would have the whole year’s campaign paid for. This
could be done by a series of post-dated cheques. Remember this comes off your
income tax, not your taxable income. So be generous and realize you are entitled to
make these donations tax deductible.
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Future Meetings

Our monthly ad in B.C., Alberta and Western Reports is capable of being modified
each month to include reference to two or three meetings. This month (February) we
have meetings advertised in Edmonton and Calgary. In this way we can advertise
future meetings in major centers. We need good turnouts and so we need to have
your help. These ads cost a lot and so regular monthly donations are essential. How
can you help?
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Late Note

The meetings held in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie were very successful
and raised many new members. It is clear that the public awareness of western
grievances is going to reach another peak, and we hope to be able to be there to
gather many more new separatists.
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A 43 cent solution

Did you know for 43 cents you can do as much as we do for you, for somebody else?
We create this paper and send it to you. Our work costs us much more than $.43 but
we send it to you for that, a postage stamp. For the same amount, and a short note
you could send this paper to a friend with the suggestion that they subscribe. You
know best who might be interested. Maybe you could do this much for our cause and
follow it up with a phone call. Let us know how it goes. We need to reach out.
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New Van & Youth Group

We have also purchased a 15-passenger van which we use to go to meetings in
Vancouver and elsewhere. We expect you realize this cost us for a 1984 Dodge van
with insurance, about $5,000. The van is very useful for our youth group. They have
raised about $1,000 by cutting and selling firewood to pay for it. They sold about 15
cords of wood and approximately 7 young men worked together do so it. I believe
some of our members could contribute something to pay for this necessary vehicle.
Recently the party paid $700 to repair a door and a broken window. The vehicle is
now in good running order and insured until next September. It could be used for a
summer tour which we are planning for July or August In January our young men’s
group used the bus, taking the detachable seats out to move an old invalid. About 10
young volunteers earned $600 for our cause by such means under the leadership of
our youth leader Peter Rhone. So since it was bought and paid for by the party, they
have raised over $1500 for our cause, built a sense of achievement and begun to
work together in practical ways. They have helped people by doing good works and
built the good name of our party. For our next public meeting our old people, or
people without rides can be picked up and dropped home in our own transportation.
For these two reasons I am asking you to make a donation for these two projects.
To Western Canada Concept 810 Courtney Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1C4
Yes, I want to donate and enclose $_____ by cheque or post-dated cheques to help
pay for the bus and for the monthly magazine ads. I have the following comments to
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