People's Party of Canada or a New Brunswick Free Province?
A friend and I were having a discussion about whether one should support Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada or the New Brunswick Freedom Project aimed at encouraging freedom lovers to migrate here to establish Canada's first FreeProvince. I followed up with an email outlining some key points (SPOILER ALERT: We can walk and chew gum at the same time):
Been thinking about PPC and FreeProvince some more:
1. We hope that PPC will have a great deal of influence at the national level some day. For the foreseeable future, however, the most we can hope for is that there is a massive shift that gives them the balance of power. That influence can help achieve some freedom goals, i.e. preserving gun rights, ending vaccine apartheid, etc. Without a majority, however, PPC slows down the wokeness, but cannot reverse it.
Changing the national culture of 35M people can never truly happen until provincial governments buy in, break the power of the teacher unions and reverse the Marxist indoctrination of our kids/students in the schools.
PPC and a NB FreeProvince are 2 sides of the same coin. At the worst, a NB FreeProvince is an insurance policy. More likely, however, it could well be a prerequisite for the national cultural restoration envisioned by PPC. Once NB becomes a successful FreeProvince, we can be a shining light to others. PEI will be next, then likely NS. NL would not be far behind, I suspect. A Maritime FreeProvince Alliance will have at least as much influence as Quebec. (It is not as strange as it sounds: in 1864 3 Maritime provinces (NB, PEI, NS) were in talks to form a union before being invited to Charlottown).
Creating a FreeProvince in a place with only 385,000 voters (p27) in the last provincial election can realistically happen, and it can be done at the same time the PPC builds nationally. If successful, this gives PPC supporters an enormous beachead AND a refuge in case things don't happen as we would like at the national level.
2. Do we need a provincial PPC party to do it? No, in fact it's probably better without it because then the movement isn't tied to, or under the control of one party's policies. But...I'm open to ideas.
We don't have to choose between the People's Party of Canada and a New Brunswick FreeProvince. They are two sides of the same coin, and we need both.
We can walk and chew gum at the same time.
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