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OUR VISION OF AN INDEPENDENT WESTERN CANADA

  • A prosperous low tax economy.
  • Direct democracy.
  • Separation of Executive and Legislative powers to end Prime Ministerial dictatorship.
  • An elected accountable judiciary.
  • Equality of treatment and opportunity for all people.
  • An elected senate balancing popular representation with regional representation.
  • English as the official language.
  • An effective efficient health care system
  • A justice system that stresses accountability.
  • No Long Gun registry.
  • Responsible achievable sustainable environmental protection.
  • Property rights guaranteed in the constitution.

ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
AGRICULTURE & RURAL
DEVELOPMENT
CROWN CORPORATIONS
DEMOCRACY
ECONOMIC POLICY
EDUCATION
FINANCE AND TAXATION
HEALTH CARE
HIGHWAYS
JUSTICE
LABOUR
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT
NATIONAL DEFENCE
PENSIONS
POLICE
WESTERN INDEPENDENCE
  

WESTERN INDEPENDENCE

The Western Independence Party believes the Welfare of the People of Saskatchewan will be best served in an Independent Western Canada.

DEMOCRACY

  1. The Western Independence Party supports the right of citizens to initiate and repeal Legislation by way of a binding Referendum; provided the greater of 18,000 eligible voters and 3% of eligible voters sign a Petition demanding such a Referendum.  The Referendum shall take place within 6 months of the receipt of the Petition by the Chief Electoral Officer.  The signatures required for the Referendum shall be obtained within 6 months from the date the first signature is obtained.  Once a question has been decided on a certain issue, via Referendum, a moratorium on another Referendum being held on the same question will be 4 years..
  2. All laws passed by way of Referendum shall prevail over any Court decisions on the issue.
  3. The Western Independence Party believes that our present system of Government should be changed to a system of Separation of Powers amongst the Executive Legislative and Judicial Branches in order to ensure more democracy.
  4. A Western Independence Party in Government will amend the Election Act so that all voting shall be by preferential ballot.
  5. The Western Independence Party in Government will institute a system of fixed election dates with the Election to be held on the last Monday in the month of June every four (4) years.
  6. The Western Independence Party supports a system of MLA recall whereby a by-election shall be called if at least 35% of eligible voters sign a Petition demanding a by-election.
  7. Provincial Court Judges shall be elected, with such elections to take place on the same day as the Provincial General Election.
 

ABORIGINAL PEOPLES

  1. The Western Independence Party believes that the Aboriginal People have been held back by a socialist communal system.  The Western Independence Party supports the rights of each band to determine, by referendum, whether or not the members of the band wish to maintain the present land ownership system or have a system of private ownership of band lands.
  2. The Western Independence Party believes that any land claims agreements should allow the residents of the band in question, to decide, by referendum, whether or not final settlement payments of cash or awards of land, should be made directly to the individual members of the band.
  3. The Western Independence Party believes that in an Independent Western Canada, Aboriginal Peoples will play a significant role, due to the fact that their numbers are greater here than in Eastern Canada.  As such, the Western Independence Party invite all Aboriginal Peoples to join in the creation of a prosperous and harmonious Western Canadian Nation.
 

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. The Western Independence Party believes the Canadian Wheat Board should have all of its directors elected by farmers.  The Board should be controlled by farmers for farmers.
  2. Farmers should be free to market their own grain.
  3. A Western Independence Party government will investigate the feasibility of instituting a two-price system for agriculture products.
  4. A Western Independence Party Government will remove the Education Tax on Agriculture land, except for the highest assessed quarter, or home quarter owned by an individual or corporation.
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CROWN CORPORATIONS

  1. A Western Independence Party Government will return the focus of Crown Corporations to serving the people of Saskatchewan in the core areas of Power, Natural Gas, Telephone, and Auto Insurance.
  2. The Western Independence Party believes that the heads of Crown Corporations should be appointed on a merit basis, not as a political reward.
 

NATIONAL DEFENCE

  1. A National Defense force shall be set up in an Independent Western Canada to defend the nation.
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ECONOMIC POLICY

  1. The Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan is committed to the maintenance and strengthening of a free and fair competitive market economy.
  2. A Western Independence Party Government will implement reasonable recommendations of the Provincial Auditor.
  3. A Western Independence Party Government will work in partnership with private enterprise to encourage private industry, by way of tax incentives, marketing, and non-competition by the Government.
  4. A Western Independence Party Government will decentralize government services where appropriate.
 

EDUCATION

  1. A Western Independence Party Government will set a goal to give the best education to all students in Saskatchewan, according to the ability of each student.   
  2. A Western Independence Party Government will amalgamate the Departments of Learning and Advanced Learning.
  3. A Western Independence Party Government will support parent’s right to home school their children.
 
HIGHWAYS
  1. The Western Independence Party in government will ensure that all fuel tax monies collected will be directed towards highway infrastructure.
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HEALTH CARE

  1. The Western Independence Party believes that the Public Health Care System must be maintained.
  2. A Western Independence Party Government will, on election, immediately institute a full value for money audit, of the Public Health Care system, to ensure that as much waste as possible is eliminated.
  3. A Western Independence Party supports the right of individuals to buy private health care if they do not see timely access to services in the system.
  4. A Western Independence Party Government will investigate the possibility of including certain forms of Alternative Medicine to be covered by the Medicare system.
 

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

  1. A Western Independence Party Government will not download Provincial Government expenditures onto local Governments under the guise of balancing the Provincial Government Budget.
  2. The Western Independence Party supports the principle that services that can most efficiently be provided by a municipality should be provided by a municipality.
  3. The Western Independence Party supports the principle of voluntary municipal amalgamations and annexations.
  4. The Western Independence Party Government will ensure that all municipalities have sufficient means of revenue collection to meet their service obligations.
 

JUSTICE

  1. In an Independent Western Canada, the primary focus of the Justice system will be protection of the public from crime, particularly violent crime.
  2. In an Independent Western Canada there shall be no discrimination in sentencing or judgment based on race, color, creed or sex.
  3. A Western Independence Party Government will eliminate the practice of Employment Equity/Affirmative Action from all government departments and hire only on the basis of merit.
  4. The Western Independence Party believes that the definition of Marriage is a Union exclusively between a Man and a Woman.
  5. In an Independent Western Canada the Long Gun Registry shall be abolished.
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POLICE
  1. A Western Independence Party Government will replace the services of the RCMP with a Saskatchewan Police Force.
 

PENSIONS
  1. A Western Independence Party Government shall set up a comprehensive Saskatchewan Pension Plan to replace the Canada Pension Plan.
 

LABOUR

  1. The Western Independence Party recognizes that workers have formed and continue to form the backbone of our society.  As such, government policy must attempt to reconcile the legitimate interest of both employers and employees.
  2. A Western Independence Party Government will not discriminate in its tendering policy between unionized and non-unionized employers.
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FINANCE AND TAXATION

  1. The Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan is firmly committed to a low tax, prosperous, free enterprise economy, while maintaining a strong, social, safety net within the confines of a balanced budget.  Therefore we believe that a balanced budget is the cornerstone of any strong economy.  All too often in the past, governments have run deficits to meet irresponsible spending programs.  Therefore a Western Independence Party Government is committed to balanced budgets.  We would introduce legislation that would make balanced budgets mandatory.  A planned deficit would be illegal.
  2. A Western Independence Party Government will introduce legislation that will prohibit governments from raising taxes or levying new taxes without the consent of the Saskatchewan people.  The people would be consulted by Referendum.  The Referendum would take place as it is needed.
  3. A Western Independence Party Government will commence the collection of all taxes due to the Government of Saskatchewan.
  4. The Western Independence Party believes that nobody should be exempted from taxation based on racial origin.

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