Alberta's Firewall Plus Conference: Wexit, or a Fair Deal with Ottawa?

Over the weekend in Calgary the Economic Education Association of Alberta convened a roundtable to discuss the idea and logistics of an “Albertan Firewall.”

Danny Hozack, chairman of the think tank that has been hosting discussions like this across the province for months, is bringing attention to the real possibility of Alberta separation.

The roundtable hosted speakers from academics to politicians, including Derek Sloan, a candidate to lead the Conservative Party of Canada.

On the speaker roster was also Jason Wilson, the Wheatland Country councillor who passed the Alberta First motion, calling for increased autonomy within Alberta.

Wilson has been an outspoken advocate of an Albertan Firewall, calling for Alberta to create a provincial police force while standing outside of the union-blockaded Co-op fuel hub in Carseland, Alberta. Weeks into the blockade that was strangling local farmers, Wilson said “we’re really starting to see who the RCMP are working for,” as constables chit-chatted with the out-of-province lawbreakers.

Alongside Wilson, UCP MLA Drew Barnes spoke about his experience on Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel, and Dr. Barry Cooper talked about the political logistics of a more independent Alberta.