Separation Party of Alberta
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|Separation Party of Alberta|
Active provincial party
|Colours||Green & Gold|
|Politics of Alberta
The Separation Party of Alberta was a political party that advocates the secession of Alberta from Canada. Its leader was Bart Hampton. The party's president, Glen Dundas, was the party's only candidate in the 2012 provincial election. The party changed its name to the Alberta First Party on May 13, 2013.
The party took over the rights of the inactive Alberta First Party in June 2004 and changed the party name. The party fielded 12 candidates in the provincial election, held on November 22, 2004. These candidates won a total of 4,680 votes, or 0.5% of the popular vote in the province. Here are the candidates, their ridings, votes and percentages:
- Calgary-Fort, Leo Ollenberger, 212 (2.7%)
- Calgary-Shaw, Daniel Doher, 171 (1.6%)
- Airdrie-Chestermere, Bob Lefurgey, 394 (3.3%)
- Drumheller-Stettler, David Carnegie, 465 (4.5%)
- Highwood, Cory Morgan, 299 (2.8%)
- Little Bow, Grant Shaw, 432 (4.8%)
- Livingstone-Macleod, Jim Walker, 339 (3.4%)
- Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, Brian Vasseur, 746 (6.1%)
- Red Deer-South, Judy Milne, 261 (2.2%)
- Rocky Mountain House, Bruce Hutton, 505 (4.9%)
- Strathcona, Roberta McDonald, 297 (2.1%)
- Strathmore-Brooks, Jay Kolody, 559 (6.1%)
The Separation Party was not the first separatist party to make a foray into Albertan politics. The Western Canada Concept (WCC) achieved success in the early 1980s, winning a by-election in 1982. The WCC's popularity declined before the end of the decade. The Alberta Independence Party ran 14 candidates in the 2001 general election, but these candidates were designated as independents because the party had not been registered with Elections Alberta. The AIP eventually disbanded.
The Separation Party had informal ties with the Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan and its website included links to the website of that party. The Separation Party was not affiliated to the Western Canada Concept Party of British Columbia or the British Columbia-based Western Block Party and has distanced itself from Doug Christie, the controversial leader of those parties.
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