Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan
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|Leader||Frank J. Serfas|
|President||Frank J. Serfas|
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The Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan is a provincial political party in Saskatchewan, Canada. It advocates the independence of Saskatchewan, and the formation of a new country. It is not affiliated with any federal party. It supports fiscally conservative and socially moderate policies.
The party was formed on July 12, 2003, and nominated 17 candidates in the November 5, 2003 provincial election. These candidates won a total of 2,735 votes, or 0.64% of the provincial total.
The party's leader and party president is Frank Serfas, the deputy leader is David Sawkiw and the party president is Frank Serfas. The party nominated eight candidates for the 2007 election, two in the 2011 election, and four in the 2016 election.
Besides the party's support for independence, the party's platform is secular and libertarian in nature, a distinguishing feature from some of the other separatist parties in Western Canada. The WIP of Saskatchewan has no ties with the Separation Party of Alberta or the Western Canada Party.
The party not affiliated to the Western Canada Concept Party of British Columbia or the British Columbia-based Western Block Party and has made considerable effort to distance itself from Doug Christie, the leader of those parties. Whereas Christie has been mired in controversy for defending Holocaust deniers and has been accused of being an anti-Semite, the WIP has made an explicit statement in support of the State of Israel.
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