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|Leader||Jay Hill (interim)|
|President||Angela Propp Schmidt|
|Deputy Leader||Allan Kerpan (interim)|
|Founded||January 10, 2020|
|Slogan||"How the West was ONE"|
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The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada is a Canadian federal political party. It advocates for constitutional change that will benefit the West, or the independence of Western Canada, which includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories. The former name was a play on Brexit, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The party has its roots in Alberta separatism.
The party plans to run candidates across the four provinces and three territories in the upcoming 44th Canadian federal election. The Maverick Party will not run candidates in ridings where there is a strong possibility of electing a Liberal or New Democratic Party candidate. Jay Hill noted that vote splitting will not be a significant issue since most elections are won before Western votes are counted.
The party is led by former Conservative Party of Canada House leader Jay Hill following the resignation of former leader Peter Downing. Hill came out of retirement to act as interim leader of the Maverick Party until a new leader can be established. Hill has said he wants the party to serve a purpose in the West similar to what the Bloc Québécois has done for Quebec.
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The Wexit movement gained traction in October 2019, shortly after the 2019 Canadian federal election, when the Liberal Party under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was re-elected to form government. In August 2019, Wexit Alberta held several meetings including a small summer meeting in Calgary’s beltline. A few months later another meeting in Calgary drew about 1700 attendees.
On January 10, 2020, the party became "eligible for registration" under section 387 of the Canada Elections Act. At the time, it recorded with Elections Canada under the name "Wexit Canada". The following day, the party conducted a protest in Edmonton, involving approximately 100 supporters.
In early 2020, Wexit Alberta started purchasing billboards in Alberta criticizing Trudeau, sparking public discussion over the lack of representation in western Canada for some, and criticism of the billboards themselves for others. Signpatico, an advertising agency based in Regina, that installed the billboards, promised to vet ads more carefully in the future stating that while the company "fundamentally stand[s] by freedom of expression, as per the Charter", Signpatico is not "intending on inciting perceptions of hate speech or offensive ads."
In September 2020, Hill announced that the party had changed its name to the "Maverick Party". When the party changed its name, its records with Elections Canada were updated. It remains eligible for registration when an election is called.
Provincial Wexit parties
On January 11, 2020, a Wexit rally was held at the Alberta legislature grounds with the goal of collecting the 8,400 signatures required for official party status.
Wexit reserved the name "Wexit Alberta" with Elections Alberta for use by a provincial party. According to its constitution, its plans included abolishing the provincial branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the establishment of an "Alberta National Police" and a "Provincial Sheriff Program". It planned to adopt a currency to replace the Canadian dollar as well.
On April 27, 2020, Wexit Alberta and the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta announced plans to merge into a new party called the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. Both parties voted to approve the merger on June 29, 2020. In July 2020, Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta (WIPA) was registered with Elections Alberta, giving effect to the merger. In October 2020, the People's Party of Alberta dissolved and its board members committed support WIPA.
Officially, the party ran two candidates in the 2020 British Columbia general election. At the time the election was called, Lee Smith was the party's leader but he resigned shortly after. After final nominations closed, the party announced that it was retracting its endorsements of both of its candidates. As this occurred after the close of nominations, both candidates still appeared on the ballot identified as Wexit BC candidates.
The day after the 2019 federal election, Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan, proposed a "New Deal" with the federal government. He called for an end to the federal carbon tax, renegotiation of the equalization formula, and action on oil-pipeline projects. In the weeks after the election, Wexit volunteers began collecting signatures to form a new party. They called on Moe to hold a referendum on separation, saying that if he did not agree they would form a party to do so.
On March 10, 2020, Wexit Saskatchewan became registered as a provincial party with Elections Saskatchewan. Its first interim leader was Jake Wall. Once registered, Wexit Saskatchewan proposed a referendum on independence in its platform.
On June 3, 2020, the party's executive board voted to change the party's name to Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan. That decision ratified by a membership vote. In July 2020, the party changed its name, and named Wade Sira as its new interim leader.
|Leadership elections||Name||Term start||Term end||Riding while leader||Notes|
|None||Peter Downing||January 12, 2020||June 23, 2020||None||First leader|
|Interim||Jay Hill||June 23, 2020||present||None||Interim leader|
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No member of parliament in the House of Commons openly sympathizes with the idea of Western secession. The party wants a presence in the House to advance its goals and ensure the frustrations of Western Canadians are heard.[better source needed].
The Maverick Party, unlike other western independence parties, will run candidates in the next federal election to represent the best interests of Western Canadian, while simultaneously advocating for constitutional change: Triple-E Senate and elimination of equalization payments that subsidize Eastern provinces. If the Maverick Party is not able to get the necessary concessions from the federal government, they will push for a referendum on independence across the West and North.
Following the election of Erin O'Toole as the new Conservative Party of Canada leader, Jay Hill was critical, saying that the West would be on the "back burner" under O'Toole's leadership. In September 2020, Hill criticized O'Toole for statements that the Conservatives would ensure Canada meets the Paris Agreement climate change targets. Mr. O'Toole, in conversations with Quebec's Premier Legault, has committed to continuing equalization payments to Quebec and agreed that Energy East is off the table.
- Western alienation
- Alberta separatism
- Cascadia (independence movement)
- Reform Party of Canada
- Western Block Party
- Western Canada Concept
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