The Saskatchewan Party says it is in favor of meeting with a large number of people to discuss possible autonomy for the province.
The Saskatchewan Party begins a provincial tour to take the pulse of the population on a provincial autonomy project facing Ottawa.
The former member of the Saskatchewan Party Saskatchewanian Allan Kerpan is one of the personalities mandated by Premier Scott Moe to lead consultations on the possibility of Saskatchewan having more autonomy from Ottawa.
Premier Scott Moe has been talking about autonomy from Ottawa for some time, he says. He asked me to tour the province to find out what people think about this idea.
In an interview with CBC, Allan Kerpan explains this: The provincial government believes the province should have more say in its future.
The Saskatchewan Party is ready to meet with a large number of people on the subject. Meetings, either private or in groups, will be held throughout July and possibly August as well. For the moment, two meetings have already taken place as part of this tour.
Residents of the province who wish to give their opinion can contact their local MP to participate in the consultations.< /p>
According to Allan Kerpan, the provincial government wishes to obtain greater autonomy to better defend the interests of the province. Self-reliance for Saskatchewan will make it stronger, he says.
I am not tempted by independence, rather by a certain independence from Ottawa, he specifies. Which would make Saskatchewan, in his view, a nation within a nation.
Allan Kerpan believes that the province could make some decisions more easily in areas related to the economy , particularly with regard to natural resources and agriculture, without going through the federal government.
University of Regina history professor emeritus Stephen Kenny is puzzled by the specific goals and scientific criteria that prompted the Saskatchewan Party to make such a decision.
They want the same things and the same rights as Quebec. It's all very vague, he says.
“It's a government with Scott Moe attacking the federal government, and directly attacks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
—Stephen Kenny, professor emeritus of history at the University of Regina
Stephen Kenny likens this tour to a provocation. This is a tour that is really biased. They are preachers who speak in their own parish.
Scott Moe specifically sends them to constituencies to find out what they can do to protect themselves from damaging intrusions by the federal government.
With information from Ted Deller and Geneviève Patterson