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Since the election results were posted on October 21, the western separatist movement (or wexit) has been voicing their concerns louder and louder.

The movement wants Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the Liberals won zero seats, to separate from the rest of Canada.

The crux of their idea is about pipelines and natural resources and getting their product to market.

However, international trade experts say it's a pipe dream to think the landlocked oil-producing western provinces would have an easier time getting their product to international markets if they were to split from Canada.

A founder of the western separatist movement has said an independent country in the middle of the Prairies could leverage the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to gain coastal pipeline access.

But Silvia Maciunas, a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario, says it's not an unqualified right.

MP Dan Albas joined Q101 to discuss the idea of provinces leaving Canada.

“I do believe that if Mr. Trudeau continues to be divisive in his policies, divisive in calling out provincial premier you’re going to see alienation,” said Albas. 

“To me when you’re a Prime Minister you’re not supposed to pit one region against another,” added Albas. “He needs to be more conciliatory; he needs to change his approach.”

Albas suggested changing his advisors and listening to his caucus. 

“If he chooses to act as he has over the past four years, we will see new life breathed into these things that we haven’t seen since his father was in power,” concluded Albas. 


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Merritt residents adhered to a stringent list of watering restrictions throughout the summer and that’s led Craig Gray to approach City Hall about creating a water committee.

“I’d like to make the recommendation that Council creates a water committee and that would go from flood to drought,” said Gray.

Mayor Linda Brown addressed Mr. Grays's concern.

“We do have a committee; we are just a little long in the tooth in getting the committees started. We do have an environment committee and we’re are talking about splitting it up between water, air, and land,” said Brown.

Only a few committees have been implemented since the election. However, the Council did pass a resolution earlier this year to ensure that committees continue to run throughout election years. Previously, all council committees would dissolve in election years making the process of starting them back up more difficult.


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While the Conservatives and Liberals ran on very different platforms in last month's Federal Election there was some overlap, especially about the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.

Both the Greens and NDP campaigned on a promise to scrap the pipeline with the Tories and Liberals supporting the expansion.

With Justin Trudeau receiving a minority government, the pipeline may be an area where the Conservatives and Liberals can come together.

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola MP Dan Albas joined Q101 to discuss that very thought.

“When the Prime Minister approved the Trans Mountain project, I publicly gave him kudos for that because this is in the national interest of Canada and seeing that project go ahead is very important,” said Albas.

“But in a minority situation, you may have some parties try to derail the expansion simply out of ideological belief, rather than taking a bigger picture and looking at where Canada’s interests as a Country is,” added Albas.

Albas continued to mention how the pipeline is not just important for western Canada but all of Canada.

“This is an opportunity for us to work together as a Country,” concluded Albas.


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Most Wanted Nov 4

(Photo, Left – Russell, Right – Morin)

A pair of Merritt residents have been added to the Merritt RCMP’s most wanted list. Cpl. Brock Hedrick provided Q101 with the information and photos. 

Blaine Allan Morin, 36, of Merritt is wanted for two counts of failing to comply with his court-imposed conditions.

Seth Douglas Russell, 24, of Merritt is wanted for failing to comply with his court-imposed conditions.

If you have any information in relation to the whereabouts of either of these two individuals, please contact the Merritt RCMP or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers.

Merritt RCMP – 250-378-4262

Crimestoppers – 1-800-222-8477

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Church Cheque

(Photo L-R, Christina Miller, Pastor Mike Stone, Rev. Elaine Diggle)

Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about several RCMP files and some fireworks around the council table.

Merritt Resident Charged with Theft, Assault, and Mischief

A 27-year-old Merritt resident has been charged on numerous counts after being arrested twice this month.

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Rash of Thefts from Vehicles Leads to Arrest of Merritt Resident

Over the past weekend, the Merritt RCMP was able to arrest several people on suspected theft and break and enter charges.

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Committee of the Whole Turns into Conversation about Staff Qualifications

The meeting was scheduled as a presentation to City Council about the current plans for the marketing and communications department. However, the evening quickly deteriorated into a conversation about staff qualifications, proper procedure and the idea of ‘time and place.’

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My favourite story this week was about community helping community.

Crossroads Community Church Supporting the Murray Church Rebuild Project

Yesterday Pastor Mike Stone from Crossroads went to Trinity United to present the Church with a cheque to help in their rebuild efforts.

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