Saskatchewan

Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan releases platform, promotes more autonomy from federal government

Today, the newly-formed Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan unveiled its platform at a launch in Warman, Sask. The party was formerly known as Wexit Saskatchewan.

The party formerly known as Wexit Saskatchewan has 13 candidates running in this election so far

Wade Sira, interim leader of the Buffalo Party, is running for MLA for Martensville-Warman. (Don Sommers/CBC)

The newly-formed Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan unveiled its platform at a launch in Warman, Sask., on Monday. The party was formerly known as Wexit Saskatchewan.

The Buffalo Party describes itself as a western independence party. Its platform promotes more autonomy from the federal government, with proposed changes to GST and PST, the Canada pension plan and the use of the RCMP.

Wade Sira, interim leader of the Buffalo Party, is running for MLA for Martensville-Warman. He said the new Buffalo Party is separate from the other western provinces, and is solely for the Saskatchewan people. 

"We came out of frustration. It's time that we get a better deal and a fair deal for Saskatchewan and we want to be able to sit at the table and negotiate a better deal," said Sira. 

Saskatchewan's provincial candidates. Top, from left: Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Party, Wade Sira, Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan, Ryan Meili, New Democratic Party. Bottom, from left: Ken Grey, PC Party of Saskatchewan, Robert Rudachyk, Saskatchewan Liberal Party, and Naomi Hunter, Saskatchewan Green Party. (Matt Duguid/CBC, Wade Sira/Facebook, Ken Grey/PCSask.ca, Bryan Eneas/CBC, Robert Rudachyk/Facebook, NaomiHunter.ca)

The party has 13 candidates running in the 2020 election so far, the majority of which are in rural constituencies. 

Sira said Buffalo Party is concerned that Saskatchewan's economy is stagnant. The party's platform promotes taking control of natural resources and taxation within the province. 

"Quebec, when they got all their rights and they took over full control of their destiny, they started as a provincial party first. And we want the same thing in this province. It's not necessarily separation, but separation if necessary," Sira said. 

"The federation, the foundation is cracked. But there's a potential to fix it. And we want to at least try to fix it before we take drastic measures."

Sira said he is not concerned that Buffalo Party's presence this election season will split the vote in regards to the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP.

"Currently all the constituents [we] are running in is a pretty heavy handed constituency to the Sask Party. Even if we did take 50 per cent of the vote, none of those constituencies there have a chance where the NDP will come up."

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