If politicians from the west were hoping to have Quebec on their side when it comes to separatism it looks like that won't be the case. Western separatism in Canada won't get any help from the Bloc Québécois leader. He wants Quebec to be its own country but won't help the west do that same.

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet told reporters that he wants Quebec to be his own country and western Canada shouldn't look to him for help with doing the same thing there.

Blanchet was speaking after he had a closed-door meeting with Justin Trudeau in Ottawa about what shared priorities they have and may be able to work on together.

After the meeting, Blanchet was asked about western separation and independence and if he would lead by example by being more collaborative rather than isolated.

And he didn't mince words.

"I doubt it because I still believe that Quebec will do better when it becomes a country," said Blanchet. "So I'm not the one that will fight to have a nice, beautiful and united Canada."

Blanchet is not interested in helping the west gain independence and become its own country which is what he wants for Quebec. 

A day before meeting with Blanchet, Trudeau met with Andrew Scheer

In the meeting, Scheer said he told Trudeau about "the very real crisis that our country is in as it relates to national unity" and that "Canada is as divided as it ever has been."

But Blanchet doesn't care that much about national unity and he'll only think about helping the west in its quest for independence only if one thing is done. 

"If they were attempting to create a green state in western Canada, I might be tempted to help them. If they are trying to create an oil state in western Canada, they cannot expect any help from us," said Blanchet.

He is not a fan of oil and said he will continue to fight the idea of "obsessively" extracting oil.

Blanchet and Trudeau talked about their shared priorities like climate change, gun control and cost-of-living issues. Blanchet also said that health care is a priority for him. 

So while it looks like Trudeau and Blanchet may be able to work together once Parliament is convened on December 5, anybody from the west looking to work with Blanchet when it comes to separatism will have to look somewhere else. 


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