Western separatist "Wexit" founder is a far-right reactionary - 2019-10-25
The central figure in the story is Peter Downing. Formerly a candidate for the Christian Heritage Party, Downing redirected his efforts to distributing propaganda following the 2015 election. He would go on to act as the spokesperson for the Prairie Freedom Movement, the precursor to Wexit. During this time, Downing actively spread conspiracy theories, mostly anti-globalist and anti-Islam in nature.
Downing now identifies himself as the Founder of Wexit Alberta and is listed as an administrator on several Wexit social media pages. These pages regularly cross-posts content from far-right pages. Downing and his associates are using this newfound platform to spread dangerous xenophobic and Islamaphobic rhetoric.
Anti-Racist Canada also examined the team of administrators and moderators that manage the main VoteWexit Facebook group. This is the same group that garnered media attention after its membership soared in the wake of the Conservative defeat in the 2019 election. A large proportion of the team has questionable far-right figures and groups. One administrator is personal friends with a number of known hate group members.