High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Western Independence Party (WIP) was a Canadian political party that advocated the separation from Canada of the western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories to form a new country.THe WIP ran 11 candidates in the Canadian federal election of 1988 - one candidate in British Columbia, seven in Alberta, and three in Manitoba (although one of the Manitoba candidates appears to have withdrawn before election day). ALl the candidates were soundly defeated with none garnering even 1% of the popular vote in any riding.THe party also has or had provincial branches in each of the four provinces. THe federal wing of the Western Independence Party was dormant; they have not run any candidates in any federal elections since 1988. THe party has been resurrected in April, 2005 at a founding convention in Strathmore, Alberta under the new name "Western Canada Party".