BROOKS, AB: The President of the Alberta Independence Party (AIP) is calling for the merger of his party with the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP). .“It’s time for the AIP to sit down to discuss common ground and unite,” said AIP President Todd Beasley. “We need to unite to not split our vote, our narrative, and our efforts. If the FCP or others are willing to talk, I will meet any time, any place, to get this done. I believe that that time is right now.” .Beasley says that with the re-election of Justin Trudeau, Albertans are demanding that they do something about Alberta’s continued place in confederation. . Todd Beasley-HeadshotAlberta Independence Party President Todd Beasley .“This is no longer about personal egos. It’s about what’s best for the West,” continued Beasley. “The AIP under my leadership will work constructively to advance our common cause..In the last election, the Alberta Independence Party won an average of 0.98 per cent of the vote in the 63 ridings in which they contested, while the Freedom Conservative Party won an average of 1.7 per cent in the 24 ridings they ran in. .Since the October 21st federal election, support for Western independence has surged across the prairies. WEXIT’s Facebook group saw an explosion of members from 2 thousand Monday evening, to more than a quarter of a million in a matter of days..While the AIP ran on a platform of moving straight towards a vote on independence, the FCP campaigned on a slower process of first holding a vote on constitutional equality, followed by a vote on independence if those demands were rejected by Ottawa.. Defying crackdown, hundreds march against lockdowns in Calgary .Asked how the AIP would reconcile its position with the FCP, Beasley said, “All we are asking is to just agree to talk. I’m willing to bet that if we all sit in a room together, our goals, our aspirations, and strengths, are all closer than we realize.”.Beasley ran for the United Conservative Party nomination in Brooks-Medicine Hat but was disqualified from running days before the ballots were cast.