the rebuffed proclamation

The shouting wouldn’t cease. Johnson had no time; they were outside.

“History will note our efforts were not in vain,” he wrote.

As the final Premier of Saskatchewan, Johnson had to go underground. He’d eluded capture and stayed hidden for nearly a year.

But the revolutionaries had found him.

He scribbled ferociously. “We must assert our freedom, unleashed from the tyranny known as Western Canada. Our future generations deserve sovereignty. From this moment, July 1, 2024, Saskatchewan will carve its own destiny.”

As they stormed his barracks, Johnson wrote his final words.

“We emancipate ourselves. I declare Saskatchewan’s independence.”