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Harper Cabinet Minister calls on Premiers Kenney & Moe to hold immediate independence votes

Former Stephen Harper Government House Leader and long-time Reform/Conservative Party MP Jay Hill has come out swinging for an immediate move towards Western independence.

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CALGARY, AB: Former Stephen Harper Government House Leader and long-time Reform/Conservative Party MP Jay Hill has come out swinging for an immediate move towards Western independence. 

Hill called on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe to immediately table legislation in their respective provinces for debate, leading to a referendum on independence from Ottawa.

“Premiers Kenney and Moe should have been prepared to table legislation to trigger an independence referendum in the worst case that Trudeau was re-elected,” said Hill. “They should have already debated this in their caucuses beforehand, and be debating this in the legislature right now.”

Hill said he strongly backs Kenney and Moe and how they have governed, and believes that they will come around to support independence in short order. 

“I believe that the Saskatchewan Party and UCP will respond if there is sufficient pressure from their constituents.” 

While Hill supports the two allied premiers, he said that if they refuse to come around to independence that he may turn his support to a newer party to carry the flag, but that he believes it will not be necessary. 

Hill attributed Justin Trudeau’s re-election for the recent surge in support for independence, but blamed the structure of the federation for the alienation of the West. 

“Clearly our vote in Western Canada doesn’t matter. What matters is how Ontario votes. The disappointment of most Westerners – or at least Prairie Westerners – has shown Ontarians will turn a blinde eye to the pain and suffering of Westerners.” 

“But I’ve come to the realization that in the end, it doesn’t matter if Andrew Scheer won or not. Even [the] Conservatives have to make these concessions to get elected government.” 

Hill also said that Kenney should cancel his planned fall 2021 referendum on Equalization, and replace it with an immediate vote on independence. 

“He [Kenney] should withdraw and replace the [Equalization] referendum with an immediate vote, instead of an intermediary step.”

Jay Hill was first elected as a Reform Party MP in 1993 in the British Columbia riding of Prince George-Peace River, but has lived in Calgary, Alberta since retiring from politics in 2010.

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  2. Thor Thorgeirson

    October 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I am already hearing things in passing like “Kenny is startin to look like that May broad in the UK who led them all around by the nose on that Brexit thing for years” – that coupled with variations of “a pox on all their houses” sentiments. Honest if inarticulate.

    I would say Mr. Kenny has maybe a couple of weeks to get on the right side of history on this one or my guess is forces will be energized to obsolete him into pointlessness.

  3. Bob C

    October 25, 2019 at 9:43 am

    There will be a lot of talk and posturing about what needs to be done to bring Canada together, however, Westerners have to understand that the situation is irreconcilable, to continue in Canada is like living with a serial abuser, when faced with your ultimatum, they are going to be contrite and temporarily co- operative, but as soon as you drop your guard the abuse resumes, that is no way to live, resign yourselves to the fact that independence is the only solution and get on with it.

    Over the years, the West has worked the hardest at keeping the failed marriage that is Canada together, when your partners continually have no respect for your efforts, then enough is enough, if Provincial regionalism and protectionism’s are going to supersede nationalism, then what practical point can be made for Canada, when one province can impede the prosperity of another without Federal intervention, then there is no valid reason to continue in the federation.

    Save yourselves Alta. and Sask., by freeing yourselves, you will free the rest of us as well

    A friend from Ontario

  4. Bev Erley

    October 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

  5. Mike Jones

    October 25, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Peter Downing is a former Christian Heritage Party candidate. Keep an eye on him.

  6. Bob K

    October 24, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Manitoba
    Saskatchewan
    Alberta
    Northern BC

    Would be an economic powerhouse with resource shipping through Prince Rupert beyond to Asian markets.
    No need for the southern BC. They can stay with Ottawa as they continually vote left.

  7. Douglas W Warawa

    October 24, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m a 68 year old Albertan and I couldn’t agree more. However it will take a couple of votes on independence before it will sink into Albertan mindset to separate. The timing is right, no pissing around. Go Alberta Go Have a great day folks. PS Alberta Art for sale. Google Douglas W Warawa to find out who I am.

  8. Gary Weisbrodt

    October 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Who is Hill? The headline says Harper

  9. Rod Weeder

    October 24, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    In 105 years Alberta has never had an equal seat at the confederation table, no reason to think thats going to change any time soon. Some marriages simply don’t work, divorce is best for both parties. The time has come for Alberta to leave confederation and divorce ottawa for the good of Canada and Alberta.

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BREAKING: Omicron found in Alberta

On Monday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced 156 Albertans self-quarantining after returning from travel in a country that had been hit with Omicron.

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The tentacles of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have reached Alberta.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said an Albertan returning home from Nigeria, via the Netherlands, has tested positive for Omicron.

Hinshaw said they tested positive a week ago and the person, who traveled alone, is now self-quarantining.

She said medical officials are trying to “delay” the spread of the variant until more research is done.

But Hinshaw refused to say where the traveller lives over fear it would identify them.

Hinshaw also urged people not to take out their frustrations against the family of the infected person nor the countries that are under an Omicron watch.

In her daily update, Hinshaw said in the last 24 hours, health officials have found 238 new cases of coronavirus. There are 434 people in the hospital with 81 in ICU. Another six people are reported to have succumbed to the virus.

On Monday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced 156 Albertans self-quarantining after returning from travel in a country that had been hit with Omicron.

Six confirmed cases of the variant of concern have now been confirmed in Canada so far.

Earlier in the day, Canada added Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt to its Omicron travel ban.

On Friday, the government put restrictions on travellers from South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

“Obviously we’re watching very, very closely the situation with Omicron,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on his way into the cabinet meeting.

“There may be more we need to do and we’ll be looking at it very carefully.”

More to come…

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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Unvaxxed grounded in Canada

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

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As of Tuesday, Canadian travellers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to fly or travel by train in Canada without proof of vaccination.

The policy was originally set to come into effect on October 30, however, the federal government announced it would grant a grace period to unvaccinated travellers allowing for a negative COVID-19 test to be provided within 72 hours of the trip.

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

The new travel restrictions for the unvaccinated come on the heels of the emergence of a new variant of concern (VOC) dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases involving the new variant, originally detected in South Africa, have been found in other countries including five cases within Canada.

Although there is not much known about the new variant at this time, the WHO confirmed scientists around the world are working to determine how the highly-mutated variant will affect transmissibility and severity of illness in the population.

Canada, along with other nations, closed its boards and expanded its screening protocols to travellers arriving from affected areas in southern Africa.

The Canadian airline industry welcomed the vaccine mandates when they were announced in October. Air Canada and West Jet have both confirmed they will be asking all travellers to produce proof of vaccination before boarding their carriers as of Tuesday.

While health measures such as masking and screening will still be required, no measures for quarantining individual travellers have been put in place with the exception of those who have travelled through or arrived from southern Africa.

“If you indicate to your airline or railway company that you’re eligible to board, but fail to provide proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 test result, you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines,” the government indicated in a statement.

The Canadian government is also warning permanent residents abroad to expect to provide vaccine passports to return home.

The rules don’t apply to commuter trains.

The Government of Canada has created a “reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada,” states the government’s website. The document is verified once uploaded to ArriveCAN upon returning to the country.

The website warns travellers are not guaranteed entry to another country with the documents and suggests checking the rules of your destination country and the countries you travel through.

“Today, Canada passed a sad milestone in its history,” said Matt Slatter, a pilot with a major Canadian airline and a founder of Free 2 Fly, a hub that has “Canadian aviation professionals standing with passengers in defence of freedom.”

“No longer can it hold itself as a beacon of freedom and liberal values.”

The Free 2 Fly website encourages passengers and airline workers who “feel strongly that the ability to travel should not be linked to vaccination status,” to sign up and join their movement.

“With the advent of mandates requiring all aviation and rail passengers to be vaccinated, Canada is now effectively a two-tier society,” said Slatter.

“On one tier, compliant citizens are afforded many of the rights they once enjoyed in a free society. While the other tier is essentially relegated to their own localities, with limited exception.

“History suggests this style of governance will only lead to more tragedy and heartbreak. The cure is inevitably worse than the disease. Will Canada learn from the mistakes of the past?”

Currently, there are just under 38,000 signed up on the Free 2 Fly site. One of the goals of the group is to “wage a legal campaign to block, and/or overturn, all vaccination mandates.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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CRTC trying to hang up on spoof calls

Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

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All those calls from the taxman and Canadian Border Services officials threatening to arrest you could soon be coming to an end thanks to new regulations from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

“Many Canadians are now able to determine which calls can be trusted thanks to a new technology aimed at combating spoofed calls named STIR/SHAKEN. Caller ID spoofing is frequently used in nuisance and fraudulent calls to mask the identity of the caller,” said the CRTC in a release.

“As of today, telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for Internet Protocol-based voice calls. This new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing. As service providers continue to upgrade their IP networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more and more Canadians will be able to see the effects of STIR/SHAKEN.”

It’s believed up to 25% of all calls in Canada are scams.

The CRTC said Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

“This new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution. As more providers upgrade their networks, STIR/SHAKEN will undoubtedly reduce spoofing and help Canadians regain peace of mind when answering phone calls,” said Ian Scott, CRTC CEO.

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