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Kenney rejects independence, appoints panel to explore more provincial powers

Kenney appoints panel to consult with Albertans on issues causing feelings of alienation.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney moved to quiet growing anti-federal unrest in a speech to a Manning Centre conference in Red Deer Saturday afternoon.

Calling it a “very bold” action, Kenney appointed a panel of Albertans to investigate and consult on issues that have angered people in the province.

And if the panel finds support on any of the issues, Kenney vowed to hold a referendum allowing Albertans to vote diectly.

Committee members will including Preston Manning and Stephen Lougheed, both sons of former Alberta premiers.

Kenney said the panel will consult with Albertans on numerous issues including the best ways to get pipelines built, should Alberta collect its own provincial and federal taxes, a made-in-Alberta pension fund, a provincial police force, opting out of federal programs like pharmacare and whether Alberta should have its own constitution.

Kenney repeated his threat to hold a referendum on Equalization and demanded the feds remove resource revenues when tallying payments.

Kenney also said the province will continue to elect senators and didn’t rule out a referendum on property rights.

He said he would consider creating an Alberta Parole Board to take over from the federal government and demanded changes to the EI program to help provincial workers.

And he told the crowd what his government’s priorities will be in their fight with Ottawa.

He said he will “use all of Alberta’s leverage” to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline built, get a $1.75 billion rebate from Equalization payments and look at liquified natural gas projects that would reduce carbon levels.

Kenney urged Canadians not to ignore the feeling of alienation in the West and added he is a committed patriot to the country.

“All Alberta is asking for is for a fair deal. Albertans have the right to be fed up,” he said.

“Albertans are afraid of where the country is going. This is serious. Albertans have been working for Ottawa for too long. It’s time for Ottawa to work for us.”

Kenney told the crowd about a litany of Justin’s Trudeau’s “actively hostile” moves that have hurt the province including the west coast tanker ban, Bill 69, the carbon tax and even not helping with the pine beetle invasion in Alberta forests.

“This can not be allowed to continue,” Kenney told the crowd of hundreds, adding Trudeau was “killing the Golden Goose” of Canada’s economy with its anti-energy moves.

“The hands are around the neck.”

He also blasted Trudeau on foreign relations saying the province has been hurt by Chinese and U.S. tariffs.

The premier reiterated actions his government has taken to fight moves against Alberta like proclaiming the NDP’s Bill 12, and speaking to federal Senate committees.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. cato the younger

    November 11, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Kenney is a staunch federalist and I think it is a reasonable assumption that he wants to return to federal politics at some point. If that is true then we can expect to hear lots of discussion but no concrete actions on firewall issues and certainly not on separation. Appointing a panel to review the options seems like exactly this type of tactic.

  2. Major Tom

    November 11, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Let history be the judge…….Canada has consistently screwed Alberta financially…..
    Enough is enough……..Talkin’ has to be replaced with walkin’……………

  3. Karen

    November 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    The hell with Kenney.
    He wants the federal law to boss around British Columbia and all the benefits of being an independent nation.
    He does *bleep* all to mend fences with BC and does nothing but want to grow Chinese corruption in our province.
    ‘His’ Conservatives capitalize off of money laundering in our housing market.
    ‘His’ Conservatives black ball our logging industry then want a pipe line.
    ‘His’ Conservatives fled his province for a robust economic sector in BC but still call themselves Albertans.
    I am a BC Conservative and I will make any Albertan interest in the Province fair from Conservative to Conservative without shutting off the taps of oil like a dictator.
    The BC right wing is not fooled or scared of Alberta pulling out of the pension plan. It just makes BC’s say in federal matters stronger.
    And I’ma BC separatist. Ottawa will pour it’s resources into BC to combat the wing nut cowboys and hence we will have the power of Canada to build and separate from the most disrespectful provinces of them all, Alberta.

  4. Vic

    November 10, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Next provincial election for Kenney is gone be “Game over”Pro independence party will win in landslide.

    • Brian Tubbs

      November 12, 2019 at 11:54 pm

      Exactly what I was going to say. Bye Byr Kenney. An Alberta first , Independence Party will sweep any election in Alberta. Nothing is going to change federally. We shouldn’t be paying equalization payments. We should have a pipeline whether BC wants one or not.

  5. Weyland Yutani

    November 10, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Disappointing response from Kenney. Why should the obvious need to be “investigated” or “consulted” on?

    This sounds like something Trudeau or Scheer would say.

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

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

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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