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Kinsella to start Alberta war room – in Ontario

Kinsella is currently devising a plan to confront Alberta’s adversaries, with a war room, of sorts, that exists “behind enemy lines”.

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Warren Kinsella wants to show, and grow, Alberta support in the federal government’s back yard.

Kinsella lives in Toronto now but spent many years in Alberta where he was a journalist and also completed his law degree at the University of Calgary. He is a former liberal strategist and authored more than one book on political strategy.

He still writes for a number of publications. Some may remember most recently that he was accused by Maxime Bernier of libel after a series of blog posts intimated that Bernier was racist. Kinsella was served on behalf of Bernier in December.

He also made headlines, with his firm Daisy Group, for providing political strategy services to the Conservative Party of Canada (he also made headlines for doing the same with the Green Party of Canada, but there’s only so much time in a day to parse through headlines about Mr. Kinsella….) for a covert operation called “Project Cactus” which purportedly was a CPC attempt at disparaging Maxime Bernier prior to the October federal election.

Never one to shy-away from controversial opinions – or strategy – Kinsella is currently devising a plan to confront Alberta’s adversaries, with a war room, of sorts, that exists “behind enemy lines.

“Alberta, my home, has been hit hard in recent years,” Kinsella said in a recent blog post.

“Bankruptcies, unemployment, countless businesses going under. Its main industry – whether you like that industry or not – has been flat-lined for half a decade. People are suffering. Families are hurting.”

Over the past five years, Alberta has seen companies divest, move, sell, and shut down with few new investment or projects starting – and fewer of those are oil and gas.

As Kinsella mentions, there are a few words that sting right now: “Teck, Trans Mountain, Coastal Gas Link, Keystone, Northern Gateway” – and don’t forget Energy East.

“There’s already a perception in Alberta that our voices are stifled in the (rest of Canada),” Michelle Rempel Garner, Alberta MP for Calgary-Nose Hill and signatory of the Buffalo Declaration wrote on Twitter.

“Albertans have been loud and clear that they expect to be treated as equals with the rest of Canada,” Glen Motz, Alberta MP for Medicine Hat – Cardston – Warner, and another signatory of the Buffalo Declaration said on social media.

One of the biggest complaints is that Alberta’s needs and priorities aren’t in Ottawa’s face – so to speak.

Kinsella feels that can change.

He says he wants to “create a group that isn’t partisan, isn’t corporate, isn’t government – but citizen-led.” He believes there are not just ex-pat Albertans in Central Canada –like him – but others in the most populous part of the country who feel Alberta is getting a raw deal from the feds.

The Mission, he says, is to “defend and promote Alberta. Make it factual, fast and fun.”

“Alberta deserves better- it deserves fairness.”

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean is a Senior Reporter with Western Standard
dmaclean@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter: @Mitchell_AB

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BREAKING: CBC loses lawsuit against CPC for using clips in ads

The lawsuit alleged CBC clips used in CPC ads were “taken out of context and are edited and relied on to make partisan points for the benefit” of the party.

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The CBC has lost its lawsuit against the Conservative Party of Canada over its use of CBC material in ads during the 2019 federal election.

In October 2019, the CBC served notice it wanted the Conservative Party of Canada and its executive director, Dustin Van Vugt, to acknowledge the party “engaged in the unauthorized use of copyright-protected material.”

The lawsuit alleged CBC clips used in CPC ads were “taken out of context and are edited and relied on to make partisan points for the benefit” of the party.

The clips were taken from The National and from the “Power Panel” segment of Power and Politics.

“The CBC has not established that it has suffered some adverse impacts from the Respondents’ use of its Works in the ‘attack ads’, nor should such adverse impacts be assumed,” said the ruling by Federal Court Justice Michael L. Phelan.

“The CBC expresses concern that its material is being used in a non-partisan way which affects its journalistic integrity and damages its reputation for neutrality.

“There is no objective evidence of the likelihood of any reputational damage. After all the years of political coverage in multiple democracies, there was no evidence presented that a broadcaster’s segment disclosed in a partisan setting reflected adversely on the broadcaster.

“The role of the CBC itself has been a political topic. There may be situations in the future where the manner of use and distribution of CBC material may adversely affect the CBC – however, that is not the case here.

“Given the Court’s findings that the Respondents’ use of CBC copyrighted material was for an allowable purpose and was “fair dealing”, this matter must be dismissed with costs at the usual scale.”

The ruling delighted Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.

“CBC was supposed to cover the Conservative Party fairly during the election. Instead, CBC was launching a failed lawsuit against the party. Today, CBC lost that lawsuit. They should apologize for launching it & reveal the legal bills they charged taxpayers,” he tweeted after the ruling.

“CBC sued to stop Conservatives from using footage showing Trudeau in a bad light. The state broadcaster was protecting Trudeau, not copyright. Remember that next time you see another glowing CBC story about the Prime Minister.”

You can read the courts full judgement here.

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

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NDP slam UCP for keeping Legislature closed

Speaker Nathan Cooper said the ongoing closure was because of “ongoing health concerns arising from the pandemic.”

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Alberta’s NDP is blasting the UCP government of Premier Jason Kenney for extending a shutdown of the legislature because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While millions of Albertans continue to go into work, Jason Kenney and his UCP MLAs are refusing to show up,” said NDP House Leader Christina Gray in a statement.

“We’re in the midst of a crisis and we have critical work to do.”

Debate in the house was set to resume Wednesday after an earlier shutdown, but the UCP pushed back the date until May 25.

Speaker Nathan Cooper said the continuing closure was because of “ongoing health concerns arising from the pandemic,” Cooper said in a memo.

“The opportunity for Members to vote virtually may be possible upon the resumption of the Spring Sitting the week of May 25th. To facilitate this, I will be hosting a number of training sessions next week. Further details will be provided to you on Friday.”

Earlier during the spring sitting, the province amended the standing orders to allow the option to adjourn the Assembly in response to public safety concerns.

The shutdown is in contradiction to what Kenney said in April.

“Millions of Albertans, thank God, still have jobs, show up every day and they expect us, their elected representatives, to do the same thing,” he said in the Legislature.

Kenney in April

The UCP Cabinet will continue to meet virtually and Legislative committees will also continue their work with MLAs participating remotely. 

If an emergency arises, MLAs can be called back.

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

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BC RCMP capture kids playing on highway

The baaaaad drama began about 6 p.m. on May 11, when Surrey RCMP were called to a report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Hwy. 10.

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BC RCMP officers weren’t kidding around when they were called to some immature antics on a local highway.

RCMP officer takes goat into custody. Courtesy RCMP

The baaaaad drama began about 6 p.m. May 11, when Surrey RCMP was called to a report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Hwy. 10.

“Members quickly worked together to secure the goats, who were taken into police custody unharmed,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

“All goats have been reunited with their owner who is thankful that police located the goats and not a kid-napper.”

Goat in custody. Courtesy RCMP

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

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