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Tory leadership rules designed to favour insiders, says Rick Peterson

Edmonton businessman Rick Peterson said the new rules make it nearly impossible for an outsider to enter the race, and so far he is the only one to do so.

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A candidate for leader of the federal Tory party says new rules are designed to favour party insiders to win.

Edmonton businessman Rick Peterson said the new rules make it nearly impossible for an outsider to enter the race, and so far he is the only one to do so.

Candidates for the Tory leadership have to fork over $300,000 and get signatures from 3,000 party members in 30 different ridings, across seven different provinces. The deadline is less than three weeks away.

In the 2017 leadership contest, entrants only had to come up with $100,000 and 1,000 names. A total of 14 people entered.

“The party realized they had too many candidates the last time but they have gone too far with the pendulum this time,” Peterson, 65, told the editorial board of the Western Standard in a phone interview from Montreal where he was working to gather signatures.

“Signatures are a bigger problem than the money.”

“[The requirements] absolutely favour insiders – but I went into this with my eyes wide open. I don’t think this was the outcome they [the party executive] had in mind when they brought in the new rules.”

Peterson also entered the race in 2017, finishing 12th with 0.7 per cent of the vote. He noted a total of five candidates finished with less than 1 per cent and he was the second choice of most of Maxime Bernier’s supporters. Bernier finished a close second to Andrew Scheer.

“Being in such a crowded field, it was very difficult to get airtime. It was very tough to get your message out,” he said, adding half of Bernier’s ground team is already working for him.

“When Rona [Ambrose] decided not to run it meant there were no voices from the West. There was a big opening for a strong Western voice and a need for one.

“The opportunity to run is very compelling and I would hate to miss it,” said Peterson, adding if the party makes the wrong choice this time it “could be a very long time before we see a Conservative government in power again.”

But being a “small centre” playing professional hockey has given Peterson a taste of the role of the underdog and outsider.

After winning a national hockey championship at the University of Alberta, Peterson moved to play professional hockey in France. That’s where the economist and political scientist learned French and is now completely bilingual.

After watching Kinder Morgan pull out of the TMX project, the businessman founded a group called Suits and Boots, which now boasts over 5,000 members to lobby on behalf of the industry and its workers.

As founder of the group, Peterson spoke in front of a Senate committee on Bill C-69, known as the “no-more-pipelines bill”.

The venture capitalist said any Tory leader must be completely fluent in French. In fact, he said if he wins, he will consider running for a seat in Quebec.

“You have to walk the walk,” said the self-professed “unabashed” federalist.

In terms of his major opponents – Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole – Peterson gives them both failing grades for their lack of fluent bilingualism.

“I would give O’Toole a 3.5 and MacKay a 4. But they have both been in public service a long time and could have learned French if they wanted,” Peterson said.

Peterson said Canada has just moved into a decade that could be the best in the country’s history.

“I talk to business people and entrepreneurs and they are so positive and excited. I am unabashedly bold on the future of Canada,” he said.

“We have to be as courageous and [as] bold as the entrepreneurs. Not a party that looks backwards.”

He said his best hope to sway voters will lie in the two planned debates with the candidates and at the June leadership convention in Toronto.

“Tory members are very thoughtful when you give them your policies. And once you get into debates, candidates’ weaknesses become glaring,” he said.

The Western Standard grilled Peterson on some of the major issues:

PARTY REFORM: Peterson is calling for a major revamp on the way the Tory party operates, including a complete overhaul on the controversial Conservative Fund. He said currently the party makes it very difficult for new members and wants to wave membership fees for those wanting to vote in the leadership race.

“The Liberals are miles ahead of us. We are the only party that makes it difficult to join.”

CLIMATE CHANGE: Peterson wants to eliminate the carbon tax on consumers, but supports a carbon tax on industrial emitters along the lines of the Alberta UCP’s TIER program.

GUN RIGHTS: The avid duck hunter points out he has three golden retrievers. He said the current Liberal firearms plans focuses on hunters and sport shooters and not criminals. “Most Liberal regulations go against my gut nature.”

On anti-handgun laws: “Who am I to second guess police chiefs and people on the front lines when they say the handgun controls won’t work.”

Peterson with his dogs

GAY PRIDE PARADES: “I’ve already marched in gay pride parades. I don’t talk about it because it’s who you are. There are bigger things than that,” Peterson said, pointing out his campaign manager is a prominent member of the LGBTQ+ community in Vancouver.

ABORTION: “The courts have settled this issue,” said the solidly pro-choice candidate succinctly. Peterson added that under his leadership, MPs that introduce private members bills on the matter will be punished.

WESTERN ALIENATION: “When you get outside Montreal people in Quebec are just like Albertans. They are pro-energy,” said Peterson. He also would get rid of a provision in Bill C-69 that gives cabinet a say on mega projects so there can be no “political interference.”

SENATE REFORM: Favours an elected Senate, but will not re-open the constitution to rebalance seat distribution.

EQUALIZATION: “This is something that can be fixed in the first term…in the first year or 18 months. There should be a conversation across Canada so people know what it’s about. We need to look carefully at it because it is at the core of who we are as a country.”

Peterson said that while his campaign will commit to address Equalization, he will not release any proposals for reform or abolition.

Peterson’s full list of policies can be found at www.rickcpc.ca

The Western Standard will be holding editorial board meetings with other candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership throughout the campaign.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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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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Four Alberta doctors file lawsuit againt AHS and Yiu over forced vaccination

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

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A statement of claim was filed Friday against Alberta Health Services (AHS) and President and CEO of AHS, Dr. Verna Yiu by four Alberta doctors opposed to vaccination mandates.

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

“Further, the Plaintiffs are opposed to disclosing their private health information or have disclosed their private health information with respect to their vaccination status against their will under threat of termination or unpaid long-term leave.”

The statement of claim says the plaintiffs are also concerned the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental and have not undergone sufficient long-term safety observation,” and claim the ingredients for the vaccines have yet to be fully disclosed.

Plaintiff Dr. Joanna Moser is an anesthesiologist in Calgary and Red Deer and has had severe allergies to past vaccines. Moser is concerned about the risks she faces not knowing what the full list of ingredients are and fears having an adverse reaction to the shot but has been denied an exemption.

The legal filing also highlights the doctors’ concerns that “the COVID-19 vaccines do not provide full immunity,” and may only “lessen the severity of symptoms or potentially reduce the risk of hospitalization.”

In addition to citing numerous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations and medical references disputing the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, the statement of claim also says the doctors are facing “discrimination” and have suffered “vilification and extreme ill-will” as a result of “false public statements” that the “unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic.”

 Local lawyer, Jeffrey Rath of Rath & Company filed the statement of claim on behalf of his clients Friday afternoon and intends to file an injunction application on Monday.

“We’re filing the injunction to provide temporary relief for our clients and others while waiting for this to get to trial,” said Rath in an interview with the Western Standard.

“The injunction will bring broad-based relief to all those unvaccinated within AHS on the basis that it’s creating a toxic work environment and is willfully creating contempt and hatred towards unvaccinated staff members.”

An injunction, if successful, would force the vaccine mandates to be put on hold until the claim is finally determined.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Banned BC doctor claims COVID ‘the greatest propaganda campaign in human history’

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology,” said Dr. Nagase.

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The current COVID-19 crisis is because of a “pandemic caused by vaccination,” said banned Dr. Daniel Nagase, in an exclusive interview with the Western Standard.

Nagase, a B.C. doctor who came under fire for giving patients an unapproved treatment for COVID-19 while working in Alberta hospitals, has been relieved of his duties in September and is no longer permitted to work in Alberta Health Services facilities.

Early October, a video of Nagase speaking at an event commemorating the anniversary of the Nuremburg Trials went viral with his account of working in an Alberta hospital treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, which is also used in agriculture settings.

Western Standard exclusive interview with Dr. Daniel Nagase

The Western Standard shared the video and subsequent tweets from AHS about the incident.

“All physicians — including temporary locums — are governed by AHS’ medical bylaws when working in an AHS facility. Under these bylaws, there are expectations for all physicians to follow regarding unapproved use of medical therapy,” said AHS.

Nagase said he is not against vaccines, but said “there’s never been anything like this given to humans,” referencing the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

“Medically speaking, scientifically speaking, this is a lot closer to gene therapy than it is other vaccines that have been put out in history,” Nagase said adding he has not had a COVID-19 shot yet.

Nagase said his life has been turned upside down since he began to speak out about his experience being relieved of duty for treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, but added, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Since his message has gone viral on social media, Nagase said he’s been able to reach more people with his message that “Ivermectin is a safe medication for coronavirus 19.”

Nagase has researched trials in other countries and said, “in every single one of those studies, Ivermectin worked. In moderate COVID and mild COVID mortality is reduced to zero.”

Also concerning to Nagase is that doctors are being prevented from treating patients as they would have been able to in the past.

“What they did is something that has never been done in 200 years of medical history. They banned doctors from trying a medication and banned patients from receiving it,” said Nagase of how Ivermectin was prohibited from being prescribed and used to treat COVID-19 in Canada.

Nagase has been banned from hospital practice in all AHS facilities, but is still able to practice if he opened his own office. However, Nagase said as of Monday, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has asked him to voluntarily withdraw his licence.

“And usually when they demand you voluntarily withdraw your licence, it’s because they are leading up to involuntary revocation of your license,” he said.

Nagase also slammed the Alberta government for its handling of the health crisis.

“It has been completely anti-science,” Nagase said who went on to explain “when healthy people wear masks, you are actually driving the evolution for any virus to overcome that mask.”

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology.

“I’m worried that we are living through the greatest propaganda campaign in human history,” Nagase said when asked why he believes there is such conflicting information around the pandemic.

When asked how he would have handled dealing with the pandemic, Nagase said, “two weeks to flatten the curve and that’s it. Isolate only the people that are at high risk of dying — that’s all.”

Nagase is in Calgary speaking at the Freedom Talk conference running Friday and Saturday. Details on the conference are here.

For those not on Facebook, the video will also be available here on Rumble.

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

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BC Liberals refuse to accept Gunn as leadership candidate

“LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

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BC Liberals have told Aaron Gunn he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate for the leadership of the party.

“After a thorough review of Mr. Gunn’s statements on social media, both public and private, and after having provided Mr. Gunn with the opportunity to respond to concerns raised by certain of those statements, LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

Gunn was less than pleased with the decision.

“Today, it became clear that conservatives, and all British Columbians who believe in common sense and freedom of speech, are no longer welcome in today’s BC Liberal party. I will be releasing a full statement later today, but rest assured, if you think this fight is over, you couldn’t be more wrong,” he tweeted.

Gunn tweet

“mm 7 unelected, non-Indigenous insiders decided my candidacy would be inconsistent with “reconciliation”… Meanwhile, it was ACTUALLY supported by the only Indigenous person in the race,” he tweeted.

“Imagine being so entitled and arrogant that you believe a small group of unelected insiders should decide the future direction of a political party and not its democratic membership.”

Gunn announced on October 9 he would try and run for the leadership.

“I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines … the policies being enacted are the antithesis to common sense,” Gunn told an enthusiastic crowd assembled at the Greek Community Centre in Saanich — a municipality of the Greater Victoria area — moments ago.

“For too long, politicians have promised us one thing, but failed to deliver once in power … under the NDP things have gotten worse,” he said, referring to John Horgan’s government.

“I think it’s time for a change, I think it’s time for renewal and I think it’s time for common sense,” he said moments before officially announcing his candidacy.

Gunn, 31, who planned on running under the banner: Bring Back Common Sense, tried to join six others — Gavin Dew, Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Val Litwin, Ellis Ross, and Renee Merrifield — who’ve already tossed their hats into the leadership race ring.

His said priorities would have included scrapping the carbon tax, “serious” health care reform, and opposing vaccine passports.

“I’ll be the only one in the race opposing those, as I believe I have a substantially different approach than the other candidates. I’ve got very clear positions on on the development of resources, on supporting our forest industry, on supporting our energy industry, and a whole bunch of other things.”

Gunn said changes need to come from the top.

“I think it all starts with political leadership,” he said.

“When (police) feel they don’t have the political support, or no one’s got their back, I think that trickles down into what you see in everyday policing issues. I know many police — I’ve talked to people in the Vic PD, for example — they know sometimes they arrest one of these people, and they do all the paperwork only to see them back on the streets in just a matter of days, or even less.

“So I think there’s lots of problems and, provincially, there’s only so much you can do, but you can direct prosecutors to pursue maximum sentences, and to pursue people who are repeatedly and flagrantly breaking the law.”

Gunn served Canada during a three-year stint in the Army Reserves straight out of university, before he went to work for the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation where he founded and became executive director of the “Generation Screwed” initiative which battled government debt, among other issues.

He’s been on the fringes of the political scene for the past three years or so, and his YouTube videos have garnered more than 50 million views and tens of thousands of followers, making him one of British Columbia’s most listened to political voices. (As an example, his Facebook followers number 20,000 more than Premier John Horgan).

Gunn said he not only wants to rebrand the BC Liberal Party — which is not affiliated with its similarly named federal party, but to rename it, as well, to reflect his and other party member’s conservatism.

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