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Alberta’s first Wildrose leader to seek top spot in the new Wildrose party

Hinman said currently no one else has come forward and said they are going to take a run at the leadership.

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Apparently leading one Wildrose party isn’t enough for Paul Hinman.

In a year-end interview with the Western Standard, Hinman confirmed he will be running for the leadership of the upstart Wildrose Independence Party.

On April 27, the Freedom Conservative Party and Wexit Alberta announced a merger into the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. Members of those parties voted to approve the merger by a large margin on June 29.

Himan became the interim leader of the party July 17.

In 2005, Hinman became the head of the Alberta Alliance Party. The AA and the then-upstart Wildrose Party of Alberta merged to unite the right wing in at a convention held on January 19, 2008 in Calgary. Hinman emerged as the leader.

In the 2008 provincial election, Hinman lost to his Tory opponent, Broyce Jacobs by 39 votes. Hinman stepped down as leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party a year later and Danielle Smith took the helm.

He served as MLA for Cardston-Taber Warner from 2004 to 2008. On September 14, 2009, Hinman again was elected in the riding of Calgary Glenmore. Hinman decided not to run for the UCP leadership and threw his support behind Jason Kenney.

Hinman said currently no one else has come forward and said they are going to take a run at the leadership.

He said because the party is at such an early age, no other “name candidates are yet ready to risk any of their political capital” and enter the race.

Hinman said his goal in 2021 is to double the number of party members from the current 5,800.

Hinman has blasted Kenney for plunging the province into a second lockdown mid-December, essential cancelling Christmas.

“The scariest thing about this is how it has installed a sense of fear in regular people. Look at what is happening in China right now. They are all back dancing in nightclubs,” said Hinman.

“Now they are talking about a mutant virus. What are we going to do if a really deadly one comes along?”

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

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. Warren Leigh

    December 30, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    All the best, Paul! I look forward to getting to know more about you and the party you’re leading. Let’s Make Alberta Great Again, 😆!

  2. Mr Jay

    December 30, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Good luck Paul. I hope you are willing to raise the issues of the day. We need a leader who is not afraid to talk about the big global problems of the day. That is the NWO and the socialist agenda’s that are already being propagated on us by a controlled bought leftist media, even from Alberta. Political correctness is their mascot. They no longer offer objective news or are open to dialogue. They exist to propagate and have become an enemy to freedom loving people.
    A new leader who first identifies with people on these issues can then try to get the message through, that really only Independence is the way to escape the majority globalist voters from eastern Canada who are dictating our demise.
    The new leader must find a way to get the message out to the public as the MSM is likely only going to cast in a bad light, same as they have with Trump. So maybe the rally’s (like with Trump) are the way to go even if they start small.

  3. David Elson

    December 30, 2020 at 1:51 am

    History has some interesting Alberta election results for Mr. Hinman to keep in mind.

    In 1905 the Liberals won having had zero MLA’s prior to the election.
    In 1921 the UFA party won having had just 1 MLA’s prior to the election.
    In 1935 the Social Credit Party won having had zero MLA’s prior to the election.
    In 1971 the Progressive Conservatives won having had just 6 MLA’s elected in the prior election.
    In 2015 the NDP won having had just 4 MLA’s elected in the prior election.
    In 2019 the UCP party won having had zero MLA’s elected in the prior election.

    That is all the parties that have ever governed Alberta, and the years they were first elected too. The new incoming governing parties had a grand total of eleven experienced MLA’s to carry forward between them.

    What any Alberta party has right now won’t mean a thing come the next election.

    Here’s to Mr. Hinman and the new Wildrose, may they continue a quirky, but unique Alberta tradition.

  4. Cytotoxic

    December 28, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    The fact that no one else is even running tells you everything you need to know. Dead, dead, dead.

    • GonadTheRuffian

      December 29, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      You hope; Lefty.

    • David Elson

      December 30, 2020 at 2:22 am

      You’ve a lot to learn about Alberta politics. For example, the UFA were elected to government without having a leader at all.

      And guess what. The Social Credit Party repeated the remarkable feat by getting themselves elected without a named leader. What’s more they also delivered the worst election defeat in Canadian history in the process (the UFA didn’t win a single seat and effectively ceased being a political entity shortly afterward).

      Ideas matter.

  5. godot

    December 28, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Go for it Paul, you have the expertise and experience to make the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta a major force in Alberta. Now is the time.

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Vulnerable Albertans 18+ can receive fourth COVID booster

Eligible individuals can begin booking fourth dose appointments beginning January 20 with AHS or at participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811.

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Those 18 and older who have specific immunocompromising conditions can now book their fourth booster five months after receiving their third dose, said Alberta Health.

The decision announced on Tuesday in the provincial COVID-19 address is in line with recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization (AACI).

“We remain committed to protecting Albertans from the Omicron variant, and vaccinations continue to be our best tool in preventing severe outcomes,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a statement.

“We continue to rely on the latest research to guide our decision-making, and with evidence showing immunocompromised individuals benefit from a fourth dose, we are pleased to provide them.”

Eligible individuals can begin booking fourth dose appointments beginning January 20 with AHS or at participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811.

“I know that the approximately 80,000 Albertans who live with immunocompromising conditions will be relieved to receive these additional doses,” said Minister of Health Jason Copping.

“At the same time, the best way for all of us to protect ourselves and one another is to continue getting whatever dose we are eligible for. I encourage all Albertans to continue to sign up for their booster doses as soon as they can.”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the fourth COVID-19 dose will help “individuals with certain immunocompromising conditions” and will provide “additional protection” against the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Qualifying conditions include:

  • Transplant recipients, including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.
  • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors prior to receiving or receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy or having received previous COVID-19 vaccines while on active treatment), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or a surgical intervention.
  • Individuals being treated with an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody such as Rituximab.
  • Individuals with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy.
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with Stage 3 or advanced HIV infection and those with acquired COVID-19 immunization.
  • Individuals undergoing immunosuppressive therapies (e.g., anti-B cell therapies, high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumornecrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents).
  • Individuals on certain medications for autoimmune diseases, including rituximab, ocrelizumab and ofatumumab.

“Youth ages 12 to 17 with the preceding conditions continue to be eligible for third doses. Fourth doses have not yet been approved for this age group,” said the release adding, “third doses have not been approved for youth under the age of 18.”

Hinshaw said the province has recorded 3279 new cases within the last 24 hours while 8995 tests were recorded for a positivity rate of 39%. Hinshaw has earlier stated actual cases are likely 10 times higher due to lack of testing.

Hinshaw also confirmed 1,089 are currently in hospital — 51% of those hospitalized are due to COVID-19 while 49% are cases with COVID-19. Currently, there are 104 people in ICU — 74% due to COVID-19 while 26% are cases with COVID-19. Nine deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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AHS uses undercover agents to bust restaurant for accepting dog photos instead of QR codes

The test shoppers entered the restaurant at different times on January 11 and were permitted access after showing a photo of a dog and their personal identification.

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) has shut down a Red Deer restaurant for allowing patrons to show dog photos in place of proof of vaccination.

The Granary was ordered closed to indoor dining on Friday after complaints to an AHS executive officer resulted in two test shoppers busting staff for accepting photographs of a dog instead of scanning vaccine passport QR codes.

The test shoppers entered the restaurant at different times on January 11 and were permitted access after showing a photo of a dog and their personal identification. It was reported a staffer pretended to scan QR codes with a tablet.

The owners have been told the indoor dining area is to remain closed until they produce a written plan on how they plan to implement the restriction exemption program moving forward.

The owners will also have to provide confirmation they have trained staff about the program and will be required to attend an administrative hearing with Environmental Public Health.

The restaurant took to its Facebook page on Friday to explain the circumstances to its patrons and offered up free coffee for all to-go orders throughout the weekend.

“To our valued guests, we had an unfortunate circumstance at our front door which involved one of our underage hostesses, and the requirements for the REP program.  We are taking the weekend to retrain and regroup,” it said.

“We look forward to serving you again as soon as we are ready to reopen.  In closing, we would like to remind everyone of the tremendous pressure being placed on front staff, and please remember to be kind.”

The restaurant has since opened again and is currently offering free rapid testing on site.

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

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MLA Barnes demands greater punishment for corrupt politicians

“This suspension is a staggering under reaction designed to shield one of the Premier’s cronies,” said Barnes.

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Independent Alberta MLA Drew Barnes is outraged that Justice Minister Kaycee Madu was only being suspended after he called Edmonton’s police chief about a ticket he received.

That action led to Madu being suspended Monday night by Alberta Primer Jason Kenney.

“This suspension is a staggering under reaction designed to shield one of the Premier’s cronies,” said Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat.

“It is inexcusable that any minister’s first instinct upon receiving such a ticket is to swing influence in an attempt to get his ticket fixed. It’s just another indicator that the culture of Redford-era cronyism remains alive and well within Premier’ Kenney’s inner circle.”

After being fined $300 for speeding in an Edmonton playground zone, Madu phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, to discuss the ticket with him. 

“It is particularly galling that this minister is currently overseeing changes that will deny procedural fairness for thousands of Albertans when they face similar traffic fines,” said Barnes.

This follows the removal of traffic courts in Alberta, the previously most accessible part of the justice system now no longer available to citizens.

“Under this minister, you are considered guilty until proven innocent, unless, of course, you happen to have the local police chief on speed-dial,” said Barnes.

“It seems the minister, like the Premier, considers himself above the law. Albertans deserve better. The real question is, why hasn’t he been fired yet?”

“Over the past year, Premier Kenney has repeatedly punished both ministers and MLAs for daring to question his leadership, but when a real case of misuse of power comes along concerning one of his handpicked cronies, the fix is in. That’s not justice; that’s cronyism.”

McFee said he received the call about the ticket from Madu, saying Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers.

“This is the Minister who continues to encourage legal action against pastors and small business owners for allegedly violating the very same health restrictions that the Premier and his cronies violated on the Sky Palace patio,” said Barnes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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