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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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Senior Alberta doctors faces job loss for refusing vaccine

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

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Dr. Eric Payne says he supports vaccinations and he and his family are all caught up on their yearly flu shots — but he is declining the COVID-19 vaccines, believing them to not yet be fully tested.

The decision could cost Payne his job, as AHS threatens to put him on “unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance.”

Payne is a doctor in the Pediatric Neurocritical Care & Epilepsy department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital along with being an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at the University of Calgary.

Payne wrote a 19-page letter to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) on September 14 detailing his position and protesting the possible loss of his job.

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

“I am also a father of three young children and remain very much pro-vaccine. While I refuse to take this novel experimental mRNA therapy, my wife, children, and I are completely vaccinated, including yearly flu shots. This is not a contradictory stance as these current mRNA vaccines represent a dramatic departure from using, for instance, live attenuated viruses. Rather, they represent a completely novel and experimental therapy with no long-term data.” 

AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu issued a mandatory vaccine order to all staff, physicians and volunteers, and stated workers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, by Oct.31, 2021.

“I am now faced with the impending possibility of an unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance. I am so disappointed by this extreme AHS coercion and truly hope that the CPSA will steer clear of mandating this as a condition of my license,” Payne wrote, adding that would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The Alberta provincial government is presently circumventing these rights with Bill 10 — the public health emergency powers amendment act. These forced experimental mRNA vaccine mandates also directly violate the internationally accepted Nuremberg code, which was developed in 1947 to protect patients from medical experimentation.

“It is because I am informed, that I do not voluntarily consent to these injections.”

Payne argued that even with a 100% vaccination rate, COVID-19 would not be completely eradicated.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, shared evidence and publicly acknowledged that we cannot eradicate COVID-19 and are rather transitioning from a COVID-19 pandemic to endemic,” Payne said, adding smallpox is the only human virus successfully eradicated through vaccination.

Payne told the college the pandemic has been especially hard on children, having to endure lockdown after lockdown.

“I have seen more devastating neurologic conversion disorders and psychiatric disease — including several heart-breaking teenage suicide attempts — than I have my entire career.  In contrast, I have not encountered a single child with neurological sequelae from COVID-19 itself,” he wrote.

“While I grew to respect and trust long-standing health organizations like the (World Health Organization) and (Centres for Disease Control), financial and political interests have crippled their independence, and during this pandemic, they have egregiously misrepresented facts and helped to censor scientific experts worldwide. 

“These organizations that inform Canada health policy are completely compromised by vaccine and big pharma interest money.”

In an interview Monday, Payne told the Western Standard he will keep his position even if it means he gets fired.

He said the mandating of the vaccine was his main concern and he didn’t expect the letter to be made public. Payne said he hasn’t heard anything back from the college.

“I have a seven-year-old, and fairly soon a vaccine mandate may come down for them — there’s no reason, they’re not at risk,” Payne said, adding research has should to vaccinate a person who has already had COVID-19 may cause them additional damage.”

“It would be nice to have a real conversation about the facts.”

Payne said he expects parents to finally push bach when it comes to forced vaccination and “I’m going to keep talking.”

Payne said some “absolute lies” and “100% censorship” have been used in various COVID-19 arguments.

The issue has been growing in Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was making vaccinations mandatory in the federal public service.

Since then airlines, governments, sports stadiums and private businesses have all made vaccines mandatory for their staff.

Protests against mandatory vaccinations have happened weekly across the country.

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

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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