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Freeland says some Canadians have saved too much cash

Now she’s trying to figure out a way to get it out.




Federal Liberal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadians have too much money in their bank accounts.

Now she’s trying to figure out a way to get it out, prompting Tory finance critic Pierre Pierre Poilievre to warn Canadians to “lock up their money.”

“Folks, lock away your money. Liberals are worried you’re saving too much. They want “ideas on how the government can act to unlock” those savings. No, Trudeau, people’s savings don’t belong to you. Keep your hands where we can see them,” Poilievre tweeted.

Freeland was doing a video interview with Bloomberg when she noted some Canadians had managed to save a tidy sum of cash during the COVID-19 pandemic because there has been nothing to do and international travel is difficult.

She noted a “pre-loaded stimulus” idea could work saying “some Canadian households, and it tends to be the better off households, do have quite a lot of money that they’ve saved because there hasn’t been much to do in the pandemic.

Poilievre tweet

“Certainly it would be great if that money could go towards driving our recovery,” Freeland, adding if any viewers had ideas how to tap into the money to let her know.

“Maybe it happens by itself, that’s the best case scenario for me, but if people have ideas how we can really try to unleash that and particularly unleash it in parts of the economy that really need support, tourism, hospitality, domestic services, let me know.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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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  1. #SAND

    December 9, 2020 at 9:22 am

    I know! I know! I know!
    I know the answer!
    (waves arm furiously!)

    Give it all to quebec!
    What did I win?

  2. Guest

    December 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I am betting that people who hold TFSA are a nervous after Socialist Freeland’s comments. The Finance Minister ever stop for a second to figure out that people are saving for their retirements in TFSA also? Trudeau/Freeland/Soros

    Trudeau/Freeland are in bad company with the worlds ultimate socialist Soros. You think Canada matters to Trudeau/Freeland? Not when the Open Boarders Society is calling the plays for Soros & Trudeau/Freeland are main quarterbacks.

    Be nervous Canada be very nervous.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e5a5562c2bfe547eb65731721eb046ce4a521feb90cce4c9bc70fad749bd4fa.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/249f693e30caa6a386c802f5f658ac1fd3bcd82ebe2bf65679c7d79910a65290.jpg

    • Sanford Thompson

      December 9, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      If you wanted to crush entrepreneurs, absconded with lifetimes of savings and design a sovereign debt crisis would you do anything else?

  3. Allen

    December 7, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Intelligence in a society is a bell curve—And half of society is on the borderline-retarded side of that curve. That’s why we have socialists like Widow’s Peak here, in charge, grabbling at the thought of snatching our hard-earned money and Canadians begging for it.

  4. working ant

    December 7, 2020 at 11:53 am

    This Liberal Minister is clearly off base. How much more do those Central Canadian citizens need to see and hear before they wake up to what this Liberal Party of Canada is systematically doing to our country. Each and every Liberal MP is complicit to this debacle. Western Canadians are livid, frustrated, angry and very much determined to take control of our own destiny if this continues…

    • Out There

      December 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      You need to focus on the Eastern time zone; that’s where the road to power runs. As long as her boss keeps feeding them the candy, they’re going to remain too distracted to care.

      The offshore accounts are not open for discussion.

  5. David Elson

    December 7, 2020 at 12:00 am

    This federal government has doubled the national debt in a single year. Your savings are already spoken for, along with your children’s, and your grandchildren’s.

    What are you going to do about it Alberta?

    • Allen

      December 7, 2020 at 8:25 am

      Doesn’t seem like we can do anything now. The damage has already been done.

    • Charles Martell III

      December 7, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      It’s time to start acting like the British . . . and leave ! ! !

  6. warrenzoell

    December 6, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Oh look! The socialists haven’t run out of other peoples money quite yet.
    What are you going to do about it O’Toole?

    • Allen

      December 7, 2020 at 8:25 am

      A whole lot of nothing is my guess. I think his part to play is sitting their, silently and pathetically while Castreau flushes the toilet.

      • ninetyninepct

        December 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

        Not much the Cons can do, as they aren’t the Government. The Liberal dictatorship does what it damn well pleases otherwise they throw a hissy-fit and threaten an election. The Opposition demands answers on behalf of real Canadians and all we get is sub-intelligent verbal sewage from the Liberals with responses that often have nothing to do with the question, from coast to coast to coast because that is what Canadians expect us to do.

        The only common sense solution to the Central Canadian dictatorship is WEXIT.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.




With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.




As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”




For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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