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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.

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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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O’Toole adds voice to petition to award former Canadian soldier prestigious honour

“(Jess Larochelle) is worthy of consideration for Victorian class,” said O’Toole.

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has thrown his support behind a veterans association’s attempts to garner the Victoria Cross (VC) for a Canadian who heroically fought in Afghanistan.

“(Jess Larochelle) is worthy of consideration for Victorian class,” said O’Toole, himself a former commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“I’m very proud of the men and women who serve in our Canadian Armed Forces and those (who) served in that mission with distinction and unparalleled courage,” he said Sept. 17.

The Afghanistan Veterans Association of Canada has petitioned the Governor-General of Canada to award the Victoria Cross to former Pvt. Larochelle, Nipissing, Ont. man who is in poor health.

“I was in the same company with Jess,” said Bruce Moncur of Thompson, Man., founder of the Veterans Association.

“The guy had a broken back and single-handedly fought off 40 Taliban.”

No Canadian has won the most prestigious award of the British honours system in 77 years, but Moncur said it’s time to change that.

“The clock is ticking. His family does not want this to be a posthumous award,” he said.

Larochelle in 2007 was awarded the Star of Military Valour for bravery in combat at Pashmul, Afghanistan.

A year earlier, Larochelle fought off Taliban gunmen at a machine gun post despite injuries from heavy fire that killed two members of his unit and wounded four others.

“Private Larochelle went above and beyond the call of duty, exhibited unwavering determination and fulfills the criteria of the Canadian Victoria Cross: bravery in the face of the enemy, turning the course of a battle, determination despite injury, and saving the lives of his section despite his own sacrifices,” said the petition.

O’Toole said it’s a sad circumstance for all who served overseas.

“The situation in Afghanistan that’s tumbling into crisis is hard for military families who left a piece themselves in that country,” he said.

Yet another reason why we should not have had an election; we should have made sure that anyone that’s at risk in Afghanistan … (as prime minister) I will never leave someone behind like Mr. Trudeau has.”

In 1993 Canada created its own VC and withdrew from the British VC., but Canada has yet to award a Canadian VC.

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O’Toole pleads with conservatives not to vote PPC

O’Toole said he feared a right-wing vote split could lead to four more years of Justin Trudeau.

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Erin O’Toole is making a last-minute appeal to conservative voters to stick with him.

At a campaign stop in London on Friday afternoon, O’Toole urged those on the right to not mark their X for the People’s Party of Canada, which has seen a surge in the polls lately.

O’Toole said he feared a right-wing vote split could lead to four more years of Justin Trudeau.

“There are actually millions of Canadians who are very frustrated with Mr. Trudeau. If they allow that frustration to do anything other than vote Conservative, they’re voting for Mr. Trudeau,” O’Toole said.

“There are five parties and there are two choices. More of the same with Mr. Trudeau or real change and ethical government with Canada’s Conservatives.”

While not mentioning the PPC by name, O’Toole said Trudeau would be happy with the vote split.

“If Justin Trudeau is rewarded for calling a $600 million election in the middle of a pandemic, everything you’ve come to dislike about Mr. Trudeau — the lectures, the division in this country, the hypocrisy, the rising prices — they will all only get worse,” he said.

“There is a lot a stake.”

When asked why he would use the name of the PPC, O’Toole responded: “I’m not going to advertise them.”

Polls continue to show good news for the People’s Party of Canada.

EKOS Politics daily tracking showed last week the party surging to a record 11.2% of decided and leaning voters, putting it within striking distance of the traditionally third-place NDP, which sits at 15.7%.

The Conservatives maintain a slight edge over the Liberals at 33.6% and 30.7% respectively.

Most polling firms have tracked the PPC rising from near obscurity at the beginning of the election campaign, to consistently higher numbers that could see the party make a real impact on the September 20 vote.

Broken down by region, the numbers are even more shocking.

In Alberta, the PPC has vaulted over the Liberals and NDP into a clear third place at 19%. While still well behind the Tories at 52%, the level of support could yield seats for the PPC if concentrated in specific constituencies.

The PPC’s second-best showing is in Quebec, where it sat in fourth place at 13%. In that province, the Liberals lead at 31%, followed by the Conservatives at 21%, and the BQ at 18%. The NDP ranked below with PPC in fifth place at 10%.

In Ontario, the PPC is breathing down the neck of the NDP for third place, just 2% behind them at 11%, however well back of the Liberals at 39% and the Tories at 33%.

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BC tells Alberta no can do, about ICU beds for COVID patients

“We will not be able to assist with taking patients at this time.” —B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix

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It was a big fat “no” from B.C. legislators when asked to take hospital patients from Alberta.

The westernmost province told its eastern neighbour it cannot take ICU patients because of its own health-care demands.

“Given the current demands on B.C.’s health-care system, we will not be able to assist with taking patients at this time,” said B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix in a statement Thursday after a meeting of B.C. and Alberta health officials.

In the short statement, Dix also said: “We have told Alberta that if there are things we can do to support them, we will. And if we can take patients on in the future, we will.

Dix, noting “we are in a global pandemic,” and added: “We salute Alberta’s health-care workers, and all health-care workers who are working tirelessly to care for patients and protect people and communities in the face of great challenge.”

Alberta’s health system is teetering on collapse with 269 patients in an intensive-care system set up for 173.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney appealed for help from the other provinces, by taking some ICU patients or sending front-line health workers to Alberta.

Ontario offered to accept patient transfers if needed, said Dr. Verna Yiu, head of Alberta Health Services (AHS), and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey offered to aid in a tweet.

Newfoundland and Labrador also offered help to Alberta.

B.C. reported 706 new cases of COVID on Thursday, as well as four deaths linked to the illness, bringing the death toll to 1,877.

B.C. Health said there are currently 5,844 active infections across the province with 291 people in hospital, including 134 in intensive care.

In Alberta— which is facing a devastating fourth wave with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country—large numbers of non-urgent surgeries were cancelled because hospital staff are reassigned to COVID-19 care.

BC told Alberta that if there are things it can do to support the beleaguered province in the future, it will attempt to do so.

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