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Liberals ride Trudeau high in year-end polls as opposition clambers

A December 17 poll by Research Co. shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal popularity at 55% per cent, up five points since September.




New data from the CBC Canada Poll Tracker suggests the Liberals would almost certainly win an election if called now – possibly with a majority of seats.

Despite allegations of corruption, lack of transparency and fiscal mismanagement of the Liberal government, the Trudeau brand is carrying the party in national opinion polls.

A December 17 poll by Research Co. shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal popularity at 55% per cent, up five points since September.

Nearing the end of the year, the Liberals are the only federal party in a much better position than 12 months ago, up 4.2 percentage points since December 2019. The Conservatives, New Democrats and Bloc Québécois have remained virtually unchanged – while the Greens are down nearly three points, said CBC.

Nationwide, the Liberals lead with 35.7 per cent, compared to 31 per cent for Conservatives. The NDP trails at 18.3 per cent, followed by the Bloc at 6.7 per cent and the Greens at 5.4 per cent.

A year ago, the Liberals held only a narrow 0.5-point lead over the Conservatives and were solidly in minority territory. Today the numbers would deliver around 167 seats to the Liberals, 111 seats to the Conservatives, 32 to the Bloc, 27 to the NDP and one to the Greens, CBC reported.

Surprising to many, that places the Liberals very close to the 170 seats needed for a majority government.

More interesting still is the Liberal rise in every region of Canada.

The biggest shifts have been in Western Canada.

The Liberals now have 33 per cent support in British Columbia, a gain of seven points from December 2019. The Liberals are also up nine points in Alberta.

The increase in B.C. is the most important in terms of seats. Estimates suggest the Liberals could win 12 more seats nationwide than they were projected to win in December 2019, with half of those gains in B.C.

Of course, in winning a federal election, Ontario is the deciding factor – where the Liberals are still leading Conservatives by nearly 10 points. With Quebec and Atlantic Canada, that would mean about Liberal 140 seats before even reaching the Manitoba border — more than enough to secure a re-elected minority government.

With the exception of Alberta, the polls do not suggest that Liberal gains have come at the expense of the Conservatives. Overall, the Conservative Party of Canada is exactly where it was 12 months ago, said CBC.

Since December 2019, Conservative support has shifted by two points or less everywhere but Alberta and Atlantic Canada. The Conservatives have gained four points in Atlantic Canada but still trail the Liberals there by about 19 points. In Alberta, the Conservatives have lost eight points.

Support for the Conservatives is still largely in the west, with 53 per cent support in Alberta and 46 per cent support in the Prairies – and more support in Saskatchewan than in Manitoba. Some polls even suggest that Saskatchewan has supplanted Alberta as the Conservatives’ best provincial stronghold, Poll Tracker showed.

Ken Grafton is the Western Standards Ottawa Bureau Chief. He can be reached at kgrafton@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. GonadTheRuffian

    December 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    One possibility for some of the increase in Liberal popularity might be due to the importation of massive numbers of foreigners for just this purpose; to make sure the Globalist Libranos hold unbroken power in Canada forever.
    Canada is doomed for sure but can Alberta separation come before we in the West are outvoted by these foreign invaders.

  2. Mars Hill

    December 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    The corruption and deception are staggering…..look for the unplandemic and the Michael’s released and off to the polls we go. I say President Trump will sent the cabal rats scurrying for cover and Canada will probably re-elect the corrupt liberals only because this country is infested with ccp globalist msm rats.


  3. H Jenson

    December 18, 2020 at 11:35 am

    The people of Ontario are delusional and cannot be reasoned with

  4. Charles Martell III

    December 18, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Is there a group of people anywhere on the planet that are stupider than Canadians?

    55% devoted to the Dumbest most Corrupt Leader in the Free World . . . although he could move up a notch in January if Senile China Joe Biden is sworn in . . . I would luv to be a fly on the wall for the first meeting of these two intellectual giants.
    Never had a real job Justin meets China Joe . . . for 39 years the Dumbest Senator in the USA.

    • GonadTheRuffian

      December 18, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      In answer to the question in your first sentence; the answer is NO,NO,NO. Not even the ridiculously stupid Swedes can hold a candle to the empty-headedness of the Soviet Canucks.
      The biggest problem with the Canuck numbskulls (same for the Swedes) is that they have had life too easy for too long. That and the fact that they are gullible Sheeple who fall for the MSM/Fake News. The Turdeau/Butts team played their cards well when they turned the MSM media whores into state propaganda with stolen taxpayer money.
      The Fake News have successfully brain-washed the Canuck sheep (then again where Canadians are concerned; it didn’t take much soap).

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AHS researched COVID manipulation tactics

Other studies linked being female and those with higher incomes with being more compliant while political conservatism was linked to those less compliant.




An Alberta Health Services (AHS) document featuring the results of a number of studies focused on attitudes and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines has been obtained by the Western Standard.

The 63-page report dated September 2020 focused on factors that “impact attitudes towards or adherence to COVID-19 public health guidelines” and on “what interventions can create more positive attitudes towards following public health guidelines.”

It included data collected from 30 studies compiled from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand — jurisdictions considered to be somewhat similar to Alberta.

A list of key messages from the evidence summary include:

• Studies consistently show higher adherence to COVID-19 guidelines among people who (i) trust government or authorities; (ii) perceive the threat of the virus to be greater; (iii) have a greater knowledge of the pandemic, (iv) who are older; and (v) who identify as a woman.

• Accessing information through traditional news media (print; television; radio) is associated with greater guideline adherence, while use of social media is associated with a higher likelihood of endorsing conspiracy beliefs, factual misperceptions and lesser degrees of guideline adherence.

• Limited evidence suggests that distinct population groups may require distinct messaging to promote guideline adherence.

• No strategies for promoting adherence to public health COVID-19 guidelines have been robustly proven in the published scientific literature. The most promising strategies appear to be communications to increase knowledge about the pandemic and perceived threat of the virus. Moralistic messaging (e.g.linking physical distancing to being a good person/citizen) could produce problematic consequences such as ostracization of individuals who do not adhere to public health guidelines.

• As evidence on changing attitudes and behaviours related to COVID-19 is still emerging, medical and public health leaders may benefit from reviewing literature on attitude and behaviour change in other, more widely studied health and societal contexts (e.g., climate change, waste reduction, vaccination or smoking cessation) where theories and frameworks have been established.

Recommendations stemming from the study included targeting those with limited knowledge of the pandemic or those that weren’t convinced of the efficacy of public health guidelines as they are “more likely to exhibit consistently poor adherence.”

The groups identified in the study with the “higher risk of non-adherence” to the guidelines include “men, younger people, those who identify as politically conservative, and those who are prone to lower levels of trust in government or science.”

The study also recommended public health content be distributed on social media because “multiple studies found that social media users were less likely to be adherent to public health guidelines.”

The recommendations also suggested officials work with “behavioural scientists and experts in communication sciences” to craft public health messaging designed to influence behaviour change.

Other findings in the report said adherence to guidelines was related to individual characteristics such as narcissism, impulsiveness and agreeableness or societal characteristics such as individualism or collectivism.

A number of factors were listed categorizing their impact on attitude toward adherence to public health guidelines.

For instance, a greater trust in government or authority predicted greater compliance. Other studies linked being female and those with higher incomes with being more compliant while political conservatism was linked to those less compliant.

Also included in the report is a breakdown of how political affiliation affected people’s attitudes towards the virus and public health measures.

“They report that supporters of the Liberal Party are more likely to be very concerned about the virus (46%) than those who support the Conservative Party (39%), Bloc Quebecois (33%), and People’s Party of Canada (PPC) (29%),” said the report.

“Supporters of the Liberal, Green, and New Democratic Parties were slightly more likely to report making behaviour changes (making 63% of recommended changes, on average) than supporters of the Conservative Party (59% of changes), PPC (51%), and Bloc Quebecois (60%).”

A section on research gaps points to a number of important areas that have been “underexplored” including the impact of tailoring specific messaging to particular subgroups such as the Hutterite populations, First Nations Peoples and those experiencing homelessness.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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New collective agreement secures Alberta nurses as highest paid in Canada

UNA has filed more than 150 grievances on behalf of its members related to AHS’ Immunization or Testing of Workers for COVID-19 policy.




Alberta Finance Travis Toews has announced Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) have ratified a new collective agreement that will see a 4.25% pay raise for Alberta nurses.

UNA said the new collective agreement involves more than 30,000 registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, represented by 130 UNA locals. The pay raise — spread out over the four-year deal — will keep Alberta nurses among the highest paid in Canada.

“I am pleased to hear that registered nurses have voted to accept the mediator’s recommendation. This four-year labour agreement comes after many months of dedicated negotiations,” said Toews.

“Alberta’s nurses have played a critical role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re deeply appreciative of the role they have played in caring for our friends, families and neighbours over the past two difficult years.”

As part of the new collective agreement, UNA said nurses will receive a one-time lump payment of 1% in recognition of their pandemic efforts, as well as enhanced psychological and mental health supports. UNA also said semi-annual lump-sum payments will be convereted to the wage grid.

“I also applaud the parties in arriving at an agreement that recognizes and works to address the unique labour market realities facing Alberta and North America in the recruitment and retention of registered nurses,” said Toews.

The new agreement will allot $5 million annually to recruiting and retaining staff in rural and remote Alberta. It also comes with the creation of a union-employer provincial workload advisory committee with $2.5 million allocated to relocation assistance.

AHS President and CEO, Dr. Verna Yiu brought in a mandatory COVID-19 immunization plan or AHS staff late last year. Approximately 1,650 full-and part-time AHS staff were subsequently put on involuntary leave without pay for noncompliance.

AHS was forced to walk back the mandate by providing testing options for some staff after critical staffing shortages, particularly in rural Alberta. The agency’s website details province-wide notices of physician and volunteer shortages. Red alerts due to EMS staffing shortages are also on the rise.

UNA is has filed more than 150 grievances on behalf of its members related to AHS’ Immunization or Testing of Workers for COVID-19 policy.

UNA deemed the policy “unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory, and inconsistent with the UNA-Multi-Employer Collective Agreement.”

Amber Gosselin is a reporter with the Western Standard.

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Sask WCB ordered to consider if police officer’s suicide was workplace fatality

“He developed a subspecialty, that of dealing with families of those who had perished. The better he got at dealing with them the more he was assigned to do so until his nickname in the Moose Jaw Police Service was ‘Captain Death.’”




The suicide of a Saskatchewan police officer, who became known as “Captain Death” because he had been to so many grisly scenes, might be considered a workplace fatality, a Saskatchewan judge has ruled.

The judge has ordered the Workers’ Compensation board to look at the case with that in mind, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“He saw death in its many forms: natural deaths, accidents, suicides, homicides, even unexplained deaths,” wrote Justice Richard Danyliuk of Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench.

“He developed a subspecialty, that of dealing with families of those who had perished. The better he got at dealing with them the more he was assigned to do so until his nickname in the Moose Jaw Police Service was ‘Captain Death.’”

Const. Jason Mercer, a policeman for eighteen years, committed suicide in 2016 while under a psychiatrist’s care. The Compensation Board denied his widow’s claim for work-related benefits since “prior to Mr. Mercer’s passing he had not approached the Workers’ Compensation Board with any psychological injury claim,” it said.

But Danyliuk quashed the Board’s decision and ordered the case reviewed.

“He was depressed,” wrote the court.

“He was anxious. He suffered from panic attacks.”

Mercer’s widow testified he “had nightmares and flashbacks” from attending stabbings, drug overdoses, highway wrecks and suicides.

“Not only was Moose Jaw Police Service not opposing Mrs. Mercer’s application for benefits, it appears there was active support for that application,” wrote Danyliuk.

“While this is not determinative it is a significant factor to be considered.”

Canadian courts have issued varied rulings on suicides as workplace deaths. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in 2015 rejected a claim by the widow of a railway signalmen driven to hang himself after suffering from tinnitus following an injury. Canadian National Railways’ pension plan rejected the $581-a month death benefit since the suicide occurred more than a year after the original injury.

The Department of Public Safety did list suicide as a work-related death in its 2018 introduction of a Memorial Grant Program For First Responders. It pays $300,000 tax-free to victims’ families. The department counted an average 72 deaths of police, firefighters and paramedics annually with almost half, 34, by suicide.

Federal research also found PTSD was commonplace among emergency workers, especially paramedics. Twenty percent of paramedics suffer post-traumatic stress, according to a 2018 study by Defence Research and Development Canada.

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