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Sloan ousted from Tory Caucus

Sloan will now sit as an independent.

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Ontario MP Derek Sloan has been booted out of the Conservative caucus.

Sloan was punted in a secret ballot of his colleagues on Wednesday after leader Erin O’Toole slammed him for accepting a leadership donation from a “well-known” neo-Nazi, Paul Fromm.

Sloan will now sit as an independent.

The political drama started Saturday when party leader Erin O’Toole issued a statement emphasizing he is pro-choice and that there was no place for the “far-right” in his party.

The very next day, O’Toole said he would attempt to remove Sloan because he accepted $131 donation from Fromm.

Sloan countered he had no idea who Fromm was and pointed out the Tory party took a 10 per cent cut of the money because they processed it.

Wednesday saw a majority of Tory MPs vote in favour of booting Sloan.

“No matter how ugly – how undemocratic – the events of the last two days have been, always remember, the Party is not the personal property of Erin O’Toole; the CPC belongs to you – the grassroots of the Party,” Sloan said in an email to his supporters.

Sloan vowed to “still vote, debate, and represent true conservative values.”

He urged his supporters not to cancel their membership or drop out of the March Tory convention.

In statement after the vote, O’Toole said: “The Conservative caucus voted to remove Derek Sloan not because of one specific event, but because of a pattern of destructive behaviour involving multiple incidents and disrespect towards the Conservative team for over a year.

“These actions have been a consistent distraction from our efforts to grow the party and focus on the work we need to do. Events of the past week were simply the last straw and led to our caucus making the decision it did today.

“I did not vote to remove Derek Sloan from our caucus because he is a social conservative. We have members of Parliament of deep compassion and unmatched character, who like many Canadians, draw strength from their faith.

“The Conservative party is a big tent that is reflective of all Canadians.”

The move saw a split in caucus with many members angry at O’Toole’s manoeuvre. One source said there were dozens of MPs set to vote against the ouster.

Western Standard sources said the real reason for Sloan’s removal was because he was working with people from the Campaign Life Coalition to try and stack socially conservative delegates on slates for the party’s March virtual convention.

The sources said the party was worried the convention would be hijacked by the socially conservative group who could then control party policy and the National Council.

The president of Campaign Life Coalition said O’Toole kicking pro-life Sloan out of the Conservative Caucus shows he can’t be trusted by socially conservative voters and should resign.

Jeff Gunnarson made the comment in a Tuesday interview with The Western Standard.

“When I heard what O’Toole had done, I just rolled my eyes and said ‘here we go,’” said Gunnarson.

“But when the aftershocks have gone, you can see this has been in the works for months, years. It’s any excuse to get rid of him [Sloan].”

Gunnarson admitted his group was, in fact, trying to hijack the convention at some level.

“We don’t want to take over the party, we just want to be a part of it,” Gunnarson told the Western Standard, adding recruitment has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But I don’t want people to have the impression we have hundreds of people doing this – it’s one phone call at a time. Our mission is not to take over the Conservative party.”

“We are seeing some people decide not to be delegates because of what O’Toole has done so far to drive socially conservatives out of the party.”

And he warned the March virtual convention could “be manipulated” by Tory power brokers.

Asked whether he considered the O’Toole move a “purge” against prolifers, Gunnarson responded: “It appears that is the case. I hope I’m wrong, we have some strong pro-life MPs as it is now.”

O’Toole asked his MPs to expel Sloan out of the Tory caucus after he accepted a $131 leadership donation from what he says is a “well-known” Canadian neo-Nazi.

Paul Fromm made the donation to Sloan’s leadership campaign in August under the name ‘Frederick P Fromm’. The donation constituted approximately 0.01 per cent of the total raised by Sloan during the campaign.

Sloan, the MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, came in fourth place in the Tory leadership campaign.

He was eliminated after the first round of voting in the four-person race getting 27,278 votes, almost 16 per cent of the total.

There have been calls in the past to remove him from caucus over his comments on gay rights.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: 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. Guest

    January 20, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I thought O’Toole had a mind for politics? Turns out, O’Toole just lost many Conservatives that believe in life for unborn children. There is nothing NOTHING wrong with believing in abortion is wrong. Doesn’t mean the political climate for abortion will change, but it’s a freedom of thought, belief, & a Constitutional Right to have a difference of opinion WITHOUT being labeled ALT RIGHT !!

    Nice job O’Toole like the UPC in Alberta your party is self destructing. Trudeau gains a majority and I will vote for another conservative party.

  2. Cytotoxic

    January 20, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Good riddance. May all the SoCons be purged.

    • Warren Leigh

      January 20, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      Glad to see a red Tory or maybe even a leftist troll like yourself who’s so open minded and tolerant of those who think differently from you because they actually have a conscience about, you know, things like life in the womb. BLM: Babies Lives Matter. But I wouldn’t expect you to know that since in your backwards regressive mind, they’re nothing more than a blob of tissue. Your brain is the only thing that is a useless blob of unintelligible tissue, hence the reason you’re a leftist, intolerant, judgmental, SoConophobic loser.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

        I’m a classical liberal, and fetuses are worthless blobs of tissue only given value when they’re used for science.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 22, 2021 at 12:45 pm

        You’re a classic idiot!

      • GonadTheRuffian

        January 22, 2021 at 5:21 pm

        You’re a brainwashed Lefty who was taught to hate his own nation, own culture, own language, own skin color, etc. You smell of the typical shallow, elitist, Champagne Socialist, who thinks everything unfamiliar, foreign, degenerate, or flat out evil is better than your own nation and traditions. You and your ilk are destroyers not builders. When you are done with the Western Democracies you have destroyed, you will declare the new hell-holes you have created to be your finest hour (that is as long as you are one of the less-than-one-percenters at the top, and not one of the newly impoverished peons at the bottom).
        If you find our nation and traditions so offensive; why don’t you relocate to one of the dozens of Islamic hell-holes you love so much? It will be easier than trying to rebuild our great nation in your own evil image.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

        You people are just algorithms with a set of phrases and buzzwords you staple together. That, and mentally ill.

        “why don’t you relocate to one of the dozens of Islamic hell-holes you love so much? ”

        Honest to Rand, Dubai is looking better all the time.

      • GonadTheRuffian

        January 22, 2021 at 10:42 pm

        Another empty, glib remark from a Left Wing puke who cant begin to defend his visionless beliefs. You call other commentators rubes, etc, etc, etc. You ooze obnoxiousness and arrogance but I have yet to hear any actual useful information imparted on the rest of us from that astounding intellect located in your massive brain. But then again Left-Wing intellectual is an oxymoron.

        I hear Dubai is lovely this time of year; you should check it out.

  3. GonadTheRuffian

    January 20, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Just Useless O’Toole; leader of the Conservative wing of Canadas Uniparty making sure the Liberal wing of the Uniparty stays in power for another four years. Well done Useless!

  4. Christopher Lawrence

    January 20, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Alberta will only be shipping oil by rail at a high cost to transport. Does not make much sense to send money east via transfer payments. Clearly federal conservatives have no sense to stop Trudeau. Its time for Albertan’s to vote Wildrose Independence and start the path to leave confederation. Vote wisely Alberta, Kenney and O’Toole do not have your back.

  5. Allen

    January 20, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    lol This country is steaming hot garbage.

  6. That's Dr. #SAND to you...

    January 20, 2021 at 5:21 pm

  7. Dr.RTFM

    January 20, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Hmmm. Bait and Switch by O’Toole. That won’t pi$$ off the social conservatives who make up ~25% of the CPC voter base at all. And it’s not like the social conservatives are the most organized faction within the CPC and therefore quite capable of shifting their support elsewhere. Nah. This will work out just fine, I’m sure.

    • Cytotoxic

      January 20, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      The SnoConez are radioactive. You can’t stuff coercive socially conservative ideas down peoples’ throats and be a serious political party. You lost the culture wars, get over it.

      • Dr.RTFM

        January 21, 2021 at 2:54 pm

        Certainly they are; personally I cannot stand them. However, it is perfectly possible to create a set of policies that cover issues that they would like to see adopted and that a significant fraction of Canadians who are not SoCons would also support. A simple example is that most SoCons favour helping the poor rather than helping people based on identity grouping. Every survey ever conducted on this subject both in Canada and elsewhere shows that people hate identity politics.
        The CPC could easily work out a policy on this basis and it would likely achieve SoCon support.
        given that the CPC have never won an election without SoCon support, they should be doing this rather than acting as O’Toole has done.

  8. Vlad Lashing

    January 20, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Conservative are swampy. O’Toole is a goof. Clearly the Cons want Trudeau to have a healthy magority government. O’Toole will praise 3 days of mail in voting too no doubt. What a complete asshat. Just lost ALL you voters. I don’t know a single conservative that agrees with today. Way to hand Trudeau victory guys.

  9. warrenzoell

    January 20, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Sloan’s better off anyway.
    Erin O’Toole, master at clutching more defeat out of the claws of (in O’Tooles case) defeat. Not victory.
    That would imply that he did something right at some point.
    My what a can of worms O’Toole has opened. He’s now set a precedent that every donation no matter how small must now be seriously examined. Who would donate to a political party that would do that?
    But my biggest anger is for the cowardly so called “Conservative” MP’s who supported O’Toole’s claim.
    The slimy creep factor is very high with these ones.
    I can’t wait to see the list of who sided with O’Toole.
    One thing is for certain. The Conservatives have not only just lost the next election, but they’ve guaranteed a Liberal majority.

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Madu out as justice minister

“I have spoken with Minister Madu about the March 10 incident reported in the media today. I conveyed to him my profound disappointment in his decision to contact the Edmonton Police Chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has removed Justice Minister Kaycee Madu from his job after he called Edmonton’s police chief about a distracted parking ticket he received.

Madu was fined $300 on March 10, 2021 after an Edmonton police officer caught him talking on his cellphone while driving through a playground zone.

Madu soon phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, and discussed the ticket with him. 

“Minister Madu did contact me via the telephone concerned about a ticket. But just to be very, very clear, he never asked to get out of the ticket,” McFee told CBC News in December, adding he didn’t know exactly what was on the ticket.

“Everybody has to wear their decisions.”

McFee did say during their discussion, Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers. Madu is black.

“The officer indicated that he had observed me driving while distracted, alleging that I was on my phone. I disagreed, stating that I was not on my phone, as it was in an inside pocket” said Madu.

“Later, I spoke to Chief Dale McFee. Due to the timing of the incident, I wanted to ensure that I was not being unlawfully surveilled following the controversy surrounding the Lethbridge Police Service. I also raised concerns around profiling of racial minorities that was in the media at the time.

“Chief McFee assured me that that was most definitely not the case, and I accepted him at his word.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Kenney who, after CBC broke the story, removed him from his post because it is “essential the independent administration of justice is maintained.

“I have spoken with Minister Madu about the March 10 incident reported in the media today. I conveyed to him my profound disappointment in his decision to contact the Edmonton Police Chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation,” Kenney tweeted.

“Minister Madu told me that he did not ask to have the ticket rescinded, nor was it his intention to interfere in the case, and that he promptly paid the ticket. I understand that Chief McFee has confirmed that at no time did the Minister seek to have the ticket rescinded.

“Nevertheless, it’s essential the independent administration of justice is maintained. That’s why I will appoint a respected independent investigator to review the relevant facts and to determine whether there was interference in the administration of justice in this case.”

Energy Minister Sonya Savage will take on the duties of Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

The scandal will be a blow for Kenney as Madu was one of his biggest supporters in an often fractured caucus.

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Calgary lawyer applauds Shell’s reversal of vax mandate

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said lawyer James Kitchen.

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In the wake of Shell Canada temporarily removing its mandatory vaccine policy at its Scotford site in Alberta, Calgary lawyer James Kitchen called it a “good and lawful” move.

Kitchen — a civil litigation lawyer focused on constitutional rights, human rights, and health freedom — represents a number of clients in the oil and gas sector, including CNRL staffer Naomi Smart who was the first employee dismissed without cause for refusing to adhere to the mandatory vaccine policy.

“There are two potential things happening here,” Kitchen told the Western Standard in reference to Shell’s decision to change its vaccine policy at the Scotford site.

“Either Shell is concerned with defending themselves legally — as the vaccines have little to no effect on transmission — or, there are decent human beings (who) run Shell who are looking at the science and they realize this is the sensible thing to do.”

Kitchen said Shell could be “showing some good business sense” and now, after “spending all this money and realizing nothing we do will stop it (the spread of COVID-19),” they are looking to get back to work.

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said Kitchen.

When asked if the move from Shell to reverse its vaccination policy might affect the outcome of current legal cases — including some of his own — Kitchen said he’s doubtful.

“Generally speaking, the court doesn’t care. The industry does what it wants so in a strictly legal sense, no. But in a broader sense, it does matter,” said Kitchen.  

“It’s like a band-wagon effect,” he said adding if other companies follow suit, “it could give pause and change course for policymakers.”

“I don’t expect others to follow, but I’m hopeful,” said Kitchen.

Kitchen applauded Shell for what he called, “the most reasonable, lawful positions I’ve seen in a long time.

“They have chosen not to be willfully ignorant of what is good, right and lawful and have chosen against coercion and tyranny,” said Kitchen.

“I hope it’s a harbinger of things to come.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Madu called Edmonton police chief after getting $300 distracted driving ticket

Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt says Kaycee should resign.

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After being pulled over by Edmonton police for talking on his cellphone while driving through a playground zone, Justice Minister Kaycee Madu then dialled up Edmonton’s police chief, CBC is reporting Monday afternoon.

CBC says they have a copy of Madu’s March 10, 2021 ticket that shows he was fined $300.

He soon phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, and discussed the ticket with him. 

“Minister Madu did contact me via the telephone concerned about a ticket. But just to be very, very clear, he never asked to get out of the ticket,” McFee told CBC News in December, adding he didn’t know exactly what was on the ticket.

“Everybody has to wear their decisions.”

McFee did say during their discussion, Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers. Madu is black.

The chief also said the pair talked about the ongoing problem of political tensions within the Lethbridge Police Service.

According to court documents, Madu paid the fee by the end of that week, CBC reports.

The Western Standard has reached out to Madu for a statement but hasn’t heard back.

The NDP quickly called for Madu to resign.

“It is wholly unacceptable for the Attorney General to engage with senior law enforcement regarding a penalty levelled against him, said NDP MLA Irfan Sabir.

Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt says Kaycee should resign.

“Even if Madu didn’t call the police chief, it is a major story for the Justice Minister to receive a distracted driving ticket in a school zone. Even if it was somebody else who got the ticket (family, friend, neighbour, acquaintance, stranger), Madu still can’t call the police chief about an active case,” tweeted Bratt.

“Either Madu didn’t know that it was inappropriate to call the police chief about a ticket (which is really bad), or knew and didn’t care (which is even worse). Regardless, Madu needs to step down.

“Jean Charest resigned in 1990 as Minister of Sport for calling a judge about a case. Calling a police chief about a case is very similar. Madu needs to resign, or Kenney has to fire him.”

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