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CTF launches Alberta anti-Equalization campaign

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney promised to hold a referendum regarding the federal equalization program on Oct. 18, 2021, following the recommendation from the Fair Deal Panel.




The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has launched their Fight Equalization campaign to oppose the program in the provincial referendum being held on Oct. 18.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t going to hand Alberta a fair deal on a silver platter,” said Franco Terrazzano, the CTF’s Alberta Director, on Wednesday.

“Albertans will need to fight for a fair deal and the equalization referendum is a crucial part of our fight for fairness.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney promised to hold a referendum regarding the federal equalization program on Oct. 18, 2021, following the recommendation from the Fair Deal Panel.

Terrazzano said The Fight Equalization campaign is committed to winning the referendum to oppose the equalization status quo and to get a fair deal.

A provincial referendum that results in a clear majority on a clear question would push the federal government and provinces to the constitutional negotiating table, said former Alberta finance minister Ted Morton.

Since 1961, Alberta taxpayers have paid more than $600 billion more to the federal government than the province has received back from Ottawa. The CTF said Equalization is a key part of this problem, costing Alberta taxpayers $28 billion between 2008 and 2017.

“Alberta taxpayers are tired of being treated as the cash cow for the rest of Canada and that’s why we are leading the campaign to win the equalization referendum and get a fair deal,” said Terrazzano.

“The equalization referendum is our chance to tell Trudeau that the status quo must change.”

You can view the Fight Equalization campaign website here.

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 Editor 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. UnLiberal

    January 29, 2021 at 9:40 am

    The only way to get out of the equalization program and get a fair deal is to get out of Canada! That is what the referendum should be about! Otherwise it will be a waste of time and (our) money!

  2. Cytotoxic

    January 28, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Equalization sucks and yet…it’s one of the least bad forms of spending. I mean, once the money has left your pocket, what difference does it make if the FedGov spends it on some art program BS vs handing it to the provinces? At least the latter option is ‘no (or very few) strings attached’ and more in keeping with federalism.

    Think about what would happen if Alberta gets a ‘fair deal’: the Albertan government (NOT ALBERTANS) get a wack of somebody else’s money, and proceed to spend it on stupid nonsense. That’s it that’s all that happens.

    Point is twofold 1) the government =/= the people, don’t pool them 2) the main thing in the fight should be reducing equalization not reshaping it. I would take an equalization program that was 2/3 the size and even more Quebec-indulgent than the one we have now!

  3. RussellTurner

    January 28, 2021 at 10:47 am

    On one side, against the people and the best interests of Alberta, is Kenney, Notley, Trudeau, CBC and others. Kenney promised a referendum before being elected, and delayed it 2 years and counting. Notley is totally against it. The UCP will not be the next government without a massive attitude correction. A recent example of bad attitude was Travis Toews telling us he ran the numbers, government needs money, a sales tax is the only option, but not mentioning that equalization and other items are taking that needed money. Notley wants the tax too, only she wants someone else to get booted out for doing it.

  4. Captain Carter

    January 27, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    We are still have to pay 30% Federal/Colonist Tax.
    Liberal friend explain to me ‘Alberta doesn’t need to vote for us, but we can still tax you’!!!!
    Carbon Tax

  5. Sanford Thompson

    January 27, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Waste a year farting around an issue that will get nuked the second it leaves the province. Don’t worry Jason k, RCMP jack boots will support you and seem very eager to stomp out any resistance.

    • RussellTurner

      January 28, 2021 at 10:49 am

      Get out of the closet, make some noise. Shake up the complacent, laughing, mocking, arrogant, east side. Demand your rights.

  6. Greg Misquitta

    January 27, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Interesting. . .JASON KENNEY is going to Hold a – REFERENDUM – on Equalisation, October 2021.

    Now that’s a – SHOCKTOBER – to me. . .Especially given that:
    Stephen Harper and Kenney – were the Ones who –
    “Changed the Equalisation Formula” (AFTER Many Changes by Past Governments). . .
    To ENSURE – QC – got MOR Tax Dollars NEAU (for Votes). . .
    even though – Quebecors – NEVER ASKED for the same!

    a) WHY would Kenney WAIT till – October 2021?
    Is it because – the WRIP – is GETTING Stronger by the Day and Kenney (being the CAREER Elitist Politician he is) –
    NEEDS to Maintain his SPOT on – The GRAVY Train?
    b) To DEFLECT Attention from his UNCONSTITUTION ACTS – Manifested with –
    **The MASS “Lockdowns”. . .
    **Forced UNHEALTHY Mask and Social Distancing ‘Rules’. . .
    (Backed by FEAR MONGERING from the Mongrel Curs called – “Media” and “Medical Expert Bureaucrats” and “Public Sector Parasites”).
    ALL of which have shown to be INEFFECTIVE in TRYING to Contain – “ANY Virus”. . .

    IF – the Public Sector People – who were NOT Working (Teachers, Judges, Court Staff, etc). . .were Made to Lose their Taxpayer Funded Pay Cheques and Benefits and Pensions – and were made to GO ON – the CERB, I BETCHA –

    The CONCEPT of “Public Health” – as Opposed to “Individual Health”. . .seems ALIEN to –
    **The “Medical Expert Bureaucrats”. . .
    **Politicians. . .
    **Lackeys in the MEDIA. . .

    Reader’s Digest Version of my Thoughts.

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Alberta gov’t granted injunction to ban weekend protest at Whistle Stop Cafe

Chris Scott and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.




It hasn’t even happened yet, but an Alberta court has already ruled a weekend protest at the Whistle Stop Cafe is illegal.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has granted a pre-emptive injunction against, Chris Scott, the owner of Whistle Stop, because the restaurant plans to host a rally over the upcoming weekend called the “Save Alberta Campout Protest.” The injunction was granted at the request of Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency under Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

Last week, the RCMP raided the establishment and carted away all its booze. On Wednesday, the RCMP and AHS officials showed up en masse and padlocked the building.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

He and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.

But the AHS, which sought the injunction, said the judge ruled it illegal because it would not comply with public health restrictions on mandatory masking, attendance limits, and social distancing.

“The order restrains the owner and others from organizing, promoting and attending the event and includes police enforcement and imposes significant consequences on the organizers of this event,” AHS said in a statement to media.

“AHS has taken this step due to the ongoing risk to Albertans created by those breaching COVID-19 public health restrictions.”

The Western Standard has reached out to Scott but hasn’t heard back on what effect the injunction will have. Scott said earlier in the day he will now seek elected office by running for the Wildrose Independence Party in the upcoming 2023 election.

Scott is the only gas station or restaurant in Mirror, a town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: UCP Secretary quits over ‘lies’

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976.




The former secretary of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) says she decided to resign from the board because she “was tired of all the lies.”

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Cathy Smith said she handed in her notice on April 6, after a string of statements and actions about the COVID-19 pandemic by Premier Jason Kenney.

Smith said the beginning of the end started when Kenney held a press conference over COVID-19 and warned of a pandemic so extreme there would be “body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium.”

“I said to myself ‘Are you kidding me’. There will never be body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium,” said Smith.

“I know nurses. Nurses at the time told me there was nothing going on in their hospitals.”

Smith said Kenney then started to condemn the “right-wing, the conspiracy theorists.”

“I said wait a minute, I’m right-wing. And then the way we treated Dr. (Dennis) Modry. I thought this wasn’t the right way to represent our 40,000 members,” she said.

Kenney and Modry have been in a battle of letters. Modry published an open letter to the premier on the Western Standard saying lockdowns don’t work. The letter went viral and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of time. It took Kenney three months to reply with his own letter.

As party secretary, Smith dealt with more than 100 e-mails, either from party members or people who voted for the UCP, about how the lockdowns were affecting their lives.

“We had an e-mail from a family whose grandfather died because his heart operation had been postponed. I e-mailed everyone back. I explained I was not writing as a representative of the party. I told them I didn’t agree with what the party was doing,” Smith said.

Smith said she was aware of a group of men in Medicine Hat who went to high school together – 20 of whom have committed suicide since the pandemic started.

“I told everyone to get involved at the (constituency association) level if they really want to make change,” Smith said.

She said the last straw for her was when Kenney appeared on talk show host Danielle Smith’s last show on QR77 and said he wasn’t aware the party board had approved a leadership vote in 2022, just six months before the next election.

“I was just tired of all the lies, Kenney pretended he didn’t know about the leadership vote. I thought ‘This is not the way — where’s the trust’,” Smith said.

“I was tired of all the lockdowns (without proof they work). But I said to myself, I will never quit, never, never, never.”

Finally, after talking to several other board members, Smith handed in her notice.

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976. As to where she will vote in the next election: “I’m still waiting.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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WATCH: Alberta’s costume lady forced to sell treasure trove of outfits because of lockdowns

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”




It took Vickie Friesen more than 30 years of sewing to create 5,000 different costumes – everything from pirates to princesses.

Now, after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, she is being forced to sell the lot.

Friesen and her husband, Darrell can no longer afford to keep their Three Hills Tickle Trunk outlet open and the business running after income vanished after lockdowns banned everything from school plays to Halloween.

Some of Vickie’s creations

“We just can’t afford to stay in business. There’s no theatre, there’s no parades, there’s no parties,” Vicki told the Western Standard on Thursday.

“In 2019, we were busy every week of the year with rentals. 2019 was booming. It was fabulous.

“Once word of our business got around, we started having the same customers repeated over and over. I started to ask customers to ask me what costumes we didn’t have, it was just easier.

“Now, nothing.”

Vicki recalled she sent out costumes for shows last March, but after the lockdowns, the costumes were returned and customers wanted their money back.

“Everything came back. I sat by the phone, but it didn’t ring anymore,” said Vicki.

Roman centurion outfit

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”

The couple has made the heartbreaking decision they will have to sell all the costumes. A sale will be held at the store the next two Saturdays. A deal to sell their building should be signed next week.

All kid’s costumes will be sold for $10. Adult merchandise is 50% off, between $25 and $50 at their Three Hills store at 519 Main Street.

Need a storm trooper outfit? It will be there along with full ball gowns, Second World War uniforms and German lederhosen. Antique furniture is also on sale.

“They are all going for a song,” Vicki said, regret in her voice.

But some of the stuff they aren’t parting with includes all their Christmas outfits. The couple created a costumed “Christmas Convoy” through the town last year, and plan on repeating it, all over the province if asked.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus… really the Frieses

The couple did receive some federal COVID-19 aide which went to fixing a leak in the building, but not enough to even cover basic utilities.

Vickie proudly boast she has shipped her costumes all over the province: “From High Level to High Prairie.”

Tickle Trunk promo

She started sewing as a kid in Manitoba, creating costumes for theatre troupes and school plays. She also handmade graduation dresses for area high schoolers.

She stored her works of art in a 12×12 granary but it soon became full.

The Friesens and their two young children decided to move to Alberta and they set up shop in Three Hills, eventually buying a building in which to operate their business and store their dresses.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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