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EXCLUSIVE: Majority of UCP voters say Kenney must fire snowbird MLAs, 41% of Albertans say he must resign

“This is a major, major scandal for the UCP,” said Mainstreet president and CEO Quito Maggi.

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A Mainstreet Research poll commissioned by the Western Standard says Albertans are far from satisfied with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s handling of the ‘Snowbird MLA Scandal.’

A total of 41 per cent of Alberta respondents say Kenney, former Minister Tracy Allard, and the six backbench snowbird MLAs should all resign, including 21 per cent of those who voted UCP in the 2019 election.

Another 27 per cent of respondents say Kenney’s actions to date don’t go far enough, and that he should fire Allard and the six other MLAs from the UCP Caucus. In fact, more UCP voters support the option of firing just the minister and MLAs (31 per cent) than Albertans at large.

In the wake of revelations of at least one pro-lockdown minister, six MLAs and several senior staffers found vacationing oversees, Kenney initially declined to discipline any of them, but increasing political backlash led Kenney to fire Allard from cabinet and issue relatively minor penalties to the MLAs. All seven MLAs continue to remain full members of the UCP Caucus.

Serious questions continue to linger over whether Kenney himself was telling the truth about what he knew after his staff denied that the premier read a memo from Allard informing him. One senior Tory close to Kenney told the Western Standard that it was “inconceivable” that Keney did not know that his chief of staff and minister were overseas without his knowledge

The holiday vacations took place while the UCP government has had Albertans under a strict lockdown, closing most businesses and and making most Christmas family gatherings illegal.

While the demotions are not enough for the vast majority of Albertans, 12 per cent say they are satisfied with Kenney’s actions, and another 11 per cent believe that he went too far. Nine per cent had an “other” opinion.

Poll by Mainstreet exclusively for Western Standard. All rights reserved.

“This is a major, major scandal for the UCP,” said Mainstreet Research President and CEO Quito Maggi.

“Albertans are extremely angry – it seems only the removal of the six MLA from caucus would satisfy the majority of Albertans.”

“The initial response from Kenney was terrible. His subsequent actions haven’t done anything to turn it around. It is the hypocrisy of the MLAs that is so significant, say the people polled.”

Of concern to the UCP should be that those who continue to remain upset and demand further actions are not just NDP supporters. A combined 52 per cent of respondents who voted UCP last time believed that Kenney must resign, or that he must fire all of the snowbird MLAs.

The Snowbird Scandal has also taken a massive bite out of UCP support. Part one of the Mainstreet Research poll commissioned by the Western Standard showed that less than half of those who voted UCP in 2019 would do so again if an election were held now, with both the NDP and Wildrose Independence Party surging in support.

The poll of 1,003 adults has a margin of error of +/- 3.09 per cent and a 95 per cent confidence level.

This poll is Part Two of a series of Mainstreet polls commissioned by the Western Standard. The full details and methodology of the poll can be found here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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. Carl J

    January 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Honestly why is this “BIG” news, Alberta and Ontario you are smarter than this, wacth my left hand as I do this with my right! Have none of you noticed Trudeau is still putting forward his agenda but everyone is concered about a couple people who took trips, frankly if I could have without getting caught I would have, Hawaii is awesome! Get back onto the feds, they are implimenting another new tax, and another new bill, looking at going after or “managing” CPP and we know how good politicians are at managing money, they are more like magicians “Watch while I make this Dissapear !!!”

  2. David Elson

    January 11, 2021 at 8:55 am

    When Albertans truly begin to understand that Covid19 is a nasty variant of the common cold and lockdowns are worse than useless against it, there will be a lot of politicians past their sell by date.

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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