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EXCLUSIVE: Source says Sloan purge about stopping social conservatives at party convention

The senior Conservative said O’Toole is trying to stop Sloan, and his ally, Campaign Life, from electing enough delegates they could push through their own strong social agenda.

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Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s attempt to expel Ontario MP Derek Sloan from the party’s caucus was motivated by worries his social conservative followers were planning to “hijack” the looming Tory convention, says a source tells Western Standard.

The source is a high-ranking Tory, who served on the party’s Leadership Organizing Committee, who spoke to the Western Standard on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, Campaign Life Coalition – a pro-life political action committee – has been working with Sloan to elect enough delegates to support socially conservative policies, and elect members of the party’s National Council.

Sloan is an ardent pro-lifer, has landed in hot water in the past for his comments on gay rights.

Just one day before O’Toole announced that he wanted Sloan out of the party’s caucus, he issued a statement emphasizing he is pro-choice and that there was no place for the “far-right” in his party.

“This is not about Sloan – this is about the people who go to the convention as voting delegates and get to decide future policy of the party,” said the source, who added he has spoken to many MPs who are furious with their leader’s actions.

The Tories are set to hold a virtual convention in March. Each constituency across the country is allowed to send ten voting delegates. But some ridings have more than 10 people who want to go and local members will soon vote on who will make the cut.

“The Campaign Life people are very well organized and have been recruiting people to try and get them to go to the convention,” said the senior Tory source.

“O’Toole is worried they will elect a National Council of people with socially conservatives values.”

“This is a total set-up. They think if they get rid of Sloan, the other people they have been trying to recruit will just go home. The problem being, it may just have the opposite effect.”

“Some MPs are very upset. They think there’s little chance of winning the next election if the party starts to get rid of MPs.”

O’Toole is asking 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.

“Derek Sloan’s acceptance of a donation from a well-known white supremacist is far worse than a gross error of judgment or failure of due diligence,” O’Toole said in a statement issued Monday evening.

“In accordance with the Reform Act, I have initiated the process to remove Mr. Sloan from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. I expect this to be done as quickly as possible. Moreover, as leader of Canada’s Conservatives, I will not allow Mr. Sloan to run as a candidate for our party.”

But Sloan noted the national Conservative party took their 10 per cent cut from the donation as they processed it.

However, most candidates do not know who most of their smaller donors are.

In a post to Twitter, Sloan said he had no idea where the donation came from.

Fromm is a founder of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform, has appeared at far-right protests and has been the subject of police investigations.

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.

On Sunday, O’Toole had taken to Twitter to say there is no room for ‘far-right’ ideology in his party.

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. Vincent Walton

    January 20, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    So this is O’Toole’s version of a “true blue Conservative” who believes in “inclusiveness.” Funny how O’Toole’s words and Justin’s words are so similar: no substance, no meaning, no truth, no morality.

  2. Radioactive45

    January 20, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Failure! Here we go again, Trudeau is laughing. I did not support Erin O’Toole for leadership becuase of his back ground. Leadership in the military has a different conotation than it does in civilian life. Derek Sloan is a true conservative he holds to a higher standard of morality and integrity. Rather than embracing this strength, O’Toole is weak and threatened so he takes the cowardly route. The CPC looses again, get your act together or Truedope wins again. Remember Sloan new as he is garnered a lot of votes for the leadership.

  3. Dr.RTFM

    January 20, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Time for Reform Party 2.0

    and this time do not ever merge with whatever the Conservatives are calling themselves, though Maxime Bernier would be a good match. Kudos to Preston Manning for creating the Reform Party, but his biggest mistake was in thinking that he needed to merge with the Progressive Conservatives. You can see the result ….

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 21, 2021 at 5:55 am

      Western Separation.
      Canada is a joke.

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

    January 20, 2021 at 5:29 pm

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

    January 20, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    O’Foole.

    Gutless Wonder 2.1

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

    January 20, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    They feel that murdering babies is a Canadian value.
    It isn’t and they would know it if they had the balls to look at the actual polling on the matter.

  7. Darla Stephens-Thompson

    January 20, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    I have voted conservative federally all of my life. When I joined the party this year I supported Derek Sloan because he is truly conservative. Erin..despite our differences in beliefs you were my second choice. Unfortunately..after this despicable move to censor or cancel Derek because of pro-life policies I can’t possibly ever support you. Unless this changes and quickly, I will never vote conservative again. And..for that matter the conservatives should immediately consider a name change in that their policies are anything but conservative. As for you Derek, you will get my support as an independent. I hope you have enough of a ground game plan so as to run very good candidates in all ridings across the country or form a new party, before the election is called. Blessings to you.

  8. Rejean Bergeron

    January 20, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Even if you paint a liberal with blue color and call him conservative, it wouldn’t make him a real conservative!!

  9. rickos

    January 20, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    O’Toole needs to realize it is NOT “his party”….he is a domineering jackass….

  10. Allen

    January 20, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Not killing babies is ‘controversial’ and ‘far right’. But I MUST take an un-safe, un-tested vaccine from big pharma for the safety of ‘all of us’. My body my choice, right?

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 20, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      “My body, my choice.”

      “Quit squirming, Citizen, hold still while we inject you.”

      • Allen

        January 21, 2021 at 10:54 am

        Ain’t that the horrible truth. Welcome to the upside down.

    • Chiclettesucep

      January 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Everything is “Far right” if it is not what THEY want you to embrace! Censorship and deplatforming Conservative thought leaders needs to stop – NOW!

  11. Matthew

    January 19, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Erin has the political IQ of the color purple. I pray this backfires spectacularly in face.

  12. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    O’Toole should be O’Foole . . . . Dominion Voting machines can sure pick them . . . .

    They picked the First Ceasar Chauvez President for the USA ! ! !

    Didn’t O’Toole hire a Sharia promoting despot as his exec. assistant? O’Fool didn’t even check into the people he hired . . . Certainly far more serious that a donation . . . are donors now to be Pre-Screened?

    Karaheloius brought up the duplicity of O’Toole during the leadership race . . . and was banned for stating FACTS ! ! !

    • ninetyninepct

      January 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

      Obviously we have to be approved to be able to donate to political Parties.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 22, 2021 at 3:39 pm

        I have not donated 1 dime to the Conservative Party since 2015 . . . have been sending Bernier a few dollars in the last year.

  13. canadawest

    January 19, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Tool is up there with used car salesmen!

  14. warrenzoell

    January 19, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    O’Toole needs to resign or cross the floor to his true party.
    Either way he needs to leave as soon as possible. He’s a virus.

    • Patricia Anne Calvert

      January 20, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better!!!!! I’m thoroughly disgusted with him and am hoping that the whole thing flops because of his stupidity. I didn’t vote for him and was already in doubt as to his position on many things . . . unfortunately, Mr. Trudeau is a carbon copy . . . if he gets back in as PM, we are in great trouble . . . he will have succeded in attaining his goal of making us a communist society . . . ouch!!!!! Is there some way that we can reverse this travesty before more people are destroyed by O’Toole’s and Trudeau’s political games.

      • ninetyninepct

        January 22, 2021 at 11:07 am

        Yes, there is a way. That is why Trudeau wants to confiscate legal personal possessions. He is so terrified of Canadians he likely peed his panties.

  15. Ron Voss

    January 19, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    “Sloan is an ardent pro-lifer, has landed in hot water in the past for his comments on gay rights.” Only a journalist on the left would say that Sloan’s position on gay rights lands him in hot water.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 20, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      IF SLOAN – Walked on Water. . .
      Trudeau and the CBC and Pres PLOGLESS and Erin and his Tooles and Jagmeet and the TO Star and their ILK – would Screech:
      That’s because he CANNOT SWIM. . .

      O’Toole with his Sharia Law Advocates, Commie Socialist Globalist Masters, Cancel Culture and like Radicals –
      Did the same to – KARAHALIOS and DeCarie.

      SCHEER did something Similar to – Chris Anderson and to the Conservative Senator for sayng the Exact same thing as – Phil Fontaine.

      The CPC – became – The Trudeau Lite CCP, er, CPC, a LONG TIME AGO.

      Doug Ford is NO BETTER.

      The Quicker – True Conservatives – REALISE these “Pretend Conservative Career Politicians” are:
      IN IT FOR THEMSELVES
      The Better for ALL.

      The CPC has Degenerated into a Trudeau Lite CCP, er, CPC.
      Doug Ford has turned the PCPO – into a Sad Caricature of –
      The Immoral / Corrupt Patrick Brown PCPO, and an Image of – The Corrupt / Immoral McGuilty / Wynne / Horwath Party.

      The ONLY True Conservative Party (Today) – given the Choices, is –
      THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA

      In Ontario: The ONLY Politicians (with a Shred of Integrity) are:
      Jim and Belinda Karahalios, Randy Hillier, Baber.

      • ninetyninepct

        January 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

        Bernier would have more support if we could understand him.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 22, 2021 at 11:57 am

        That’s a FUN-TASH-TIK Observation.
        I AGREE – OneHundredPct!

        Others have FELT the Same Way and have Expressed the same Concern.
        Here’s what I suggest:
        a) READ – Don’t WEED – their Platform
        b) Then – Email and or Chat with them, to Address Any Questions and/or Concerns
        c) That would – Hopefully – HELP you. . .SEE THE LIGHT

        I, Personally, have a Concern or Two with Two Specific Items in their Platform; NOT in the Actual Idea, per se, rather a Portion of the Substance (or Maybe the Way They PRESENT the same).
        I Plan to email them in the Near Future and Clarify, as I and MANY OTHERS I know –
        ALL First Generation Canadians in Mississauga / Brampton; a Majority from India and Sri Lanka and Trinidad / Tabago, a Few Parts of Africa, ONE from Pakistan and ONE from Afghanistan –
        would have been ADVERSELY Affected – IF said Substance had been LAW Yesteryear.

        IN FACT – I WAS HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH A GOOD ACQUAINTANCE, YESTERDAY, FOR THE THIRD TIME (A Gujju Bhai – Small Business Owner – like us) and he Voiced the same Concern, though he is ALSO LEANING towards MAD MAX and is a YUUUGGGEEE Fan of Jim and Belinda Karahalios.

        He and his Family and Friends VOTED for the CPC – Last Time (to Avoid Splitting the Vote, like me and others like me) and Realise “They” have been, are and will Remain – SCHEER TRUDEAU-LITE Disasters.
        Likewise – he also Voted for Doug (like L’ill Ole Moi) and will NOT be Repeating the same BLUNDER (like me).
        In FACT, we HOPE – JIMBO and Belle will have their NEW BLUE PARTY UP AND RUNNING – soon.

        However, to Repeat:
        Your Concern is Very Valid as this has been Voiced to me, OFTEN.
        I Always END THUS:
        MAD MAX’S Command Over English – is Far Superior to Mine in French (Though I Studied it – Up To the Intermediate Level – thru’ Alliance Francais in India, then LOST IT as I STOPPED Using It.
        A BIT like $EX – If you Don’t USE “IT” – you will LOSE “IT”).

        MORE IMPORTANTLY:
        MAD MAX’S DICTION (and Command Over BOTH Official Languages) is FAR MORE SUPERIOR and MOR Easily Understood NEAU in BOTH Languages – Compared to Jean CHRETIEN – of ADSCAM / Sponsorship / Shawanigate Infame.

        In addition: MAD MAX has a Stalwart in – Prof Mansur – and Hopefully could Convince Professors GAD SAAD and Jordan Peterson, to Join, as well.

        Denny Crane!

  16. Half-Life 3

    January 19, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    How about O’Toole remove himself from the party. He’s shown his true colours and must resign. He’s a virus to the party.

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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

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By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

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“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

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