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FILDEBRANDT: $131 Sloan donation leak was an inside job – Conservative MPs tell us so

Conservative MPs say O’Toole’s office has been caught clearly trying to set Sloan up. This is amateur House of Cards.

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What I’m about to write here doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to put together. But since nobody has yet – at least publicly – let me connect some very clear dots.

On the evening of January 18, federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole announced that he was “asking” his MPs to kick fellow Ontario Tory MP Derek Sloan out of the party’s caucus.

Far-left gotcha-propaganda website Press Progress said that they have proof that Sloan accepted a $131 donation from a man named Paul Fromm.

Who the hell is Paul Fromm? Until a few hours ago, I – and probably 98 per cent of Canada – had never heard of the guy. Turns out that he’s a particularly loathsome white supremacist.

The Press Progress hit piece was complete with lots of colourful pictures of Fromm doing his best impression of a Nürnberg rally. The intention was clearly to link Fromm with Sloan.

Doing their best Pravda knock-off, Press Progress has done this before, libelling mainstream – even moderate – conservative politicians in Alberta as a 21st century sturmabteilung. It’s what they do best.

O’Toole did his best surprised face and tweeted furiously.

“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.”

Conservative MPs tell me that they all learned about it in the press.

Now you don’t need to be on Team Sloan to smell a rat here. You just need two eyes and half a brain. Let’s examine the evidence.

One: Almost no candidate is aware of every – or even most – of the donations that they receive. It is processed by the campaign’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). For small campaigns like Sloan’s, that position is often a volunteer, or at the least, not a professional. I could have accidentally accepted blood diamond money while I was in politics for all I know.

Two: No candidate – and I repeat no candidate – is aware of the details of donations the size of Paul Fromm’s: $131. It’s a rounding error. I only ever ran to be an Alberta MLA in my time in politics, and I did not know who was giving me $131. I knew if someone was giving me $1,000. Maybe even $500. Never, ever, $131.

Three: I have never heard of Paul Fromm before. Unless you’re a full-time Nazi hunter, you probably have never heard of Paul Fromm either. I’m doubtful that Press Progress had heard of him until they had this gently brought to their attention.

Four: Paul Fromm’s big $131 donation was processed not just by the Sloan campaign, but by the Conservative Party of Canada itself. Had the CPC had recognized this name, they would have flagged it. They didn’t. They do apparently expect Derek Sloan’s CFO to however.

Five: If the Conservative Party of Canada – with its legendary resources – could not flag this $131 donation, then it is not reasonable to expect a fourth-place also-ran campaign to have the resources to do it.

Six: The only two entities that likely would have had any awareness of Fromm’s donation are: Derek Sloan, and the Conservative Party of Canada’s staffers.

Seven: According to a statement Sloan posted online Fromm had joined the Conservative party under the name Frederick P Fromm and had voted in the leadership election. His ballot was accepted by the party without the scrutineers from the other campaigns objecting.

“Therefore the Party, and the O’Toole campaign, failed to uphold the same standard to which they are now applying to me,” he wrote.

Sloan is not a centrist Tory in the mould of O’Toole, and has a reputation as a bit of a maverick. Leaders do not like mavericks in their caucus.

And Sloan is the only rival that O’Toole faced for the Conservative leadership that currently has a seat in the House of Commons.

Multiple Alberta and Ontario Conservative MPs the Western Standard has spoken to tell us that they and Sloan found out about this in the media. They also tell us that they believe that this was entirely an inside-hit job by O’Toole via the Leader’s Office or party HQ.

One veteran Conservative with inside knowledge of the matter says that several MPs intend to vote against O’Toole’s demand to expel Sloan…if they get a secret ballot.

The Reform Act legally requires that they do, but I’m sure smart people in Ottawa can find a way around that.

And even if his caucus showed some spine, O’Toole has unilaterally declared that Sloan will not be allowed to seek the CPC nomination in his constituency again, even if his local members want him. Grassroots stuff.

From the MPs we have spoken to at least, the Conservative Caucus is bitterly divided. While Sloan has his share of enemies in the party, they see – without much need for a tinfoil hat – that this is clearly instigated at the behest of their own leader. And they tell us that they are afraid that O’Toole could come for them next on trumped-up charges (no pun intended).

What could O’Toole possibly be thinking? There are other ways for leaders to purge troublesome underlings. They can bring forward better false charges of impropriety. They can do a better job of covering their tracks. They can just go the route of Andrew Scheer via Brad Troast, and rig the nomination against him.

This is amateur hour House of Cards.

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard

Derek Fildebrandt is the Publisher, President & CEO of Western Standard New Media Corp. He served from 2015-2019 as a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly in the Wildrose and Freedom Conservative parties. From 2009-2014 he was the National Research Director and Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. dfildebrandt@westernstandardonline.com

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47 Comments

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

    January 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

  2. ABWayne

    January 20, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    It just goes to show how deathly afraid of the Media Party they are. The next election campaign needs to be solely focused on ridding society of Big Media. Maybe a cap on number of Socialists (sorry employees) or limit their budgets. No need of billion dollar companies telling us we should vote for the Libs.

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      Well, deathly afraid of anybody.
      Our professional conservative politicians in this country are a joke.
      Gutless wonders.

  3. rob welte

    January 19, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Canada’s blackface prime minister pointing at the speck in his adversaries eye… and shame on the conservatives for this sham. Canada is so broken.

    It’s time for alberta to go it’s own way.

  4. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    O’Fool is putting the “Progressive” back in the Conservative Party . . . .
    Of course no one is allowed to talk about O’Tool’s exec assistant who was calling for Sharia law in Ontario a decade ago.
    That Fact got Karahelious banned from the Leadership Race . . .
    Karahellious had way more on the ball than the clueless O’Fool . . .

    I believe O’Fool is going to create more PPC seats next election than our Crime Minister . . . lol

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

    January 19, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Every version of the Canadian conservative party has been attacked as being racist thousands of times by the media and liberals.
    Are we supposed to believe their never ending failure theater and accept their excuse that they still haven’t figured out how to defend themselves against false accusations of racism?

    What is it that they are telling us?
    They are telling us that they want to lead the country but are too damned stupid to defend themselves against a clearly ridiculous accusation of racism.
    CPC fund raising appeal: “Send money, the media are picking on us again and we’re too inept and gutless to do anything about it!”

    The money I earmarked for political donations now goes to conservative media who fight.
    Not to gutless wonder CPC grifters who are actors in a long running failure theater.

    Or are the CPC actually too stupid to figure out how to defend themselves against media bias and accusations of racism?
    If so, why would I give them my money or vote for them?

    • Charles Martell III

      January 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

      The Conservative Party of Canada is now just another Eastern Establishment groupie gang.

      Only solution for the West is to separate from the corrupt Eaters in the East, who have lived off the West for the last 100 years.

  6. Joe Bloor

    January 19, 2021 at 11:13 am

    “Seven: Press Progress could not have legally obtained information about the donation except from: Derek Sloan, or, the Conservative Party of Canada. Take your best guess about which one gave the information to Press Progress.”

    Um Derek, it’s on the Elections Canada website https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c4cd7db838f1e2a60f056c69d6050cfc7c03cfb63cb95d7be7a12a582e8db76.jpg

    • Cytotoxic

      January 19, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      Ah there’s that ‘Western Standard’ standard. I’m gonna guess that none of these articles will mention that Sloan’s own constituents were petitioning to get rid of him.

  7. Alsadius

    January 19, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Regarding your #6-7, that’s not true. I’ve found Fromm’s donation on the Elections Canada donation tracker, along with some significantly smaller donations as well. Looked up a few people I was curious about, and saw donations as low as $10 on there. (From an old OPCCA policy director we both know, actually.)

    The site is a pain in the neck to use, but you can look yourself: https://www.elections.ca/WPAPPS/WPF/EN/CCS/Index

    Select all entities and all parties, then open advanced search criteria and select all types of contributor, and look for the last name “Fromm”. There’s currently nine results, and the relevant one is the first on the list.

    O’Toole might well be trying to knife Sloan, but that one isn’t evidence for it either way.

  8. CodexCoder

    January 19, 2021 at 7:39 am

    O’Toole, a former member of the Canadian military by his own CV, has the same mindset and does not like having someone that he considers a subordinate disagreeing with his public positions – it must be “Yes, Sir” and “No, Sir”.

    Which reminds me of a joke: a major was reviewing a platoon on the parade ground and he came to a recruit who had not put enough effort into his personal presentation. The major points his swagger stick at the recruit and says, “Soldier, there is an idiot at the end of this stick” to which the recruit replies “Not my end, Sir”.

    There is some of that event going on here.

  9. Mohogwash Al-Dandy

    January 19, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Derek Fildebrandt states:

    “And even if his caucus showed some spine, O’Toole has unilaterally declared that Sloan will not be allowed to seek the CPC nomination in his constituency again, even if his local members want him.”

    Derek Sloan was the most conservative candidate in the final slate for election of Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in 2020, after Jim Karahalios was disqualified during the campaign by Conservative Party insiders on lame allegations of making anti-Islamic statements about candidate O’Toole’s campaign manager.

    So Derek Sloan’s time is up if he loses his seat next election.

    Even if O’Toole forms government, you can bet Sloan won’t be made a Minister of O’Toole’s Cabinet. He’ll just be a back-bencher who is expected to support the Government & vote the way he’s told to.

    Sloan’d be a better fit joining the Peoples Party of Canada currently led by Maxime Bernier, who lost his seat in Parliament in the 2019 election.

    Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O’Toole is a liberal-lite snake with the charisma of a toad.

    He only won the leadership because Conservative Party insiders disqualified serious contender Jim Karahalios from the race.

    There’s no way O’Toole’s Conservatives will win enough seats to form even a minority government after the next election, despite Justin Trudeau’s incompetence, corruption, reckless spending & far-left agenda, coached by George Soros.

    It’s unfortunate, because Canada really needs to vote out Trudeau before he completely destroys the country.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 19, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      This is DEJA VU – Personified! – WITHIN the Commie Socialist “Pretend Conservatives” – O’Toole and his Radicals, Doug and his FRODS (sic), AND like – SCHEER – Disasters.

      “The Establishment and Globalists and Other Radical Groups” – that “Elected” – TWO SCHEER Disasters – FIRST:
      **WAITED TILL Decarie’s and Sloan’s Supporters (and their Donation and Membership Blood, Sweat and Tears’ Dollars FILLED their Coffers – like “THEY” did with KARAHALIOS’)
      **Then got “Their” O’so Willing TOOLE in Power
      **Then – “They” WAITED till the same SUPPOERTERS’ – Blood, Sweat, Tears – ADDED to their Coffers thru’ Buying Attendance to the SHAM “THEY” call a Convention (like Doug Ford and his Band of ROBBING HOODS did)
      **Then “THEY” – Off Loaded Sloan.

      IDENTICAL TO WHAT DOUG AND HIS “FRODS” (sic) – DID – IN ONTARIO.

      DS was the ONLY – “Politician” in Canada – to call for the Firing of CCP Implant – Theresa Tam; WHO (Pun Intended) with Trudeau and Hajdu – LIED to Canadians since October 2020 about the CCP Manufactured FLU VIRUS.
      For that he was called a RACIST by ALL – Yes including those WITHIN the Trudeau Lite CCP, er, CPC as well as FORD and his “FRODS” (sic) and Other Provincial and Municipal Politicians.

      Till TODAY – Tam and Trudeau and Hajdu – REFUSE to ACKNOWLEDGE what THE WORLD has Acknowledged: The CCP is Responsible for – the Creation of and Letting Loose the CCP Manufactured FLU Virus.

      TIP OF THE ICEBERG – CALLED CANADA’S TITANIC;
      PILOTED BY – TRUDEAU AND BACKED BY O’TOOLE AND JAGMEET AND THEIR SHARIA LAW ADVOCATES ALONG WITH CANCEL CULTURE AND LIKE RADICALS.

      There is ONLY ONE – True Conservative Party – in Canada:
      THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA!

    • Cytotoxic

      January 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      “Sloan’d be a better fit joining the Peoples Party of Canada currently led by Maxime Bernier”

      An apt point. The PPC is basically turning into a dumping ground for various misfit clowns mostly of the alt-right persuasion. This is all they’re good for.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm

        “Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade.

        That used to be the position of the “Liberal” Party of Canada 50 years ago . . . today they have become the Party of Collectivism, Socialism & Marxism.

        Classical Liberalism is practiced today by Conservatives who value Individual Rights, Private Property, Rule of Law, Free Speech & Freedom of Religion.
        The only Sane People left in the room it seems . . .

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

        “Classical Liberalism is practiced today by Conservatives who value Individual Rights, Private Property, Rule of Law, Free Speech & Freedom of Religion.”

        There are no such conservatives left and perhaps never were. Now there’s just fascists, racists, religious nutjobs, and other authoritarians.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 19, 2021 at 5:18 pm

        Pull your head out of your A$$ man . . . you’re a typical fascist leftist . . . accusing others of what you have been doing for decades.
        You’re not related to the Klintons by chance ?

      • Cytotoxic

        January 20, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        Notably, you can’t actually refute anything I said.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 21, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        YOU have not said anything intelligent man . . .
        Fascists were Socialists . . . Racists are all Leftists . . . and you’re a Nutjob !

      • Siding WithConservatives

        January 19, 2021 at 8:18 pm

        And yet a maverick like Fildebrandt who, as an MLA rents out his tax payer paid for apartment in Edmonton, is more your idea of a good man. I think you just don’t like honest people and prefer the more connected, regardless of character.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 20, 2021 at 8:19 pm

        There was nothing wrong with renting the apartment. It didn’t cost the taxpayer anything.

  10. Mars Hill

    January 19, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Maybe Sloan can team up with Bernier, I think that combo would make noise, maybe even kick some a$$

    • Alsadius

      January 19, 2021 at 7:49 am

      I think Bernier has kicked his own arse hard enough that he doesn’t need Sloan’s help.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

        You are aware that both “Con” Leadership conventions use the infamous Dominion Voting . . . dial a vote . . . Machines . . . yes !

  11. Guest

    January 18, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks Derek, amazing rundown on the story. I am sure will open many eyes.

    Ho Look folks. The Wildrose Independence Party’s AGM is happening on Jan 23, 2021. Tune out the AB NDP and tune in Wildrose. I am. Link above story.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 19, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      There is ONLY One – TRUE – Conservative Party in Canada:
      The People’s People’s Party of Canada

      There is ONLY One – TRUE – Conservative Party in Alberta:
      The Alberta / Wildrose Independence Party

      The ONLY – TRUE – Conservatives in Ontario are:
      JIM and BELINDA Karahalios
      Randy HILLIER
      The Latest GENT – who CHOSE to Represent his Constituents (Like Belinda K’ and Randy H’) and OPENLY – CRITICISED – Doug Ford’s Second Lockdown

      WEXIT is – Alberta’s Last Hope – to:
      CHART – Your Own – FUTURES
      MANIFEST – Your Own – DESTINY

      Denny Crane!

  12. Kevin Lafayette

    January 18, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Bitter clingers, are funny. Scheer, O’Toole, how many decades The Party been failing you? Yet you keep giving them money, and votes. The CBC never goes away, equalization never stops, rail car shortage every year you have a good harvest, … .

    Either vote for something different, or STFU. It is years past the point where you should have already asked yourself “what have I got to lose”.

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 19, 2021 at 11:13 am

      My ‘Conservative’ MP supports the CBC.
      He’s an idiot.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 19, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      This is PAR FOR THE COURSE for: All Good Commie Socialist “Pretend Conservatives” – O’Toole and his Radicals, Doug and his FRODS (sic), AND like – SCHEER – Disasters.

      “The Establishment and Globalists and Other Radical Groups” – that “Elected” – TWO SCHEER Disasters – FIRST:
      **WAITED TILL Decarie’s and Sloan’s Supporters (and their Donation and Membership Blood, Sweat and Tears’ Dollars FILLED their Coffers – like “THEY” did with KARAHALIOS’)
      **Then got “Their” O’so Willing TOOLE in Power
      **Then – “They” WAITED till the same SUPPORTERS’ – Blood, Sweat, Tears – ADDED to their Coffers thru’ Buying Attendance to the SHAM “THEY” call a Convention (like Doug Ford and his Band of ROBBING HOODS did)
      **Then “THEY” – Off Loaded Sloan.

      IDENTICAL TO WHAT DOUG AND HIS “FRODS” (sic) – DID – IN ONTARIO.

      DS was the ONLY – “Politician” in Canada – to call for the Firing of CCP Implant – Theresa Tam; WHO (Pun Intended) with Trudeau and Hajdu – LIED to Canadians since October 2020 about the CCP Manufactured FLU VIRUS.
      For that he was called a RACIST by ALL – Yes including those WITHIN the Trudeau Lite CCP, er, CPC as well as FORD and his “FRODS” (sic) and Other Provincial and Municipal Politicians.

      Till TODAY – Tam and Trudeau and Hajdu – REFUSE to ACKNOWLEDGE what THE WORLD has Acknowledged: The CCP is Responsible for – the Creation of and Letting Loose the CCP Manufactured FLU Virus.

      TIP OF THE ICEBERG – CALLED CANADA’S TITANIC, PILOTED BY – TRUDEAU AND BACKED BY O’TOOLE AND JAGMEET AND THEIR SHARIA LAW ADVOCATES ALONG WITH CANCEL CULTURE AND LIKE RADICALS.

      There is ONLY ONE – True Conservative Party – in Canada, today:
      THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA!

    • Charles Martell III

      January 19, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Actually 6 years ago the Country was doing not too badly . . . Balanced Budget & a 90 Billion surplus. Then the Low Intellect Canooks voted for a son of a despot, a Man/Child who had never had a real job. Since then the Free Stuff has been flowing liberally . . . pun intended!
      Debt more than Doubled in 5 years, 3 years faster than Obama . . . .

      It is really a moot point today, Canada is done . . . only hope for the West is to leave, the sooner the better. For over 100 years the Eastern Elites have bled the West, its time to wake up folks !

      In fact if the USAs new President, Dominion Voting special, Joe “Ceasar Chauvez” Biden does what he promises . . . we may witness then end of the Western Democracies altogether . . . China is ready to take over, some say they are all ready here in Canada.

  13. Cytotoxic

    January 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I’m not going to vote for him, but I actually respect O’Toole a bit more for this. I love how they just amputated Trost I have no idea what took so long to get around to the loathsome troll that is Sloan. He should have been kicked out over his stupid Theresa Tam comments.

    • Charles Martell III

      January 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

      O’Fool has an exec assistant that called for Sharia Law in Ontario a decade ago . . . but I suspect you are likely OK with that !

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

        Cool story bro.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 20, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        Still on the dumb train eh man . . . . O’Foole is just another Progressive eastern elitist . . . like Mulrooney a member of the Keybec mafia !

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 19, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      Stupid Theresa Tam Comments?

      Along with Trudeau – Hajdu and she – LIED since October 2020 about the NON-EXISTENCE of the CCP Manufactured FLU called Coronavirus, among Other Things.

      Obviously – with your ONE PHD and FIVE MBAs and TEN Masters – you are REALLY “Qualified in Medical Science”; as much as, I am sure, you are Qualified about – Climate Change.

      Tam WAS and is a Key Component WITHIN the – the CCP Owned TEDROS WHO.

      Tedros Adhanon is the FIRST Director General of – The WHO, who is NOT – a Licensed and/or Qualified MEDICAL Doctor.
      He was a COMMUNIST Terrorist in Ethiopia; DIRECTLY Responsible for the Killings of Millions of Civilians.

      When – the Communists – took over (like Trudeau is HELPING them do in Canada and Biden in The USA), they made this NON DOCTOR Terrorist – Health Minister (like Canada’s GRAPHICS Artist Health Minister).

      As “Health Minister” – ADHANON – was Directly Responsible for the Deaths of Millions Ethiopians – during the Cholera Epidemic(s).

      The same ADHANON – said: The Vaccine will Eradicate the COVID Virus; then he said, it will CONTAIN IT; today he says – The FLU has been “COMPLETELY Eradicated” – Globally.

      That in a NUTSHELL is – CCP Implant, Tam’s Immediate Boss (Adhanon) and her REAL Bosses, like Trudeau’s (in Beijing).

      Birds of a Feather.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

        Thanks for nutbar take. I’ll put it in the pile, with Sloan’s future prospects.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 19, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        WOW!
        “Nutbar Take”:
        What an INSIGHTFUL and Fact Filled – Response – to REFUTE my Facts.

        Would EXPLAIN – your Affinity with the O’so Willing Toole and his Sharia Law Advocates along with his Cancel Culture Radicals.

        However – I am Heartened – that, you Refrained from the USUAL Commie Socialist “Labels” – when Confronted with the Truth:
        Racist, Bigot, Misogynist, Far Right Radical, Neo Nazi and the like.

        Labels used by ALL “Good” – Islamists and Cancel Culture Radicals, to Deflect and Shut Down Debate.

        As far as Sloan’s Prospects are Concerned:
        You should be Concerned about – YOUR ERIN GO BLAH’S Prospects and by Extension – YOURS – since your Chances at the Public Trough JUST got DIMMER; JUSTIN Case you are Not Sure.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 6:16 pm

        You didn’t present a single fact. You’re psychotic.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 19, 2021 at 6:47 pm

        I did not Present a SINGLE Fact:
        Hmmm – I guess – CCP Implant Theresa Tam speaking on National TV, DENYING the Existence of this CCP Manufactured Virus (along with Trudeau and Hajdu) MORE THAN ONCE and then – FIRST “Claiming” – this Virus CANNOT be Communicated by Humans – ONLY Animals was a Figment of my Imagination.

        Unless of course – your Challenge is the Queen’s Language and an Inability to READ from LEFT to RIGHT.

        Then – again – given your VERY Creative and Impressive – SCREEN Name, I would suggest you get a Different Puppet Master, SOMEONE like Trudeua’s, NOT Someone like O’Toole’s OR Chong’s OR Patrick Brown’s OR Doug Ford’s OR Raitt’s and their ILK.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 20, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        The intermittent spastic use of CAPSLOCK is indicative of mental illness. Also you talk too much.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 20, 2021 at 7:29 pm

        Hmmm, I see your “Puppet Master” – took awhile to Translate that for you. The CAPS LOCKS are meant for those with IQs of 25 and ATTENTION Spans of – 3 Seconds (at BEST).

        It is Heartening to see – NEITHER your Puppet Master NOR YOU – have been Able to Dispute the FACTS – SURROUNDING the Theresa Tam Reality.

        Enjoy your Welfar whilst it Lasts.

        Your SNOUT at the Public Trough – will REMAIN – a Pipe Dream.

        However, your DREAM of a Sharia Law Society – will become a REALITY.

  14. warrenzoell

    January 18, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    O’Toole needs to be removed immediately as leader of the CPC. As fast as possible.

    • Kevin Lafayette

      January 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      Who cares? You can either forget about “the party”, or go down with the ship. You never needed them. The party needs you.

  15. ninetyninepct

    January 18, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I have had it with politics in Canada. My only option is the Maverick party, and they have no candidate in my Riding. All I can do is donate.

    • Alsadius

      January 19, 2021 at 7:49 am

      If you feel that strongly, look into being the candidate yourself. It’s not that much work to be an also-ran, and sometimes it’s good to show a flag that you believe in. (I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve considered it a couple times.)

      • ninetyninepct

        January 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

        I could never be a politician. I am too honest and can’t lie with a straight face, so being a Liberal is out. I live in an NDP shit-hole and any candidate other than NDP get attacked and intimidated. The fascist left here get physical and violent every election.

      • Alsadius

        January 19, 2021 at 3:05 pm

        If you’re running for the Maverick Party, you’re at no risk of actually getting elected.

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SLOBODIAN: Former general slamms Trudeau ‘stupdity’

Canadian taxpayer’s millions go directly into the Taliban’s blood-soaked hands. No one’s on the ground to ensure it helps Afghans they terrorize and slaughter.

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There’s truth, duty, and valour — the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada’s motto the honourable live by as they strive to keep promises made.

Then there’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s broken promises to thousands of Afghans stuck in a potential death trap, as hopes of evacuation to safety rapidly fade.

Afghans helped the Canadian military during their 2001-2104 Afghanistan mission, believing Canada’s promise to bring them here to safety if necessary. 

It’s years past necessary. Promises broken. They’re hiding in terror with their children — Lord help the little girls — from Taliban predators. 

“There’s a bunch of people running around with sharp knives looking for them. They wouldn’t be brought before a court. The Taliban would take their heads off,” retired Maj.-Gen. Clive Addy, former Land Force Western Area commander, told the Western Standard.

Faithful translators proved invaluable. 

“They were very good at passing information to soldiers to prevent them from getting bombed out, or things like that. There’s a myriad of human services they provided. It required a heck of a lot of skill, camouflage, truth. It was that kind of courage they showed on our behalf that we must show for them,” said Addy.

“Truth, duty, and valour. The truth is, the Taliban took over. They’re criminals. Now they’ve got the place. The people to whom we made a vow, we have the duty to fulfill it. And valour, we’ve got to have the guts to do it.” 

“I cannot, having served my country, sit here and watch us walk away from such an important commitment. We’re walking away.”

It’s not that Trudeau isn’t shovelling money into Afghanistan. He pledged an initial extra $50 million for humanitarian aid, topping $27.3 million allocated for 2021.

Recently, Trudeau gave $1.7 million to the Afghanistan Strategic Evacuation Team (ASET), a group of Canadians and Afghans overseen by the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), helping Afghan interpreters.

Of the 10,000 Afghan translators and their families they’ve identified, 1,760 are hiding in safe houses used since the U.S. withdrawal in August. 

The $3 million spent to date, at $20,000 a day, was donated by private citizens and corporations. 

Funds run out November 5. 

Shockingly, Trudeau stipulated the $1.7 million couldn’t be used for safe houses, only logistics.  

ASET is overseen by three retired Canadian major generals — Dean Milner, David Fraser, and Denis Thompson — all RMC graduates.

Bureaucrats, obediently wagging their tails for Trudeau, tell these military greats, all former task-force commanders in Afghanistan, where to spend money.

Canadian taxpayer’s millions go directly into the Taliban’s blood-soaked hands. No one’s on the ground to ensure it helps Afghans they terrorize and slaughter.

Trudeau’s foolishly hoping the devious Taliban — seeking cash and recognition as a legitimate government — will be good little terrorists keeping a promise to behave.

“I’m just shaking my head. I don’t know how they come up with this stupidity. The Taliban asked for support, and we’ve got immigration going through the UN prepared to give them money. But they’re not prepared to give money to people under threat,” said Addy.

“The Taliban have the gall to say ‘Our people are hungry, send money to the UN.’ We’re supporting that. I’m sure there’s some hungry Taliban that Canada might help. The rest of the people are starving.”

On the campaign trail, Trudeau said Canada would welcome 20,000 Afghan refugees. Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, a former Navy commander, doubled it to 40,000 at the UN General Assembly in September.

At an October G20 meeting, Trudeau proclaimed humanitarian assistance must continue, but urged the Taliban to respect rights of women and children. Urge away, it’ll never happen.

Trudeau also urged other countries to take in more refugees.

So far, Canada says it welcomed 3,700 Afghans. That disputed number’s likely 3,000. Many had already left Afghanistan and were ‘evacuated’ from safe countries. Less than 20% were interpreters and families.

Addy recently penned a letter to ministers and MPs to be signed by RMC alumni, outlining a blueprint of what Trudeau must do.

It stated the need to expedite funds to ASET; remove barriers restricting funds from being used for safe houses; remove documentation obstacles eliminating the need for passports by issuing single use travel documents to valid resettlement applicants allowing them to obtain Pakistan e-visas; issue facilitation letters to support the travel documents; and fund air charters for evacuation.

Addy, Milner, Fraser and Thompson aren’t the only retired commanders criticizing the government.

In August, retired general and former chief of the defence staff Rick Hillier told CBC the evacuation operation is “cluttered” by bureaucratic clumsiness, inefficiency, and paperwork. Former lieutenant-general and Liberal MP Andrew Leslie echoed concerns.

Trudeau said the Taliban seized power so quickly, Canada couldn’t evacuate more people. Nonsense.  Military personnel and NGOs have fought for years to get interpreters out.

“I spent three years trying to bring in one of my good Afghans and family members. His file was in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada longer. No movement. Zero, with me picking on them daily, getting lawyers to help,” said VTN’s Milner.

“He was almost killed. The Taliban had his phone. He was a fighter. The Taliban wanted him big-time. We were able to sneak him and his seven lovely children out…They’re in Canada.”

The government, rightfully, says Afghans must be vetted. Hence, the delay. 

The VTN already vetted thousands, people they know well.

Who better to vet? A bureaucrat perusing applications? Or Canadians these Afghans fought beside?

The clock’s ticking Trudeau. 

It’s about truth, duty and valour, right Garneau? Being a RMC graduate, did you forget that part? 

Get them out.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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SLOBODIAN: Canada dithers while girls get beheaded for playing volleyball

If Taliban thugs unleash demonic rage on a girl because she was involved in sports, imagine what awaits Afghans who helped Canadian soldiers — keeping many alive — during the 2001-2014 mission in Afghanistan.

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Mahjabin Hakimi was beheaded by the Taliban who then posted gruesome photos of her severed head on social media as a menacing warning to others. 

Why? The girl played volleyball.

Hakimi, a star player on the girls’ national team, was slaughtered in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.

If Taliban thugs unleash demonic rage on a girl because she was involved in sports, imagine what awaits Afghans who helped Canadian soldiers — keeping many alive — during the 2001-2014 mission in Afghanistan.

Time is running out for 1,760 Afghan translators and their families who’ve been kept safe only because of an effort led by retired Canadian top military commanders and carried out by non-governmental agencies and others.

For courageously risking their lives, Afghans were promised refuge in Canada if needed. They remain indefinitely trapped, betrayed by the Trudeau government. 

Despite endless political platitudes and promises, it isn’t the government doggedly working to get them out. 

About 10,000 Afghans who helped Canadians, identified by the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), are targets of vengeful marauding medieval assassins hunting for them.

The VTN oversees the provision of emergency funds for shelter and support of the 1,760 during an agonizing wait for evacuation through the Afghanistan Strategic Evacuation Team comprised of Canadians and Afghans.

The $20,000 a day cost since the Taliban seized power in August when the U.S. pulled out, has been manageable due to private and corporate donations.

Funds are running out. The lifeline’s gone in two weeks. 

Aman Lara, a Canadian non-governmental organization, works closely with the VTN. 

Retired Canadian lieutenant-colonel Eleanor Taylor, who is chief of staff, notified the Afghans Friday: “Due to the complexity of the situation in Afghanistan, Aman Lara regretfully has to scale back accommodation support to Afghans in need of evacuation by November 5.

“We had expected that applications would be processed in a timely manner and evacuations would be swifter. Unfortunately, our ability to finance the accommodations has diminished and time has run out.”

Three retired major-generals — Dean Milner, Denis Thompson and David Fraser — have been working feverishly since July to evacuate these Afghans. They’re all former task-force commanders in Afghanistan.

On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau assured Fraser the government is working on air charter evacuation flights to Pakistan and elsewhere and will investigate the problematic documentation process. 

He intends to pass along the VTN’s concerns to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino.

However, not much can be done until the October 26 cabinet shuffle, said Garneau. Then the new cabinet must settle in and Parliament won’t resume until November 22.

So, the federal government — and its cumbersome bureaucratic process that creates obstacles — continues along its useless path going nowhere.

Despite grand promises from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and cabinet ministers evacuation efforts are sluggish.

“They all keep saying they’re going to support us. When?” asked Milner.

Months ago, Trudeau pledged to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees.

“Where are they coming from? Tell me. The Afghans that need to be supported are those in Afghanistan.”

The government claims it has evacuated 3,700 Afghans. 

“I think it’s over 3,000. Anything they said, I take it with exaggeration. No more than 20% were interpreters and their families,” said Milner.

That leaves embassy staff and Afghans already safe in other countries. 

“We don’t want the low-hanging fruit of other countries. The ones that did the work for us, that worked closely alongside us, are still stuck in miserable Afghanistan,” said Milner.

“We have over 10,000 Afghans in our group who still need to be evacuated. We’ve managed to bring a little over 300 through the border into Pakistan. We have a lot more to do,” said Milner.

That would include finding money to keep Afghans in safe houses. VTN asked the government for funding.

“We’ve been asking constantly. We’re getting support from many people. But the government still hasn’t bitten. They gave $1.7 million two weeks ago to keep us quiet. We couldn’t use that for safe houses. That was actually part of the policy.”

That money must be used to cover other expenses.

“That’s a drop in the bucket when you’re taking care of this many people. We’re paying to transport people across the country to Pakistan. We’re paying for buses. We’re paying for Afghans that are supporting us. We’re supporting a team trying to operationalize this and make it work. It doesn’t take much to eat up money.”

“Volunteers like me, I don’t need money,” said Milner.

Individual Canadians and “outstanding” companies like McCain Foods and Sobeys, donated nearly $3 million racked up in expenses so far.

“It has cost $20,000 a day since August for the safe houses. That’s not counting other life support and transportation costs.”

VTN is exploring ways to evacuate Afghans by land and on charter flights from Mazar-i-Sharif Airport, in Afghanistan’s fourth-largest city.

“We’d like to get going with charter air flights. The Taliban are now allowing flights into Afghanistan.”

But the $750,000 cost of one charter would “eat up” the safe house money left.

Why isn’t the government running charter flights?

No one’s flying out yet and the Taliban’s on the prowl. 

“There’s still an absolute danger. The Taliban are unpredictable. You can’t trust them. That’s why we fought them. Here they are now in power. They don’t like fun, they don’t like women, they don’t like school, they don’t like sporting activities.” 

“We get absolutely awful stories. We’re not going to stop until we get these Afghans out. We see it as a moral obligation. They supported us over there. They’re great people.”

TOMORROW: Truth Duty Valour vs. Trudeau’s broken promises.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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WAGNER: The left ignores growing support for Alberta independence at its peril

Angus Reid released its poll showing that over half of Albertans believed the province would be better off if it left Canada. Were those results just another Postmedia trick?

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A recent poll conducted by Mainstreet Research for the Western Standard showed new heights of support for Alberta independence. This demonstrates the movement is alive and not running out of steam. Just because the issue is out of the headlines for the moment does not mean it’s far from the thoughts of a great many Albertans.

The poll found 40% support for Alberta independence with 45% preferring to remain in Canada, and another 15% undecided. If the undecideds are removed, support for independence rises to 47% versus 53% for the status quo.  

Previous Mainstreet Research polls commissioned by the Western Standard showed growing — but demonstrably weaker — support for independence. A July 6, 2020 story entitled “Alberta leads the West in wanting independence” found only 20% of Albertans favouring independence. Another story from Jan. 13, 2021, “Third of Albertans & majority of UCP voters back Western independence, shyer about going it alone,” found 25% favouring Alberta independence if the province struck out on its own, but 36% support for an independent country comprising other Western provinces.

The polling results seem to indicate a growing trend of support for independence. That’s obviously good news for those favouring that option.

It seems, however, that Alberta’s progressives have a blind spot when it comes to acknowledging popular support for independence. This has been evident in recent years, even as Justin Trudeau has driven many Albertans into the sovereigntist camp.

With Trudeau aggressively preventing pipeline construction and resource development, support for independence gained considerable strength towards the end of 2018. Indeed, early in 2019, the Angus Reid Institute released its own poll indicating independence sentiment was quite strong in Alberta. The article reporting the results stated: “More than half Albertans (52%) say they believe the west would be better off if it left Canada.”

Yet, just a few weeks earlier, prominent leftist blogger Dave Cournoyer wrote, “Reading the pages of the Postmedia newspapers or the #ableg hashtag on Twitter you might believe that Albertans from roughneck Fort McMurray to trendy Kensington are calling for Independence and rising up in arms against their political overlords in Ottawa. Nope.”

He went on to state that “… it is difficult to believe there is any real appetite for Albertans to leave Canada, and the consequences that would follow.” And he assured his readers that “support for separation remains consistently low.” The occasional demand for Alberta independence, Cournoyer wrote, “is the political equivalent of a toddler’s temper tantrum.”

Shortly after Cournoyer’s piece appeared, another prominent leftist blogger, David Climenhaga, also downplayed the independence movement. Climenhaga’s unique contribution to the discussion is his claim the Alberta independence movement is a smoke-and-mirrors trick perpetrated by Toronto-based Postmedia.

Writing of the surge in support for independence towards the end of 2018, Climenhaga claimed that, “The whole thing was almost entirely ginned up in a couple of weeks by a parade of political commentators at Postmedia’s newspapers, basically providing background music for the campaign of United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney.” That is, Postmedia was trying to create a political climate to aid Jason Kenney in his dispute with Justin Trudeau.

Climenhaga went on to assure his readers that by the beginning of 2019, “the Alberta independence ‘threat’ will be fading into history, again, worth a chuckle or two, like Ur-Western-separatist Gordon Kesler, and taken seriously by almost nobody – or perhaps I should say, nobodies.” Apparently, in his view, only “nobodies” take Alberta independence seriously. That would probably mean a lot of Western Standard readers would be “nobodies” by Climenhaga’s standard – like Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables.”

His main point, though, was public controversy over Alberta independence was just a big show that had come to an end: “But the squall is over, folks. Watch for Postmedia to start backing away as soon as they start to realize how little traction this partisan claptrap has.”

Yet, just a few weeks after he wrote that, Angus Reid released its poll showing over half of Albertans believed the province would be better off if it left Canada. Were those results just another Postmedia trick?

Albertans had grievances with the federal government for generations. These grievances are accumulating and generating increasing discontent with the province’s place in Canada. The support for independence revealed by the new Western Standard poll reflects the unhappiness of many Albertans. They are beginning to realize the status quo is not going to change and the only positive alternative is for Alberta to leave Canada.

Nevertheless, progressives appear to be blind to the legitimate concerns of these Albertans and dismiss them as “nobodies” who are throwing a “temper tantrum.” If support for Alberta independence continues to grow, progressives may have to do more than simply demean its proponents.

The causes underlying growth in sovereignist sentiment are not going away and as a result, the movement is here to stay.

Michael Wagner is a Western Standard columnist

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