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O’Toole backs call to classify Proud Boys as terrorists

O’Toole said that he would support a Liberal move to list the Proud Boys as terrorists, however ANTIFA does not appear to make the list.

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Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he would back a move by the Liberal government to declare the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization.

Liberal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in the wake of the rioting at the US Capitol on Wednesday, the Canadian government may add groups like the Proud Boys to its list of recognized terrorist groups.

It’s a move O’Toole said on Sunday Conservatives would support.

“Canada’s Conservatives have consistently stood against terrorism and extremism wherever it is found and whatever its motivation,” O’Toole tweeted.

“We will always support measures to keep Canadians safe from the threat of terror acts including from any group motivated by white supremacy. Conservatives support the listing of various white supremacist groups as terrorist organizations.”

The Proud Boys was founded by a Canadian Gavin McInnes, who has since moved to the US. The group self-describes itself as a “Western chauvinist” men’s organization, but it has come under criticism as a “far-right” or “white supremacist” group by critics.

“We’re very mindful of ideologically-motivated violent extremists, including groups like the Proud Boys. They are white supremacists, anti-Semitics, Islamophobic, misogynist groups. They’re all hateful, they’re all dangerous,” Blair said in an interview with CTV’s Question Period.

“We’re working very diligently to ensure that where the evidence is available, where we have the intelligence, that we’ll deal appropriately with those organizations.” 

The Proud Boys were clearly visible in news footage of the Capitol riots. They also appeared to provide security at earlier protests in Calgary against COVID-19 restrictions.

Blair and O’Toole did not note if ANTIFA would be included as a terrorist organization, despite being regularly involved in violence and riots.

On Question Period, Blair noted in 2019 the federal government added international neo-Nazi network Blood & Honour and its armed affiliate Combat 18 to the terrorist roster and said: “there are others that will be added.” 

“What we witnessed this week, an assault on one of the most important democratic institutions in the world, not just in the United States, and clearly motivated by extremism and hatred… I think that meets all of the criteria for terrorism,” he said.

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. Guest

    January 13, 2021 at 5:27 am

    ANTIFA & BLM, for weeks, burned looted beat people & murdered a person in the Democratic States along the Pacific Coast. Democratic Governors & District Attorneys bent over backwards to keep these criminals out of jail. Even the VP Elect worked her liberal cash to keep these two groups out of harms way and bailed them out.

    I am not in agreement with what happened in Washington. The people who broke the law are going to face enforcement and jail. Now, that is more then ANTIFA & BLM will ever face and probably won’t ever face justice.

    What the hell O’Toole? The hypocrisy of the liberals, the liberal media, and now O’Toole gives a pass to these two groups ANTIFA, & BLM who should already be on the the terrorist organization list. Don’t just single out the PROUD BOYS ??

    Talk about a cheap shot to all conservatives who obey the law and live law abiding lives. In Canada & the United States of America. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac8144241cb9b39453268b7deaed3adf7d1635a3f118d22ffa7bfcc87998c021.jpg

  2. Matthew

    January 12, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Unbelievable! What have they done to deserve getting potentially that designation? Did they riot all summer and destroy billions in infrastructure and kill people? Clown world.
    I will never vote CPC again. Ever.

  3. Mr Jay

    January 11, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Hello WEXIT Canada!
    This exposes O’Toole’s ignorance of what happened in the US in 2020 with all the ANTIFA destruction, arson and even murder.
    There were paid agitators with one that I know of photo matched ANTIFA in the Capital Building.
    Who paid them? Not Trump or Republicans. Everything ANTIFA did last year either had a route back to Soros or the CCP. Either way the motive was always to make Trump look bad.

  4. godot

    January 11, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    So BLM and ANTIFA are okay – but the PROUD BOYS are terrorists. Franz Kafka would enjoy what is going on in society today.

  5. Charles Martell III

    January 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Proud Boys is led by a Cuban American . . . . who by the way is BLACK.

    O’Fool is just another lieberal light Progressive Con . . . . without a friggin clue I might add.

    BLM & Antifa are far-left Anarchist terror groups . . . but in Canada they will be revered . . .

  6. David Elson

    January 11, 2021 at 8:55 am

    O’fool is just an actor playing on the stage of a one party state.

    People need to take a good look around and ask themselves who really owns all the levers of power in our nation,

    • Charles Martell III

      January 11, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      The Laurentian Elites . . . aka Keybec Mafia . . . China tied at the hip !
      They have run this country for the last at least 60 years . . . 4 PMs from Power Corp . . . in a ROW! Harper was the exception . . . which is why they and the FakeStream Media worked so hard to get rid of him.

    • Guest

      January 13, 2021 at 5:38 am

      By virtue of a Colonial Constitution that gives Quebec over riding status with in Confederation. I would have to agree with Charles…Laurentian Elites. Now this has been proven beyond any doubt after Trudeau bent over backwards to save 9000 SNC-L job in Quebec. Even broke the law to do so, but was never held accountable because the Office of the Prime Minister yields the power to block police investigations into corruption. Remember the NEP was devised by P. Trudeau to the determent of Alberta and it’s oil/gas resources. To this very day I call it extortion of Albertans wealth for the benefit of one Province. The province the Trudeau’s live in…Quebec.

      Once you get to know how the power in Canada is divided up. We in the Western Provinces stop being a part of Canada at the Manitoba boarder with no political clout to effect change for the better in Western Canada. Our status is really just a territory/colony with a Constitution written for Eastern elites that give power to Eastern Provinces especially Quebec & PEI.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 13, 2021 at 1:43 pm

        The East has robbed the West for 100 years now . . . long past time put an end to this nonsense.

  7. UnLiberal

    January 11, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I would have voted Conservative just to get rid of Trudeau, but now???

  8. Sanford Thompson

    January 11, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Laws that restrict what you can say, what you must believe and how you think. Gun grabs, weather tax, gov sector union monopolies and constant capitulation to special interest groups.
    What the hell is left to conserve?

  9. warrenzoell

    January 10, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    This vile creature is in many ways worse than Trudeau. I had such hope for this politician. But when it came out in support of the Paris Accord, I said to myself, “another fake conservative just like the one before”. Greasy little pig socialist. No wonder all we hear is silence from the CPC whenever Trudeau takes away a little more of our freedoms, or when Trudeau adds even more taxes to the disgusting carbon tax, or takes away our guns, etc. Not a peep from the CPC.
    At least we know what Trudeau is.

  10. Mars Hill

    January 11, 2021 at 12:09 am

    WOW, didn’t see that stupidity coming….

  11. Doug

    January 10, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I just don’t understand why the CPC dumped Scheer (liberal) for another liberal, O’Toole. What a dumpster fire.

    • warrenzoell

      January 10, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      Fake conservatives have a very short best before date.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm

        Evidently in the last two Conservative leadership contests . . .

        they used Dominion Voting Systems. aka Dial a Winner . . . lol

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EXCLUSIVE: Country star running for UCP president to force Kenney leadership vote

Sources tell the Western Standard that George Canyon will run for the presidency of the party in order to trigger an earlier leadership review.

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Alberta country star George Canyon is set to announce he’s running for the presidency of the United Conservative Party, multiple sources tell the Western Standard.

But Canyon is not seeking a typical mandate for a party president, however, but will be running on a platform of holding an early leadership review of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Several sources in the party told the Western Standard Canyon will make the announcement this week.

The UCP will hold its annual general meeting November 19-21 at the Grey Eagle Resort, where members present will elect a new board of directors for the party.

Candidates running on an explicit mandate of triggering a leadership review is rare in Canadian politics.

Canyon placed second in the 2019 federal election under the Conservative banner in his native Nova Scotia, but lives in Alberta.

The country music star regularly sings the national anthem at Calgary Flames games at the Saddledome.

Canyon’s entry into the political fray comes as Kenney’s leadership has been under siege since he imposed a fourth round of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns last week, including a vaccine passport, something he vowed never to do.

A UCP Caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday that called for Kenney to go immediately.

“My responsibility is to look at the reality —not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

He said any move to hold a leadership race now would be “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil in the UCP was what led to the resignation of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney may not go so easily however.

One UCP MLA says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney would rather “blow up” the government than admit he was wrong about COVID-19 and resign.

The MLA, who spoke to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity, made the comment prior to thee Tuesday afternoon Kenney cabinet shuffle.

“This is a desperate bid by Kenney to save his leadership,” the MLA said of Shandro’s removal.

“Most of us agree Shandro is incompetent and must go, but he was acting under orders directly from Kenney.

“It looks pathetic and is only designed to stave off a vote of no-confidence from the caucus tomorrow,” the MLA said.

“Rather than go gracefully, [Kenney] would rather blow the whole thing up than step down gracefully.”

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

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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

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

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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

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

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