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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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MLA Barnes slams proposal for Alberta chopper changes

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Report has 11 recommendations including having just one provincial air rescue operation, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

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Independent Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes is sounding warning bells to the UCP after it received recommendations to centralize air rescue operations under STARS.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Report has 11 recommendations, including having just one provincial air rescue operation, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

The proposal said STARS would work with other helicopter emergency medical providers to ensure consistent, safe coverage across Alberta. Provincial funding for STARS would rise to 50% of their operating budget from the current 23%.

“This delayed report’s recommendations are not only bad news for prompt, full coverage air ambulance services for hundreds of thousands of southern Albertans, it is also bad policy for all Albertans,” Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, told the Western Standard.

“Southern Alberta’s emergency air helicopter ambulance (HALO based in Medicine Hat) can not only provide faster service with fewer stops, but it also operates much more efficiently and allows for operating reliability for the entire province with a second flight Operations Certificate.  

“It is essential all Albertans be treated equitably with government-funded life-saving air ambulance health services, and the UCP government’s refusal to fund southern Albertan’s air ambulance (HALO) the same as STARS must change immediately.”

Currently, Alberta Health Services provides about $8.4 million per year to helicopter emergency medical services funding. Approximately 1,450 helicopter flights take place each year; 7,300 are flown using fixed-wing aircraft.

The government said it will examine the report over the coming months.

The recommendations also include:

  • Legislation: A new air ambulance regulation would establish consistent deployment, operational, clinical and aviation standards.
  • Dispatch integration: The dispatch of STARS would be integrated with other emergency medical services to allow for the best use of all services to achieve the most efficient response.

The report can be read here.

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

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Pastor Coates gets GraceLife Church back on Canada Day

The church has been barricaded since early April after a dawn raid by Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.

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It will be a extra-special Canada Day for Pastor James Coates who will get his GraceLife Church back when the Alberta government cuts off the padlocks on his church.

The government confirmed in an e-mail to CityNews Edmonton its restrictions will be dropped July 1, the same day Alberta is dropping all its COVID-19 restrictions.

The church has been barricaded more than two months since an early April dawn raid by Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.

Coates was jailed for more than a month in mid-February because he was defying provincial COVID-19 lockdown orders by holding services at a capacity not authorized by the government.

At two bail hearings, Coates said he refused to abide by conditions that he stop preaching.

After being released from jail, the church continued to see large services, leading to AHS — with the help of the RCMP — raiding the facility and building three fences around it.

While large protests erupted at the walled-off church Coates continued with his services at a secret location, and then posted them on YouTube.

They have since been holding services at undisclosed locations.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro personally approved the AHS-RCMP raid and barricading of the Grace Life Church, according to a UCP MLA that spoke to the Western Standard on condition of anonymity. Shandro has denied the story.

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

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China, Russia, Iran call for UN investigation into Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples

Chinese officials cited the discovery last month of what are believed to be the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.

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A coalition of countries – including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – is demanding the UN probe Canada’s handling of it’s indigenous peoples.

“We are deeply concerned about the serious human rights violations against the indigenous people in Canada. Historically, Canada robbed the indigenous people of the land, killed them and eradicated their culture,” said Jiang Duan, a senior official at China’s mission to the UN in Geneva.

“We call for a thorough and impartial investigation into all cases where crimes were committed against indigenous people, especially the children.”

CBC report Jiang cited the discovery last month of what are believed to be the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.

Jiang said the probe demand was on behalf of China, Russia, Belarus, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is much better than China at dealing with historical injustices.

“The journey of reconciliation is a long one, but it is a journey we are on. China is not recognizing even that there is a problem. That is a pretty fundamental difference,” Trudeau told reporters.

“In Canada, we had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Where is China’s truth and reconciliation commission? Where is their truth? Where is the openness that Canada has always shown and the responsibility that Canada has taken for the terrible mistakes of the past, and indeed, many of which continue into the present?”

Trudeau pointed out China’s “systemic abuse and human rights violations against the Uyghurs.”

He added Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Leslie E. Norton delivered a statement on behalf of 44 countries calling for China to allow international observers “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” to Xinjiang, where the Uyghur minority are based.

“We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” said Norton.

“Credible reports indicate that over a million people have been arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang and there is widespread surveillance disproportionately targeting Uyghurs and members of other minorities and restrictions on fundamental freedoms and Uyghur culture.”

His statement was on behalf of countries including Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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

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