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O’Toole says no room in Conservative Party for ‘far-right’

O’Toole took aim at Liberal critics who have claimed he’s turning the Tories into a Donald Trump-like movement north of the border.

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Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole lashed back at critics on Sunday and said there is no room for ‘far-right’ ideology in his party.

And O’Toole took aim at Liberal critics who have claimed he’s turning the Tories into a Donald Trump-like movement north of the border.

O’Toole said the Conservatives are a “moderate, pragmatic, mainstream party” and condemned the storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, protesting the the confirmation of Joe Biden as president-elect.

The Tory leader lists the moves he has made since becoming leader, saying he believes in a Canada “that welcomes people of every background.”

He also notes moves he has made on Indigenous and gay Canadian rights.

“My singular focus is to get Canada’s economy back on track as soon as possible to create jobs and secure a strong future for all Canadians. There is no place for the far right in our Party,” O’Toole wrote.

“Conservatives believe in free and fair elections, the peaceful transfer of power, opportunity for all, and full accountability of government.”

O’Toole slammed the Liberals for secrecy and their Parliamentary actions that saw the shutting down of things like the inquiry into the WE scandal.

“It is also incredibly arrogant and dangerous for the Liberal government to posture for an election in the middle of a national health and economic crisis.”

O’Toole statement

O’Toole claimed the Tories have been at the forefront of inclusivity during its history and pointed out the party had the first female cabinet member in Canada.

“If the Liberals want to label me as ‘far-right’, they are welcome to try. Canadians are smart and they will see this as an attempt to mislead people and import some of the fear and division we have witnessed in the United States.

“I am happy to have my character and experience in and out of politics held up alongside Mr. (Justin) Trudeau on any occassion.”

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. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 11:18 am

    “Far Right” . . . that group of Invisible threats that only appear in the FakeStream Media?

    There is NO Far Right . . . they all just hate Real Conservatives.

    For 40 years the insane Left has tried to tie “Neo-NAZIs” to the Right . . . Fact is they are Leftists . . .

    But Neo-Nazis are Rightist!

    But in the Anglosphere countries Hitler DOES still have his admirers among a tiny band of neo-Nazis and it is true that these are usually called the extreme Right. They normally refer to themselves as “The Right”, in fact. How do I know that? I know that because I in fact happen to be one of the very few people to have studied neo-Nazis intensively. And I have reported my findings about them in the academic journals — see here (http://jonjayray.com/cogsimp.html) and here.
    (http://jonjayray.com/antisem.html) But if Hitler was a socialist, how come that these “far-Rightists” still admire him?

    Before I answer that, however, I must point out that the description “Far-Right” is a great misnomer for the successors of Hitler in modern-day Germany. As we will see below, modern-day German neo-Nazis are demonstrably just as Leftist as Hitler was. So are American, British and Australian neo-Nazis also Leftist in any sense?

    The answer to that is a simple one: They are pre-war Leftists, just as Hitler was. They are a relic in the modern world of thinking that was once common on the Left but no longer is. They are a hangover from the past in every sense. They are antisemitic just as Hitler was. They are racial supremacists just as Hitler was. They are advocates of discipline just as Hitler was. They are advocates of national unity just as Hitler was. They glorify war just as Hitler did etc. And all those things that Hitler advocated were also advocated among the prewar American Left.

    And how about another direct quote from Hitler himself? “We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions”
    (Speech of May 1, 1927. Quoted by Toland, 1976, p. 306)

  2. John

    January 18, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Nowadays, if you believe in the values passed down from generation to generation, believe in personal freedom, property rights and stand up to criminal Antifa/BLM you are considered ‘Far Right’.

    O’Toole is only trying to dip into the twisted leftwing, corrupted voter base, he will fail miserably. He will loose the voters with values and common sense his party has vowed to represent, it seems like history keeps repeating itself in very short order.

  3. Allen

    January 18, 2021 at 9:47 am

    I sure as hell am not ‘far right’, but this milquetoast boot-licker is not a representation of any real conservative values, and I will not be voting for him.

  4. Mars Hill

    January 18, 2021 at 12:55 am

    good, we got that cleared up, good luck….

  5. Guest

    January 17, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Any comment on Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA Mr. O’Toole ?
    Lots of shit swinging of the far right these days, but the far Left get the usual pass.

    I hope, Alberta gets a leader who will lead Alberta out of the liberal socialist crap being pushed down our throats.

  6. Matthew

    January 17, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Lmao what constitutes ‘far right’ ? Guy is an absolute tool. 😏

    • Allen

      January 18, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Anything left of centre to this spineless betas.

  7. H Jenson

    January 17, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    We traded the reform party for this? Unite the right is a horribly flawed idea. I know Manning is elderly now, but we need his strength more than ever in these hard times.

    • warrenzoell

      January 17, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      These unite the right efforts always end up being infiltrated by these squish progressive types and end up ruining everything. The same thing happened to the Tea party movement down in the US. Jeff Flake comes to mind. Speaking of the Reform party. Remember what Preston Manning turned into.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 17, 2021 at 5:17 pm

        Jeff Flake was great. He was a better Tea Partier than any of the TP politicians.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 19, 2021 at 11:18 am

        Jeff Flake . . . . was a gutless Flake and he got removed for his Flakeyness!
        He was a good buddy of that Traitor John McStain . . .

        I am always amused by the Insane Left . . . especially in Canada where they are Used with regularity by the CCP and are proud of it.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

        He achieved more as senator than Trump ever has or will.

    • Cytotoxic

      January 17, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      Reform was very very flawed. They made so many mistakes, and those mistakes begat the unite the right disaster. But at least Reform was good for *something*.

  8. David Elson

    January 17, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    He will lose the next election. That’s his job.

    Honestly, you can’t change the establishment by voting for it. You have to dismantle its’ levers of power.

  9. godot

    January 17, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    O’Toole makes Scheer look like a conservative!

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

    January 17, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    More failure theater from the gutless wonders.

  11. warrenzoell

    January 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Yep, this slavering idiot moron is definitely trying to lose the next election for him and his party. I think an immediate recall is warranted. He is a very stupid man.

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 17, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Bring back the milk maid!

  12. Cytotoxic

    January 17, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Well that’s good. The ‘far right’ is very evil and predicated on clinging to tradition and white grievance politics. Its people should be amputated from power.

    Too bad the CPC has no room for pro-liberty ideas either. Erin The Red loves big labor and might have even less going for him than Scheer. The CPC is a failed state; unite the right was a huge mistake.

    • Guest

      January 18, 2021 at 6:46 am

      You saying Cytotoxic that the far left are any better then the far right? The Proud Boys, BLM, ANTIFA have all been mixing it up in the USA as well as Canada. The problem the conservatives have is that they don’t own the media or the universities. The left has been labeled “Cancel Culture” I guess for the reason of being “unreasonable”. The right will always be on their heels until they get a leader who can comb his hair and take selfies. That appears to be the depth of liberalization in the USA & Canada today.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 19, 2021 at 2:54 pm

        Proud Boys are certainly not supremacists . . . their leader is a Cuban American who is black . . .
        While they are somewhat outgoing . . . they have never burned down a city or attacked and killed innocent civilians as have BLM & Antifa terrorists.
        They did on a few occasions confront Antifa fascists & BLM marxists to defend their city & private property from the looting & burning.
        The FakeStream Media of course is against stopping these “Mostly Peaceful” demonstrations . . .

    • Charles Martell III

      January 19, 2021 at 2:54 pm

      “Far-Right” is very elusive . . . and likely made up of 3 or 4 people total.

      But we have no trouble finding the Radical Socialist Extreme Left . . . they are everywhere!
      In the Media, in Govt, and much of the Civil Service . . . & of course Teachers’ Unions!

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MAKICHUK: Rory, Napoleon and the Equalization reckoning

My friends, a reckoning is coming and it all begins on Monday when you enter the municipal voting booth.

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“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

Rory went camping with his wife in lovely BC about seven months ago.

That’s not his real name but it will suffice for now.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent, like in that detective television show Dragnet.

My entire life is a lengthy list of bad TV shows but that’s another story.

They parked the trailer, set up the picnic table and did what most campers do including letting out their cat, Napoleon.

Again, the name was changed to protect the cat’s innocence.

Everything was fine until it was time to go home. No Napoleon.

They searched and searched, nowhere to be found. No Napoleon.

Time eventually runs out on these matters and while it’s a heart-breaking decision, you have to move on. 

But Rory would use social media to search for his faithful cat.

Seven months later … yes, seven months, he would get a message, short and simple, with a photo.

It read “Is this your cat?”

Rory raced back, with trailer in tow — ready to spend days there if he had to.

This time he was not coming back without his furry pal.

Strangely enough, as he was parking the trailer, he looked in the mirror … a cat stood by, stoically watching.

It was skinny, in rough shape but there was no mistake — it was Napoleon.

Seven months, still alive!

He called and he came. But when he tried to pat him he pulled back. Frightened.

I better not screw this up, Rory thought, so he turned on the gentle charm. 

It worked. In minutes, Napoleon was curled up on the passenger seat headed back to Cowtown and an appointment with the vet.

According to FAQ Cats online, “a domesticated cat is unlikely to survive in the wild on its own for a considerable amount of time. Cats that have not spent time outside do not have the necessary skill set to survive in the wild by themselves.”

So tell me, how did Napoleon survive seven months on his own? It’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma, like … who killed JFK?

But let me take a guess — I think he survived on his smarts.

Napoleon probably ate camp food remnants or begged from campers. Maybe he killed birds or small rodents. 

Ate spiders, bugs or anything that moved. Drank stream or rainwater.

Maybe he found a local benefactor. Who the hell knows.

All I know, is that Napoleon toughed it out. His desire to live, to survive, kept him going.

Seven months. 

Think about that for a moment. How long would you last out there?

And then there are the predators. Things that want to eat you.

This ranges from hawks, raccoons, foxes, or even bigger animals like bears, bobcats and cougars, says FAQ Cats.

Little food to be found and death all around you.

Even outdoor survival guru Bear Grylls would have a hard time with this one.

So what is my point with Napoleon’s dramatic tale of survival?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And oh my, there is a will … and every day it grows stronger.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again … and I’ll keep saying it until the day I die. It’s time Alberta goes its own way.

Either we get a new deal under confederation or we walk. 

We can do this, I know we can. Albertans … true Albertans … are a strong, resilient, hard-working people.

We want our children and grandchildren to have a future. To have good jobs, the opportunity to grow and prosper and to make our province a better place.

That does not seem likely under the Trudeau regime in Ottawa. In fact, a road of economic despair awaits us.

My friends, a reckoning is coming and it all begins on Monday when you enter the municipal voting booth.

It’s time to let those Eastern Laurentian elites know that you have had enough.

The question you will face goes like this:

Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982, Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making Equalization payments, be removed from the Constitution?

I’m voting yes, with extreme prejudice, and I hope you will do the same.

Let’s give Justin The Younger a nice kick in the squares.

Personally, I think it’s the purr-fect option.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the military editor for the Asia Times.
makichukd@gmail.com

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WS Exclusive Poll: Support for Kenney ‘grim’ as calls to resign grow

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the figures for Kenney as “historically low.”

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Things aren’t getting any better for Premier Jason Kenney with a clear majority of Albertans saying he’s not doing a good job and should resign.

The poll, conducted by Mainstreet Research, shows 69% of Albertans don’t approve of the job Kenney has done. 

Only 28% of those polls think he has done a good job.

Mainstreet Research

Asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Jason Kenney is doing as Premier of Alberta?” a whopping 55% said they strongly disagreed with the statement.

Another 14% said they somewhat disapproved.

The poll found only 10% of Albertans strongly approved of the work Kenney has done, with another 18% saying they somewhat approved.

Pollsters found 3% who didn’t know.

Kenney does appear to have some support from people who say they are going to vote for the UCP next election. A total of 77% either strongly or somewhat approved of his leadership. With 22% saying he’s not doing a good job.

There’s also anger in the rural areas with 61% of people in the north of the province disapproving of Kenney, in the south disapproval is at 65%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Amongst NDP voters, not unsurprisingly, 90% disapproved of the job he is doing. A total of 75% of Wildrose Independence Party supporters said they weren’t happy with Kenney.

When pollsters asked if “do you think Jason Kenney should resign as premier?” a total of 58% said yes, 29% said no and 13% weren’t sure.

A total of 73% of UCP voters said Kenney should stay and ride out the storm.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the figures for Kenney as “historically low.”

“It’s pretty grim, very dire. It’s shocking to me,” said Maggi.

Maggi said Kenney is sitting at a negative 41 — the difference between supporters and opponents. He said only embattled former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has similar numbers before her election wipeout in 2018.

“That’s a historically high number in Canada,” said Maggi.

“The only way back now for the UCP is through new leadership.”

Maggi said Kenney is paying the price for his perceived bungling of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Most people are just looking for another option before the next election.”

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

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The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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