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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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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?

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Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

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

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

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There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.

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As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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