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Poll says majority of Albertans support lockdown, but UCP base wants it ended now

“But for Premier Kenney this poll is dangerous because his voting base seems to be against full lockdowns” Maggi said.

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An exclusive Mainstreet Research poll commissioned by the Western Standard shows that a majority of Albertans (57 per cent) support the COVID-19 lockdown, but that a large and growing minority (39 per cent) want it ended immediately.

Overall, a total of 48 per cent of respondents in the poll said the current lockdown should stay in place until health officials give the all-clear, and 9 per cent went even further and support the lockdown continuing until the entire population is vaccinated, estimated to be somewhere in fall 2021.

A total of 27 per cent said the full lockdown should end immediately but with some restrictions left in place temporarily, while another 12 per cent said that the lockdown and all restrictions should end immediately.

While a majority still support lockdowns, the minority in opposition has grown significantly from earlier polls.

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Support and opposition to the lockdown also splits largely along lines of party, region, and age.

Fifty-eight per cent of respondents who said that they planned to vote UCP wanted an immediate end to the lockdown, including 18 per cent who want all restrictions lifted at the same time. Only a minority (36 per cent) of UCP voters supported their party’s continued lockdown policy.

NDP voters by contrast are relatively supportive of the lockdown at 63 per cent, including 13 per cent who want to see it continue until all Albertans have been vaccinated.

Wildrose Independence Party voters were only slightly more opposed to the lockdown than UCP voters, at 61 per cent. However, Wildrose voters disagreed with Tories on how quickly life should return to normal, with 40 per cent backing a complete end to all COVID-19 restrictions altogether.

In mid-December, Premier Jason Kenney put the province into a second lockdown. It cancelled Christmas for most people because it outlawed home gatherings. People were also unable to visit elderly relatives in long term care homes.

Mainstreet Research President and CEO Quito Maggi said he was “surprised” such a high number of Albertans were in favour of the lockdown – saying a lot of anger against the move is driven by social media.

“It confirms what I’ve always thought about social media, that opinions expressed on it are often the most extreme,” said Maggi. “You can not do a poll on social media and get credible results.”

He described the 12 per cent of Albertans demanding an immediate lifting of all lockdowns as “noisy.”

And he said it’s not surprising that as more freedoms are eroded under lockdowns, support against them grows among UCP and Wildrose voters.

“But for Premier Kenney, this poll is dangerous because his voting base seems to be against full lockdowns” Maggi said.

Support for lockdowns also broke down along regional lines, with 52 per cent of Albertans outside of the two big cities opposed to continued lockdowns, and 44 per cent in support.

In Calgary, 32 per cent opposed the lockdowns, while 63 per cent are in support. In Edmonton, just 27 per cent were opposed and 67 per cent were in support.

Albertans aged 18-34 were most likely to be opposed at 41 per cent, while only 32 per cent of Albertans 65 and over were against the lockdowns.

This poll is Part Three of a series of Mainstreet polls commissioned by the Western Standard. The full details and methodology of the poll can be found here.

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. Charles Martell III

    January 16, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Now we see New York State & Illinoise are lifting their “Lockdowns” . . .

    Why you ask? The Election is over . . . and China Won ! ! !

  2. Warren Leigh

    January 12, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    I agree with Charles. Allowing the under 65 crowd to get on with their lives isn’t just about them. Governments require money flowing into their coffers in order to support those who really need it. Where does this money come from? It comes from tax dollars produced by the wealth of hardworking Albertans. I realize this should sound like Captain Obvious to most of us, but the leftist idiots need to hear it.

    Having the young take care of the old in this way is a much more compassionate approach that fulfills the biblical command for children to take care of their parents in old age, just as our parents took care of us when we were too young. It’s time to focus resources where they are needed, quit the mass testing which would immediately eliminate the fake, hysterical numbers and get Albertans (and Canadians) back to work so that we have more resources to truly help those who are susceptible.

  3. Charles Martell III

    January 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Interesting how the feckless, dependent, unmotivated NDP voters want the Govt to look after them.

    Whereas the Thinking Class who still value Individual Rights & Freedoms want things OPEN.

    Since the under 65 crowd has a very tiny chance of dying from the Virus . . . why not let them carry on with their lives? Those over 65, especially those with health issues & those in Seniors’ Homes can choose to stay home, even with some assistance from the Govt.

    This saves lives, saves the Economy and makes perfect sense . . . . Having a 3rd Lockdown and expecting a Different Outcome this time . . . is the definition of insanity ! ! !

  4. H Jenson

    January 12, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Degenerate boomers willing to destroy the future of their grandchildren to live another 5 years. Of course lockdown support is high with the 65+ crowd.

  5. Allen

    January 12, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Good God, those are high numbers. There’s so many imbeciles here.

    However—if we have learned anything these past few years, it’s that the government and media are actively working together to propagandize the public and control the narrative. Do NOT believe the numbers. There’s no way there can be this many morons who do not understand the implications of what is happening to our society. DO NOT believe the data.

  6. warrenzoell

    January 12, 2021 at 8:37 am

    No one asked me.
    You want to know where the NDP are getting their 41% support?
    Well there they are. The we love lockdowns crowd.
    Albertans can be dumb. And I say this as an Albertan.

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SLOBODIAN: First you lose your guns, then your freedoms

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

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The day the Aussies gave up their guns triggered the beginning of the end of their liberty.

Now the land Down Under is a full-blown police state. Proud, strong, free, productive Australia is gone. 

This harsh, bitter transformation should be a warning to nations still clinging to the God, guns, and freedoms the hard-core left deeply despises.

Aussies protesting totalitarian COVID-19 restrictions, the harshest in the free world, are fighting a seemingly hopeless battle for basic rights and freedoms by pelting rocks, bottles, golf balls, and batteries against heavily armed riot police.

It was a sad day in Melbourne Wednesday when police were ordered to fire rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 protesters, then arrested about 200 who face hefty $5,000 US fines.

These are regular law-abiding citizens, including tradesmen protesting a two-week closure of building sites, mandatory vaccinations, stay-at-home orders, and a succession of lockdowns.

They’re tired of being told they can’t go outside, can’t go to church, can’t travel far from home.

Authorities claimed it wasn’t so much ordinary working people in the crowd police fired upon, but extremist and far-right groups infiltrating the protests. That’s often a tired lie, an excuse used to justify overstepping boundaries when annihilating freedom.

The Australian government, with an insatiable hunger for control and compliance, is planning to soon implement an app using facial recognition software to track movements and location. Aussies will be randomly texted, having 15 minutes to take a photo in their location. If they don’t comply, police will show up.

The riots are expected to continue.

This is by no means an attempt to suggest people should arm themselves against police who are obliged to follow orders and face the violent consequences of bad political decisions while the decision-makers safely hide behind armed guards.

Law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. Criminals with easy access to weapons are.

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

Law-abiding gun ownership is a safeguard that must be protected at all costs.

In Australia gun confiscation disguised as a buyback program was rushed through Parliament in 1996 after a nut job massacred 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle. Gun crimes have steadily escalated since.

But still, only sportsmen, Roo Shooters, ranchers, and law enforcement officials are allowed to own guns.

Owning a weapon for self-defense is a criminal offence in Australia.

We don’t see the devastation and despair Australia is facing unfolding in places like Texas where gun laws are relaxed.

Bad guys tend to behave better if they don’t know if someone is packing.

In Texas, even grandma carries a handgun in a holder on her hip or shoulder or anywhere she likes, because the law says she can.

In fact, as of September 1 this year Texas law requiring people to have a license to carry a handgun — open or concealed — was removed.

Texans over the age of 21 with no criminal record or mental health issues may carry to protect themselves in most public places, excluding schools, hospitals, amusement parks, if the gun is holstered.

Of course, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, an advocate of freedom and liberty, would never unleash law enforcement on law-abiding Texans.

But politicians come and go. Laws are the constant safeguard unless citizens willingly forsake them to left-wing loons.

Aussies bought the lie. And they are paying a horrific price.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lying to Canadians.

His ban on 1,500 types of so-called assault-style firearms in May 2020 didn’t satisfy him.

He promised, if re-elected, to crack down on legal firearms owners in a number of ways including restricting high-capacity magazines to holding no more than five rounds, bribe provinces to implement a ban on handguns, and introduce Red Flag laws which would confiscate guns if someone thinks someone is a threat, or maybe just wants to be nasty. 

Trudeau wants to toughen laws on banned assault weapons and make it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm to the government for destruction or have it rendered permanently inoperable.

So, a buyback program. That sure did Australians a lot of good.

Will Canadians relinquish this one guarantee of civil liberties and place our safety in the hands of untrustworthy politicians and bureaucrats?

The choice is simple. What will it be Australia or Texas? Or is it the beginning of the end of liberty for Canada too?

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

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Spurious George – police put winning Liberal Chahal under investigation for being a porch pirate

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

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Victorious Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate George Chahal is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption unit after a surveillance video emerged of him pilfering an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox.

Police said someone filed a complaint on Thursday and it’s now under investigation.

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

source: @kirklubimov twitter

He wasn’t very disguised in his efforts, wearing a jersey with his name on the back.

“The report has been directed to our anti-corruption unit that handles investigations of a sensitive nature or involving a public official. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and at this point, we have not yet determined if the investigation will remain with CPS or be transitioned to another investigative body, such as Elections Canada,” CPS said in a statement.

Chahal’s campaign manager, Randall Zalazar, admitted Chahal did it, but had a good reason.

“While dropping off polling info flyers prior to polls opening on Election Day, George removed a piece of campaign literature that identified an incorrect polling location for the person residing at the address,” he said in an e-mail to CTV News.

“All through election day, campaign volunteers found incorrectly labeled materials across the eastern side of the riding. Our campaign contacted Elections Canada and advised them of the issue.”

Chahal was the only Liberal to win in Calgary, picking up the victory by 3,000 votes.

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UCP MLA Stephan calls for early leadership review of Kenney

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

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Jason Stephan, UCP MLA for Red Deer South, is calling for a leadership review of Premier Jason Kenney “sooner than later.”

Stephan made the demand in an open letter to his constituents.

“On July 1st, the Premier said that we were open for good. I took him at his word,” said Stephan.

“Some businesses and other organizations find themselves now subject to restrictions that threaten their ability to survive unless they participate in a ‘Restriction Exemption Program,’ This is a vaccine passport program – in general, to participate, these organizations can only allow vaccinated individuals into their premises. This divides Albertans. The premier said there would be no COVID vaccine passports.”

Stephan made it clear he was vaccinated against COVID-19. but added the decision has to be a personal one.

“Vaccine passports use coercion to indirectly do what is illegal to do directly — to compel vaccination. Seeking to compel others against their wills produces resentment. Albertans should choose to take COVID vaccines on their merits, believing they are safe and effective, not because of lotteries or cash payments or intense coercion with vaccine passports or under threats of losing livelihoods or educations,” Stephan said.

“Individuals and families are losing trust. Coercion destroys, not builds, trust. Complete and transparent information, without bias, is the best way to allow Albertans to make the best decisions for themselves and their families on the merits of COVID vaccines.

“Our friends, family members or neighbors who do not share our opinions are not evil or selfish. The truth about those friends, family members or neighbors is more complex, more nuanced, each of them possessing unique contexts and circumstances, all of which can be valued and respected,” Stephan said.

“Many constituents are upset. Many are asking for the Premier to resign. The Constitution of the United Conservative Party (UCP) does not include a procedure for caucus MLAs to remove the leader of the party.”

A leadership review of Kenney had been set for the fall of 2022, but after a UCP caucus meeting this week, the date was moved to the spring.

Dozens of constituency associations have also demanded an early leadership review.

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

“In the interim period, the focus of government needs to be on COVID.

“Alberta is budgeted to spend $23 billion on health, among the highest per capita in Canada, and over 40% of the province’s operating budget. Why, with this massive amount of money, has AHS only produced between 300 and 400 (currently, the numbers are everchanging), working ICU beds for a population of over 4.4 million, on a per capita basis less than half the worst of the lowest of the any of the US states?

“Given the widespread, profound impact of COVID restrictions on Albertans, I have asked, and continue to ask, for a comprehensive public inquiry, including a full cost analysis of COVID restrictions. The more truth, the better.”

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