Connect with us


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.




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.

Mainstreet poll for Western Standard All rights reserved

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

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor 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

Continue Reading


  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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Alberta gov’t granted injunction to ban weekend protest at Whistle Stop Cafe

Chris Scott and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.




It hasn’t even happened yet, but an Alberta court has already ruled a weekend protest at the Whistle Stop Cafe is illegal.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has granted a pre-emptive injunction against, Chris Scott, the owner of Whistle Stop, because the restaurant plans to host a rally over the upcoming weekend called the “Save Alberta Campout Protest.” The injunction was granted at the request of Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency under Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

Last week, the RCMP raided the establishment and carted away all its booze. On Wednesday, the RCMP and AHS officials showed up en masse and padlocked the building.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

He and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.

But the AHS, which sought the injunction, said the judge ruled it illegal because it would not comply with public health restrictions on mandatory masking, attendance limits, and social distancing.

“The order restrains the owner and others from organizing, promoting and attending the event and includes police enforcement and imposes significant consequences on the organizers of this event,” AHS said in a statement to media.

“AHS has taken this step due to the ongoing risk to Albertans created by those breaching COVID-19 public health restrictions.”

The Western Standard has reached out to Scott but hasn’t heard back on what effect the injunction will have. Scott said earlier in the day he will now seek elected office by running for the Wildrose Independence Party in the upcoming 2023 election.

Scott is the only gas station or restaurant in Mirror, a town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Continue Reading


EXCLUSIVE: UCP Secretary quits over ‘lies’

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976.




The former secretary of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) says she decided to resign from the board because she “was tired of all the lies.”

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Cathy Smith said she handed in her notice on April 6, after a string of statements and actions about the COVID-19 pandemic by Premier Jason Kenney.

Smith said the beginning of the end started when Kenney held a press conference over COVID-19 and warned of a pandemic so extreme there would be “body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium.”

“I said to myself ‘Are you kidding me’. There will never be body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium,” said Smith.

“I know nurses. Nurses at the time told me there was nothing going on in their hospitals.”

Smith said Kenney then started to condemn the “right-wing, the conspiracy theorists.”

“I said wait a minute, I’m right-wing. And then the way we treated Dr. (Dennis) Modry. I thought this wasn’t the right way to represent our 40,000 members,” she said.

Kenney and Modry have been in a battle of letters. Modry published an open letter to the premier on the Western Standard saying lockdowns don’t work. The letter went viral and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of time. It took Kenney three months to reply with his own letter.

As party secretary, Smith dealt with more than 100 e-mails, either from party members or people who voted for the UCP, about how the lockdowns were affecting their lives.

“We had an e-mail from a family whose grandfather died because his heart operation had been postponed. I e-mailed everyone back. I explained I was not writing as a representative of the party. I told them I didn’t agree with what the party was doing,” Smith said.

Smith said she was aware of a group of men in Medicine Hat who went to high school together – 20 of whom have committed suicide since the pandemic started.

“I told everyone to get involved at the (constituency association) level if they really want to make change,” Smith said.

She said the last straw for her was when Kenney appeared on talk show host Danielle Smith’s last show on QR77 and said he wasn’t aware the party board had approved a leadership vote in 2022, just six months before the next election.

“I was just tired of all the lies, Kenney pretended he didn’t know about the leadership vote. I thought ‘This is not the way — where’s the trust’,” Smith said.

“I was tired of all the lockdowns (without proof they work). But I said to myself, I will never quit, never, never, never.”

Finally, after talking to several other board members, Smith handed in her notice.

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976. As to where she will vote in the next election: “I’m still waiting.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Continue Reading


WATCH: Alberta’s costume lady forced to sell treasure trove of outfits because of lockdowns

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”




It took Vickie Friesen more than 30 years of sewing to create 5,000 different costumes – everything from pirates to princesses.

Now, after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, she is being forced to sell the lot.

Friesen and her husband, Darrell can no longer afford to keep their Three Hills Tickle Trunk outlet open and the business running after income vanished after lockdowns banned everything from school plays to Halloween.

Some of Vickie’s creations

“We just can’t afford to stay in business. There’s no theatre, there’s no parades, there’s no parties,” Vicki told the Western Standard on Thursday.

“In 2019, we were busy every week of the year with rentals. 2019 was booming. It was fabulous.

“Once word of our business got around, we started having the same customers repeated over and over. I started to ask customers to ask me what costumes we didn’t have, it was just easier.

“Now, nothing.”

Vicki recalled she sent out costumes for shows last March, but after the lockdowns, the costumes were returned and customers wanted their money back.

“Everything came back. I sat by the phone, but it didn’t ring anymore,” said Vicki.

Roman centurion outfit

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”

The couple has made the heartbreaking decision they will have to sell all the costumes. A sale will be held at the store the next two Saturdays. A deal to sell their building should be signed next week.

All kid’s costumes will be sold for $10. Adult merchandise is 50% off, between $25 and $50 at their Three Hills store at 519 Main Street.

Need a storm trooper outfit? It will be there along with full ball gowns, Second World War uniforms and German lederhosen. Antique furniture is also on sale.

“They are all going for a song,” Vicki said, regret in her voice.

But some of the stuff they aren’t parting with includes all their Christmas outfits. The couple created a costumed “Christmas Convoy” through the town last year, and plan on repeating it, all over the province if asked.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus… really the Frieses

The couple did receive some federal COVID-19 aide which went to fixing a leak in the building, but not enough to even cover basic utilities.

Vickie proudly boast she has shipped her costumes all over the province: “From High Level to High Prairie.”

Tickle Trunk promo

She started sewing as a kid in Manitoba, creating costumes for theatre troupes and school plays. She also handmade graduation dresses for area high schoolers.

She stored her works of art in a 12×12 granary but it soon became full.

The Friesens and their two young children decided to move to Alberta and they set up shop in Three Hills, eventually buying a building in which to operate their business and store their dresses.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Continue Reading


Copyright © Western Standard New Media Corp.