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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.




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

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.

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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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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).




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

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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.




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

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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.




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

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