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RCMP union launches campaign to stop Alberta provincial force

The setting up of its own force was one of the recommendations of the Fair Deal panel, with the Alberta government hiring a consulting firm in October to report back on the issue.

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The union representing Canada’s RCMP officers has started a petition to try and stop Alberta from forming its own provincial police force independent of Ottawa’s.

The setting up of its own force was one of the recommendations of the Fair Deal panel, with the Alberta government hiring a consulting firm in October to report back on the issue.

PwC Canada will provide the government with an independent assessment of a possible transition to an Alberta provincial police service. The budget for the process is $2 million with PwC expected to finish their report by April 30.

But the National Police Federation – which represents 20,000 police officer including the RCMP – want nothing to do with that and have started a website to try and raise support.

“If we switch to a provincial police service, Alberta taxpayers will be on the hook for an additional $112 million, currently funded by the federal government, as well as significant transition costs. The result will be a more expensive and less effective police force,” the federation said in an open letter to Alberta MLAs.

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“Further, recent polls show that the vast majority of Albertans are satisfied with the police services they receive, and that they are opposed to replacing the RCMP.”
 
“Please don’t put our community safety or economy at risk. Let’s keep the RCMP in Alberta, and work to improve police services.”

The NPF claims if Alberta does move ahead, taxpayers will be paying “millions more for less service.”

The campaign website does not include any studies that show that a provincial police force would cost more or put people at risk, but does note that Red Deer recently rejected the idea of a municipal police service after a KPMG study found a transition away from the RCMP would cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and take over four years to complete.

The campaign made no mention of the Calgary, Edmonton or other municipal police forces currently in Alberta.

“At a time when Alberta’s economy is facing significant challenges due to the impacts of COVID-19 and uncertain natural resource markets, now is not the time to proceed with unnecessary and costly changes to our policing model,” the NPF said.

But Cypress-Medicine Hat UCP MLA Drew Barnes has said the $2-million student is a waste of time and called for the provincial force to be started immediately.

“Eighty per cent of Albertans told the Fair Deal hearings they want more autonomy from Ottawa,” said Barnes, who was a member of the panel.

“Rural crime, the amount of the crime and the severity is skyrocketing. It’s time to do it,” Barnes said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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. Christopher Lawrence

    January 27, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Alberta sends roughly $7billion to Ottawa in transfer payments and we get $112million reimbursed from the Feds for the RCMP. Sounds like a fair deal, LOL! Vote WildRose Independence Party

  2. Cytotoxic

    January 25, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    The RCMP is notorious for working their people into the ground. There was a Mountie on the CBC a while ago, talking the stuff with full acknowledgement that he would likely be fired. The saying was ‘you’re not a real Mountie until your second divorce’. Awful. This is an opening for Alberta’s hypothetical po-po force to gain some support-make a clear SERIOUS plan that highlights why your force will be better for all, including those in it. Protip: no more drug prohibition or anti-prostitution enforcement.

  3. ninetyninepct

    January 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

    This might be a good idea. Any time a Liberal is stopped, they get a ticket for being a offensive.

  4. Captain Carter

    January 23, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Get out The Colonist Police from Alberta!

  5. ninetyninepct

    January 23, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Any increased costs will be deducted from the billions taken by Ottawa. Retiring the Musical Ride would also save millions.

  6. Richard Gallant

    January 23, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    The RCMP are over paid and underworked. Remember the fiasco in NS or the killing at Van airport of an innocent and why do they do Trudeaus dirty work by helping illegals cross the border into Canada. They have caught many times on the wrong side of events and now see the writing on the wall so are worried they may have to get a real job . Ontario seems to do OK with their own police force and so will Alberta .

    • Charles Martell III

      January 24, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      Robinson was an Equal Opportunity hire I suspect . . . one of the YVR 4 in 2007

      A former RCMP officer who used his police training to avoid a drunk driving charge following a fatal crash in Tsawwassen won’t serve any jail time.

      Benjamin “Monty” Robinson was handed a 12-month conditional sentence in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster Friday for the his actions following the Oct. 25, 2008 accident that claimed the life of 21-year-old motorcyclist Orion Hutchinson.

      Robinson, 42, had earlier been found guilty of obstruction of justice for deliberating trying to mislead a police investigation after the evening collision between his jeep and Hutchinson’s motorcycle at the corner of 6th Avenue and Gilchrist Drive.

      https://www.delta-optimist.com/local-news/former-rcmp-officer-avoids-jail-time-2944242

  7. GonadTheRuffian

    January 22, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Anything that breaks Turdeau and his Librano Gangs stranglehold on Alberta is a good thing.

  8. Charles Martell III

    January 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I’m with Barnes . . . . the RCMP need to go . . .

    The “Force” has been going downhill for decades . . . I lived in Surrey BC for 30 years, Surrey gets many of the new graduates, since the 90s the Quality of the officers deteriorated.
    My last encounter with these folks about 10 years ago was when my son & his friends were working on a car in the driveway, a neighbor phoned police and complained . . . this was an 80′ driveway on acreage property.
    4 cars showed up, frisked the kids and were giving them a hard time. I was in the house watching tv when my son’s buddy called my cell phone to get me to come out.
    They were climbing all over my car . . . I gave them H*ll and told them to get off my property . . .
    The four officers were a friggin joke, one guy about 30 was 5’6″ and mouthy, a chubby blond girl about 24, another skinny girl a bit older and a tall blond kid in his midd 20s. They acted like a group of high-school losers . . .
    I told them they were a joke . . . and a few minutes later 3 more cars showed up . . . the first guy rolled down his window, he was about 45 . . . I said you want to get out and join this Chit Show? I asked him where he found this loser patrol of morons . . . he rolled up his window and drove away.
    The next day I called the Watch Commander and filled him in . . . he promised to get back to me . . . still waiting in 2021 !
    Surrey BC today is REPLACING the RCMP with their own force . . .

  9. Guest

    January 22, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    In 2020 I struck a deer on a secondary road in Alberta. Luckily I slowed enough there was only damage to the bumper and the deer hopped the fence and took off. Being in RCMP territory and it wasn’t an emergency I called the non emergency line. What I got was the non emergency line not being monitored or answered. All the RCMP offices around were closed. The only other choice would be to call the RCMP 911 line, which I didn’t want to do. So, I called a large city non RCMP emergency line and talked to a live awake person who put me through to the RCMP still working after 10 pm.

    Bloody shameful, and we are paying millions of dollars a year for rural policing that appears to shut down after 4:30 pm. I am for a Provincial Police Force and the RCMP can take their bat and ball and go somewhere else. Alberta needs a 24/7 police force fully staffed and fully operational at all hours of the day for everyone. The RCMP are not providing that level of service here in Alberta.

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

    January 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    The High River Gun Grab:

    https://youtu.be/XEQiCDYowi4

    • ninetyninepct

      January 25, 2021 at 1:37 am

      Anyone notice that Harper was right in there,all dirty and working hard? Trudeu’s version is to shut down sandbag filling with his spawn and a bus load of security so he can get a bullshit photo-op.

  11. Allen

    January 22, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Was that website designed by a 5 year old? Probably cost them a million dollars too.

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

    January 22, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Oh look, a police force engaging in politics!
    Could that create a conflict of interest?
    Are they sending their members out to club and arrest anyone who might be opposed to their political agenda and their personal financial interests?
    Lemme guess, nobody at the RCMP is intelligent enough to see the dangers in that.

    And where are their efforts to remove the Ontario and quebec provincial police forces if indeed it is public safety that they are concerned about?

  13. Brian Tingley

    January 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache commented to Commissioner Brenda Lucki when he stated:

    “The RCMP are Systemically Racist, Misogynistic and Homophobic, and these behaviors are encouraged and tolerated. This is not just a few bad apples. This is hundreds of bad apples, and the Institution needs to be dismantled from the top down.”

    And PwC are just whores for the Liberal Party. They’ll tell you whatever the Libs want you to hear.

    Remember Krista Karle

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 22, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      Exactly.
      They are clearly a dangerous pack of criminals.
      Even the CBC can see how racist and misogynist they are.

      “RCMP could easily identify officers accused of sexual assault, says former Supreme Court justice”
      “Like the Catholic Church, they just move them to another parish. I have a list [of RCMP officers] who have been found guilty up to 15 times. Those people have been promoted.”

      https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/michel-bastarache-rcmp-sexual-assault-1.5825438

      • ninetyninepct

        January 25, 2021 at 12:55 am

        Remember what happened at the High River flood? Cops smashed in unlocked doors and “secured” any firearms and ammo they found. Houses unaffected by flood water, well away from the river, were broken into and things taken. The bastards had a list of registered firearms.

        Some rare and legal collections disappeared and there was massive damage. No cops were named and most were transferred, together with the collections. The Government refused to allow a lawsuit, citing privacy.

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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