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Rumours flying: VIP Challenger jet tracked from Ottawa to Puerto Rico to Barbados on December 31

Flight tracking software shows Challenger VIP jet departing Ottawa for Barbados on New Year’s Eve with blocked registration




The rumour began on social media, and is rapidly gaining traction amidst the recent rash of public lynchings of politicians soaking up the sun in the little-latitudes this past Christmas season.

Guy Annable (The Capital Voice) posted a message on Facebook December 31 saying: “Touchdown in Barbados a Challenger 600 series (sic) no other flight info re security trip (sic) vip via folks (sic) Justin is in Barbados (sic) just landed for new years (sic).”

On December 31, Twitter users in Barbados began speculating that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was vacationing on the island, following the New Year’s Eve arrival of a Bombardier Challenger at Grantley Adams International Airport – similar to the model used by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) VIP fleet to transport the PM and other official dignitaries on official government business.

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s Office, told the Associated Free Press (AFP): “The Prime Minister has not travelled, he spent the holiday period with his family at home.” Vaillancourt did not specify whether the family was at the official residence at Rideau Cottage in the capital Ottawa, or the country residence of the prime minister, Harrington Lake.

Travel between Quebec and Ontario does not violate current health restrictions.

The story was reported December 2 in the Western Standard (WS).

CTV Parliamentary reporter Glen McGregor claimed Trudeau was not in Ottawa at Rideau Cottage, but at the PM’s official summer residence at Harrington Lake – recently the subject of an $8.63 million renovation by the National Capital Commission (NCC).

“Can confirm: PMJT is home for the holidays with his family at Harrington Lake residence. That is, he isn’t out of the country as wildly speculated on Twitter,” McGregor tweeted on New Year’s Day.

Harrington Lake is located approximately 30 minutes north of Ottawa on a private lake in Gatineau Park, Quebec.

The PM’s New Year’s Eve tweet to Canadians did not say where he was spending the holidays.

“It’s almost the moment we’ve all been waiting for, but I’ll get this out now… happy New Year! As we settle in for our virtual parties tonight and head into 2021 with hope, Sophie and I are sending you our warmest wishes for the year ahead,” he tweeted.

The prime minister’s official itinerary shows Trudeau was either in “private meetings” or on “personal” time between December 21 and January 4, except for a media appearance in Ottawa on December 23

The PM has not made any official statement denying his alleged trip to Barbados.

Since the New Year’s Eve social media posts, some Canadians have begun to question the veracity of the claim that Trudeau spent his entire seasonal vacation at Harrington Lake.

One source who contacted WS has provided flight mapping for a Bombardier CL60 Challenger with blocked registration that departed Ottawa December 31, 2020 at approximately 1120 UTC. The aircraft then flew to the Caribbean, where it was subsequently lost on radar. Later the same day, at 1439 UTC, again with blocked registration, callsign CL60 departed San Juan Puerto Rico. The aircraft went on to Barbados and was observed on a terminal flight path approaching Barbados at 1542 UTC.

The Western Standard has submitted a request for flight manifests under ATIP.

Ken Grafton is the Western Standards Ottawa Bureau Chief. He can be reached at kgrafton@westernstandardonline.com

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

    January 12, 2021 at 5:32 am

    The media that Trudeau pays to protect him with our tax dollars is protecting him.

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

    January 12, 2021 at 5:32 am

    The WE scandal has already been memory holed by Canada’s corrupted media.
    Why not bury this scandal as well?

  3. working ant

    January 10, 2021 at 6:59 am

    SOMEONE was aboard that / those aircraft – they don’t just flip around the globe for a lark… Given that it is an historic event, (already done & over with..) the Minister of National Defense should has no reason to keep Canadians guessing & feeding this hype, other than pure politics…Why were these aircraft deployed and who were they ferrying around?

  4. Charles Martell III

    January 9, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    If they just keep the little creep permanently . . . we’ll throw in the Jet ! ! !

  5. Eileen McRae

    January 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Did he or didn’t he? That is the trillion dollar question. Allegations are easy to make; proof and evidence are required. If he did, it just gives Canadians all the more reason to be thoroughly fed up and disgusted by our feckless leader. There can NEVER be two levels of rules – one for thee and one for me.

  6. Dogandcat

    January 7, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Trudeau and happy tax money users went much earlier! December 19th. This flight was probably bringing home the downstairs cooks and maids.

  7. Copper Shannon

    January 7, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Please tell me exactly what will happen to this POS, if he was out of the country (which he probably was)? Nothin, absolutely nothing! Tells you how far down we have gone when this kind of thing continually is allowed to go unpunished! Canadians are great but no backbone!

    • Dogandcat

      January 7, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      We are not “great”. We are “nice” to our betters and touch our forelock. After all, Trudeau is our King and we are his loyal subjects.

  8. ninetyninepct

    January 7, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Freeland? barbie? Our billions are being spent for someone’s benefit, but sure as hell not Canadians.

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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.




By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

Legislation recently passed by the Government of Saskatchewan prevents employers from being sued for implementing measures listed in the Public Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations or the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act say “no action or proceeding lies or shall be commenced or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith.

“It’s broad general thing that would cover anything related to COVID-19 — signage, lack of signage, whatever else might reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith,” said Morgan.

“We aren’t trying to target a specific lawsuit that’s been started or being threatened … But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a worldwide issue right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to have some comfort that they’re not going to be subject to lawsuits.”

The legislation applies regardless of when a perceived transgression may have occurred. The amendment received royal assent November 30. However, when the Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2021 was first announced in a press release November 18, nothing about COVID-19 was even mentioned.

Although the opening sentence mentioned “better and safer workplaces for employers and employees” the rest of the release concerned details about sexual harassment and union bargaining provisions.

Now the Labour Relations Board must exclude supervisors from the same bargaining unit as those they supervise, wherever possible. Sexual harassment at the workplace is now defined as any unwelcome action of a sexual nature, and provisions of the act extend beyond employees to include independent contractors, students, and volunteers.

“The legislation that governs our employers and employees needs to address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” Morgan wrote in the release. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

fact sheet the release linked to concluded with a brief mention of COVID-19.

“We are introducing a provision that will provide protection for public and private sector employers that comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination regulations. These regulations give the employee the choice of showing evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at least every seven days.”

The release bragged Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

“That’s being done generally across North America,” Morgan said.

The same day Morgan made his comments, a post on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page suggested a strong desire for legal recourse alongside skepticism, and an apparent unawareness of the new provincial law.

“Does anyone here know of any lawyers in Saskatoon that believe in the same rights and freedom as we do? I believe it’s time to really do something about losing my source of income 

“The couple lawyers I did speak with basically said the pandemic supersedes all our rights! Would be great if we found a lawyer that called out the BS! Might have to source out to other provinces,” replied Michielle Ross Noble.

“At the mine I work at they had a lawyer go to bat and it seems to be that the government is above the law and beyond the constitution. Money talks louder than laws these days,” replied Garrick Bernard.

“I also live near Saskatoon,” replied Ron Chappell. “Good luck finding a lawyer that will stand up for your rights and freedoms. Seems these evils are above the law including the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. There should be lawsuits going on everywhere. Either we don’t hear about them or they are not happening. Justin Trudeau is [a] tyrant.”

To this Funk made what proved to be a moot reply.

“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

Harding is a reporter based in Saskatchewan

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Maverick leader describes his perfect successor

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” interim leader Jay Hill told the Western Standard.




Jay Hill, interim leader of the federal Maverick Party, says he hopes for a candidate for his replacement is someone that can “move the provinces and premiers towards greater autonomy for the West.”

On Wednesday, the Maverick Party released the rules for its leadership race that will see a new leader elected May 14, 2022.

The party will officially be accepting leadership applications as early as January 3 with a deadline of April 30.

Hill says he hopes to see two to six candidates apply.

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” Hill told the Western Standard.

“We’re more so focused on the quality side of things rather than quantity.”

The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada, advocates for greater autonomy for Western Canadian provinces including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

“I’d like to see someone with the right vision and oratory skills to communicate with passion for Western Canadians,” said Hill.

Hill pointed to Quebec’s position within Canada and said the Maverick Party supports moving the western provinces in that direction.

Included in the list of rules for those interested in throwing their hat into the leadership race is a registration fee set at $10,000.

“Our governing council really struggled with that fee,” said Hill, who indicated the registration fee is still “substantially less” than any of the other federal parties.  

“We were really aiming for the right balance — that sweet spot — where you want to be realistic and make it doable and not a deterrent.

“It’s efficient to get serious contenders with serious commitment to register and not those with frivolous reasons.”

Hill, the former House leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, said he’s “too old” to run the party moving forward.

“My roll in elected office is done,” said Hill, adding he was done with the “high stress and high drama” when he quit federal politics in the fall of 2010.

When a new leader is elected in May, Hill plans to stay on and assist the party “depending on the needs of the new leader and how he or she feels I can contribute the most.”

Hill said he is excited and is looking forward to “a good, credible and lively leadership race.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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Maverick Party petition calls for carbon tax break for Canadians

Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.




The Maverick Party, with a newly launched petition, is calling on the federal government to suspend the collection of carbon taxes from Canadians from January 1 to April 1, 2022.

Carbon tax is a levy imposed on human activity that results in carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, usually by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas and coal.

The petition notes although carbon taxes are designed to “change behaviour,” the rising costs of living are an “added extra burden” on taxpayers.  

The petition also says the party “understands that the cost of living is increasing at a pace that families can’t keep up with,” pointing to “skyrocketing” inflation and the cost of essential items rising.

“Many Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

“The federal government can alleviate some of the burden by declaring a carbon tax moratorium on New Year’s Day 2022.”

The Maverick Party is demanding the government give Canadians who are “drowning financially” a break to get through what will likely be “the most expensive winter in memory,”

The Trudeau government implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in March of this year.

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is widely recognized as the most efficient means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also driving innovation,” the Government of Canada states on its website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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