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Trudeau shuffles cabinet as poll shows majority in sight

Trudeau makes key cabinet changes following Navdeep Bains decision to retire from politics




Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made three key changes to his cabinet Tuesday morning during a virtual ceremony with Governor General Julie Payette, following the resignation of minister of industry, innovation, and science Navdeep Bains (Liberal MP Mississauga).

Bains said in a video posted Tuesday on social media that he plans to spend more time with his family, and has decided not to run in the next election.

Foreign affairs minister François-Philippe Champagne will replace Bains as industry minister.

Transport minister Marc Garneau was moved to foreign affairs, becoming Canada’s top diplomat.

Mississauga MP Omar Alghabra, previously the parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade diversification, will take over Garneau’s former post as minister of transport in his first cabinet level appointment.

Former natural resources minister and Winnipeg MP Jim Carr will be returning to cabinet as a minister without a portfolio and special representative for the Prairies.

The cabinet shuffle is viewed by some as a move toward addressing tensions with China, Huawei and the airline industry, in preparation for a spring election.

Champagne will assume responsibility for reviewing foreign investments such as Huawei and predatory takeover attempts amid the pandemic.

Garneau will take over handling Canada’s tense relations with China. This will include working with the incoming Biden administration on key files, such as securing the release of the “Two Michaels”, now detained by China for more than two years in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

Alghabra will be dealing directly with the airline industry as it continues to push for government aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, and on the issue of refunding the costs of cancelled flights to Canadian travelers.

Alghabra said his life experience, arriving in Canada from Saudi Arabia as a student with only one cousin in the country, as a Syrian Muslim and an engineer, has positioned him well to provide insight at the cabinet table with this opportunity to “serve along giants.”

Carr was one of only a handful of Liberals re-elected in the Prairies during the 2019 election, which heightened tensions across Western Canada over resource sector issues and lack of political representation in Ottawa.

In a statement, Carr described the job as being Trudeau’s “eyes and ears in the West, I’m a lifelong westerner and have a deep attachment to the region, Many western Canadians are feeling frustrated. I will work with them, listen to them and advocate for a strong West in a united Canada.”

The latest cabinet occurs amidst rumours of a spring election, and in the wake of new polling conducted by Ipsos for Global News, suggesting that the Liberals may be approaching a level of support needed to win a majority.

The Ipsos results indicate the Liberal handling of the pandemic to date has placed them close to majority territory – as Conservative support drops, particularly in the key electoral background of Ontario – with the Liberals at 36 per cent support among decided voters nationally (up from 35 per cent in December) and the Conservatives dropping to 29 per cent support (a drop of three per cent since last December).

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

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  1. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    China approves Justin’s message . . . and will give him their full support . . . like they did with China Joe!

    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe concluded in his post-election report that China interfered in the 2020 presidential election. But career U.S. intelligence operatives refused to back Ratcliffe up in his assessment.

    “They do not see this China threat, like we do tonight, and that’s our problem,” said Lt. General Thomas McInerney, a retired U.S. Air Force general who spoke during the broadcast.

    If the votes had been tabulated accurately, Lindell said he believes Trump received approximately 79 million votes and Biden no more than 68 million.

    The Western Democracies are in their Last Days folks . . .

  2. warrenzoell

    January 13, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Trudeau will call a spring election and win a majority because he knows full well what a weak, feckless opposition he has in O’Toole. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Charles Martell III

    January 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    The last two Elections in Canada were Suspect . . . .

    Now with O’Tool doing his best impersonation of Lieberal Light . . . and a few Dominion Voting Machines in Ontario & Keybec . . . the unimpressive Crime Minister could win forever !
    You get to see the massive budget after the election . . . lol

  4. Mars Hill

    January 12, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    President Trump will come to the rescue, MCGA … JT better hope he’s not connected to those Dominion servers in Toronto, conspired with the ccp in the American election or involved in pedophilia…any involvement and he’ll be the Prime Minister of the jailbird bingo club or worse.

  5. GonadTheRuffian

    January 12, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Meanwhile in Alberta; if the polls are correct; the NDP will win the next provincial election. If this happens the Globalists will rapidly take Alberta from its citizens. The majority of Canadians and Albertans are SO DUMB.
    Say goodbye to your money, freedom, and your childrens future!!!!!

  6. Guest

    January 12, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Alberta needs a Premier who isn’t a committed Federalist now more then ever! Trudeau and another liberal majority federal government will slaughter western Canada’s 🇨🇦 Resource industry, but Trudeau will still extort our resource revenue for Quebec to live high off the hog.

  7. godot

    January 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Trudeau knows that the NDP is struggling to stay relevant, and the CPC has a weak new leader.
    From 25th – 29th January, the World Economic Forum will hold virtual meetings to discuss the road map of the Great Reset.
    Trudeau has already announced to the world that he is on board with the Great Reset.
    All the indications are that the Liberals will win a majority in a spring election. Trudeau will consolidate his power and put in place the remaining pieces to turn Canada into a totalitarian state.
    Have a nice day.

    • Sanford Thompson

      January 12, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      The billionaires will decide how to redistribute the wealth of the middle class and consolidate power in corporate monopolies. Turn off the TV and cooperate with your neighbors. If we can see past hegel’s dialectic I think they may have over committed themselves.

  8. Allen

    January 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Elections are selections, nothing more. This was already suspected, but the states just confirm that. We will continue marching ever further towards global government, with this soap-dropping puppet playing the role of piper.

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.




Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.




Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

more to come…

source: streetchurch facebook

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.




Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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