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Mansur blasts Conservative party

Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Western Ontario, believes the Conservative Party is trying too hard to be like the Liberals.

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Political scientist Salim Mansur believes the Conservative Party led by Erin O’ Toole can’t win a majority because of its failure to champion conservative causes.

Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Western Ontario, believes the Conservative Party is trying too hard to be like the Liberals.

“People will vote for Liberal-lite if the smell of the Liberal Party is so damn bad that they can’t afford to lean toward the Liberals. So they will take a shot with the Liberal-lite for the moment, but as soon as the Liberals go collect themselves in terms of optics, in terms of public relations, they will go back to being Liberals again,” says Mansur.

Mansur is not impressed with the party’s decision to remove Jim Karahalios from leadership contention, and leadership candidate Derek Sloan from the Conservative caucus. He says the party ejects “anybody who questions and says that we are on the wrong track…with the issues of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, how this draconian lockdown is basically making rag of a paper out of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In an interview with the Western Standard, Mansur says he was removed as the Conservative candidate in London North Centre in 2019 because he stood against mass immigration, multiculturalism, and Islamism—despite being a Muslim himself. 

“I spoke with the Conservative players in Toronto, they know me very well. And I said to them, ‘I’m happy to be out, done with your party, done with the bankrupt ideals and values of your party and your leadership. I’m done, but we are friends and I tell you… you write it down, you’re going to lose the 2019 election and you are never going to win another election where you can form a majority government during your lifetime or in my lifetime,” he says.

Nearly 18 months later, Mansur’s opinion hasn’t changed.

“The entire operation of the Conservative Party is basically focussed on trying to win in Ontario, that is in the GTA. And they’re not going to win it by becoming another Liberal Party. So whatever they do, they’re doomed. They saw it in 2015 and 2019 and they’re going to see it again whenever the election is called.”

Mansur says few Quebecers will vote for a Conservative who is not from their province and both the Conservatives and Liberals have their eyes fixed on Ontario.

“Your part of Canada is taken for granted. You don’t have to win west of Ontario to form a federal government. So it is not about the West, it is not about the Maritimes,” Mansur says.

“I’m just being crude to give you the mentality of the Liberals. They say, ‘F… the West. Who cares about the West?’ There’s more seats in Toronto than all of Saskatchewan and Alberta combined.”

Mansur, who ran as a Reform Party candidate in 2000, believes Conservatives can win if they appeal to old stock Canadians.

“They have to basically do exactly what they refuse to do, because the media is going to call them racists. They have to appease and represent the… dwindling majority… the white Canadian, that is, the Canadians who built this country,” Mansur says.

“Those are the issues, which the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and all of the press, the CBC are now going to call ‘white extremist.’ The issue of pro-life, the issue of religion, the defense of freedom of worship… We have to discuss the issue of migration and immigration because we cannot sustain these numbers. This is basically destroying our economy of the Canadian people who are here. 

“And instead of meeting the requirements of Canadians who are at home, Mr. Trudeau and Conservatives are engaged and grandstanding on the UN stage. So does the Conservative Party have a leadership and a focus that is willing to address these issues and talk about these issues? The only people who are doing that is the PPC, but the PPC does not have the media behind it. That is another story.”

Mansur finished fifth in London North Centre as a PPC candidate in 2019 following his removal by the Conservatives. He believes that apart from rhetoric about balanced budgets, his former party lacks conviction.

“The Conservative Party does not want any issue that is that is in the context of small-C conservativism or social conservativism…Anything which is the concern of half of the Conservative voters across Canada, those issues have been sort of shelved and censored by the Conservative Party leadership.”

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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Calgary lawyer applauds Shell’s reversal of vax mandate

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said lawyer James Kitchen.

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In the wake of Shell Canada temporarily removing its mandatory vaccine policy at its Scotford site in Alberta, Calgary lawyer James Kitchen called it a “good and lawful” move.

Kitchen — a civil litigation lawyer focused on constitutional rights, human rights, and health freedom — represents a number of clients in the oil and gas sector, including CNRL staffer Naomi Smart who was the first employee dismissed without cause for refusing to adhere to the mandatory vaccine policy.

“There are two potential things happening here,” Kitchen told the Western Standard in reference to Shell’s decision to change its vaccine policy at the Scotford site.

“Either Shell is concerned with defending themselves legally — as the vaccines have little to no effect on transmission — or, there are decent human beings (who) run Shell who are looking at the science and they realize this is the sensible thing to do.”

Kitchen said Shell could be “showing some good business sense” and now, after “spending all this money and realizing nothing we do will stop it (the spread of COVID-19),” they are looking to get back to work.

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said Kitchen.

When asked if the move from Shell to reverse its vaccination policy might affect the outcome of current legal cases — including some of his own — Kitchen said he’s doubtful.

“Generally speaking, the court doesn’t care. The industry does what it wants so in a strictly legal sense, no. But in a broader sense, it does matter,” said Kitchen.  

“It’s like a band-wagon effect,” he said adding if other companies follow suit, “it could give pause and change course for policymakers.”

“I don’t expect others to follow, but I’m hopeful,” said Kitchen.

Kitchen applauded Shell for what he called, “the most reasonable, lawful positions I’ve seen in a long time.

“They have chosen not to be willfully ignorant of what is good, right and lawful and have chosen against coercion and tyranny,” said Kitchen.

“I hope it’s a harbinger of things to come.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Madu called Edmonton police chief after getting $300 distracted driving ticket

Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt says Kaycee should resign.

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After being pulled over by Edmonton police for talking on his cellphone while driving through a playground zone, Justice Minister Kaycee Madu then dialled up Edmonton’s police chief, CBC is reporting Monday afternoon.

CBC says they have a copy of Madu’s March 10, 2021 ticket that shows he was fined $300.

He soon phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, and discussed the ticket with him. 

“Minister Madu did contact me via the telephone concerned about a ticket. But just to be very, very clear, he never asked to get out of the ticket,” McFee told CBC News in December, adding he didn’t know exactly what was on the ticket.

“Everybody has to wear their decisions.”

McFee did say during their discussion, Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers. Madu is black.

The chief also said the pair talked about the ongoing problem of political tensions within the Lethbridge Police Service.

According to court documents, Madu paid the fee by the end of that week, CBC reports.

The Western Standard has reached out to Madu for a statement but hasn’t heard back.

The NDP quickly called for Madu to resign.

“It is wholly unacceptable for the Attorney General to engage with senior law enforcement regarding a penalty levelled against him, said NDP MLA Irfan Sabir.

Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt says Kaycee should resign.

“Even if Madu didn’t call the police chief, it is a major story for the Justice Minister to receive a distracted driving ticket in a school zone. Even if it was somebody else who got the ticket (family, friend, neighbour, acquaintance, stranger), Madu still can’t call the police chief about an active case,” tweeted Bratt.

“Either Madu didn’t know that it was inappropriate to call the police chief about a ticket (which is really bad), or knew and didn’t care (which is even worse). Regardless, Madu needs to step down.

“Jean Charest resigned in 1990 as Minister of Sport for calling a judge about a case. Calling a police chief about a case is very similar. Madu needs to resign, or Kenney has to fire him.”

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New Virginia Gov cancels vaccine and mask mandates first day in office

Youngkin’s second order was the elimination of mask rules for students in the state’s schools and his last directive was to abolish the vaccine mandate for state employees.

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New Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin ain’t fooling around.

On his first day in office, the new Republican governor brought in a plethora of conservative orders and canceled many liberal ones after being sworn in on Saturday.

The 55-year-old for a former private equity CEO campaigned on a pledge to get rid of the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) from state classrooms. CRT is an academic practice that examines the ways in which racism operates in US laws and society.

After taking the oath of office, Youngkin moved on nine executive orders and two executive directives, with the first on the list described as a directive to “restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education,” as reported by the Guardian.

A total of 22 states have now taken steps to limit the teaching of CRT.

“There’s no place for critical race theory in our school system, and that’s why, on day one, I’m going to ban it,” Youngkin said in an interview with Fox News in the closing days of the campaign last fall.

Youngkin’s second order was the elimination of mask rules for students in the state’s schools and his last directive was to abolish the vaccine mandate for state employees.

Currently, COVID-19 cases in Virginia are up 288% in comparison to last winter.”

A total of 15,803 have died in the state from the virus since the pandemic began.

State Democrats, who hold a majority in Virginia’s Senate, have vowed to oppose Youngkin’s orders, meaning they are unlikely to become law.

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