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Poll: Majority of Canadians – outside AB, SK – support COVID detention centres and jailing people who spread ‘misinformation’

But the majority are against police forces doing warrantless entries – but a surprisingly high number, 38 per cent support those actions.

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The majority of Canadians support the federal government’s move to set up detention centres to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new poll conducted by Campaign Research.

A majority also support fining or jailing people who spread COVID-19 “misinformation”.

The large omnibus poll generally showed Atlantic Canadians and especially Quebecers to be the most strongly in favour of more militant enforcement of government COVID measures, while Albertans and Saskatchewanians to be the most resistant.

But the majority – outside of Quebec – are against allowing police to enter homes without a warrant – but a surprisingly high number, 38 per cent support it.

Campaign Research poll

“While separating families won’t fly with voters, isolation centers “where people who breach COVID restrictions could be taken to protect themselves and others” has the support of 58 per cent of Canadian voters while only 33 per cent of voters oppose,” said the poll for Campaign Research.

“There is somewhat more support for isolation centres with voters in Quebec and Atlantic Canada than the average across Canada,” the poll found.

“Support is higher among the Liberal, Green and Bloc voters while opposition is highest with Conservative voters, those voting for “another party” and those who refuse to say who they are voting for,” the poll found

But while Canadians in general support the isolation centres they are firmly against separating family members who are put into them.

Campaign Research poll

“A total of 64 per cent of Canadian voters are opposed to police being authorized to separate family members to reduce or eliminate the risk of COVID spread. Opposition is high among all ages, males and females,” the poll found.

“Though a majority of Liberal voters oppose, there are 36 per cent that support this activity being sanctioned. Voters who remain ‘undecided’ on who they will vote for resemble the NDP, Conservative and Green voters more than how the Liberal breakout on this question.” The poll did find a whopping 82 per cent of people who support “other” parties strongly oppose the action.

“A total of 59 per cent of Canadian voters support fines or jail for those who spread disinformation about COVID (Questioning the existence or seriousness of COVID, i.e. ‘it’s just the flu’). Support is high across all ages, males and females,” said the poll.

“Conservative voters are evenly split on this question while most other voters are firmly supportive of fining or jailing this who spread disinformation,” the poll found.

Campaign Research poll

“A majority of voters across Canada oppose the government suspending civil liberties and rights but surprisingly, 38 per cent of voters support these actions. There is less opposition from females over the age of 35.

“A total of 50 per cent of LPC voters support sanctioning such actions, even higher support than Bloc voters (44 per cent), while less than 4 in 10 CPC, NDP and GPC voters support this. But 75 per cent of voters for “other parties” oppose the move.

The poll shows nearly a third of Canadians – and a majority of Quebecers – support warrantless police entries into homes.

“A total of 58 per cent of voters oppose the police (at their discretion) entering homes without warrants to enforce compliance with COVID restrictions. Surprisingly, 38 per cent of voters support such authority for and action by the police. Opposition is lower with females under 35 years of age,” the poll found.

Campaign Research poll

“Opposition is highest in Ontario and Alberta and lowest in Quebec. Support for this type of activity is highest in Quebec and surprisingly, Saskatchewan.

“Conservative and NDP voters are quite similar with their overall opinions, over 62 per cent oppose, whereas Liberal voters are more evenly split on this question. 60 per cent of Bloc voters support, while 38 per cent of Bloc voters oppose. Voters who remain “undecided” on who they will vote for resemble the Conservative, NDP and Green voters more than how the Liberal or Bloc voters breakout on this question.

It also shows amongst people who would vote for “other parties” oppose the move by 81 per cent. The poll did not include the option for participants to select the Maverick, Peoples, or Libertarian parties.

Campaign Research poll

The study was conducted from January 28-30, among a sample of 2,413 respondents. The study was conducted through online surveys with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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Alberta looking for in-house vaccine production

The province announced Monday that over the next 10 business days, the government will be accepting proposals regarding COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing.

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The UCP government wants to set up production of made-in-Alberta vaccines in the future.

The province announced Monday that over the next 10 business days, the government will be accepting proposals regarding COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing.

“The economic recovery of Alberta, Canada and the world depends on achieving mass vaccination against COVID-19,” said Job Minister Doug Schweitzer in a news release.

“Our government is exploring potential opportunities in the development and manufacturing of vaccines right here at home. Albertans are hard-working innovators and problem solvers, and we are ready to see how they propose to continue the fight against COVID-19.”

Companies and organizations interested in submitting their proposals can apply online, starting March 8. The application form will remain online for 10 business days, with applications closing at midnight on March 21.

“Jobs, Economy and Innovation is developing a Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Sector Strategy to boost the growth of the sector. Developing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in the province is a key part of that strategy,” said the government release.

In January, Providence Therapeutics, a biotechnology company with offices in Calgary and Toronto, announced it had begun Phase I trials of its vaccine. Providence is also working with another Calgary company, Northern RNA, which wants to develop vaccine manufacturing capacity in this city.

As of March 6, 290,391 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Ottawa press gallery expells Chinese agency

Founded by the Communist Party of China in 1935, Xinhua in recent dispatches praised an “ethnic policy” deemed genocidal by Canadian MPs.

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The Chinese news agency has been booted out of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery after 57 years.

The press gallery said Xinhua News Agency, the propaganda arm of China’s Communist Party, was stripped of membership not due to expulsion but a paperwork error.

The embassy “neglected to send in their membership review form,” said Jordan Press, outgoing president of the gallery.

“It was an administrative oversight that they were still on the membership list at the end of last year.

“They were not expelled, they were not removed. They just simply did not file a review form.”

The Chinese embassy had no comment on the issue.

Gallery rules restrict membership to publishers and broadcasters that “adhere to generally accepted journalistic principles and practices.”

Xinhua is state-run and is known as a propaganda agency for the People’s Republic that prompted pro-democracy demonstrators to vandalize its Hong Kong office in 2019.

“The violent acts of the black-clad rioters have once again shown that only by stopping violence in accordance with the law would social order and public security be restored,” Xinhua said at the time.

Founded by the Communist Party of China in 1935, Xinhua in recent dispatches praised an “ethnic policy” deemed genocidal by Canadian MPs, urged foreigners to “stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs” and hailed China’s “comprehensive green transformation.”

“There is no perfect democracy, only democracy that fits best,” Xinhua wrote in a March 4 report.

The Ottawa Press Gallery granted Xinhua membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin, Sr.

Xinhua was granted membership in a diplomatic exchange with Maoist censors who allowed the Globe & Mail to open a bureau in Beijing.

Press said if the agency wants to return they would have to submit an application form.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted Xinhua from going to military briefings on Parliament Hill.

The agency that same year was accused of misusing its press credentials to maintain surveillance of Chinese dissidents in Canada and obtain details of a private meeting between the visiting Dalai Lama and then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Climate bureau costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars

But even more spending is required to manage a voluntary Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System detailed Saturday in regulations.

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The federal climate bureau – which manages new carbon offset program – spent more than $600 million last year, says Blackwell’s Reporter.

The Pan-Canadian Framework Implementation Branch had a total of 83 employees and spent $614,897,338 including $605 million on grants and subsidies, $7.9 million on salaries and $1.8 million for overhead and administration, auditors found.

But even more spending is required to manage a voluntary Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System detailed Saturday in regulations.

“Federal government costs associated with implementation of the proposed regulations are estimated to be up to $800,000 per year over the 2021-2030 period,” said a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement.

Another eight employees are needed to monitor emissions, said Peter Lamey, director of issues management for the Department of the Environment.

“These are complex.”

Employees would ensure that industries volunteering for the program “achieve real, additional, quantified, verified, unique and permanent” cuts to emissions, said the regulatory notice.

The system would allow companies to buy and swap carbon credits, though regulators did not explain where or how.

“It is challenging to forecast the extent to which the proposed regulations would lead to net greenhouse gas reductions,” said the Analysis Statement.

“The Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System is another tool we’re using to combat climate change and create a cleaner, healthier future,” Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a statement.

“The system will encourage cost-effective climate emission reductions right here in Canada.”

There has been no detailed look at all in-house costs of cabinet’s climate change programs.

Then-Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in 2018 told the Commons any expense was marginal compared to the impact of climate change.

“I do not know how many times I can repeat it,” said McKenna.

“Polluting is not free. It is a tax on future generations. I see lots of young people sitting out there wondering what the Conservatives are going to do to tackle climate change. The answer is apparently nothing.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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