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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
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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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Liberal Internet censorship plans no laughing matter

Provisions of the bill “are designed to chill speech” and would impose a “censorship regime” on Canadian internet users, said the Society.

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Jokes will be banned on the Internet if the Liberals get their way, says the Canadian chapter of the Internet Society.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the group has petitioned Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department to drop his censorship bill.

“The scheme as a whole is aimed at the suppression of speech and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society,” said the Society whose members include a former federal judge.

“This is completely wrong,” the society wrote in a submission to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Cabinet said if re-elected it would introduce Bill C-36 An Act To Amend The Criminal Code that lapsed in the last Parliament.

Provisions of the bill “are designed to chill speech” and would impose a “censorship regime” on Canadian internet users, said the society.

“The censorship regime is designed to favour censorship over free speech,” it said.

Parliament in 1970 banned hate speech under the Criminal Code, but Bill C-36 would expand the ban to legal content “likely to foment detestation or vilification of an individual or group” under threat of $70,000 fines or house arrest.

The Department of Justice June 23 said the measures “would apply to public communications by individual users on the Internet, including on social media, on personal websites and in mass e-mails,” blog posts, online news sites, “operators of websites that primarily publish their own content” and user-comment sections.

“The proposed legislative scheme is contrary to the guarantees of free speech enshrined in the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms as it applies to lawful speech,” wrote the Internet Society.

“The Charter protects not only the expressive rights of Canadians but the right of Canadians to access the expression of others.”

Society board members include Konrad von Finckenstein, a former federal judge and ex-chair of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, former CRTC commissioner Tim Denton, three corporate lawyers, a former treasurer of the Canadian Media guild and ex-director of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

The Society called Bill C-36 a “wholly unprecedented” measure.

“A certain humility is necessary when Canada attempts to take on the role of policing all harmful speech, everywhere, in the name of protecting the sensibilities of Canadians,” it wrote.

“The scheme is unworthy of consideration by Parliament. Its implementation would diminish the rights of Canadians while failing in its purpose of protecting Canadians from internet harms. The proposal should be withdrawn.”

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Allison: Official bilingualism creates a regional power imbalance

Westerners must join the elite minority of bilinguals by learning a second language or be left behind when it comes to rising the ranks of Canada’s federal institutions.

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Bilinguals make up only 18% of our population, yet they dominate our federal institutions.

The reason for this is no secret. Canada’s official bilingualism, legally enshrined in the Official Languages Act (1969), gives a distinct advantage to one class of Canadians; bilinguals, over all others. The Act requires that federal institutions provide services in both French and English. The result is that 40% of federal public service jobs are “designated bilingual.” This means that some 300,000 jobs which make up our federal bureaucracies are available only to 18% of Canadians and closed to the other 82%

What does this mean for regional representation in our federal institutions? It means overrepresentation from Quebec and underrepresentation from the West. About 45% of Quebecers are bilingual whereas only 7% of those in the prairie provinces are bilingual. Thus, the pool of qualified candidates for federal public service jobs is going to be overwhelmingly filled with Quebecers while having scarcely any Westerners. As spokesman for Canadians for Language Fairness, Gordon Miller, writes: “The Official Languages Act has allowed this group [the “Laurentian elite”] to dominate the federal government bureaucracy and further entrench the dominance of the Eastern provinces in federal affairs.”

The Laurentian elite does dominate the federal public service. A total of 67% of the federal public service is made up of Quebecers and Ontarians and only 11% are from the prairie provinces. Of course, official bilingualism is not the only cause that has explanatory power in the case of this discrepancy. The federal capital being located on the border between the two most populous provinces also plays a significant role in determining the regional makeup of the federal public service (a separate and distinct advantage that the Laurentians have over Westerners in controlling federal institutions). In fact, 42% of federal public service employees live in the National Capital Region in Ottawa-Gatineau.

But, when it comes to those who rise the ranks in Canada’s federal bureaucracy, official bilingualism provides an explanation for its overwhelmingly Quebecer makeup. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner, the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal Marc Noël, the Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson for the National Film Board of Canada Claude Joli-Coeur, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council of the Arts Simon Brault, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Stéphane Perrault, and the Director of CSIS David Vigneault are all Quebecers. The board of directors for the CBC, is also made up of 33% Quebecers with only one member hailing from the prairie provinces — Jennifer Moore Rattray from Manitoba. As Washington Post columnist, J.J. McCullough, suggests: “It is really hard to argue that by some massive coincidence the most qualified people for all of these jobs just happen to be Quebecers.”

Indeed, it is no coincidence. Since all federal institutions must provide services in both French and English, it is likely to have a bilingual in charge of these federal bureaucracies in order to ensure that these institutions run smoothly. As a result, Quebecers with their disproportionate number of bilinguals, have come to dominate the highest ranks of these bureaucracies.

Official bilingualism lays the groundwork for these regional disparities in Canada’s federal bureaucracies. Quebecers are overwhelmingly more likely to be bilingual than Westerners. As such, Westerners must join the elite minority of bilinguals by learning a second language or be left behind when it comes to rising the ranks of Canada’s federal institutions.

Andrew Allison is a PhD philosophy student at the University of Calgary
andrew.allison@ucalgary.ca

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Sask removes QR codes from vaccine passports

Residents will be able to download their proof of vaccination record on Saturday, but the QR code will not be included.

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Saskatchewan is temporarily removing QR codes from its vaccine passports after privacy breaches were found.

The government said the vaccination records of up to 19 residents have the potential to display another person’s QR code.

The province said one person’s private information has been “erroneously captured.”

That person has been notified, as has the Office of the Information and Privacy Officer of Saskatchewan.

Residents will be able to download their proof of vaccination record on Saturday, but the QR code will not be included.

“Citizens who have already printed/downloaded/captured the QR code on their COVID-19 vaccination record between September 19-24, are asked to destroy/delete any records with their COVID-19 QR code as the code will be made invalid,” the government said in a release.

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