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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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Rebel UCP MLA Barnes blasts Kenney on COVID and a PST

Barnes said his Cypress-Medicine Hat constituents are “suffering extreme fatigue” and are frustrated Premier Jason Kenney didn’t open more of the province

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Renegade UCP MLA Drew Barnes is blasting his own government with two barrels – over COVID-19 lockdown regulations and a possible provincial sales tax.

Barnes said his Cypress-Medicine Hat constituents are “suffering extreme fatigue” and are frustrated Premier Jason Kenney didn’t open more of the province on Tuesday when he announced a slight relaxation of some restrictions.

Despite reaching benchmark to move onto Phase 2 of reopening, Kenney only allowed gyms to start offering some services and for libraries to open at 15 per cent capacity.

“Some of my colleagues (in caucus) are finally starting to push back – it’s going to be an interesting few weeks in politics,” Barnes said in an interview with the Western Standard.

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“The government has lost the trust of some people here. The benchmarks were set and met. Albertans have done the hard work. But now the mental and economic crisis is just as bad as the COVID crisis.

Barnes noted his area only has about 10-12 COVID-19 cases at the moment.

“I’ve had a few people tell me they are just going to open now regardless. I’m urging everone to respect the rules,” Barnes said.

“I’m calling on Premier Kenney and the Chief Medical Officer of Health to recognize the mental and economic crisis is just as bad as the COVID-19 one.”

At a press conference this week, Kenney again refused to rule out introducing a PST – and Barnes again blasted the idea.

“It is time for the government to make some strong decisions when it comes to getting its spending in line,” Barnes told the Western Standard.

Barnes tweet

He noted experts have said if Alberta brought its spending in line with other provinces, it could reduce the deficit to nothing.

“It’s time for taxpayers to start demanding more for their money,” he said.

Barnes has been critical of his UCP on numerous policies – from centralizing EMS dispatch to the slowness of bringing in a provincial police force.

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

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Wheatland County calls on Kenney to hold an independence referendum

The resolution calls for an independence referendum in October 2021. The province already has a vote set for October this year an equalization.

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An Alberta county has adopted a motion demanding the provincial government take more steps to get autonomy from Ottawa and even hold a referendum on independence next year.

The motion in Wheatland County passed by a vote of 5-2 Tuesday night and will now be forwarded to Premier Jason Kenney and his cabinet.

The resolution calls for an independence referendum in October 2021. The province already has a vote set for October this year an equalization.

The motion’s sponsor, Coun. Jason Wilson, told the Western Standard feelings of alienation continue to grow in the county, southeast of Calgary.

And they aren’t too happy with Kenney and his COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

“It continues to go from bad to worse,” said Wilson, admitting he has coffee with some of his constituents, also a breach of pandemic laws.

He said the fiasco that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vaccine rollout has become shows Alberta is better to go it alone.

Jason Wilson

“This proves how little Alberta needs Canada. If we were independent, we could have everyone vaccinated by now,” said Wilson adding his area’s disappointment that Kenney’s loosening of regulations on Monday only allowed libraries to reopen.

“By sending the motion to Premier Kenney we hope to see a different approach from them and a faster pace of things.”

The Kenney government has made slight steps to getting a better deal for the province in Confederation. He has formed the Alberta Parole Board and set up panels to study other issue like taxation and setting up a provincial police force.

Wilson’s motion called for an end to equalization payments, the creation of a provincial police force, be in charge of collecting Alberta income tax revenue and control of immigration.

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

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U.S. environmental groups poured $2.4 billion in 2019 to further climate change ideology

Ludwig warned had the finances from these groups also been included, the final numbers might be double or even three times current figures.

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New research from the Capital Research Center, an American-based think tank, reveals environmental groups poured a record $2.4 billion in 2019 to further left-wing climate change ideology.

“This stunning figure contrasts with the environmentalist movement’s self-image as David vs. Goliath: impoverished, idealistic eco-activists outgunned by powerful interests in the “fossil fuel” industry,” said its Senior Investigative Researcher, Hayden Ludwig.

He said Liberals have long claimed the Right outguns environmentalists despite holding the country’s best-funded special interests.

However, a 2018 misleading study measuring the income of broadly right-leaning groups focused on a host of issues, including welfare, telecom regulation, agricultural policy, etc., to produce the claim conservatives spend $1 billion per year to stop action on climate change, amounting to a 10 to 1 disparity with environmental groups.

CRC examined the finances of 166 left-leaning policy, activist, litigation, and research organizations along with any associated political action committees (PACs) that primarily focus on climate change or environmental regulation. 

The think-tank captured their revenues, expenditures, and the amounts of grants they paid out in 2019 using publicly available Form 990 findings.

Their inquiry found these organizations raked in $2.67 billion from donors, nearly all of whom remain undisclosed. These organizations, including special interests, spent a whopping $2.43 billion paying staffers, attorneys, activists, professional fundraisers, and researchers and lobbying for environmental regulations. 

“In the case of 501(c)(4) groups and PACs, they also helped elect Democrats and oppose Republicans in the 2019-2020 election cycle,” said Ludwig, as mostly left-leaning nonprofits received $435 million in grants.

“These figures don’t include lobbying by private firms for renewables subsidies, left-wing groups with a broader focus than climate change or the environment or eco-Right groups, self-identified “conservative” organizations that support carbon taxes and other global warming policies.” 

He warned had the finances from these groups also been included, the final numbers might be double or even three times current figures.

“The tax status of these organizations sheds light on the distribution of funds within the environmental movement,” said Ludwig. 

With 111 of 166 groups IRS-designated 501(c)(3) public charities, donations provided to them are tax-deductible. The 501(c)(3) nonprofits account for the overwhelming majority of finances CRC traced.

CRC traced 83.95 per cent or $2.24 billion of the $2.7 billion in total revenues uncovered, 83.1% of $2.02 billion of the $2.4 billion in total expenditures found, and 78.5% or $342 million of the $435 million in grants paid.

Of the 166 groups, 46 are 501(c)(4) advocacy nonprofits, which are permitted to spend significantly more on lobbying than their 501(c)(3) counterparts. 

The top 20 biggest spenders also number among the loudest voices pushing environmental regulations:

  1. World Wildlife Fund: $236 million
  2. Environmental Defense Fund: $188.6 million
  3. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): $173 million
  4. Sierra Club: $150 million
  5. World Resources Institute: $120.8 million
  6. National Audubon Society: $118 million
  7. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): $109.9 million
  8. Sierra Club Foundation: $93.9 million
  9. National Wildlife Federation: $89.7 million
  10. EarthJustice: $78 million
  11. League of Conservation Voters: $66.5 million
  12. NextGen Climate Action Committee: $56.8 million
  13. NextGen Climate Action: $54 million
  14. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): $53.5 million
  15. Rocky Mountain Institute: $45 million
  16. Resources Legacy Fund: $42.3 million
  17. Union of Concerned Scientists: $40.7 million
  18. Greenpeace: $37.7 million
  19. Oceana: $36 million
  20. League of Conservation Voters Education Fund: $34.8 million

“These are the titans of “Green” Activism Inc. They spend hundreds of millions of dollars to pass the socialist Green New Deal and promote radical global warming legislation that promises to jack up household electricity prices and enable the Left’s war on science,” said Ludwig.

Dhaliwal is the Western Standard’s reporter based in Edmonton.

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