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Tory party purging memberships before convention, say social conservatives

MP Derek Sloan was kicked out of the Conservative Party and told the Western Standard others have reached out to him to report a similar fate.

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The Conservative Party is ‘doing a cleanup job’ of its membership as it heads into its policy convention, say social conservatives, who believe the moves could alienate its base.

MP Derek Sloan was kicked out of the Conservative Party and told the Western Standard others have reached out to him to report a similar fate.

“So anyone who’s kind of sticking their neck out, questioning COVID, being a social conservative, vocally anyways, potentially, I mean we don’t know how far this will go, but that’s what we’re seeing so far,” Sloan said.

“There’s a vocal pastor in Ontario who’s been pushing against the lockdown. His name is Henry Hildebrandt. He’s a Mennonite pastor. And I understand that his and his wife’s membership has been revoked.”

Herbert Hildebrandt, the son of Henry said: “The Party revoked both his and my membership, refused to provide reasons beyond referencing the general reasons why they can do so, ie. conduct unbecoming a member, etc. I appealed and the decision was upheld by the executive.”

Sloan said his own parents’ last name of “Sloan” was hidden when they sought election as delegates for Erin O’Toole’s riding of Durham.

“Their names were listed as ‘David David’ and ‘Erica Erica.’ And so they contacted the party multiple, multiple times, over a period of several days, and nothing happened. And then finally on, I believe it was the last day of the vote, they got a lawyer involved,” Sloan said.

Finally, the Conservative Party responded.

“They changed the name back. And then they also started the entire election over again in their riding,” Sloan said, leading to his parents’ election as delegates.

Brenda Virtue was also chosen to be a delegate, then had her membership revoked for 60 days without explanation.

“Who knows what they’re doing?” Virtue told the Western Standard.

“After I had been voted a delegate, now they’re what, going through the delegates, saying oh we don’t want this person voting, because they used to go with the PPC? I don’t know.”

Virtue said she is not returning to the People’s Party because “it’s not going anywhere,” but now she is disillusioned with the Conservatives as well.

“It’s like a friend of mine said, ‘Now, why would you want to go to vote in a party for at a convention if what you vote on, they’re not even going to carry through on it because they don’t want conservatives voting?’ They don’t want social conservatives, they just want their progressive ideology and liberal ideology, actually, to be carried forward. So they’re going to do whatever they want to do, just like our Prime Minister, without any legislative oversight… It’s very sad.”

Virtue had put forward policies advocated by Parents Are First Educators and by RightNow, a pro-life organization. RightNow wants the Conservative Party to delete policy 70 which says the party will not support any legislation on abortion. They also want a resolution opposing late-term abortions.

RightNow co-founder Scott Hayward from Brandon, Manitoba, told the Western Standard Virtue was one of two former female PPC candidates axed as delegates, though he would not name the other.

“The timing of it, of course, is interesting, because they are elected as delegates, and here are supposed to go to convention. So they’re, they’re clearly you know, doing a ‘cleanup job’, so to speak. But as per the rules of the party, as far as I can tell, they’re within their right to do so,” Hayward said.

Chilliwack, B.C. school trustee Barry Neufeld told the Western Standard his membership was also revoked without explanation. Neufeld is known for his opposition to the pro-transgender SOGI-123 school resources used in B.C. schools.

He was not told the reason he was kicked out of the party, despite asking.

“Peter Mackay said that we have to get rid of and discourage the social conservatives. They’re like an albatross around our neck,” Neufeld said.

“Somebody’s pulling the strings behind the Conservative Party and they’re determined to rid themselves of all social conservatives and to alienate them.”

Sloan said the sidelining of social conservatives has already caused “disenchantment” with the party.

“I’ve heard other MPs in the meeting where I was kicked out as an MP were saying, ‘Listen, some of my biggest supporters, board members and volunteers and stuff are already calling me telling me that they’re through,” Sloan said.

“And depending on how things play out from here, the Conservative Party is risking damaging itself significantly. When you throw your base under the bus, that’s a sign that you’re heading into irrelevancy.”

Harding is a reporter for the Western Standard based in Saskatchewan

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  1. Left Coast

    March 4, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    So done with these clowns . . . .

  2. Oil

    March 2, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Brenda Virtue’s attitude is exactly what’s wrong with the PPC. Of course, it won’t be going anywhere if you give up after 1 election. An election in which you got 300 000 votes, one of the best first elections for any Canadian political party ever. Vote PPC

  3. Dennis Richter

    March 2, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Since O’Toole came on the scene I have sent emails with questions directly to O’Toole’s office and the only reply is the Auto Reply. They are very good at sending emails and junk mail begging for donations but not at responding to the concerns of their base. I have requested to be Unsubscribed from the Conservative Party.
    I’m done with a federal government. My money is in Alberta. https://wildrose.party/

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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