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Trudeau Sr. wanted to set up lotto that would benefit Liberals

But the plan was seemingly thwarted by changes the previous Tory government brought in.

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Former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau had plans to sent up a national lottery that would only benefit the Liberal party, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Declassified records show Trudeau planned to keep the 1980 lottery “low-key.”

But the plan was seemingly thwarted by changes the previous Tory government brought in.

“The following considerations affecting future federal involvement in lotteries were identified,” said Cabinet Minutes:

“A national lottery was a means of assisting people politically active in support of the Liberal party. In addition, ticket sales constituted a symbol of national presence throughout the country. There was a need to obtain funds to support sports and cultural activities.”

Blacklock’s had been after the files from the national archives under Access To Information since 2016.

Parliament in 1976 passed the Olympic Act to permit the first national lottery to help finance that summer’s Montréal Olympics. It was the first lottery in Canadian history to offer a $1 million prize.

The Olympic lottery was succeeded by a Crown corporation, Loto-Canada Inc.

But when Prime Minister Joe Clark took power he wound up Loto-Canada in 1979 and assigned management of lotteries to the provinces.

Records show Trudeau, Sr. at a June 19,1980 cabinet meeting approved a plan to send out confidential feelers to provinces on launching a permanent federal lottery.

“The status of the agreement between the Clark government and the provinces was uncertain since it had been given only in an exchange of letters and not in a formal agreement,” said Cabinet Minutes.

“Lotteries per se are not a constitutional issue since there is nothing in the Constitution which makes them uniquely provincial.

“For this reason there did not seem to be a reason for the federal government to avoid acting in this area as a trade-off for support on other constitutional questions.”

Cabinet agreed: “It was possible to contemplate federal involvement in types of lotteries other than those similar to Loto-Canada, and this prospect should be indicated to the provinces during the consultation which it was proposed the Minister of Labour undertake.”

“The Cabinet agreed that the Minister of Labour discuss, on a low-key, bilateral basis with his provincial government counterparts responsible for lotteries…the feasibility of a federal re-entry into the lottery field,” said Minutes.

Nothing came of the venture. 

Cabinet Minutes noted the Treasury Board did research that concluded a national lottery would generate less than $24 million a year, though “it was suggested this analysis did not reveal an understanding of, or insight into, lottery financing.”

Loto-Canada formally disbanded with a net $11 million profit. 

Minutes said some unidentified members of the Liberal cabinet considered lotteries “a regressive form of taxation which hurt low income people who are the major buyers of lottery tickets.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

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

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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