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EXCLUSIVE: How a Conservative candidate worked with the NDP to bring down star UCP candidate

It’s a story of how a cancel culture mob fuelled on fake stories ruined the life of a rising female political star.

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Western Standard News Editor Dave Naylor has spent more than a month investigating the story of Caylan Ford. Ford seemed certain to be a potential political star – intelligent, photogenic and ready to make a mark.

She was recruited by Jason Kenney to run for the Alberta UCP in the 2019 election. Ford seemed to be on the path to stardom when she was shot down in flames by rumours, innuendos and planted news stories in an NDP-affiliated propaganda “news” website.

Ford blames one man for her downfall – Karim Jivraj. Much of this story is almost unbelievable and would not have been taken seriously by the Western Standard had it not been for the hard proof obtained by its staff. Over the next week, Naylor will tell their story backed with interviews, and court documentation.

It’s a case of sex, lies and agent provocateurs.

It’s a story of how a cancel culture mob – fuelled by fake news stories – ruined the life a woman and rising political star.

It revolves around Caylan Ford, mother-of-two, who Alberta Premier Jason Kenney talked into running for the UCP in the constituency of Calgary-Mountainview.

She didn’t know it at the time, but her nemesis is Karim Jivraj, another highly-educated political operator, whose own court testimony shows that he tried to destroy Ford by planting admittedly fake stories in the NDP-linked “news” outlet, Press Progress.

Edited parts of private philosophical conversations involving Ford were given to Press Progress with media quickly claiming it was evidence of her “white supremacist” or “white nationalist” views.

Before deciding to take a run at politics, Ford earned master’s degrees from George Washington University and Oxford University in international affairs and international human rights law. 

She also worked as a senior policy advisor at Global Affairs Canada (formerly called the Department of Foreign Affairs) and has created an award-winning documentary on the torture of Chinese political prisoners.

Ford and Jivraj met in 2017 at a Tory Lunar New Year function in Toronto.

They quickly became friends and enjoyed long talks about political philosophy and world affairs.

Jivraj was also highly educated, having studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and Cornell.

He was a long-time Tory operator and ran for the party in in the last election. He finished third in the University-Rosedale constituency in Toronto behind Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland who won the seat.

He has been pictured with numerous Tory big wigs including Stephen Harper and Andrew Scheer.

Jivraj decided to move to Calgary, Ford’s home town, after problems in Toronto where, reportedly, Tory insiders were sure he was using fake twitter accounts to spread false rumours.

Once Jivraj landed in Calgary, Ford helped him find a place to live with a friend of hers and also helped him get a job at a city law firm.

It was in 2018, and the problems began with an explosive accusation. At the height of the #MeToo movement, Jivraj started a rumour that Ford had made unfounded accusations of sexual harassment against another political candidate. He later admitted that Ford had never done this. 

In January 2019, anonymous Twitter account started tweeting out screen shots of Ford’s private Facebook messages.

A Tory source told Ford someone was shopping private Facebook messages of hers around to lots of media outlets.

Under oath, Jivraj has admitted to creating numerous fake Twitter account to spread malicious rumours, and lies of sexual impropriety against Ford and other conservative women.

Jivraj email to Ford asking her attend his doomed political launch

At that time, Jivraj was vying for the federal Conservative Party nomination in Calgary Centre. The party later refused to allow him to run, said Ford.

And after Ford announced her run in the riding of Mountain-view on June 18, 2019. Jivraj then suddenly ran to become the riding association president.

On November 25, 2018, a mass anonymous email was sent to 1,400 party members with the headline “Caylan Ford: Too Good To Live Here.”

It contained false allegations that Ford had never worked in Calgary and had mocked the Mountainview constituency.

In March 2018, Ford alleged Jivraj was the anonymous source behind widely-publicized accusations she expressed sympathy for “white supremacist” terrorists in private Facebook messenger conversations years before. 

On March 18, 2019 at 2:49 p.m., Press Progress editor Luke LeBrun contacted Ford’s campaign in an email asking for comment on private messages they had obtained.

In subsequent emails looking for comment, Lebrun told her the emails were sent to him by a “a prominent conservative.” 

Knowing Press Progress had strong NDP ties, Ford declined to comment.

Ford said the emails contained edited snippets of conversations she was having with a trusted friend. She admits the messages were badly worded.

But the damage was done and Ford was quickly forced to step down as a candidate.

The feud came to a head January 9 last year, when Jivraj filed an assault complaint with the Calgary Police Service where he alleged Ford had “aggressively placed her hand on his back.”

In later court testimony, Jivraj admitted the incident only involved a tap on the back to get his attention as he sat in her neighbourhood coffee shop.

“It all demonstrates how easily a single bad actor can leverage the rhetorical toolkit of cancel culture to pursue a personal vendetta, destroying someone’s reputation and career with total impunity and anonymity, and with no semblance of due process for the accused,” said Ford to the Western Standard.

I’ve been reputationally and professionally ruined. I am still unemployable two years later.”

“It’s also a case study in the hypocrisy of left/liberal institutions like the NDP, Press Progress, CBC, and the Toronto Star. All of these groups purport to care about reducing gender-based harassment, and encouraging women to run for public office.” 

“The CBC and Press Progress – and the Toronto Star to a lesser extent – knew Jivraj had a history of harassment against me and making false statements about me. Yet they cooperated with him to publicly humiliate me and force me off the ballot. They shielded his identity and falsified his motives to make him appear credible, which he is not. It seems they’re fine with harassing women in politics, as long as the woman is a conservative.”

In March 2021, Ford was contacted by his roommate who said he was living in fear of Jivraj and that he had been assaulted by him

Toronto police have confirmed to the Western Standard that Jirvaj was arrested on March 9 and charged with assault.

“It is alleged that two men had a verbal altercation which turned physical,” said a Toronto police spokesman.

Jivraj is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall in Toronto on May 19.

The saga of Karim Jivraj’s campaign against Ford and other conservative women is just too incredible to be told in a single feature article. That is why the Western Standard has decided to break it down into a series which will dive into several of the actions taken by Mr. Jivraj. It is a story that we did not believe until we obtained the evidence.

NEXT STORY: Jivraj admits using a fake Twitter account to spread false sexual innuendos.

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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  1. Joc2257

    April 7, 2021 at 8:53 am

    This sound more like the rejected advancements of a spurned friend/lover more than anything else. It wouldn’t be the first time the a persons career and life has been destroyed by the unwanted aggression of a person who wanted more than the other was willing to give.

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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