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Maverick party releases its election platform

“This platform will guide our candidates, our future engagement with voters and industry, and ultimately our Members of Parliament,” said interim leader Jay Hill.

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The Maverick Party is moving into an election footing with the release Tuesday of the group’s platform for the looming ballot.

“This platform will guide our candidates, our future engagement with voters and industry, and ultimately our Members of Parliament,” said interim leader Jay Hill.

“With the philosophical merging of the Conservative and Liberal Parties on a number of issues, most notably, a carbon tax and carbon pricing mechanism, Western Canadians are looking for true federal representation; MPs who will defend the West’s best interests, stay true to their values, and earn and keep their voters trust.

“With our primary goal of achieving greater autonomy for the West, these Maverick Party policies reflect what is best for the west, without compromise or any attempt or need to appease voters in Central and Eastern Canada.”

The entire party platform will be voted upon and ratified by their members at an inaugural party AGM and policy convention in the future.

Hill said the draft policy is a compilation of input and feedback from members, supporters, electoral district associations (EDA), presidents and board directors, candidates, the interim party board and leader, industry and constitutional experts, the Alberta Fair Deal panel, and “extensive research into best practices that will enable the West to reach its full potential.”

Currently, the party has 25 active EDAs, and six candidates appointed at the request of their EDA president and board of directors.

Some highlights of the Maverick platform include:

• Repeal Equalization.

• Oppose the Liberal gun grab.

• Defund the CBC.

• Kill the carbon tax. The Maverick Party will advocate for market-based approaches to environmental protection, including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

• Reverse Bill C-48 (the Pacific oil tanker ban) and Bill C-69 (the No-New Pipelines Act).

• The Maverick Party supports Western provinces receiving full compensation following opting out of new Federal cost-shared programs.

• It supports the increased autonomy of the western provinces in the areas of taxation, pension, health and childcare, employment insurance (EI), immigration, energy, environment etc.

• The Maverick Party supports participation in negotiating and implementing international agreements affecting the West’s interests.

• On issues including abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, and same-sex marriage, the Maverick Party and its MPs commit to not bringing forward party or private member’s legislation on these public policies that reflect Canadians most deeply held personal values.

• The Maverick Party will advocate for more control over immigration to western provinces. Immigration must be based on the economic needs and opportunities of the provinces and fulfill the employment skills that are needed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to call for an election shortly in a bid to increase its minority into a majority government.

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. Dennis Richter

    April 28, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Jay Hill, I commend you and fully agree with your principles but at the end of the day, the system is rigged against Alberta . You & I know the system will never change for the west and especially with a Libranos government. The ultimate solution is for Alberta to elect the Wildrose Independance Party, get our house in order and take a referendum to the people of Alberta. Do we stay or do we go? https://wildrose.party/

  2. Baron Not Baron

    April 28, 2021 at 8:08 am

    WILD ROSE INDEPENDENT PARTY OF ALBERTA is the answer. Why? It stands FIRM for Albertans, with FIRM points. It clearly shows to the eastern bloc that we mean it, and the end of Ottawa’s agenda for the West is coming to a halt!

  3. Joell Haugan

    April 27, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Nothing about lockdowns… and.. ??? What’s this??? Pirvate member bills on abortion..etc…. are banned?

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

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“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

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

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

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

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

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

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