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Kenney calls referendum on kicking Quebec out of Canada

In a joint press conference with UCP MLA Drew Barnes, Kenney said that he would be tabling a bill in the legislature Wednesday afternoon authorizing Elections Alberta to conduct the vote.

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In a stunning political move, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province will hold a referendum on whether or not to eject Quebec from confederation.

In a joint press conference with UCP MLA Drew Barnes, Kenney said that he would be tabling a bill in the legislature Wednesday afternoon authorizing Elections Alberta to conduct the vote.

“Quebec’s separatist ambitions are distracting Albertans with similar ideas – and its going to be one of us. In order to keep Alberta in Canada, Quebec has got to go,” said Kenney, in an exclusive April 1 interview with the Western Standard.

“To be honest, we are fed up with their constant demands and using Alberta’s Equalization payments as our own province drowns in red ink.”

Drew Barnes expressed grudging support for the referendum.

“My first choice is to reform Canada, but that will never happen with Quebec holding an effective veto over constitutional change. So my second choice is for Alberta to become an independent nation. But while us leaving might divide Albertans, I think that we can all agree that we would really just all be happier without them [Quebec],” Barnes said.

Kenney announced the referendum would be held in conjunction with the October 18 civic vote being held across the province.

The official wording of the question will ask: “Should the British North America Act 1867 be amended to remove Quebec as a province from Canada?”

Kenney said he expects the vote to be 95 per cent in favour.

“I am a proud federalist, and will never support a referendum on Alberta independence. But Quebec really does piss me off. So I am tabling a bill today that will see us hold a referendum on kicking Quebec out of Canada once and for all,” said Kenney.

“I expect we will be saying ‘au reviour’ to those people.”

The premier added poutine will still be legal to serve in Alberta bars and restaurants.

Wildrose Independence Party Interim Leader Paul Hinman condemned the move as too soft on Quebec.

“Yes, it would be better to give Quebec the boot, but it’s a weak-kneed half-measure. To be truly free of them, we must dig a moat around Quebec and build a wall that they will pay for with all of the Equalization money that we’ve sent them.”

The move will shake Canadian politics to it’s core, said political scientists.

“I mean, this is a Shocker on Shock Street,” said political analyst April Plaisanter.

In Quebec, Kenney’s remarks were met with derision and condemnation.

“You’re mother stinks of elderberries and I fart in your general direction,” said Premier Francois Legault.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet was confused by the announcement, saying only, “C’est quo ce bordel?”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his outrage.

“I don’t care if Alberta leaves. It’s practically Texas anyway. They can go, so long as they keep sending us money. But I need Quebec for votes. How else am I supposed to stay in power? Toronto can’t do all the work,” he said.

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier said that he would consider supporting the idea, if he was allowed to move to Alberta.

Former federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer broke his silence to weigh in.

“I love Quebec dairy. Without cheese curds, there would be no poutine. Without poutine, there would be no Canada. I will fight to keep cheese curds in Canada because it’s the principled conservative thing to do.”

EDITORS NOTE: Gotcha!! Happy April Fools Day!!

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

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4 Comments

  1. Dennis Richter

    April 2, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Jason, this is the best you can come up with? Sounds like an April Fools stunt. Go back to bed.

  2. carlosdiaz

    April 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Oh I agree…. and I live there.

  3. ilovbks@yahoo.ca

    April 1, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Good try. Happy April Fool’s Day!

  4. K W

    April 1, 2021 at 8:23 am

    April Fool’s Day is always fun 😀 good one! Kinda wish it was true.

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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.

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A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

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

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

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RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

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By EMMA GREGORY

A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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