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Shocking claims of bribery to cover up political scandal

In deposition testimony during Ford’s defamation lawsuit against him, it was alleged Jivraj attempted to bribe central-Alberta businessman David Parker to perjure himself and sign false court documents.

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Part VI in the Western Standard’s investigative series into the feud between Karim Jivraj and Caylan Ford.

This shocking chapter in the tale of Karim Jivraj shows just how far he was willing to go in his vendetta with former Alberta UCP candidate Caylan Ford.

In deposition testimony during Ford’s restraining order application against him, it was alleged Jivraj attempted to bribe central-Alberta businessman David Parker to perjure himself and sign false court documents.

Parker was a well-known Alberta political operative who has worked for dozens of politicians, including Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Shannon Stubbs and most recently, Erin O’Toole.

Parker told Ford’s lawyer, R.E. Harrison, that Jivraj “called me repeatedly trying to get me to do various things that he thought would help my candidate win over Mrs. Ford.

“We just had a lot of conversations … probably 10 to 15 conversations.  And, particularly, he became very angry when it was apparent we wouldn’t do certain things that he’d asked in order to attack Mrs. Ford.

“He wanted us to frame her as not being from Calgary and being an import. Kind of a parachute candidate. This… is very common in politics.”

Parker was asked about Jivraj’s response when he refused to send an e-mail Jivraj thought would be detrimental to Ford’s candidacy.

“(Jivraj said) we were making a huge mistake.  This would be how we would win.  She was going to win now.  Why wouldn’t we just do it?”

Asked how he would characterize Jivraj’s response, Parker replied “whiny.”

Parker said whenever the pair were socializing, the conversation always returned to Ford.

Ford and Jivraj Photo illustration

Ford and JivraJ. Photo illustration

When asked what kind of things Jivraj would say about Ford, Parker replied: “That she was in love with him, that she want – that she felt slighted by him and wanted to destroy his life, that she was obsessed with him, that she was destroying his life, that all he wanted to do was be free to live his life, that she was destroying his potential to be with women because they would Google him and see her blog, that she had – that he believed that she had repeatedly cheated on her husband.  There was a – a vast array of things that he said.  It would take me a long time to repeat them all.”

Soon, however, Mr. Parker noticed inconsistencies in the narrative presented by Jivraj.

“Certain things he told me turned out to not be true…there was just a lot of disconnects between his stories,” said Parker.

“He repeatedly said that [Mrs. Ford] was in love with him…I don’t — I no longer believe that to be the case.” 

Harrison then asked Parker about Jivraj asking him to perjure himself.

“My understanding is that Mr. Jivraj requested that you swear an affidavit in support of his position on these proceedings? Is that understanding correct?” asked Harrison.

“No.  He asked me to swear an affidavit claiming that Ms. Ford had told (a third party) about the proceedings and that (the third party) had then told me,” Parker replied.

“He threatened me.  He insulted me.  He pleaded with me. He offered me money.  He was very – I’ll say this: He was incredibly drunk at the time. Well, hungover/drunk. He searched my private Facebook conversations when I was on the phone. He violated numerous trusts I had in him and treated me in a way that I’ve never been treated by someone I considered a friend in my life.

“He said if I agreed to do the affidavit, his dad would send me a cheque for $10,000,” replied Parker.

“He’d just had a nap, but he’d been drinking a lot of whiskey. He was – he was a wreck. So he woke up from his nap on my couch.”

Parker said under oath it was while the pair were on the couch that the bribe was offered.

“He said that it would be written, and I would just have to sign it. When I said that I did not feel comfortable doing that – primarily also because he had talked to me about the case, and it felt disingenuous – he called me a Judas.

“He said I was a great disappointment. I didn’t know what friendship meant. And I have – and then two days later he wrote this. I’d like to read this onto the record: (as read) ‘David, I apologize.  I was under the influence, although it is no excuse whatsoever, and it was unacceptable for me to have placed a condition on our friendship. I’m going through a dreadful time with my legal issues, and I assumed you would help me, without properly considering you have your own life and your own interests to protect. So if you can accept this apology, I’d be grateful, because I do love you like a brother, and I value our friendship. I’m rather appalled at myself for being so manipulative.’”

Harrison asked Parker why the bribery money was coming from Jivraj’s father and not him.

“I believe that Mr. Jivraj has no money,” was Parker’s response.

“He told me – I bought him his drinks, usually, when we would go out.  He told me he didn’t have any money. And then the day that he came over and the manipulation began was because he messaged me and said, ‘I got some money.  I’m going to take you out for lunch.’  But it wasn’t to take me out for lunch.  It was to further attempt to manipulate me into signing an affidavit.  He did end up taking me out for lunch, but it was a very sordid afternoon of him getting drunk and ranting and …”

“The rumour and gossip was that Jason Kenney was very unhappy with him for what he had done to Mrs. Ford and that he made calls to Ottawa.”

Harrison then asked Parker what Jivraj had tried to do to Ford.

“Systematically tried to destroy her life and then leaked the personal conversations to Press Progress,” Parker said under oath.

Press Progress is a far-left website linked with the NDP and Broadbent Institute.

“Well, you have to understand within political circles, this conversation has been quite prevalent.  People talk about it. Right?  ‘Cause it was a, quite a – Mrs. Ford was supposed to be the education minister. She was a favourite of Jason Kenney. There’s a – it literally quoted in the paper that she was his political love at first sight. So her demise was something that was very frequently discussed in campaigner circles, because we watch these things happen, and very rarely does someone get taken out in that manner.”

Jivraj also boasted about how he was “investigating all of Mrs. Ford’s financials, looking into her background, finding out who her network was and who her friends were, contacting them, pushing out letters…”

The Western Standard has repeatedly asked Jivraj for an interview over the last month as our investigative series has progressed. He has refused each request.

The episode shows how one vengeful person can use the cancel culture that permeates today’s society, to manipulated it with lies and innuendo to ruin the life of an individual.

Caylan Ford had been seen as a rising political star, set to make her mark.

Instead, she says she’s now unemployable because of the damage done.

Ford is suing Jivraj, Press Progress and several other media outlets for $7 million.

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.

How a Conservative candidate worked with the NDP to bring down star UCP candidate
Tory candidate admits using a fake Twitter account to spread false sexual rumours
Jivraj admits to undercover online campaigns against women
Jivraj admits planting fake stories with Press Progress, CBC
Man filed ‘assault’ complaint over woman running for UCP ‘tapping’ his back
Jvraj used false accusationsof sexual harassment to cancel show on cancel culture

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. David Raynes

    April 24, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you, Western Standard, for continuing to shine light on this repulsive individual. I wish Ms. Ford resounding success in her efforts to restore her reputation.

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    Lee Harding

    April 24, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Wow

  3. Joc2257

    April 23, 2021 at 8:10 am

    This story just reeks of a man who was infatuated with this woman. It seems the this is the reaction of a jilted lover that wanted much more then to be a temporary shagging, when he couldn’t get his way by saying he’s telling her husband, who may or may not have cared, he resorts to the oldest game in the books. Ah the dirty hidden life of politics.

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Defence lawyers in the case argued army accounting was so incompetent all evidence of theft was circumstantial.

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A judge in Nova Scotia says he has no doubt Canadian Armed Forces money was swiped, but military bookkeeping is so terrible he can’t say how much.

Blacklock’s Reporter said the money was discovered to be stolen from Sydney, N.S. Garrison after an internal audit faulted the Department of National Defence for mismanagement of money-losing golf and curling clubs.

In convicting a former manager of theft, Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Peter Ross said he was “convinced beyond a reasonable doubt” that tens of thousands of dollars were stolen from the Sydney Garrison, but had to estimate the loss at $28,000 due to “lax accounting practices” and “sloppy recordkeeping.”

Defence lawyers in the case argued army accounting was so incompetent all evidence of theft was circumstantial.

“There are too many holes in the bucket,” the Court was told.

David Mullins, a former Department of Public Works manager, was found guilty of theft. Mullins worked as manager of the Sydney Garrison Messes for two years handling food and liquor sales, hall rentals, petty cash, bank deposits and inventory.

Court was told bookkeepers in Halifax became alarmed when the Garrison started “going into the red” and reporting bank deposits for $4,700 “deemed suspicious because it was such a round number.”

Forensic accountants found the Garrison “did not have working cash registers” and discovered $2,800 in banknotes in a filing cabinet.

“If bottles are missing, cost is what matters,” testified Roberta Sullivan, a forensic accountant with the Department of Public Works.

“If cash is missing, retail value is what matters.”

The Garrison Messes were managed by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services branch, the same division responsible for operations of 39 military-owned sports clubs nationwide.

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The review found military clubs sold memberships to the general public in direct competition with the private sector.

“Policy dictates the combined non-military membership at a special interest activity shall not exceed 50% of the total membership,” said the report.

“Several special interest activities have requested exceptions to this, citing financial sustainability.”

“Policies require special interest activities to operate as businesses with the goal of being financially sustainable.”

“Sustainability” was widely interpreted, the report added, with unnamed club managers found to “interpret a net loss as acceptable” as long as it was subsidized by the Department of National Defence.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Civil service mag promotes immunization passports

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

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A magazine for Canadian public service managers says the country must introduce vaccine passports, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The immunity of the population is detrimental for the safe reopening of the economy and various jurisdictions across the world are exploring the idea of immunity certificates as an enabler,” said a commentary in Canadian Government Executive, a periodical published for federal public service managers.

“After a rigorous analysis of the issue of immunity certificates, this article concludes the necessity of immunity certificates in Canada as a key enabler for the safe reopening of the society and economy in a post-Covid world.”

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

“They can also be used to promote economic activities such as workplace safety, tourism etcetera,” said the periodical.

The magazine acknowledged Canadians were divided on the issue and numerous foreign jurisdictions have banned vaccine passports.

“It is important to note in the United States several states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona etcetera have either banned or prevented the mandatory use,” said the commentary.

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“There must be clear legal authority for introducing use of vaccine passports,” said Therrien, adding Parliament would require “a newly enacted public health order or law” before any mandatory scheme could be introduced.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a January 14 podcast called it a divisive issue.

“I think the indications that the vast majority of Canadians are looking to get vaccinated will get us to a good place without having to take more extreme measures that could have real divisive impacts on community and country,” said Trudeau.

“I think it’s an interesting idea but I think it is also fraught with challenges. We are certainly encouraging and motivating people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. We always know there are people who won’t get vaccinated, and not necessarily through a personal or political choice.

“There are medical reasons. There are a broad range of reasons why someone might not get vaccinated. I’m worried about creating undesirable effects in our community.”

Federal research shows about 12% of Canadians would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine under any circumstances. A total of 26% said they did not trust the Public Health Agency, according to the Statistics Canada report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

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Blacklock’s Reporter said Canada Post on Thursday confirmed outlets in Alberta and Nova Scotia will broker cash loans for the Toronto Dominion Bank.

“The market test goal is to offer the new financial service in over 249 Canada Post locations before the end of 2021,” the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said in a statement.

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A 2016 Department of Public Works survey found 39% of small business owners nationwide, and 44% on the Prairies, said they would use Canada Post banking services if offered.

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“Our vast retail network of post offices and dealer outlets across the country provides convenient locations and services with many of them offering evening and weekend hours to meet the changing needs of Canadians,” wrote management.

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“Postal banking has been under a tremendous amount of discussion and continues to be,” said McDonald.

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

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