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UCP board members call for Kenney to resign

It’s part of a brewing party revolt that has seen at least nine constituency associations demand Kenney leave and 17 of his UCP MLAs publically break ranks and go against his COVID-19 lockdowns.

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A scathing letter circulating among the highest ranks of the UCP demands that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney resign immediately.

It’s part of a brewing party revolt that’s seen at least nine constituency associations demand a review of Kenney’s leadership, and 17 of his MLAs publicly break ranks against his third COVID-19 lockdown.

The letter said those who signed it are current sitting, or have recently sat, on UCP constituency association boards across the province.

“We are not signing this letter on behalf of our boards, but as individuals who have given our time, our efforts, and our hard‐earned money to this party. We are the volunteers and your former supporters. However, it has become increasingly clear to us that you will not allow a proper review of your leadership in a timely manner. Party leadership has resorted to procedural tactics and strong‐arming to prevent any sort of meaningful change in this party and grassroots control,” reads the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

The UCP constituency association for Drayton Valley-Devon joined at least eight others earlier this month demanding an early vote on whether or not Kenney should continue to lead the party.

“Jason Kenney is obviously not going to pivot – these are not the acts of a man who is going to change,” Drayton Valley-Devon UCP board member Tim Cameron told the Western Standard.

He said Kenney’s move to put the province in a third lockdown – along with the raid and barricading of GraceLife Church outside Edmonton – has incensed the party’s grassroots.

“He is now straight, bold-faced lying to us,” said Cameron.

It’s part of a growing rebellion amongst UCP constituency associations to force a leadership review of Kenney.

According to the UCP constitution, a total of 22 constituency associations are needed to petition for the review for it to go ahead. Kenney has been meeting with rebellious local boards in an attempt to keep the number below the 22 threshold.

The recent letter to Kenney continued: “Therefore, we realize the time for discussing your leadership has come to an end. We believe that as members of the UCP and especially as board members, we have two main duties: to ensure that the values and principles as created by the membership are upheld and to work towards getting UCP candidates elected so that we may form a majority government

“Mr. Kenney, we appreciate some of the things you have achieved and some of the promises you have fulfilled, but it has become clear to us that you have failed the party on both those priorities to which we are dutifully bound. You have not upheld the core grassroots principles of the party, particularly by repeatedly violating our Statement of Principles in attacking free enterprise, personal responsibility, freedom of worship, freedom of assembly, and the free use of private property. You have not controlled government spending or protected Albertan families from excessive government intrusions. Even the attempts to protect public safety with COVID‐19 restrictions have resorted in a number of secondary harms which have been ignored and trivialized,” the letter reads.

“Furthermore, we do not believe you have the moral authority or trustworthiness to lead this party into the next election or to continue to deliver on important conservative priorities. It has become difficult to defend a number of recent decisions and mistakes. We are concerned that your personal association with government policy, even in matters that do align with our principles, is a liability. Once you have lost trust, it can never return. Your personal unpopularity will only result in defeat.

“In closing, we wish to reiterate that we did believe in this party and the promises we were given. We worked diligently for you and the entire UCP. We sacrificed and gave ourselves to the cause of a “strong and free” Alberta. Mr. Kenney, for the sake of a strong and free Alberta and for the well-being of the conservative movement in this province, we ask that you do the proper thing and resign.”

In March, 17 UCP MLAs signed an open letter that said Kenney was going down the wrong path by putting the province under a third lockdown and was breaking his commitment to the phased reopening plan based on measurable targets.

The Western Standard exclusively reported Kenney threatened the UCP Caucus with an early election if they did not fall into line over public disagreement with continued lockdowns and other restrictions.

The Western Standard has contacted Kenney’s office for comment on the letter but so far hasn’t received a reply.

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. Baron Not Baron

    April 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Un-Albertan Kenney has to leave for good. I mean he has to leave the province of Alberta, for good, and never to come back.

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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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Poll shows deepening trouble for CPC leader O’Toole

“Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is viewed unfavourably by 56% of Canadians, a decline of four more points from March,” said a release by the Angus Reid group, of the poll.

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A new national poll is showing worsening results for Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.

“Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is viewed unfavourably by 56% of Canadians, a decline of four more points from March,” said a release by the Angus Reid group, of the poll.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds his approval up four points over the last three months to 45%, though the number of Canadians who strongly approve (8%) of him is four times less than those who strongly disapprove (34%).”

Angus Reid poll

The poll found Trudeau improving as COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue across the country.

“Despite the resignation of the top general in charge of the vaccination delivery program in May, vaccination appears to be running smoothly and shortages of vaccine that defined the first three months of this year are no longer a problem,” said Angus Reid on a statement.

“A troubling trend continues for the Leader of the Opposition. Erin O’Toole’s unfavourability deepens to 56% this quarter. The CPC leader has faced criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, taking heat from his own ranks for the Conservative’s new carbon pricing plan while those to the left of centre dismissed it,” said Angus Reid.

In a shocking flip-flop in February, O’Toole tore up his leadership campaign’s signature promise to end carbon tax, and will be campaigning on a large, re-branded carbon tax in the next federal election. O’Toole written pledge with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation included a clear commitment to not replace the Trudeau carbon tax with “any future national carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme.”

O’Toole says his proposed new carbon tax is “not a tax”, and that he didn’t break his promise to kill the Justin Trudeau carbon tax because his carbon tax’s revenues will be managed by bankers appointed by him, and not be held in government accounts.

“The low carbon savings account we’ve proposed will be kept by consumers, not one cent goes to government.”

Canadians would pay a carbon tax beginning at $20 per tonne, increasing to $50 a tonne, but the Tories promised it would go no higher than that. However, O’Toole promised emphatically that there would be no carbon tax at all under his leadership.

O’Toole is proposing to charge a $50/tonne carbon tax on everything from gasoline to home heating fuel, and use the money to fund government-controlled bank accounts, which Canadians can use to purchase government-approved, environmentally friendly products.

“O’Toole has taken a more progressive approach to social issues, having recently made statements about LGBTQ2 rights. That said, he received a cold reception in London this past week, standing with other leaders in solidarity with the Muslim community. Critics have pointed to O’Toole voting against a motion condemning Islamophobia and his “Take Canada Back” campaign, which they say exacerbated tensions in the country,” the Angus Reid poll found.

Angus Reid poll

“The other major party leaders fair much better in the eyes of Canadians than O’Toole: 47% have a favourable view of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh – though this continues to do little to make an impact on his party’s prospects of winning more seats in the House of Commons. About the same number in Quebec (46%) have a favourable view of Bloc Québécois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet. Green Party leader Annamie Paul remains an unknown to Canadians, and recent headlines generated have not exactly been positive, with internal party tensions spilling into the public and an embarrassing defection of a sitting Green MP to the Liberal caucus.”

Across the country it seems we are in for an exciting election race, the poll shows.

“The vote intention landscape continues to be competitive. Currently, one-in-three Canadians (33%) say that they would support the Liberal Party if an election were held in the near future. Slightly fewer (30%) say this of the CPC, while one-in-five (21%) would support the NDP:

“While there is little movement this quarter among the two parties most likely to form government in the next election, the NDP makes a slight gain since last month of three points to 21 per cent. Comparing these data to this time last year, the Liberal Party is down four points while the NDP is up four. The CPC continues to hold onto a solid base of three-in-ten, with little movement throughout the pandemic.”

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

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Body found in Naramata home linked to double murder

Police discover a woman’s body while following up on previous homicide investigation

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BC RCMP are investigating the murder of 57-year-old Kathleen Richardson, whose body was found inside of a Naramata residence, which may be linked to a double homicide.

Police approached the home at the 3900 block of 3rd Street and discovered Richardson’s body around 5 p.m. Wednesday, while following up on information regarding the murder of Kamloops brothers Erick Fryer, 29, and Carlos Fryer, 31 which occurred last month.

Officers described the home as “insecure,” and entered the residence on the shores of south Okanagan Lake when no one answered the door in order to “ensure the well-being of its occupants.” Once inside, Richardson’s body was discovered.

“Investigators want to speak to anyone who had dealings with Kathleen in the days before her death,” said BC RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts.

“Understanding her movements or activities will help continue to move this investigation forward.

Officers from the SED Major Crime and BC RCMP Major Crime units are working closely and sharing information, according to the acting officer in charge, Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon, who also said the deaths of the Fryer brothers are likely related to local drug and gang activities.

“We know that news of another homicide in the community of Naramata will be concerning,” says Supt. Brian Hunter, officer in charge of the Penticton RCMP.

“These appear to be targeted acts, and this type of violence, related to drug and gang activities, is not normal in our community. Additional police resources have been brought into the area and you can expect to see a higher police presence in the days ahead. Now is the time for anyone with information to come forward.”

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team has sent officers to Naramata and neighbouring communities to assist local RCMP detachments and the SED Major Crime investigators.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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