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CARPAY: Kenney-Notley covidism follows in the footsteps of other collectivist ideologies

“Covidism’s heaven, sought after by Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley alike, is a place where nobody dies of COVID-19, regardless of the adverse by-products of their crusade.”

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On April 29, 2021, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said that his government may begin to impose curfews on Albertans. 

I found it hard not to recall the stories of my grandparents who endured government-imposed curfews in the Netherlands during the Second World War. Those curfews were imposed by an infinitely more odious regime and under wildly different circumstances, but their effect and authoritarian nature are too similar to ignore outright.

Albertans are now suffering through the fourteenth month of the “two weeks to flatten the curve” temporary lockdown. Premier Kenney continues to violate our Charter freedoms to move, travel, associate, assemble, and worship. If you believe that our current police state is going to be lifted, please tell me when the ‘curve’ will be ‘flattened’ or ‘bent’ enough. Who gets to determine what is “enough”? On what basis will anyone know whether the curve is sufficiently ‘bent’ or ‘flattened’? Kenney has already thrown all of his previously established benchmarks to the wind whenever they failed to suit him. 

Jeffrey Tucker argues that “every political ideology has three elements: a vision of hell with an enemy that needs to be crushed, a vision of a more perfect world, and a plan for transitioning from one to the other. The means of transition usually involve the takeover and deployment of society’s most powerful tool: the state. For this reason, ideologies trend totalitarian. They depend fundamentally on overriding people’s preferences and choices and replacing them with scripted and planned belief systems and behaviors. An obvious case is communism. Capitalism is the enemy, while worker control and the end of private property is the heaven, and the means to achieve the goal is violent expropriation. Socialism is a softer version of the same: in the Fabian tradition, you get there through piecemeal economic planning.”

Premier Kenney’s covidism defines hell as death by COVID-19 (but death by suicide, drug overdoses, cancelled surgeries, delayed cancer diagnoses and other lockdown harms must be stoically accepted as a necessary and inevitable part of life). Hell is a society in which pathogens run freely (even though mankind has successfully survived all kinds of viruses for thousands of years,). The enemy of the people are individuals who refuse to live their lives with the primary purpose of avoiding contamination. COVID-19 is the sole or greatest evil; therefore, failing to make COVID-19 eradication one’s top priority is a sin or moral failure. Resistance to lockdown restrictions is a heresy and deviancy.  

Covidism’s heaven, sought after by Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley alike, is a place where nobody dies of COVID-19, regardless of the adverse by-products of their crusade. Sure, Albertans’ average life expectancy in this heaven will have declined, and our overall mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health will be in terrible shape, but that’s acceptable, so long as nobody dies of this virus. Covidism’s heaven is an Alberta managed by government-appointed medical “experts” who know what is best for all of us, despite their ignorance of economics, finance, philosophy, constitutional law, human rights, psychology, history, anthropology, and other important fields. 

Covidism’s most fanatical adherents are people with various degrees of germaphobia (mysophobia), once regarded as a mental disorder, but now elevated into laws that force all citizens to behave like germaphobes when outside of their own homes (or even in their own homes if they dare have guests over). Anyone could be a super-spreader, and you know immediately who the bad people are: those who don’t wear a mask, or have family and friends over for dinner. 

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism has little regard for the rights, freedoms, and basic human needs of each individual person. The basic human right (and need) to associate freely, in person, with friends and extended family, must give way to the ideological cause of stopping the virus at all costs. Nothing can stand in the way of the state’s myopic objective. The mental and physical health benefits of playing team sports, watching a live performance, and singing in a choir or church must be discarded. The only legitimate goal in life in 2020 and 2021 is submit oneself to the state’s war against infection. 

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism ruthlessly suppresses the freedom of citizens to assemble peacefully and protest against the violation of their rights and freedoms by the state. Peaceful rallies of more than 10 people are an embarrassment to Premier Kenney and to other public sector elites who collect their full salaries from taxpayers while claiming, falsely, that “we’re all in this together.”

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism has no regard for religious freedom. Despite the inability of governments to provide scientific support for their belief in asymptomatic spread, people cannot sing in houses of worship, or gather freely in numbers of their own choosing. A non-compliant pastor will be jailed, and his church physically barricaded, all in the name of the greater good.

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism desperately wants to be seen as “scientific,” in order to bully and intimidate freedom-loving opponents of the regime’s ideology. Karl Marx used the term “scientific socialism” to describe his communist ideology. 

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism isn’t based on science. The government’s own data tells us that of the 309,000 Canadians who died in 2020, only 5% died with COVID-19. Of 38 million Canadians, very few of us are going to get sick. Almost all who get sick will get over it, with a survival rate of 99.77%. If you are under 70, driving a car poses a higher risk of death.  

The coronavirus has very minimal impact on life expectancy. The average life expectancy in Alberta is 82.5. The average age of those in Alberta who have died with COVID-19 is 82. With few exceptions, COVID-19 is not spread by healthy people or by casual contact. The “cases” reported on by sensationalist, government-funded media do not refer to sick people, but to those with a positive result from a meaningless PCR test that was never designed to diagnose this virus. One can quarantine the sick and protect the vulnerable, but trying to vanquish a virus by crippling the economy and breaking up civil society is futile. In all of human history, no country, society or civilization that has tried this approach. There are simply no success stories. 

In Alberta, ICU admissions in 2020 were at the lowest levels since 2015. COVID-19 patients currently occupy only 632 of Alberta’s 8,483 hospital beds. Lack of hospital and ICU capacity has been a problem for many years, and is caused not by COVID-19 but by an inefficient, unresponsive and unaccountable government monopoly over health care.  

Premier Kenney has had more than 13 months to increase hospital and ICU capacity. Doing so would have cost a small fraction of the massive economic losses that lockdowns continue to inflict on Alberta, not to mention the tens of billions in new debt that our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay back. 

It took 74 years (1917-91) for the Soviet empire to collapse. Hopefully, covidism’s violation of our Charter rights and freedoms will face the ash heap of history much quicker. 

John Carpay is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf.ca) which is suing the Alberta Government to end lockdown restrictions.

John Carpay is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms and the former Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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  1. Lacey

    May 8, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Very well written! Please continue, we need this level of thought, critical thinking and education to get to the people!

  2. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Clark . . . there is no TAR in Fr. McMurray . . . you sound like an Echo-freak!

    Texas is normal today . . . and since much of Alberta’s oil industry moved there 5 years ago there is going to be some travel.

    Likely all of those workers under 60 and their odds of dying from the Wuhan Flu are tiny, 99+% recovery rate.

    Covid rate = result of fake PCR tests . . . completely meaningless !

  3. John Clark

    May 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    the WRP/UCP have extended essential workers status to the oil patch in general and specifically the tar sands workers who are largely US citizens so they can go south for a visit then, come back to work in Canada without any isolation. This has pushed our COVID Rate up higher than India’s and they are in a state of extreme crisis,

  4. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Premier Kenny has demonstrated for 14 months that he has absolutely no clue what he is doing concerning the Wuhan Flu.
    Has he called any of the Jurisdictions who have had success battling the CCP Pandemic?
    Did he talk to Gov DeSantis in Florida, Gov Noam in South Dakota . . . two of the most successful Govs on the continent. Of course he did not . . . even Texas and Arizona did a pretty good job . . . But Clueless Kenny is not interested, he just follows the lead of the CCP and locks everything down . . . OVER & OVER . . . each time expecting a DIFFERENT Result! Einstein said that is the definition of Insanity ! ! !

  5. Dennis Richter

    May 3, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Its time for a change to a government that is For the People, By the People. Get on board, become a member in the fastest growing party in the country, get involved and make this happen in 2023. https://wildrose.party/

  6. berta baby

    May 3, 2021 at 5:56 am

    the best thing we can do is continue supporting outlets like western standard that get the truth out there, by by supporting the JCCF and by ensuring the next election does not go to the UCP MLA’s that stand by and watch as the propagandists, HInshaw, Notley and Kenney all use each other to justify their draconian freedom grabs.
    Its also up to the police forces to defend our freedom. these media propagandists, these so called health experts and Politicians have no power unless the police and the military back them. I just hope we have enough good chief’s out there.

  7. JONATHAN DIXON

    May 3, 2021 at 12:14 am

    “Covidism’s heaven, sought after by Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley alike, …” From my viewpoint, both Jason and Rachel are really on the same team, although they pretend to be on opposite sides of the political spectrum. I wouldn’t be surprised if they attend secret planning meetings together. Jason seems to be getting his cues from Rachel. Rachel says GraceLife Church should be shut down and the next thing you know, Jason and his gang shuts down the church. Rachel calls Jason a weak leader, which sets the stage for Jason to bring in draconian lockdown measures, with policing patio tables, just to make sure the ones at the table are all from the same household, and curfews. The evidence is there, guys. We’ve all been had.

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WAGNER: 20 years ago today, Kenney was Stockwell Day’s right hand man in purging caucus rebels

On May 15, 2001, Stockwell Day began expelling MPs wanting leadership change from his caucus with the help of Jason Kenney.

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A conservative party leader fails to address the concerns of his caucus. The neglected caucus members become disgruntled and openly revolt against the leader, leading to some being expelled from the caucus. 

It’s the UCP in 2021. It’s also the Canadian Alliance in 2001. 

In fact, the Canadian Alliance caucus suspensions began on May 15, 2001, twenty years ago today. It was at that time that eight Alliance MPs publicly called for party leader Stockwell Day to resign, provoking a crackdown.

There are clear parallels between these two conservative parties experiencing similar difficulties in the middle of May. But perhaps the strangest common factor of all is Jason Kenney. In 2001, Kenney was an Alliance MP and a key Day loyalist who supported the expulsion of the dissidents. That is to say, this is not his first caucus rodeo. 

The Canadian Alliance was the successor of the Reform Party of Canada, formed in 2000 as an unsuccessful attempt to “unite the right” at the federal level. Former Alberta Finance Minister Stockwell Day won the leadership of the new party and led it into the November 2000 federal election. However, the new party did not achieve its much hoped-for electoral breakthrough in Ontario, and Day was blamed for the poor result.

Shortly thereafter, Day was involved in a series of missteps and controversies – such as falsely accusing a judge of being in a conflict of interest, and denying he met with an undercover agent after first affirming that he had met with him – that were embarrassing to the party and undermined his credibility as leader. 

By April 2001, the Alliance was polling at 13% nationally, behind Joe Clark’s Progressive Conservatives at 15%, and well behind Jean Chretien’s Liberals. This was embarrassing and clearly undermined the effort to unite-the-right behind the Alliance. 

Nevertheless, Day demanded strict loyalty from his MPs. As Preston Manning recounts in his book Think Big, “On several occasions – at internal meetings in February and March 2001 – when requesting personal loyalty from his caucus officers and key staff, Stockwell had emphasized the point by saying: ‘If I kill my grandmother with an axe, I want you to stand up and say she had it coming.’” 

By May, however, much of the Alliance caucus had lost confidence in Day, and MP Art Hanger publicly called for Day to resign as leader. He was suspended from the caucus, followed shortly by MP Gary Lunn, who agreed with Hanger.

Then, on May 15, eight MPs issued a joint statement calling on Day to resign and were then suspended from caucus. Deborah Grey, the first-ever elected Reform Party MP wrote of that group in her book Never Retreat, Never Explain, Never Apologize: “They were an impressive bunch. Among them were several members of the [Reform Party] Class of 1993. One was Jay Hill (Peace River-Prince George), who had run in the 1988 election and was as faithful to the Reform cause as anyone I have ever met.” That is the same Jay Hill who currently leads the Maverick Party.

These “dissidents” would later be joined by other disgruntled Alliance MPs, and form the Democratic Representative Caucus (DRC). 

Day eventually resigned and then lost the subsequent leadership campaign to Stephen Harper in March 2002. By that time, support for the Alliance was down to 7% in a Gallup poll. The leadership controversy had led to a total meltdown for the party.

During this period of leadership crisis in the Alliance, Jason Kenney was a chief lieutenant to Stockwell Day and supported ousting the dissident MPs. He wasn’t watching from the sidelines. Now, exactly twenty years later, Kenney is once again at the centre of a full-scale caucus revolt. Did he not learn from that initial experience the best practices for caucus management? Apparently not.

As mentioned, the first Alliance MPs suspended from caucus were soon followed by others. In comments to the Calgary Herald, recently expelled MLA Drew Barnes mentioned that some discontented MLAs remain within the UCP caucus and said, “I think as long as the premier doesn’t accept responsibly for how low the UCP has become in the polls, how low his popularity is, that that may embolden some people to speak up.” That is, the caucus revolt may not be over yet. 

Will the UCP undergo a continual erosion of support for its leader, like the Canadian Alliance experienced twenty years ago? Is there another Stephen Harper on the horizon who could take the reigns and restore the party to health in time for the next provincial election? Who in the UCP caucus is playing 2001 Jason Kenney to Stockwell Day for 2021 Jason Kenney?

The beneficiaries of the current internal discord in the UCP are the Wildrose Independence Party and Rachel Notley’s NDP. Many of those disappointed with the UCP are likely to move towards Wildrose, building on its current growth. The party might even pick up one or more former UCP MLAs, giving it a presence in the legislature and a more prominent provincial voice. 

On the down side, the NDP is leading in the polls. Could the unthinkable occur? A second NDP government? For many Albertans, their blood runs cold at the thought. As these possibilities reveal, the current turmoil in the UCP is not just about the future of one party and its leader, but about the future of the province itself.

Michael Wagner is a Columnist for the Western Standard

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TULK: Canada’s leaders hid behind bureaucrats when they should have led

“The erosion in trust continued and continues with ever changing restrictions many with dubious and everchanging benchmarks.”

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As the Battle of France opened and Winston Churchill was sworn in as prime minister, he told the House of Commons and the people of the British Empire, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.” 

He did not then turn the lectern over to the deputy minister of war. 

The struggle of the Second World War was a very different conflict, but it bears resemblance in a few respects: it’s global scale and its economic devastation. But it is strikingly different in others, particularly how the politicians managed and worked with their government bureaucracies.

Once the war truly became global with the Battle of France and in north Africa, the political leaders came to the fore and the bureaucrats stayed in the background. Churchill consulted with industrialists like Beaverbrooke on the mobilization of the British economy; Roosevelt looked to the likes of Ford and Westinghouse to build the military horn of plenty that created such decisive devices as the Higgins boat and the atomic bomb. The response of the private sector and the people in it borders on the miraculous. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the overwhelming majority of politicians have pushed the health bureaucrats to the fore. They let the infectious diseases specialists not only command the podium, but to have a monopoly on decision making. Seldom did one see a bureaucrat whose expertise was mental illness — or bankruptcy or education — speak of the ancillary impacts of the government’s response to the coronavirus. 

Dr. Deena Hinshaw never campaigned for office. She never received a vote from a single Albertan. Nor has she ever voted on a bill in the legislature. It’s one thing to listen to the bureaucrats during a crisis; it’s another to hide behind them and surrender decision making to them. 

Consider the outcomes in this crisis. 

Where the bureaucracy has been given the job, it has generally failed miserably – from communicating the situation, to securing the border, to tracking those infected, to procuring enough vaccines. This should hardly be surprising. Bureaucracy is designed to administer, not to innovate. It is designed to follow orders, not to lead. 

Bureaucracy is fundamentally not accountable in any substantive way; they will have jobs for years to come, while many citizens will have lost their livelihoods, and many politicians their careers due, at least in part, to bureaucrats failing. 

Where the private sector has dominion, combating COVID-19 has been significantly more successful. Fittingly, just saying some of the brand names suffices as proof: Zoom, Amazon, Pfizer, Moderna, Skip-the-Dishes. They, and many others, achieved heroic, hugely beneficial, world-changing feats; all in the name of the despised profit motive. 

Just imagine if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the UCP had contracted a logistics companies to increase our hospital and ICU bed capacities, rather than leave it to the bureaucrats. 

And it isn’t just sloth and confusion the government bureaucracies excelled at – it showed what an isolated and smug elite much of it is. 

It did this by showing in the light of day that they had no trust in Albertans to behave like responsible citizens. Most of its dictates have all involved limited basic human freedoms. 

It lied to us, or at the very least, spread misinformation with little effort to correct the record. When those in the health bureaucracy knew well COVID-19 spread almost exclusively via airborne transmission – that masks may be effective – they told citizens they did no good whatsoever. They did not trust us to not run out and hoard the masks that were in stock. 

Had the health bureaucrats respected the people and been upfront with the need to not hoard – to leave the N19 quality masks for the healthcare workers – the vast majority would have complied and found other ways to mask.

Only once the shortage of personal protective equipment passed did Dr. Theresa Tam flip-flop and advice people wear a mask. 

Once this – let’s call it a falsehood – was exposed, their lack of trust in the people was reciprocated in manifold ways – most conspicuously in unlawful gatherings, but also in possibly the far more serious form of resistance and flat-out refusal to get vaccinated. 

Still, the erosion in trust continued and continues with ever changing restrictions many with dubious and ever changing benchmarks. 

Just as the success of Zoom and its clones and other private creations will have long lasting benefits, the damage to the trust in government — both the bureaucracy and the politicians who abandoned their command of it — will possibly last for generations. Certainly, long enough to greatly complicate things when the next crisis hits.

Gord Tulk is a Columnist for the Western Standard

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SLOBODIAN: No call yet from drive-by activist Fonda after pipeline protest

Drive-by activists tend to perform before the cameras, then scurry away, ignoring their impact on the lives and livelihoods they sanctimoniously mess with.

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Hanoi Jane is missing in action.

Weeks have passed since Stephen Buffalo, president and CEO of the Indian Resource Council (IRC), invited actress/activist Jane Fonda to partake in a “respectful discussion” about Alberta’s oil sands industry.

Fonda, contemptuously dubbed Hanoi Jane due to her loathsome activism during the Vietnam war, still hasn’t called back.

Not surprising. Drive-by activists tend to perform before the cameras, then scurry away, ignoring their impact on the lives and livelihoods they sanctimoniously mess with.

Buffalo’s invitation came on the heels of another one of Fonda’s one-star rating activism performances. She was in Minnesota on March 15 to protest the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement.

“We were driving down the highway and we saw this, we saw the pipeline that they want to lay under the headwaters of the Mississippi,” said Fonda referring to an Enbridge Energy sign, in a video posted to Twitter.

Actress Jane Fonda at pipeline protest

“That company Enbridge, it’s a foreign company. It’s bringing oil from Canada, tar sands oil, the worst,” said Fonda, heroically vowing to “try to stop it.”

It was a bit confusing. She was driving by and stumbled onto her favourite thing to protest? That would be the oil and gas industry.

Why was she even in the neighbourhood? Her mansions are in California, New Mexico and Georgia.

And wouldn’t a high-profile activist insist on a mandatory hefty fee before leaping out of a vehicle to get her boots dirty on a remote road in a faraway state?

Fortunately, Fonda cleared up the confusion on Instagram, stating “friends” with the Ojibwe Water Protectors invited her to “join them in the fight to stop Line 3.”

Her “friends” have the right to do that. Fonda doesn’t the right to disrespectfully ignore Buffalo, who represents so many First Nations in Canada.

Line 3, which runs from Alberta through Minnesota to Wisconsin, is being protested by American indigenous and climate groups claiming it harms the environment. Supporters say it’s environmentally safe and good for the economy.

Fonda apparently doesn’t want to bother with hearing both sides.

This column isn’t about determining whether the pipeline’s good or bad. It’s about Fonda poking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Again.

It’s impossible to look at that woman without remembering her perched on an antiaircraft gun – used to shoot down American helicopters – while surrounded by Viet Cong soldiers when she visited Hanoi in 1972 to protest the Vietnam war.

More than 58,000 U.S. and hundreds of Canadian soldiers were killed in North Vietnam. Those who returned, many without limbs, many surviving brutal torture by the Viet Cong, were spat on and discriminated by an American public that activists like Fonda worked into a hateful frenzy.

Fonda told America the Viet Cong were the victims and didn’t use torture tactics, that U.S. soldiers and government were liars.

But if the Viet Cong did resort to torture, she reasoned, it was justified.

“These men were bombing and staffing and Napalming the country,” she said of her fellow Americans.

“If a prisoner tried to escape, it’s quite understandable that he would probably be beaten and tortured,” she said, according to a 1973 Associated Press story.

Decades later Vietnam vets remain tormented by the invisible wounds of PTSD, because of the hellish war many were drafted to fight in and the hatred, fueled by Fonda, unleashed on them at home.

And who can forget Fonda’s helicopter landing in Fort McMurray in 2017? She emerged to lecture people – still reeling from their homes and businesses being destroyed by wildfires – about massive open-pit bitumen mines.

Fonda has zero credibility.

Nonetheless, Buffalo, who is based on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary, was remarkably cordial and restrained when he invited her to chat.

Fonda may not care about some of the lives she impacts.

But Buffalo does.

The IRC advocates on behalf of 147 oil and gas producing Canadian First Nations.

“I see you are in Minnesota on Line 3 calling our oil sands the worst,” said Buffalo in a message to Fonda. “I’d like to invite you to join my colleagues and I on a Zoom call to give you the real story about great things happening in Northern Alberta.”

Buffalo noted that the energy sector is critical to First Nations economic and social development.

“As people closest to the land we have an input into the environmental stewardship which we are very proud of. Our communities have had concerns in the past. But we’re working with industry to develop solutions to protect the environment while growing our economy,” he said.

“I hope you’ll join me in respectful discussions to answer any questions you might have. Let’s have a conversation based on facts, not stereotypes based on dogmas and ideology.”

To be fair, maybe Hanoi Jane’s so anxious to hear Buffalo’s side she planned to visit rather than call. Maybe that big jet that carts her around needs to fuel up. Maybe she’s stuck in some long lineup caused by the severe gas shortages in the U.S. because of the ransomware attack on Colonial pipeline.

Yeah, pipelines – who needs them!

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Political Columnist for the Western Standard

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