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UPDATED – EXCLUSIVE: Female UCP MLA says women ‘dismissed’ in caucus & government

Sources say at the virtual meeting Michaela Glasgo told her colleagues she is “very concerned” about the lack of female UCP MLAs on legislative committees.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Story updated at 2:14 p.m. MST with a prepared statement by Michaela Glasgo

A female UCP MLA told Thursday’s caucus meeting that she feels women in the caucus aren’t represented on committees and are ‘often dismissed’, despite having great qualifications, the Western Standard has learned.

Michaela Glasgo, the MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat, made the comment at the first Premier Jason Kenney-led caucus meeting since they expelled two of their colleagues last week.

Sources at the virtual meeting say Glasgo told her colleagues she is “very concerned” about the lack of female UCP MLAs on legislative committees.

Glasgo also said general opportunities within caucus and government are different for women then they are men.

Sources told the Western Standard, that Glasgo said women are “dismissed” despite being well-qualified and willing to do the jobs.

The revelation comes as sources still within the UCP caucus continue to speak to the Western Standard on condition of anonymity. Last week, the Western Standard reported an unprecedented play-by-play of the caucus meeting to expel two rebel MLAs from its ranks.

Glasgo is a first-term UCP MLA.

Minutes after the story was published, Glasgo responded with a prepared statement calling the story “contorted and sensationalized.”

“I want to take a moment to clarify what I actually said, since the political website in question did not even reach out to me before publishing,” she wrote.

The Western Standard has reached out to Glasgo multiple times in recently weeks and has never received a response.

“I ran in a nomination at 23 in a competitive riding on a platform to see new energy and different perspectives brought to the table. I am, without question, passionate about getting more women involved in all aspects of government and politics and leadership roles, more generally.”

“As a party and government that recognizes the talent, skill and importance of women – I believe our United Conservative team can be a leader in this effort. I have and will continue to urge the government, at all levels, to continue to include women in positions of influence because they belong there and their voices need to be heard, not because of a quota or a box that needs checking.

“While I acknowledge that we already have many qualified women in leadership roles, there is always room for improvement. Humility and thoughtful constructive criticism are essential to good public policy and good governance, more generally.

“As strong, qualified women continue to break barriers, this will be an important and ongoing conversation taking place across society. I am glad to be able to voice my opinion on it.”

Last Thursday, the UCP caucus expelled MLAs Drew Barnes and Todd Loewen in a secret vote.

Barnes had been a pain in Kenney’s backside since the UCP took power. The pair have disagreed on everything from the Fair Deal panel to centralizing ambulance dispatch.

Loewen’s departure was much more sudden. Last Thursday he published a letter on his Facebook page demanding Kenney resign. It was supported by MLA Dave Hanson but he was allowed to stay.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Story updated at 2:14 p.m. MST with a prepared statement by Michaela Glasgo

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. francis witzel

    May 21, 2021 at 7:21 am

    You took the words out of my mouth, yeah this is what you (UPC) are worried about, How about you do your jobs and start representing the people that elected you. How about you confront your leaders, and get our concerns answered. The country is burning and your worried nobody “s listening to you. Wa wa bo ho, grow up

  2. Baron Not Baron

    May 20, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Is this even considered a concern? The country is burning and the last thing right now to care about is feminists! Really, please give us a brake with the damn feminists!
    I wonder if this one has any idea of if this one even cares about women getting their teeth pulled out, in Zanzibar.. or about FGM, or female foeticide.. (?) If them feminists are so progressive, then they should care about these things. No?

  3. Left Coast

    May 20, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Are the rest of the UPC caucus just as stupid as Kenny?

    When are you going to wake up and realize that you have hitched your wagon to a feckless clown who phones Justin Trudope for advice?

    Kenny has done a miserable job with the “PlanDemic” . . . average age of the Deceased is near 80 . . . so the brilliant Kenny locks down the under 60 population 4 times . . . each time expecting a different result . . . Einstein said that is the definition of insanity!
    Since the under 60 population have better than a 99% recovery rate from the Wuhan Flu . . . why not concentrate on Seniors & folks with co-morbidities and let the rest of Society carry on as normal?

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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

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By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

Legislation recently passed by the Government of Saskatchewan prevents employers from being sued for implementing measures listed in the Public Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations or the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act say “no action or proceeding lies or shall be commenced or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith.

“It’s broad general thing that would cover anything related to COVID-19 — signage, lack of signage, whatever else might reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith,” said Morgan.

“We aren’t trying to target a specific lawsuit that’s been started or being threatened … But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a worldwide issue right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to have some comfort that they’re not going to be subject to lawsuits.”

The legislation applies regardless of when a perceived transgression may have occurred. The amendment received royal assent November 30. However, when the Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2021 was first announced in a press release November 18, nothing about COVID-19 was even mentioned.

Although the opening sentence mentioned “better and safer workplaces for employers and employees” the rest of the release concerned details about sexual harassment and union bargaining provisions.

Now the Labour Relations Board must exclude supervisors from the same bargaining unit as those they supervise, wherever possible. Sexual harassment at the workplace is now defined as any unwelcome action of a sexual nature, and provisions of the act extend beyond employees to include independent contractors, students, and volunteers.

“The legislation that governs our employers and employees needs to address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” Morgan wrote in the release. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

fact sheet the release linked to concluded with a brief mention of COVID-19.

“We are introducing a provision that will provide protection for public and private sector employers that comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination regulations. These regulations give the employee the choice of showing evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at least every seven days.”

The release bragged Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

“That’s being done generally across North America,” Morgan said.

The same day Morgan made his comments, a post on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page suggested a strong desire for legal recourse alongside skepticism, and an apparent unawareness of the new provincial law.

“Does anyone here know of any lawyers in Saskatoon that believe in the same rights and freedom as we do? I believe it’s time to really do something about losing my source of income 

“The couple lawyers I did speak with basically said the pandemic supersedes all our rights! Would be great if we found a lawyer that called out the BS! Might have to source out to other provinces,” replied Michielle Ross Noble.

“At the mine I work at they had a lawyer go to bat and it seems to be that the government is above the law and beyond the constitution. Money talks louder than laws these days,” replied Garrick Bernard.

“I also live near Saskatoon,” replied Ron Chappell. “Good luck finding a lawyer that will stand up for your rights and freedoms. Seems these evils are above the law including the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. There should be lawsuits going on everywhere. Either we don’t hear about them or they are not happening. Justin Trudeau is [a] tyrant.”

To this Funk made what proved to be a moot reply.

“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

Harding is a reporter based in Saskatchewan

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Maverick leader describes his perfect successor

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” interim leader Jay Hill told the Western Standard.

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Jay Hill, interim leader of the federal Maverick Party, says he hopes for a candidate for his replacement is someone that can “move the provinces and premiers towards greater autonomy for the West.”

On Wednesday, the Maverick Party released the rules for its leadership race that will see a new leader elected May 14, 2022.

The party will officially be accepting leadership applications as early as January 3 with a deadline of April 30.

Hill says he hopes to see two to six candidates apply.

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” Hill told the Western Standard.

“We’re more so focused on the quality side of things rather than quantity.”

The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada, advocates for greater autonomy for Western Canadian provinces including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

“I’d like to see someone with the right vision and oratory skills to communicate with passion for Western Canadians,” said Hill.

Hill pointed to Quebec’s position within Canada and said the Maverick Party supports moving the western provinces in that direction.

Included in the list of rules for those interested in throwing their hat into the leadership race is a registration fee set at $10,000.

“Our governing council really struggled with that fee,” said Hill, who indicated the registration fee is still “substantially less” than any of the other federal parties.  

“We were really aiming for the right balance — that sweet spot — where you want to be realistic and make it doable and not a deterrent.

“It’s efficient to get serious contenders with serious commitment to register and not those with frivolous reasons.”

Hill, the former House leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, said he’s “too old” to run the party moving forward.

“My roll in elected office is done,” said Hill, adding he was done with the “high stress and high drama” when he quit federal politics in the fall of 2010.

When a new leader is elected in May, Hill plans to stay on and assist the party “depending on the needs of the new leader and how he or she feels I can contribute the most.”

Hill said he is excited and is looking forward to “a good, credible and lively leadership race.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Maverick Party petition calls for carbon tax break for Canadians

Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

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The Maverick Party, with a newly launched petition, is calling on the federal government to suspend the collection of carbon taxes from Canadians from January 1 to April 1, 2022.

Carbon tax is a levy imposed on human activity that results in carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, usually by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas and coal.

The petition notes although carbon taxes are designed to “change behaviour,” the rising costs of living are an “added extra burden” on taxpayers.  

The petition also says the party “understands that the cost of living is increasing at a pace that families can’t keep up with,” pointing to “skyrocketing” inflation and the cost of essential items rising.

“Many Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

“The federal government can alleviate some of the burden by declaring a carbon tax moratorium on New Year’s Day 2022.”

The Maverick Party is demanding the government give Canadians who are “drowning financially” a break to get through what will likely be “the most expensive winter in memory,”

The Trudeau government implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in March of this year.

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is widely recognized as the most efficient means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also driving innovation,” the Government of Canada states on its website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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