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Hinman calls Kenney lockdown ‘unacceptable and wrong’

“Now that Kenney has announced to his caucus that his traditional supporters are ‘disturbing’ to him and he wants ‘a new base’, it’s time for all of the 17 MLAs who wrote the letter against the earlier lockdowns to immediately leave the UCP Caucus,” said Paul Hinman.




Wildrose Independence Party leadership candidate Paul Hinman lashed out at Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s tightened lockdown restrictions saying they are “unacceptable and wrong.”

“It is clear that we are now living under a repressive government that shows little regard for the physical, mental or financial wellbeing of the large majority of Albertans,” said Hinman in a statement after the Tuesday night announcement.

“Now that Kenney has announced to his caucus that his traditional supporters are ‘disturbing’ to him and he wants ‘a new base’, it’s time for all of the 17 MLAs who wrote the letter against the earlier lockdowns to immediately leave the UCP Caucus and demand an end to Kenney’s authoritarian insanity.”

Hinman was referring to an exclusive by the Western Standard earlier in the day about Kenney’s comments to the UCP caucus following the Bowden rodeo where he said “I want a new base”.

“Writing letters and virtue signaling isn’t enough. Only walking away from Kenney’s unhinged regime will truly protect the freedoms of voters who most definitely did not vote to have a medical police state imposed on them here in Alberta,” said Hinmann.

“Kenney failed to act responsibly by implementing the Alberta emergency plan which was developed by experts like Lieutenant Colonel David Redman, who stated that thousands of lives would have been saved and most of the collateral damage done with these lockdowns would have been avoided had Kenney simply followed the plan.”

Hinmann said Kenney should follow the strategy used by Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida “who has boldly ended all COVID restrictions everywhere in the State and has completely prohibited the use of any “vaccine passports” by both government and private institutions in Florida.”

Wildrose Independence Party members will elect a new leader on August 28, 2021.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor 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. Dennis Richter

    May 5, 2021 at 9:47 am

    It’s time for Albertans to gather together and plan to put a new government “For the People, By the People” in place in 2023. What we’ve had for the past decade is not working for Alberta and needs to change. Make your investment in the future of Alberta with a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and become involved in your government. https://wildrose.party/

  2. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 9:19 am

    “Cases” is a fraud metric . . . it is the result of PCR Tests.
    The Inventor of the PCR, a Nobel Prize winning Scientist, said it was NOT a diagnostic tool . . . it is a Forensic Tool that AMPLIFIES Material.

    What we don’t know and no media ever asks . . . How many “Cases” wind up SICK and how many go to Hospital? The answer is likely close to NONE.

    What should have been done?
    After the first Failed Lockdown . . . attention should have been paid to the Vulnerable Population . . . SENIORS and those with co-morbidities. The under 60 healthy people only had a tiny fraction of 1% chance of dying from the Wuhan Flu.

    Alberta & Canada Seniors were disproportionately exposed & neglected by the failing Cdn Healthcare system. Florida a State with over 22 million has a much higher % of Seniors and by focusing on them did a much better job than most.

    Locking down the healthy population & killing the Economy is just friggin Insane . . .

  3. Jason Delaney

    May 5, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Hey Paul Rodriguez, just out of curiosity, regardless of “case count” what’s the survival rate again? The most important part of this issue is our freedom. End of story, information is being withheld every day. Every day Kenney is responsible for putting restrictions on people who are sick and tired of it not knowing the actual data. Not having access to find out for themselves because they elected a liberal in conservative clothing. Alberta is moving in the direction more and more in an individual state without having an actual elected leader of wildrose. Solely because we’re done with Canada, and Kenney. We don’t need convincing from a politician who’s in favor of separation, we’re convinced because of the politicians who are in favor of keeping the status quo.

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 4, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Wildrose Independence Party has my vote.

    Can’t say I agree with Paul Rodriguez. Adopting a Florida-style business as usual plan after the third lockdown didn’t work & vaccinations were on the rise in Alberta would have been preferable to the manipulation of the population by Premier Hinshaw. Albertans don’t have all the stats to make an informed decision from AHS. It’s always could & might from the Doctor. Give us the real numbers & ICU stats per hospital concerning COVID-19.

    Albertans need better leadership then what Mr. Kenney has provided. I don’t believe Mr. Kenney has been truthful with Albertans on COVID-19 either. More reactionary & combative towards his base & that isn’t Fake News.

  5. Chris

    May 4, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Florida is the third largest state for your information. Take note of the last line, lol.


    Florida ranked seventh among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 15.4% from the week before, with 344,463 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida had 9.93% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 16 states had more cases than Florida in the latest week than they did in the week before.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    May 4, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Paul Hinman, great man! Great mentality! Strongest points of them all. WILDROSE INDEPENDENT PARTY OF ALBERTA !!

  7. Paul Rodriguez

    May 4, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Paul who? What a headline-chasing maroon. I’m no Kenney fan, but any responsible premier would have had to ride the knife-edge of pandemic expert recommendations vs the needs of our economy, and likely would have acted similarly. To suggest that adopting a Florida-style business-as-usual plan while case numbers are setting records daily is not only irresponsible, but also completely idiotic. Grow up, Paulie D. There are more important things to deal with than your parasitic political aspirations

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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.




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

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?




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.





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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