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Hinman set to take reins of Wildrose leadership a second time

When the deadline to enter the leadership raced passing this weekend, Hinman was the only declared candidate, said interim WIP leader Rick Northey on Sunday.

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Paul Himan looks set to become the first leader of the Wildrose Independence Party – but the second time he has lead a party called Wildrose.

When the deadline to enter the leadership raced passing this weekend, Hinman was the only declared candidate, said interim WIP leader Rick Northey on Sunday.

The leadership committee of the party will now have two weeks to fully vet Hinman as a candidate, then he will have to get at least 50% of members’ approval at a meeting, likely in July, Northey said.

Northey said the timing of the leadership contest may not have been the best – considering COVID-19 and the current meltdown of the Premier Jason Kenney caucus – “but you can’t change things halfway through.”

Nothey said WIP will now hold three town halls for Hinman to get his message across and drum up support before the confirmation vote.

Hinman said he expected another former Wildrose leader, Brian Jean, and exiled UCP MLA Drew Barnes to join the race.

“I had expected others but I’m really not surprised no one came forward, it really is like climbing Mount Everest,” Hinman told the Western Standard.

“But I’m a risk taker.”

Himan became the interim leader of the party July 17, and made it clear he would be a candidate for the job full-time.

In 2005, Hinman became the head of the Alberta Alliance Party. The AA and the then-upstart Wildrose Party of Alberta merged to unite the right wing in at a convention held on January 19, 2008 in Calgary. Hinman emerged as the leader.

In the 2008 provincial election, Hinman lost to his Tory opponent, Broyce Jacobs by 39 votes. Hinman stepped down as leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party a year later and Danielle Smith took the helm.

He served as MLA for Cardston-Taber Warner from 2004 to 2008. On September 14, 2009, Hinman again was elected in the riding of Calgary Glenmore. Hinman decided not to run for the UCP leadership and threw his support behind Jason Kenney, a man he has since pilloried for his COVID-19 lockdowns.

In an exclusive Mainstreet Research poll for the Western Standard in January, WIP showed to have 9% of the vote. While the poll showed tanking numbers for Kenney then, that was even before anger at Kenney’s lockdown measures grew across the province.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said the drop in rural support opens the door for the WIP. Maggi said the WIP could start to win seats in the next election with its concentrated support in rural areas.

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. Steven Ruthven

    May 17, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Mr. Hinman will do a good job for Albertans.

    From UCP to WIPA, I wonder how Minister Savage is feeling knowing people in her riding now have an alternative to the UCP? I think she is a good person, but I won’t be voting UCP & she can thank Jason Kenney for that.

    Premier Kenney came in like a dove & is going out like a wrecking ball.

  2. Dennis Richter

    May 17, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Congratulations Mr. Hinman! Now it’s time for all Albertans to get on board behind Paul. Go to Wildrose.party, buy your membership, get involved with your local Constituency Association to form the new government in 2023.

  3. Joc2257

    May 17, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Hinman has proven to be a solid Albertan and competent leader. He will stand up for everyday Albertans, institute all of the Fair Deal Panels recommendations and unite all Albertans of the left and right under one solid banner, one voice saying “We’re Not Going To Take This Anymore”

  4. matt curzon

    May 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    WIP …. go small-c conservative & pro-alberta, all the way…. don’t compromise.
    If I want to vote for a quasi-conservative party that is led around by the nose by the media (I.e. covid hysteria), I’ll vote ucp.

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

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“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

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

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

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

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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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