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Jean rips Kenney for ‘new base’ comment, says premier has ‘failed’

“When a politician rejects the people whose votes he campaigned for, it is always his fault and never theirs,” said Brian Jean.

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Former Wildrose Leader and UCP co-founder Brian Jean tore a strip off of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for telling the UCP caucus that “If they are our base, I want a new base.”

“You might want a ‘new base.’ Albertans want better leadership,” Jean said in a Tuesday night Facebook post.

“When a politician rejects the people whose votes he campaigned for, it is always his fault and never theirs.”

“The UCP was created to unite a wide variety of Albertans,” Jean continued. “They were attracted to the thought of Alberta being governed by a common-sense party that listened to them, that answered their questions and that was straight with them. Premier, if many Albertans have stopped doing what you want, that is on you.”

Jean was referring to a Sunday incident when Kenney told a closed-door UCP caucus meeting “I want a new base” as he slammed the rogue anti-lockdown rodeo in Bowden.

Kenney used the meeting to rail against the ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’, which attracted approximately 4,000-5,000 attendees over the weekend.

Three UCP MLAs, who spoke to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity, said another MLA spoke up and reminded Kenney that the people who went to the rodeo were the “base” of the UCP’s support.

“If they are our base, I want a new base,” Kenney told the meeting, according to the three MLAs.

Kenney called the story “false.”

But it didn’t sit to well with Jean, who also blasted Kenney for his latest COVID-19 lockdown tightening and restrictions.

“You have failed to answer their questions. You have failed to give them the data and information they were looking for. You have failed to keep them persuaded,” Jean wrote.

“Leaders bring people together. Leaders listen and explain and convince. Leaders answer questions and provide the information that people need to understand things. A leader is sometimes in the hot seat – take it. It is your job.

“A few weeks ago, I wrote about how AHS is hiding critical health data from Albertans – you have done nothing about that. I wrote about how the CMOH wasn’t being asked the right questions and how to fix that. You ignored that too. I made suggestions on how you could reach across the political aisle and unify Albertans. Your response was to arrogantly reject even those Albertans who voted for you.

“Premier, Albertans have lost confidence in you. Those who didn’t vote for you have concluded that you are even worse than they feared. Those who did vote for you, know that you are not governing as they would have hoped.”

Jean was first elected as a Tory MP in a Fort McMurray-area riding in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. He resigned in 2014, and the next year become the leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party.

After the party merged with the UCP, Jean ran to become leader but lost to Kenney.

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. Liliana Brown

    May 5, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Kenny could easily win back some respect, all he has to do is show some serious proof that these insane measures are actually scientifically driven and that they save lives. The fact that he has been repeatedly asked to provide the “data” for why he is justified for destroying thousands of Albertans lives through restrictions and yet STILL HAS NOT DONE SO is why people are no longer listening and why they are outright rebelling. Our elected officials work for us, the people and Kenney is denying and outright ignoring the peoples most basic request: “show us the data, show us the science!” The fact that he still hasn’t done that over a year later, and that Hinshaw requested more time to gather proof before appearing in court speaks for itself. There ISN’T ANY. The answer to everything is delay, delay, delay. Why on earth would people support this government? Can we blame them? I have no sympathy for this man anymore. There is no excuse for him closing schools, destroying businesses and plunging the province into crippling debt (for which our kids will get to pay for) when he can’t do the most simple thing of providing some scientific proof that what he is doing is actually saving lives when the people DESERVE IT after giving up over a year of normal life. It’s not that hard, Kenney. Or maybe it is?

  2. Elaine Price

    May 5, 2021 at 11:37 am

    I’m dismayed at how he has and has not answered questions about Covid/PCR testing etc. If he is telling the truth then answer the call to debate not only issues of Covid but other concerns of Albertans. These question periods where his staff can pick and choose the questions is not an honourable way to speak to the people that brought you into this position.

  3. John Lankers

    May 5, 2021 at 9:26 am

    The trust was lost before the Covid scare hit, referendum on equalization, daylight savings time survey, reducing government spending, Fair Deal Panel recommendations …, and the list goes on. Jason Kenney is the Trojan Horse brought in by the old, corrupt PC through the back door. What Dr. Hinshaw, the CMOH concerns, she was appointed by Rachel Notley in January of 2019. Questions?

  4. Kelly Carter

    May 5, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I voted for Brian Jean. Wonderful guy who really does get it.

  5. Ben

    May 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    While I like the article, if it’s to be taken seriously, you may want to fix the typos. To instead of too. Macmurry instead of McMurray. I support the western standard, but please, get it right before taking it public. I want this medium to gain ground.

  6. Erik Tarves

    May 4, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I would bet anything Kenny is lying through his teeth when he says it’s “fake news”.
    Becuase it rings true, and his actions towards us, the people who supported him, have been slapped in the face by him

  7. Steven Ruthven

    May 4, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I voted for Jason Kenney for Premier of the UCP, although I was a Wild Rose member at the time.

    Imagine how betrayed I feel now with Jason Kenney’s leadership, not only on COVID-19, but his betrayal of more autonomy for Albertans, fighting Ottawa. Then the newly minted Premier Kenney tells Albertans he’s “a staunch Federalist”. I never heard that come out of his mouth on the campaign trail in his blue pick up truck. I think Mr. Kenney is a liar & I also think he is lying when he says “it’s fake news” regarding the rodeo in Bowden, Alberta.

  8. Joc2257

    May 4, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Hey, Kenney, resign now and get the hell out of Alberta and go back east and suck up to your global federalist buddies , we don’t want or need you here

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

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

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

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source: streetchurch facebook

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

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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

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

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