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Legault says Quebec can unilaterally change constitution

On Facebook Saturday, Legault called himself the “prime minister of Quebec,” in telling readers about a letter he wrote to Trudeau.




Premier François Legault has told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Quebec can change the Canadian constitution by itself.

On Facebook Saturday, Legault called himself the “prime minister of Quebec,” in telling readers about a letter he wrote to Trudeau.

The constitutional claim was made in the letter to Trudeau after the Legault government introduced massive changes to provincial language laws.

The letter said Quebec has the power to unilaterally change the constitution to affirm Quebec is a nation and that French is its official language.

The new law includes tougher sign laws and stronger language requirements for businesses governments and schools.

Legault said the use of French was declining in Quebec and tough laws were needs to protect the language.

“When I think of all the generations that have succeeded and managed to keep French alive, on a massively English-speaking continent, I realize the great responsibility I have,” he said in a Facebook post.

“French in Quebec will always be threatened. And every generation has a responsibility to ensure their survival. It’s our turn to carry the torch, our turn to protect our tongue with pride. As the prime minister of Quebec, my first duty, my first duty is to protect our language.

“This law will be the strongest action to protect our language, since the passage of Law 101 in 1977.

“Our language is at the heart of what we are as a nation. Let’s be proud of our history! Let’s be proud to live in Quebec in French!”

 The letter also notes former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government adopted a motion in 2006 recognizing Quebec as a nation.

Legault’s letter said Quebec will use all available means, including the notwithstanding clause, to support the bill. 

Legault signed the letter to Trudeau as being from “the prime minister of Quebec.”

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 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. David Cannon

    June 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

    You are being disingenuous. The distinction between “Prime Minister” and “Premier” does not exist in the French language, in which Legault wrote to Trudeau. “Premiere Ministre” is the word used for both offices.

  2. Robert Lee

    May 17, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I checked with a couple of Quebecois and they assured me that Legault was not referring to himself as the Prime Minister of Quebec rather that is how they refer to the Premier in Quebec.

  3. Dennis Richter

    May 17, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Remind me again why Alberta should remain part of a Dysfunctional Constitution where one province can call the shots. Time to buy your Wildrose membership, get involved with your local CA, form the provincial government in 2023 and rid ourselves of this madness. https://wildrose.party/

  4. Greg Strohschein

    May 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

    If the “Prime Minister” of Quebec believes they are a separate nation, then they should no longer be allowed to have a say in Canadian affairs, including elections.

  5. Steven Ruthven

    May 17, 2021 at 3:51 am

    17 May 2021
    After reading Danielle Smith’s e-mail to her subscribers this weekend. I am now of the opinion that the Premier of Quebec & Prime Minister Trudeau may have colluded together on the French language affair. Danielle paints a good picture of how Mr. O’Toole is now between a French Kiss & a cranky Western electorate.

  6. Left Coast

    May 16, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Legault . . . get control of your radical citizens . . .

    Fakeastinian sympathizers in Montreal . . . “We are Algerians, but we are here in support of our Palestinian brothers and sisters. We want the world to act. People are suffering there.”

    “There were few incidents, with the exception of one individual who smashed a plate glass window at the office tower, and was quickly berated by other protesters, and then arrested by police. Small groups of protesters threw projectiles at police, the Montreal police force reported, and four arrests were made — one for mischief for breaking the window, one for assaulting a police officer and two for armed assault of a police officer. Police pepper sprayed some protesters who refused to vacate the area at Westmount Square.”

    Way more problems in Montreal than the Constitution . . . Montreal starting to resemble France . . . where they say a Civil-war could break out soon!

  7. lajc63@gmail.com

    May 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Hey mr Legault…. Take Trudeau and his clan of buffoons and please separate your wealth sucking province away from Canada! Please do!

  8. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Premier? Only White Cranky French speakers & no religious symbols allowed ?

    How’s that for being racists against & forcing cultural French speaking people out the door 🚪.

    Is it the French language Premier or something more sinister?

  9. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Justin Trudeau thought his smug remarks in the House of Commons made him look 👀 intelligent 🤠.

    Then Quebec Premier (Backstab) nailed the chosen one with a knife 🔪 right between the shoulder blades.

    Didn’t see that coming 🤔

  10. James

    May 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    This is outrageous. A province can unilaterally change its own provincial constitution as it pleases. However a change to the CANADIAN constitution requires approval of at least some of the rest of the Federation and the House of Commons. The amending formulas in the Federal Constitution leave no doubt. Quebec can’t just add ‘notwithstanding’ to its law and cut the rest of the country out of amending its own constitution.

  11. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Holy Cow 😳

    Quebec NEVER signed the Constitution in 1982 !

    The Premier of Quebec has intact just separated from Canada 🇨🇦 & either needs to fully leave Confederation as its own country or be forced out of confederation.

    As a Westerner who has been forced to support legalized extortion of Alberta’s resource wealth. You can take your arrogance and Trudeau and 🤬 off ❗️

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SLOBODIAN: First you lose your guns, then your freedoms

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.




The day the Aussies gave up their guns triggered the beginning of the end of their liberty.

Now the land Down Under is a full-blown police state. Proud, strong, free, productive Australia is gone. 

This harsh, bitter transformation should be a warning to nations still clinging to the God, guns, and freedoms the hard-core left deeply despises.

Aussies protesting totalitarian COVID-19 restrictions, the harshest in the free world, are fighting a seemingly hopeless battle for basic rights and freedoms by pelting rocks, bottles, golf balls, and batteries against heavily armed riot police.

It was a sad day in Melbourne Wednesday when police were ordered to fire rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 protesters, then arrested about 200 who face hefty $5,000 US fines.

These are regular law-abiding citizens, including tradesmen protesting a two-week closure of building sites, mandatory vaccinations, stay-at-home orders, and a succession of lockdowns.

They’re tired of being told they can’t go outside, can’t go to church, can’t travel far from home.

Authorities claimed it wasn’t so much ordinary working people in the crowd police fired upon, but extremist and far-right groups infiltrating the protests. That’s often a tired lie, an excuse used to justify overstepping boundaries when annihilating freedom.

The Australian government, with an insatiable hunger for control and compliance, is planning to soon implement an app using facial recognition software to track movements and location. Aussies will be randomly texted, having 15 minutes to take a photo in their location. If they don’t comply, police will show up.

The riots are expected to continue.

This is by no means an attempt to suggest people should arm themselves against police who are obliged to follow orders and face the violent consequences of bad political decisions while the decision-makers safely hide behind armed guards.

Law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. Criminals with easy access to weapons are.

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

Law-abiding gun ownership is a safeguard that must be protected at all costs.

In Australia gun confiscation disguised as a buyback program was rushed through Parliament in 1996 after a nut job massacred 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle. Gun crimes have steadily escalated since.

But still, only sportsmen, Roo Shooters, ranchers, and law enforcement officials are allowed to own guns.

Owning a weapon for self-defense is a criminal offence in Australia.

We don’t see the devastation and despair Australia is facing unfolding in places like Texas where gun laws are relaxed.

Bad guys tend to behave better if they don’t know if someone is packing.

In Texas, even grandma carries a handgun in a holder on her hip or shoulder or anywhere she likes, because the law says she can.

In fact, as of September 1 this year Texas law requiring people to have a license to carry a handgun — open or concealed — was removed.

Texans over the age of 21 with no criminal record or mental health issues may carry to protect themselves in most public places, excluding schools, hospitals, amusement parks, if the gun is holstered.

Of course, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, an advocate of freedom and liberty, would never unleash law enforcement on law-abiding Texans.

But politicians come and go. Laws are the constant safeguard unless citizens willingly forsake them to left-wing loons.

Aussies bought the lie. And they are paying a horrific price.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lying to Canadians.

His ban on 1,500 types of so-called assault-style firearms in May 2020 didn’t satisfy him.

He promised, if re-elected, to crack down on legal firearms owners in a number of ways including restricting high-capacity magazines to holding no more than five rounds, bribe provinces to implement a ban on handguns, and introduce Red Flag laws which would confiscate guns if someone thinks someone is a threat, or maybe just wants to be nasty. 

Trudeau wants to toughen laws on banned assault weapons and make it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm to the government for destruction or have it rendered permanently inoperable.

So, a buyback program. That sure did Australians a lot of good.

Will Canadians relinquish this one guarantee of civil liberties and place our safety in the hands of untrustworthy politicians and bureaucrats?

The choice is simple. What will it be Australia or Texas? Or is it the beginning of the end of liberty for Canada too?

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Spurious George – police put winning Liberal Chahal under investigation for being a porch pirate

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.




Victorious Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate George Chahal is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption unit after a surveillance video emerged of him pilfering an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox.

Police said someone filed a complaint on Thursday and it’s now under investigation.

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

source: @kirklubimov twitter

He wasn’t very disguised in his efforts, wearing a jersey with his name on the back.

“The report has been directed to our anti-corruption unit that handles investigations of a sensitive nature or involving a public official. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and at this point, we have not yet determined if the investigation will remain with CPS or be transitioned to another investigative body, such as Elections Canada,” CPS said in a statement.

Chahal’s campaign manager, Randall Zalazar, admitted Chahal did it, but had a good reason.

“While dropping off polling info flyers prior to polls opening on Election Day, George removed a piece of campaign literature that identified an incorrect polling location for the person residing at the address,” he said in an e-mail to CTV News.

“All through election day, campaign volunteers found incorrectly labeled materials across the eastern side of the riding. Our campaign contacted Elections Canada and advised them of the issue.”

Chahal was the only Liberal to win in Calgary, picking up the victory by 3,000 votes.

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UCP MLA Stephan calls for early leadership review of Kenney

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.




Jason Stephan, UCP MLA for Red Deer South, is calling for a leadership review of Premier Jason Kenney “sooner than later.”

Stephan made the demand in an open letter to his constituents.

“On July 1st, the Premier said that we were open for good. I took him at his word,” said Stephan.

“Some businesses and other organizations find themselves now subject to restrictions that threaten their ability to survive unless they participate in a ‘Restriction Exemption Program,’ This is a vaccine passport program – in general, to participate, these organizations can only allow vaccinated individuals into their premises. This divides Albertans. The premier said there would be no COVID vaccine passports.”

Stephan made it clear he was vaccinated against COVID-19. but added the decision has to be a personal one.

“Vaccine passports use coercion to indirectly do what is illegal to do directly — to compel vaccination. Seeking to compel others against their wills produces resentment. Albertans should choose to take COVID vaccines on their merits, believing they are safe and effective, not because of lotteries or cash payments or intense coercion with vaccine passports or under threats of losing livelihoods or educations,” Stephan said.

“Individuals and families are losing trust. Coercion destroys, not builds, trust. Complete and transparent information, without bias, is the best way to allow Albertans to make the best decisions for themselves and their families on the merits of COVID vaccines.

“Our friends, family members or neighbors who do not share our opinions are not evil or selfish. The truth about those friends, family members or neighbors is more complex, more nuanced, each of them possessing unique contexts and circumstances, all of which can be valued and respected,” Stephan said.

“Many constituents are upset. Many are asking for the Premier to resign. The Constitution of the United Conservative Party (UCP) does not include a procedure for caucus MLAs to remove the leader of the party.”

A leadership review of Kenney had been set for the fall of 2022, but after a UCP caucus meeting this week, the date was moved to the spring.

Dozens of constituency associations have also demanded an early leadership review.

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

“In the interim period, the focus of government needs to be on COVID.

“Alberta is budgeted to spend $23 billion on health, among the highest per capita in Canada, and over 40% of the province’s operating budget. Why, with this massive amount of money, has AHS only produced between 300 and 400 (currently, the numbers are everchanging), working ICU beds for a population of over 4.4 million, on a per capita basis less than half the worst of the lowest of the any of the US states?

“Given the widespread, profound impact of COVID restrictions on Albertans, I have asked, and continue to ask, for a comprehensive public inquiry, including a full cost analysis of COVID restrictions. The more truth, the better.”

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