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LIVE: Updates from UCP Caucus meeting

Live updates from sources inside May 13 UCP Caucus Meeting.




The Western Standard has multiple sources inside the ongoing UCP Caucus meeting that started at 12:30 pm MST. Check back here for live updates.

12:25 pm: Western Standard is informed a UCP virtual caucus meeting is about to start with an expectation that up to four MLAs will be expelled. No agenda is presented.

12:45 pm: Source tells the Western Standard the meeting began with a discussion about leaks from caucus meetings, mostly to the Western Standard. Discussion focused around leak of story that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told the caucus, “If they are our base, I want a new base,” in reference to attendees of the rogue rodeo in Bowden, AB.

1:52 pm: Source tells the Western Standard the story about the UCP caucus discussing leaks to the Western Standard, is now being discussed in the caucus.

2:20 pm: Sources tell the Western Standard that UCP Whip and Calgary West MLA Mike Ellis gave an “executioner’s speech” about the need to expel MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the caucus.

2:25 pm: Sources say Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie moved a motion to expel Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the caucus.

2:40 pm: Sources tell the Western Standard most MLAs are speaking against the motion to expel Loewen and Barnes.

2:45 pm: One source says that the motion to expel Loewen and Barnes may fail.

2:50 pm: Sources say the only MLAs thus far to speak in favour of expelling Loewen and Barnes are Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Transportation Minister Ric McIver, Whip Mike Ellis, and MLA Peter Guthrie.

3:50 pm: A source says discussion in caucus has turned back toward ongoing leaks to the Western Standard.

No decision as yet is reached on expelling Loewen and Barnes.

4:05 pm: Source says Todd Loewen is pleading for Kenney and the government to change direction, end the lockdown and “do the right thing.”

4:20 pm: A source tells Western Standard “many MLAs are saying ‘we need to look in the mirror.”

4:35 pm: Same source says the cabinet has been mostly quiet in the debate on expelling Loewen and Barnes.

4:45 pm: Source says with cabinet “likely whipped,” the vote to expel Loewen and Barnes may pass by a slim margin.

4:50 pm: A source says Premier Jason Kenney is telling caucus that it should be “grateful for the input that it gets.”

5:00 pm: Source tells Western Standard that Premier Kenney says there isn’t any major problems with the government’s approach, and “I don’t understand why everyone is so upset.”

5:10 pm: Source says that the vote to expel Loewen and Barnes will not be conducted by secret ballot, but by texting the new caucus chairman, Nick Milliken.

5:20 pm: Voting is underway on motion to expel Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the UCP Caucus. Stand by for live results.

5:30 pm: A UCP cabinet minister tells the Western Standard, “They had first decided all the vote results would go to Brittney who runs caucus services until MLAs freaked out.”

7:25 pm: Multiple sources in the caucus and ministers offices tell the Western Standard that caucus will be reconvened at 7:30 pm for the results of expulsion vote.

7:35 pm: Results are presented to the caucus that Loewen and Barnes have been expelled.

Check back regularly for live updates on the UCP Caucus Meeting

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  1. adam

    May 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    I believe Kenny infiltrated the Wild Rose Party and was a Trudeau shill right from the beginning. If Kenny is not booted out of the Party the UCP may not have a future in Alberta.

  2. berta baby

    May 14, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Kenny is so gross , would be nice to see more MLA’s step back … they won’t get voted in as UCP thats for sure. If you UCP MLA’s read this, No one who voted for kenney is going to vote for kenney again. Those who want ever lasting lock downs will vote Notley those who want a free and independent Alberta will vote Wildrose … there is no room for complacent MLA’s that do not represent their people.

    Kenney made it clear it is his opinion that the UCP party values are in fact the Jason kenney party values.. Alberta will show him the door.

  3. Josh

    May 13, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I never thought I’d see the day when a “democratic” party tries to hide its own slander towards its supporters and try to get rid of people that voice concern. I know Kenney is worried about opening before mass vaccinations are complete cause that’s his only “hope” to claim he did well. I hope he realizes soon the promise of good health can’t be guaranteed to anyone.

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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.




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.


“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.


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

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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.




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

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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.




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

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