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Loewen lambastes Kenney and UCP insiders

He urged the party to get back to “core conservative values that have served our province well for generations.”




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and other party insiders “have their heads in the sand,” said former United Conservative Party (UCP) MLA Todd Loewen.

The now Independent MLA from Central Peace-Notley used a member’s statement Thursday in the Legislature to attack the party and premier.

He urged the party to get back to “core conservative values that have served our province well for generations.

“Some of the UCP’s founding principles included protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, grassroots democracy, limited government and fiscal responsibility, including balanced budgets and debt reduction,” he said.

“Four years later, Albertans both inside and outside the UCP party have serious questions about the premier’s commitment to those core values.

“This is why the party is losing members, losing life-long conservative volunteers, and losing donors. This is why the premier’s approval is among the worst in Canada and is why if an election was held today all polls show the UCP would find itself in the Opposition side of the house.

“It seems some want to hide their heads in the sand and pretend everything is fine. Some even go as far as to blame me for the government’s problems for daring to give voice to the public’s concerns. But the problems started long before I spoke out.

“The truth is I want conservatives in Alberta to be united in our values … I still believe this party can be what it was created to be. A vehicle that puts regular people — not political party insiders — in control. I believe it’s still within us, as Albertan, to seize control of our own destiny. We can still be strong, we can still be free. But Step 1 is admitting there is a problem, we have to be strong enough to remember who we are and where we came from.

“Most importantly we have to get back to those core conservative values that offer our province its best chance for new hope and new opportunity.”

Loewen was booted from the UCP Caucus May 13 after he published an open letter calling on Kenney to resign as premier.

Drew Barnes, MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, was also punted after being a thorn in Kenney’s side for months.

The move came as the caucus and party has been wracked by internal infighting over issues of Kenney’s “Fair Deal Panel,” and, most significantly, the government’s reaction to COVID-19.

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. Steven Ruthven

    May 28, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    As far as I am concerned. The UCP with Mr. Kenney as Premier & Mr. Ellis as UCP Party whip, both have outlived their usefulness. MP Ellis has shown his distain for former Wildrose members & that probably isn’t going to change.

    I voted UCP & for Kenney, that turned out to be a mistake. Now, I see former members of the Wildrose Party sitting in the UCP caucus & taking the crap from Whip Ellis. I say, the UCP is a sinking ship Wildrose, so sink with it or swim over to the WIPA.

    From UCP to WIPA for me.

  2. Wesley

    May 28, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Well said Todd. What happened to the old PC party seems to have happened to the UCP. Elite political party insiders are in control not the grassroots MLA’s.

  3. Baron Not Baron

    May 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    One thing to be considered, therefore act accordingly. ALL the main political parties have to follow a foreign agenda. UCP, NDP, etc.. will never serve a colony – Alberta. They always did for over 100 years. Reality is that the majority of people really like to suffer – hence the world we live in today. The UCP, NDP, libs.. huggers will hit the wall again, like usual.


  4. Barbara

    May 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Toronto . Kids 12 years old and up can get vaccine without parental consent. They’re being offered ic cream.
    Danger of heart inflamation from vaccines


  5. berta baby

    May 27, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Wow what soldier, that’s a leader I would vote for. He has a spine and stands for the people and the freedom we are born into … it’s not kenneys to take and give back.

    Between notley and Barnes and Lowen kenney is done

  6. Jennifer Dyck

    May 27, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you, Todd Loewen, for demonstrating courage and integrity under fire – very rare in today’s political maneuvering. Hope we can punt Kenney back to Ottawa to ply his smarmy trade with the rest of his Great Reset pals – Freeland, Champagne, Global Affairs staff are mostly WEF acolytes.

  7. Rose

    May 27, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Todd has integrity, so he assumes his former colleges do as well.

    Remaining UCP members are all complicate.
    But we can black-list them for next election.
    Goodbye UCP sell-outs!

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.




The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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People not getting COVID jabs a diverse group

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.




Canadians against getting a COVID-19 jab are not just a group of crazed, anti-vaxxers, says a leading epidemiologist.

Four million Canadians who’ve declined a COVID-19 are an assorted lot, said the executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal Of Health Sciences .

“The unvaccinated are a diverse group,” Dr. Raywat Deonandan, of the University of Ottawa, told Blacklock’s Reporter.

“They include the hardcore anti-vaxxers. They include the vaccine-hesitant who are just afraid of the vaccine.”

“They include those who want to get vaccinated, but can’t get time off work or get child care. And they include the apathetic. The apathetic tend to be the young people who think the disease is not serious to them. Vaccine passports really do well on that group.”

Speaking during a webinar with a federal union, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, Deonandan said he generally supported domestic vaccine passports, likening them to a driver’s licence, but strongly opposed mandatory immunization of young children.

“Vaccine mandates are controversial,” said Deonandan, adding compulsory shots for children under 12 “just creates far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way.

“I have a small child. I’m not happy about injecting him with strange things. I will if his mother agrees. But it does not fill me with comfort to do so. I get it.”

Deonandan said he thought compulsory vaccination for federal employees was legally defensible, but acknowledged it would draw protest.

“The weakness is our democracy,” he said.

“Our biggest value is our freedom and our democracy. That is the thing that’s our Achilles’ heel here. Authoritarian governments do better with COVID because they control the messaging and compel behaviour. We don’t want to be that. So we need to empower the citizens to think more rationally to their own ends.”

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Freeland says Canada has to stop cutting business taxes

The Liberal Party has proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes mainly on corporations.




Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has to put a stop to cuts to corporate taxes, calling it a “race to the bottom.”

Blacklock’s Reporter noted the Liberal Party proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes, mainly on corporations.

“Part of building an equitable recovery is strengthening international tax fairness, ending the global race to the bottom in corporate tax and ensuring that all corporations, including the world’s largest, pay their fair share,” said Freeland.

“We will stem the world tendency to reduce the corporate tax rate.”

The Party’s August 25 campaign document, Asking Financial Institutions To Help Canada Build Back Better, proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate from 15 to 18% on banks and insurers with revenues more than a billion dollars a year.

It also proposed an unspecified Canada Recovery Dividend to be “paid by these same large banks and insurance companies in recognition of the fast-paced return to profitability these institutions have experienced in large part due to the unprecedented backstop Canadians provided to our economy through emergency support to people and businesses.

“The allocation of this dividend between applicable institutions will be developed in consultation over the coming months with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions,” continued the document.

It would be “applied over a four year period.”

Cabinet estimated all new taxes, including a new charge on tobacco manufacturers and tighter collections on offshore accounts, would generate $4,241,000,000 next year and nearly twice as much, more than $8.2 billion, by 2025.

The figures were calculated by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

“Big banks got a windfall,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters August 25.

“So as we rebuild we’re going to ask big financial institutions to pay a little back, to pay a little more, so that we can do more for you.

“Big banks and insurance companies have been doing very well over these past many months. Canada’s biggest banks are posting their latest massive profits of billions of dollars.

“Everyone else had to tighten their belt. We’re going to ask them to do a little bit more.”

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said September 21 he expected cabinet to raise corporate taxes with support from his caucus.

“People are worried about who’s going to pay the price for the pandemic,” said Singh.

“We don’t believe it should be small business,” said Singh. “We remain resolute that it should be the ultra-rich.”

The New Democrat platform proposed a general increase in the income tax rate on all large corporations from 15% to 18%, not just banks and insurers, and a hike in the top federal income tax rate from 33% to 35% for individuals earning more than $216,500 a year.

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