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Nenshi slams ‘white nationalist supremacists’ who protest COVID lockdowns

“I know it’s frustrating when you see those maskless idiots and their protests,” Nenshi said.

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has taken another verbal shot at some anti-lockdown protesters, calling them “thinly-veiled white nationalist supremacists.”

Nenshi made the comment on this weekend’s edition of the Global TV current affairs show, The West Block.

“Those people at those anti-mask protests, let’s not kid ourselves. They’re not people who [are protesting because they] need to eat. They are people who are marching in thinly-veiled white nationalist supremacist anti-government protests,” he said.

He pointed specifically to people “coughing and hacking and saying they have bronchitis.”

“We’re not that stupid,” he said.

In March he took a similar run at protesters in Calgary who brought tiki torches to a protest.

“It has been increasingly clear to me over the last several months that these marches that pretend they are about lifting the lockdown — there is no lockdown by the way, shops are open, schools are open, restaurants are open, people have the ability to go out and do many, many things that they normally would have done — have increasingly become forums for hatred, for white nationalist groups and others to attach themselves to this conversation, such that the original discussion is completely lost.

“So when we see people with torches marching through the downtown core, we know what that means. It’s not about heat, it’s not about light, don’t be ridiculous. When we see people advertising these marches using pictures from Charlottesville, we know what that means, we know who that’s meant to intimidate, and I will tell you right now as a person of colour in this city, I will never be intimidated by that.” 

Last month the mayor took another shot at some protesters.

““I know it’s frustrating when you see those maskless idiots and their protests,” Nenshi said.

“There are people who just want to come to Prince’s Island on a sunny Saturday afternoon when the weather is nice. There are shopkeepers on Stephen Avenue (who) have been forced to close their shops while these guys are marauding down the streets.”

The mayor previously demanded the court system take the pandemic more seriously.

“I think it’s handcuffing the police and their work and we need to do much, much better,” Nenshi said, calling the situation “incredibly frustrating.

“I’m calling on the court system to take this as seriously as the police do.”

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. Laurentides

    May 12, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    He should be sued for inciting hate and racism..

  2. Mars Hill

    May 10, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Nenshi is a racist. (that little dot is a period)

  3. Dwayne Gibson

    May 10, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Taking a page from Jason Kenney’s playbook hey Neshi. Smoke in mirrors and misdirection. Say anything to steer the public from the terrible job you are two are doing

  4. GS Uddin

    May 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Nenshi is 100% right although not policitally correct. The COVID protesters are right wing fanatics (both religious Christian nutters and white nationalists) with intellectual laziness and a childish conspiratorial mind that believes in exceptionalism because they are white and/or ‘Christian’. They can never follow the rules that others have to because their entitled attitude. They would love to see Covid spread and anarchy so that we can live in a white nationalist/ christian righty fascist regime. It’s even worse than Nenshi claims!

  5. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 10, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Nenhi will get a plum liberal appointment .Any one differs state your case. Hell didn’t I hear he as several pensions

  6. Elizabeth McIntosh

    May 10, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Hey Mr. Nenshi….when you leave town can you pick up our esteemed mayor of Toronto and take him with you please…all these dictatorial mayors seem to think someone died and made them God…..terrible what a bit of power does to some people….

  7. Tony

    May 9, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    This pompous windbag that calls himself the mayor is sickening. While he advocates for more police resources to harass church goers, the transit system in Calgary has become un-usable due to the preponderance of drunks and crackheads who go about unchecked. Have you ever noticed that whenever this unctuous glad-hander is winning, he refers to the city as a glowing beacon of tolerance and meritocracy, but as soon as anything points attention to his failures, he conveniently blames an apocryphal army of bigots that,according to him, lurk everywhere.

  8. berta baby

    May 9, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    he should be sued for libel …. to throw that hate out there de humanizing people humans who do not share the same desire for a authoritarian police state is dangerously close if not over the slander line…. wonder if there are some lawyers who would agree out there?

  9. Earl Hildebrand

    May 9, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Nenshi has never had the burden of being truthful or operating in reality. I’m so happy he is hanging his hat and is done. Since being elected mayor, Calgary’s economy has gone down, every year. But hey, look, white supremacists or something, don’t look at how bad of a job I’m doing.

  10. John Lankers

    May 9, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    This guy oozes racism.
    Imagine if a white mayor would mouth off and attack people of a different ethnicity like Nenshi does.

  11. Steven Ruthven

    May 9, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    The City of Calgary & Mayor Nenshi deserve a Class Action Lawsuit for Slander.

    I am not what Nenshi just labeled many of us to be. Nenshi needs to defend himself in a court of law and prove his words or retract them & apologize. The City of Calgary is now pulled into this because of a the Mayor in what could be a potentially expensive for the Calgary Taxpayers.

    Class Action Against the City of Calgary & Mayor Nenshi. For Slander ??

  12. Steven Ruthven

    May 9, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Folks, remember what Mayor Nenshi just said about white people in Alberta all being “white nationalist supremacists”.
    Mayor Nenshi is still the City of Calgary Mayor, until Oct 2021. Nenshi is suppose to represent all Calgarians fairly as Mayor.

    Would Nenshi stand for you & I to criticize his Muslim culture in such a despicable way?

    I’m not what you just labeled me Mayor Nenshi !! You don’t have that right to label me as a racists Nenshi. As far as I am concerned. You need to be brought down a notch or two.

    What do you say folks a class action lawsuit against the City of Calgary & Mayor Nenshi? For Slander?

  13. lajc63@gmail.com

    May 9, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    To quote Mr Northcott, “ it’s time for these politicians to pull their heads out of their asses.
    Throw, Nenshi, and the AHS into the mix with Jason Kenney, Justine Trudeau, and Notley.

  14. JONATHAN DIXON

    May 9, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    ““Those people at those anti-mask protests, let’s not kid ourselves. They’re not people who [are protesting because they] need to eat. They are people who are marching in thinly-veiled white nationalist supremacist anti-government protests.” — Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

    Hey Naheed! I like you. I give you the benefit of the doubt. But if all you have is insults and name-calling, while making it clear that you don’t want to engage in an open and televised debate with people who are truly knowledgeable and informed about COVID-19, such as John Carpay (of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) and Dr. Dennis Modry, then it just makes you look weak and foolish. Don’t do that to yourself.

  15. Left Coast

    May 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    The Mayor is completely f’ed in the head.
    The mooosques are full and the police never show up there . . . why is that?

    Outdoor Transmission of the CCP Virus is rare . . . even rarer than intelligent Politicians these days.

  16. John Harvey

    May 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    You always know you have won when all these pathetic “leaders” have no science or data to back up their views, they always default to the standard racist, white supremist, denier, covidiot, and the list goes on. I guess they don’t realize how ignorant this makes them look, but it is how the “leaders” rule now. Fear and threats, don’t you dare question my authority. Incredible God complex, instead of worshipping God.

  17. William

    May 9, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    He’s definitely getting a lot mouthier since he decided he’s not running again. A big fat thank you to all the dumb asses who voted for him time and time again.

  18. MikeP72@protonmail.com

    May 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    But police kneeling for BLM is fine, BLM protests, Antifa protests are fine, right Nenshi? Instead let’s talk about a group that doesn’t exist, or blame Proud Boys. How did we let these hypocrites gain power?

  19. Wesley

    May 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    It is hard to imagine how this guy got to be a mayor. Thank goodness he is leaving.

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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.

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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
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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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.

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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.

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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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