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O’Toole tried to poach former Liberal MP

“He’s obviously being pushed by the same group of people that ran Patrick Brown’s campaign when he was the leader of the Conservative Party in Ontario. And what a disaster that turned out to be,” said McTeague.

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Erin O’Toole tried to lure six-term Liberal MP Dan McTeague back into politics, but he refused.

McTeague was MP from 1993 to 2011 and represented Pickering – Scarborough East in his final term. In an interview with the Western Standard, McTeague said O’Toole invited him to run there again.

“He asked me to run in 2019, I said no. And he wanted me to run in my old riding,” McTeague said. “I had known Erin for many years. His father was one of my provincial counterparts when I was a federal MP…

“I’ve written blogs about him already and said, ‘Look, this guy’s Trudeau-lite and don’t believe him.’ And I felt bad doing it because I personally don’t have a problem with him. But he’s obviously being pushed by the same group of people that ran Patrick Brown’s campaign when he was the leader of the Conservative Party in Ontario. And what a disaster that turned out to be.”

McTeague is the president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, an organization he founded. He believes O’Toole’s embrace of a carbon tax was a bad political and policy move.

“I wasn’t surprised that he flip-flopped, but disappointed, because the vast majority of Canadians do not believe climate change is the presiding issue in Canada today. Affordability and healthcare are far more important to Canadians than philosophizing or getting involved with the alarmist agenda on the climate somehow changing. I think we all recognize there is a change in climate, but not all of us agree that it’s simply because of human-induced behavior,” he said.

McTeague predicts the Conservatives will lose badly on the policy gamble.

“The biggest loss of this election will be Conservative support. It’s pretty obvious that their numbers are nowhere near where they were under Andrew Scheer. And I suspect that the calculation that the Conservatives under Mr. O’Toole have made that somehow you can lose all those seats or all those votes out West in favor of picking up an extra few percent in Ontario, may have been an erroneous calculus and a gamble that they should not have taken because it’s likely to lead to Mr. O’Toole having a very short term as a leader,” he said.

During McTeague’s tenure, Liberal leader Stephane Dion championed a carbon tax, only to be trounced at the polls.

“There was a significant unease I was having, obviously with my own party, and the rise since 2008 of the ‘Green Shift’ in the Liberal Party when they found that as a new religion, and were promptly trounced at the polls in 2008 when Harper said, ‘This is about a carbon tax and the cost of living at a time in which prices were going through the roof,'” he said.

Stephen Harper also tried to get McTeague to cross the floor but he refused.

“There were repeated requests because they needed someone from Toronto and someone who was bilingual… So they’d always talk to me. And I never played the partisan card, especially when it came to the lives of Canadians abroad, and I suspect they took that as a means of saying, ‘Well, he’s not very partisan,'” he said.

“My party turtled under Dion…Ultimately, Harper got them to call the election that they were afraid of calling or being involved with. And so from that point forward, I was pretty despondent about the tenacity of my own party. And so I think some Conservatives saw that as a means of saying, hey, want to come and run for us? And my answer was no. As it was then, it would be now. I’m not a Conservative.”

McTeague calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “a fool who is nothing more than a marionette for the Laurentian elite” and said his government must recognize that the value of western petroleum to power the Canadian economy.

“I know what happens when people lose their shirts. I saw it. I saw it upfront, personally up close in 1981 when my father lost everything he had…” he said.

“My education came in the school of hard knocks. And I think like a lot of other Canadians whose voices are not being heard, the direction this government’s taking on pushing the climate agenda, among other things, is totally opposite and anathema to the struggle that Canadians are facing.”

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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  1. Left Coast

    May 13, 2021 at 9:32 am

    “McTeague calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “a fool who is nothing more than a marionette for the Laurentian elite” and said his government must recognize that the value of western petroleum to power the Canadian economy.”

    The Thinking Folks were saying this back in 2015 . . . but stupid Canooks just sit with their hands out for the next cash drop. Canada will likely never recover from a decade of the weak, feckless & CCP luving Trudope.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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.

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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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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.

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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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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