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Poll finds 20% of Conservative voters less likely to vote for them after O’Toole carbon tax proposal

“The broader question for the Conservatives may well come down to whether the segment of its 2019 voters who say they’ll quit the party over carbon pricing actually follow through,” said the Angus Reid poll.

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Nearly one in five Conservative supporters say Erin O’Toole’s carbon tax flip-flop will make them less liable to vote for the party, a new poll shows.

On April 15, O’Toole announced a shocking U-turn in his opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, announcing he would be campaigning on his own version of the tax in the next election.

“The move was designed – among other things – to grow the party’s vote base, especially among swing voters who consistently name climate change as a top political issue,” said the poll, released Monday by Angus Reid Institute.

“One-in-five 2019 CPC voters (19%) say his new policy plank will make them less likely to vote for the party again in a future election.”

But it’s not all bad news for the Conservatives, said Angus Reid.

“The data reveal small segments of voters to the left of the political spectrum more open to voting CPC now that it espouses a plan to price carbon emissions,” said the poll.

“Perhaps most notably, 19% of past Bloc Quebecois voters in battleground Quebec say the move makes them more likely to consider the Conservative party when the next election is held.

“The broader question for the Conservatives may well come down to whether the segment of its 2019 voters who say they’ll quit the party over carbon pricing actually follow through.”

Angus Reid poll

The poll also found, when presented with a synopsis of each carbon pricing plan, 45% of Canadians say they support the CPC carbon pricing plan, while 56% say they support the Liberal current plan.

O’Toole is proposing to charge a $50/tonne carbon tax on everything from gasoline, to home heating fuel, and use the money to fund government-controlled savings accounts, which Canadians can use to purchase government-approved environmentally friendly products.

Under the new Conservative plan, Canadians would pay a carbon tax beginning at $20 per tonne, increasing over time to $50 a tonne. But the Tories promise it would go no higher than that, however, O’Toole had promised emphatically that there would be no carbon tax at all under his leadership.

When running for party leader, O’Toole signed a CTF pledge to oppose the federal carbon tax. The pledge said: “I, Erin O’Toole promise that, if elected Prime Minister of Canada, I will: Immediately repeal the Trudeau carbon tax; and, reject any future national carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme.”

O’Toole repeated his pledge to fight against any consumer carbon tax repeatedly during the campaign for the Tory top spot and even issued a press release against the Trudeau tax 21 days before launching his own.

The O’Toole carbon tax may also leave less money in taxpayers pockets than the Trudeau plan.

Under the Trudeau plan, a portion of the federal carbon tax is rebated to taxpayers to spend as they see fit. Under the O’Toole plan, revenues will go into personalized “green” savings accounts, that Canadians could only spend on government-approved environmentally friendly products.

People could then draw on those accounts for “things that help them live a greener life,” the document says. 

“That could mean buying a transit pass or a bicycle, or saving up and putting the money towards a new efficient furnace, energy-efficient windows or even an electric vehicle.”

The Conservative carbon plan calls for the accounts to be managed by a private sector consortium, appointed by the government.

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. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 4, 2021 at 9:09 am

    One has to wonder why the change in policy when your leading the parade!?. The great minds are really liberal sheep dressed as cons. Give us a break and just once tell us the truth.heading for disaster with approval of this budget. Get real Canadians or move to Costa Rica. EH.

  2. bob jeffrey

    May 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

    It appears he wants to be one of the 1% elite globalists. Sad day for freedom.

  3. Wesley

    May 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Conservatives are finished with O’Toole as leader. Got rid of my Conservative membership and joined Max Bernier’s common sense PPC.

  4. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Making Canadians pay for the sins of the rest of the Planet is patently insane . . .

    What the miniscule population of Canada does is completely irrelevant in the big picture.
    In China with a billion and 1/2 . . . they increase their emissions by more than Canada’s annual emissions every 20 weeks. So why would we destroy whats left of our failing economy to tilt at windmills?

    Only a Politician could be this clueless . . . and “Believe” in the Klimate Change Fairy!

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

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source: streetchurch facebook

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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