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Weeklyleaks: Inside today’s UCP caucus meeting

Sources inside the UCP caucus tell the Western Standard that the vote to elect a new caucus chair required two-rounds, as no candidate received 50% on the first ballot.




Multiple sources inside the UCP caucus speaking on condition of anonymity are providing the Western Standard with live, real-time updates on its proceedings. Unlike the meeting last week – with proceedings updated in real time – the Western Standard has decided to publish the proceedings all at once to protect the identities of its sources.

9:05 am: Caucus will elect a new chair. Leadership leads a discussion about the position’s role.

9:10 am: Candidates running for caucus chair are Matthew Jones, Nathan Neudorf, and Tany Yao.

9:30 am: UCP Whip Mike Ellis begins taking votes on caucus chair election.

9:35 am: Premier Kenney speaks and tells the caucus “how lucky we are to have an elected chair.”

9:58 am: Environment Minister & Government House Leader Jason Nixon giving an update on house business.

10:10 am: Ministers brief caucus on bills, beginning with Nathan Glubish, Jason Nixon, and Jason Copping.

10:20 am: Laila Goodridge provides update as northern caucus chair.

10:22 am: Richard Gotfried provides update as Calgary caucus chair, focusing on not-for-profits.

10:25 am: Nate Horner as southern chair says the government badly needs a reopening plan.

10:25 am: UCP Whip Mike Ellis provides voting results on first round of election of new caucus chair. No candidate received more than 50%.

Tany Yao is dropped from the ballot and a second round of voting is held between Matthew Jones and Nathan Neudorf.

10:30 am: Health Minister Tyler Shandro gives an update on COVID-19. Shandro says that the UCP government has given direction to prosecute high profile cases of lockdown rule breakers.

10:45 am: Whitney Isaac as Members Policy Committee chair provides an update.

10:50 am: Alberta Representative to the United States, James Rajotte gives an update on US strategy and Alberta’s Washington office activities. He tells the caucus that the focus is on advocacy to Democrats on pipelines.

11:35 am: In Private Members time, Dan Williams asks to prioritize places of worship reopening, out of fear of constitutional challenges.

11:45 am: Ron Orr saying his constituents are suffering under lockdowns, which is driving teen suicide.

11:50 am: Glenn van Dijken says that the lockdown and others restrictions are causing suffering.

11:55 am: Brad Rutherford says that government restrictions on playing golf “make no sense”.

Richard Gotfried says that his constituents find the golf restrictions are “frustrating”.

12:00 pm: Michaela Glasgo says that she is very concerned with the lack of women representation on committees, appointments and general opportunities within caucus and government. She adds that she feels women are often dismissed despite being very well qualified and willing.

12:05 pm: In his closing remarks, Premier Jason Kenney says that if large numbers of people don’t get vaccinated, restrictions will continue. He adds that “it’s not coercion, just reality.”

12:15 pm: Nathan Neudorf wins election as new caucus chair.

12:18 pm: Meeting is adjourned.

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  1. berta baby

    May 20, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    kenney is such a slob… enjoy it. Either the Mla’s toss this guy or no on will vote UCP… Everyone I talk to says they will vote Wildrose or if no Wildrose NDP…. I mean thats based on just a few people… but Either Wildrose…. or … NDP. not even close for commi kenney.

    I highly doubt Shnadro is getting in again… didnt he crack rage on his neighbour weeks after he got elected? Perhaps his anger issues are what is showing in his Health Ministry… Give the guy with anger issues unlimited power and watch his sick joy at causing pain in others…. gross> so hes gone

    Kenney, I doubt gets his seat …. I mean he can try to buy it … but thats hard to do in a city riding, I would suggest he get replaced by NDP…

    Alberta knows whats up…. Mr. not going for Zero says 70% needed for opening up and now he changes the time line like he always does… good lock us down A hole just waking up the masses

  2. K

    May 20, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    12:05 pm: In his closing remarks, Premier Jason Kenney says that if large numbers of people don’t get vaccinated, restrictions will continue. He adds that “it’s not coercion, just reality.”


  3. Barbara

    May 20, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Steven Don’t say good bye …just say no.
    Make your MLAs do something. Be relentless. Take off your masks when you go ANYWHERE except work. I never see anyone without a mask.
    Don’t let them inject your children with poison.
    Everyone out there DO SOMETHING. At protests I see hundreds,
    sometimes thousands maskless BUT when I go shopping or go out they’re no where to be seen.
    If we all did this there would be no lockdown.
    JUST SAY NO and ACT ON IT or stop complainig and BE BRAVE

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 20, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Say good bye to Summer 2021 where Jason Kenney is concerned. Might be time to follow Premier Kenney around with a drone to ensure he also follows all the lockdown rules. Like the Health Minister says. The UCP government has given direction to prosecute high profile cases of lockdown rule breakers That includes UCP & NDP MLA’s also.

  5. Shauna Kormos

    May 20, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    UCP stands for “United Communist Party”, fire Kenneyless, he is not grass roots and send him back to Ottawa so he grovel at Truedopes feet
    I call it you get vaxed or else, our freedoms are gone, we are now a policed state
    He wants stardom

  6. Baron Not Baron

    May 20, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    He’s going to keep us locked up until after June 15. That’s the rumor. Anywho, JK in his wisdom saved Granny but what a shame her 10 year old grandson has committed suicide, her sun who was paying for the long-term care has lost his business and now he doesn’t have the means to pay for her care, so she will be thrown out of the retirement home. Her daughter would love to take her in but she lost her home because she had no job so no money to pay the mortgage. JK 1 – Granny 0

  7. John Huizing

    May 20, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I have never seen a politician, like Premier Jason Kenney, selling vaccines. Is he personally profiting from it?.

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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.




British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.




News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.




Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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