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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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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?




Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.




There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.




As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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