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Federal Green leader Paul feeling the heat to resign

The party’s federal council will hold a vote Tuesday night on whether to trigger a complex 30-day process under the party’s constitution to remove Paul as leader.

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She’s only been on the job since October, but the knives are already out for Green Party leader Annamie Paul.

CBC is reporting the party’s federal council will hold a vote Tuesday night on whether to trigger a complex 30-day process under the party’s constitution to remove Paul as leader.

If triggered, the council will meet again on July 15 and if 75% of council members agree at that meeting to let a leadership vote go forward, party members could then vote to remove Paul from office through a motion at an annual general meeting, said CBC.

The Green crisis comes in the wake of Frederickton MP  Jenica Atwin, who crossed the floor last week to join the Liberals.

Atwin said on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday her floor-crossing was, in part, due to a dispute over the party’s stance on Israel.

Atwin last month accused Israel of being an apartheid state and said Paul’s position on Israel was “totally inadequate.”

That led to the Quebec wing of the party calling for Paul to go.

Originally, it was a lengthy process and close vote that installed Paul as leader.

Last October at a leadership convention, 54% of the vote on the eighth ballot; 2,009 votes separated her and runner up Dimitri Lascaris.

“I believe I have been given a strong mandate. I believe I have been given the instructions to work on behalf of Canadians for a green recovery,” Paul told reporters Tuesday in Ottawa.

“There are those (who) are going to continue to support others, including some of the other candidates who ran, and I would just encourage them again to respect the will of the members who made it very clear who they were seeking to have lead them at this point.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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. Left Coast

    June 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

    The Radical Far-Left & Israel . . .

    The Greens, the Postal Union & other radicals support Canada’s so-called First Nations and their claims in spite of the fact that most tribes were nomads.

    Fast forward to Israel . . . where they denigrate the group that has continuously lived in the land over 3000 years and can prove it . . . the Radicals side with the Nomads whose parents & grand-parents moved there for work in the last 100 years.

    History, Critical Thinking and Logic long ago departed from the now quite Insane Left !

    Joseph Farah, in Myths of the Middle East. Farah has made his home here in America and knows of what he writes:

    “There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians.

    “Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 per cent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one per cent of the landmass. But that’s too much for the Muslim Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today….No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.”

  2. Ross Harpoon

    June 16, 2021 at 9:14 am

    When Annamie Paul chose to run for a seat in Toronto instead of a safe ‘Green’ friendly riding (as Jagmeet Singh did in BC) she showed her political instincts are poor.

    However, as there are no political parties in Canada with a strong or distinguished leader with any kind of integrity she seems ideal for the Greens.

    Just another lame Politician in a country full of lame Politicians.

  3. Steven Ruthven

    June 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Should be very clear now to Canadians. The Green Federal Party is more about virtual signaling then protecting the environment. My point: Former Green MP Atwin said on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday her floor-crossing was, in part, due to a dispute over the party’s stance on Israel.

    These are the type of people who are now infesting our Federal Government with their brand of socialism & hate. The Liberal Party laps MP Atwin up. Shows me how the Liberals feel about Israel. It’s a one sided story for MP Atwin; filled with hate towards the only Democracy in the Middle East.

    As for what happens to the Green Party Leader. Couldn’t care less.

  4. Left Coast

    June 15, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Since the “Green Party” is only green on the outside . . .
    perhaps they should just disband rather than push their marxist Klimate Agenda.

  5. K

    June 15, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    lol maybe should pick a green skinned person next time.

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.

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A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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Porch pirate Chahal could face $5K in fines or six months in jail

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

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Porch pirate George Chahal, under investigation for mail theft by Elections Canada, could face a fine of $5,000 or spend up to six months in jail.

The Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate was victorious in September’s federal election, however, he came under fire when a doorbell cam caught Chahal removing an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox ahead of the September 20 election.

Chahal, in a jersey with his name clearly visible on the back, was easily identified in the video.

A complaint was filed on September 23 and an investigation was launched.

Months later, Chahal’s name and his involvement in the incident was brought up in question period in the House of Commons this week by Barrie-Innisfail Conservative MP John Brassard.

“The member is facing a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail during an investigation that is continuing from the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Brassard.

“Even with the low bar on ethics and conduct set by the Liberals and indeed the prime minister over the last six years, does the prime minister think this type of action from a member of his caucus is acceptable?”

Trudeau, in defence of Chahal, said, “The member has apologized and is fully cooperating with Elections Canada as it goes through its processes.”

Chahal, during a Friday morning interview on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, mentioned both he and his team are being investigated in the incident.

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

The investigation was initially opened by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption, unit but was quickly transferred to Elections Canada.

Chahal’s admission during the Friday morning radio interview could mean the replacing of election material in voters’ mailboxes may have been more widespread and could have involved his large team of volunteers.  

The matter is still under investigation with Elections Canada.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Suzuki apologizes for radical ‘blown up’ pipelines comment

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis.”

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Environmental activist David Suzuki issued a public apology for comments he made last Saturday referencing “blown up” pipelines if the government doesn’t take drastic action on climate change.

The radical activist made the comments at an Extinction Rebellion protest in downtown Victoria last weekend when asked by CHEK News what he thought would happen if government leaders didn’t address the climate crisis.

“We’re in deep, deep doo doo. And the leading experts have been telling us for over 40 years. This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

A released statement, also available on his website, said, “Dr. Suzuki’s comments were born out of many years of watching government inaction while the climate crisis continues to get worse.”

The statement included this apology from Suzuki:

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis. My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.

“We must find a way to stop the environmental damage we are doing to the planet and we must do so in a non-violent manner.”

The statement goes on to cite the work of the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Since 1990, the Foundation has produced credible and reliable evidence-based environmental information, and worked with all levels of government (including indigenous leadership), business and communities to resolve critical environmental issues.”

Suzuki was heavily criticized Monday for his comments by Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

“David Suzuki is so out of touch with the real world that he advocates for eco-terrorism…towards Canadian people and industries — this is completely unacceptable and extremely reckless,” said Nixon during Ministerial Statements in the Legislature.

“The NDP have a long history of collaborating with David Suzuki and their silence on his outrageous comments make them complicit with calls for ecoterrorism towards Albertans.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure and not allow these ridiculous ideological menaces to destroy what Albertans have worked so hard to create.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Suzuki’s comment was “an implicit or winking incitement to violence,” and likened it to something you’d hear in “gangster movies.”

Contrary to accusations of inciting violence by critics, Suzuki’s statement read, “Always grounded in sound evidence, the Foundation empowers people to take peaceful and impactful action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.” 

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

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