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GIEDE: Should Western sovereigntists applaud cancelling Canada Day?

Calls to cancel Canada Day must be carefully mulled by sovereigntists.

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Should sovereigntists applaud or condemn the calls to cancel Canada Day? The 751 unmarked graves next to the Marieval Residential School in Saskatchewan – uncovered less than a month after the 215 remains at Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC – have increased the temperature well past the boiling point in some quarters, resulting in serious demands to suspend Canada’s national holiday indefinitely.

As of this writing, communities in New Brunswick, as well as the cities of Penticton and Victoria, BC, have cancelled Canada Day, opting either for an untitled holiday or activities with local First Nations at a later date. I have no doubt more municipalities will join in the move as July 1 approaches – even the federal government will likely observe a few minutes of mourning on what used to be a happy day.

With all this outrage directed towards the federal government, vis a vis the residential schools, is now the time for sovereigntists to seize the narrative? Should those in favour of abandoning Ottawa use this emotional energy as a catalyst to achieve real progress on their agenda? Is the enemy of my enemy my friend, or does guilt by association still make Western provinces share the guilt with Ottawa?

Analyzing our current dilemma requires some historical context. The Canada we currently inhabit is not the Canada that even elder boomers were born into, let alone the the generations that fought in two world wars. Before 1967, there existed a different flag, self-conception, traditional loyalty, as well as fundamental logistical direction if former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s pivot to developing the North is to be taken seriously.

Then Lester B. Pearson, who was essentially made prime minister thanks to the chicanery of President John F. Kennedy, decided to refound Canada, changing the flag, emphasizing the anthem, and instilling the idea Canada ought to resemble the multicultural mosaic of downtown Toronto, over the colonial identity as Britain’s loyal child. When Pierre Trudeau took over, the project continued until it was codified by our patriated constitution in 1982.

Today, we live in a post nation-state dreamed up by largely irreligious, urban, wealthy, Laurentian elites who wanted to rule Canada from a lake house near Ottawa. New conquests in the old empires of Russia or Turkey had more rights than Western provinces do today, and the amendment formula for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms makes it impossible to change. Calling Canada a broken country is an understatement.

But now we must ask: “Where to form here?” If the post-1967 Canada is broken – founded explicitly on a conception that was to leave every Canadian outside the Laurentian watershed behind – then our current political arrangement cannot be allowed to continue and must be discarded.

With the impetus of almost a thousand children’s remains discovered next to just two residential schools, the “Canada is an inherently evil country” lobby has kicked into overdrive, making far more progress in a few minutes than sovereigntists have in years when it comes to delegitimizing Canada. A once-proud country with its own money, military, and Olympic team has no more birthday.

The temptation to join forces with a such a powerful set of allies is perhaps understandable, just as striking now while the iron is hot from outrage also seems like a good strategy. But a couple words of caution are in order. First and foremost, what is the ultimate goal of the Western sovereignty movement? A reforming and decentralizing of confederation, or a complete secession from the dominion we still call Canada?

Second, is the sovereignty movement a primarily political alliance, or is it an identitarian movement? If it’s all just politics, then anybody will do for situational allies. But if there is a deeper question of identity – what it truly means be a Westerner – then there are limits to who can join in the project, as without true belonging, trust cannot ensue. This will be the most difficult question to answer.

Finally, who’s driving this bus? Several players are currently in the field vying for supremacy, but it ought to be noted those who help start a revolution are almost never there to see it to its conclusion. This is often because they ally with a far better organized and brutal group of agitators who were searching for a vehicle to manifest their own destinies at the expense of everyone else. Does that sound familiar?

Of course, all this is based in my deeply held biases. But we must be honest about the risks of getting into business with any group or individual who would seek to illegitimate the Canada of 2021 based on the sins of the Canada of 1867. If those in favor of sovereignty truly wish to build a better country based on strength, honour, courage and virtue, they cannot build it on the ruined foundation of a country that hates itself.

Nathan Giede is the BC Political Affairs Columnist and the host of Mountain Standard Time

Nathan Giede is the British Columbia Political Columnist & Host of Mountain Standard Time for the Western Standard. Nathan was the Right-of-Centre Columnist for the Prince George Citizen where he wrote about B.C. politics and First Nations issues. ngiede@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Shepherdess

    June 28, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I agree with Left Coast that we have yet to learn the facts about these graves. But the woke cancel culture will immediately latch onto any opportunity to destroy society yet not offer any credible solutions other than to tear down and destroy. I watched closely last year what was happening in the States with BLM and Antifa and their destructive agendas and people said it had nothing to do with us Canadians – “not my issue”. Well…surprise…it’s here…and now it is our issue…and it will permeate our school curriculum…

  2. Andrew A

    June 28, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Do not applaud the cancelling of Canada Day. Mourn the loss.

  3. Susan Grant

    June 28, 2021 at 8:09 am

    I am with Andrew! #WEXIT #AlbertaFreedom #TurnOffTheMoneyTap. Its time a divorc. #CountMeOutOfCanada

  4. David

    June 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Allying with the same perpetually-outraged operatives behind this ‘Cancel Canada’ distraction makes Westerners look just as rabid and unreasoning as they are. As Left Coast has pointed out, all we know at this point is that we don’t know much at all.

    Western sovereignty has nothing to do with propping up a failed state that cannot be reformed. That approach is doomed to failure, and it gives Trudeau more time to pervert a relatively free country into some obscene dictatorship.

    There are short-term battles that must be won, like preventing C-10 and C-36 from becoming the law of the land. Doing so benefits all Canadians, but it absolutely must be done if the West is to have any chance breaking free.

    Jim Hill was quite reasonable to wish O’Toole the best of luck against Trudeau in the East, while the Maverick Party secures the West. I think that sentiment was made before it became apparent just how badly the CPC is likely to fare in an election. We have to face the possibility of a LPC majority government, claiming a fresh mandate to push through bills like C-10 and C-36. Given the absence of any real difference between LPC and CPC policies, we have to work toward getting Maverick candidates elected in every riding west of the Ontario border. No Liberals. No ‘Conservatives’ either.

    Canada, and the West, really need for Maxime Bernier to get serious traction in the East, but the bias against his party in the Trudeau-funded media may be insurmountable.

    So, celebrate Canada Day (or not) as you see fit. There is no good in denying or hiding from history. I prefer the old name, Dominion Day. It perfectly encapsulates the Eastern attitude toward the West.

  5. RW

    June 27, 2021 at 9:57 am

    My fore-bearers went to residential schools.
    But I do not support digging up the past for divisive political agendas.

  6. Steven

    June 27, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Prime Minister Trudeau has taken the pride out of being a Canadian. Prime Minister Trudeau doesn’t even believe in Canada as a Nation, but know one seems to mind in Central Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau has been hostile towards Western Canadians, like his father. Prime Minister Trudeau sees Canada as Quebec’s territory. Said so himself in 2010 in a french language interview.

    I am going to celebrate Canada Day, in my way. I won’t celebrate Canada as a free Nation, we certainly are not free from Liberal overreach on our rights & freedoms. I won’t celebrate our Federal Politicians Green, NDP, Liberal, & Eastern CPC members who continually put down Western Canada & demonized our resource industries, by the way our resource industries helped build Canada over the decades; especially Easter Canada – mostly Quebec.

    Canada is a failed Federation & I agree with Andrew it’s time for Alberta to divorce the Trudeau’s & Quebec who would hold our resources hostage while importing the same resources from other nations.

    On a final point, I find it disgusting that Prime Minister Trudeau is catering to Quebec on nationalism for Quebec while trampling Canadians. I find it disgusting that the CPC would uphold a motion that would give Quebec more power in the Federation/Control.

  7. Left Coast

    June 27, 2021 at 9:20 am

    We don’t know any FACTS surrounding the “unmarked graves” . . . but the Insane Media, Politicians and our “Woke” city Councillors swung into action. Condemn ALL of Canada . . .
    No chance of course that these graves were the result of Influenza Epidemics, Whooping Cough Epidemics or the Spanish Flu 100 years ago. Common Sense would tell you that they would have likely been marked with wooden crosses & NOT Marble Monuments.

    But then the always agitated “First” Nations swings into action . . . more money, white man bad . . . and on and on . . . does anyone else get the impression these folks worry more about the dead than the LIVING? Otherwise their reserves would not mostly look like a recycling truck crash on the interstate!

    No one ever talks about the 1000s of students of these schools that went on to have successful lives and contributed to society.

    The Fact is today Canada is a laughing stock of the globe . . . our Eastern Elites have installed the Dumbest, most easily led Crime Minister in Cdn History. It is becoming obvious to anyone even paying a little attention that Canada is never coming back. The only option for the West is to become independent. We also have to deal with the CCP which has completely infiltrated all areas in Canada.

  8. RW

    June 27, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Remember that old saying…
    If you lay down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas.
    So, no thanks!

  9. Sunrae

    June 27, 2021 at 9:12 am

    As stated in this article, “Today, we live in a post nation-state dreamed up by largely irreligious, urban, wealthy, Laurentian elites who wanted to rule Canada from a lake house near Ottawa. New conquests in the old empires of Russia or Turkey had more rights than Western provinces do today, and the amendment formula for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms makes it impossible to change. Calling Canada a broken country is an understatement.”

    We in the West have the motivation and where-with-all to put our energy and efforts into supporting the Maverick Party in our quest to finally define a nd create the country WE ENVISION and desire. The worn-out federal government under parliamentary, majority rules has never worked for us and never will.

  10. Rose

    June 27, 2021 at 8:57 am

    No, we shouldn’t applaud cancelling Canada Day.
    Sovereigntist do not want to destroy Canada.
    We want to save the west, as we see the east as a lost cause.
    The systemic corruption of the east is just too deeply entrenched.
    The radical left is their weapon, not our ally.

  11. David

    June 26, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Getting in bed with “intersectional” socialists should not be on the cards.

    Either we are all equal with equal rights and privileges, or we are not. Does it matter who claims to be more equal than others? Tyranny is tyranny by any name, weather it is beneath the jackboots of currently “favored” groups as represented by the same old laurentian elites or currently “disfavoured” groups also as represented by those same guardians of the worlds first post national state.

  12. Lester

    June 26, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Rather than focus on this holiday, I would suggest it would be better to focus first on the money; and by that I mean the equalization payments. If you meet someone who supports equalization, point to the residential schools question and ask them, “Do you really want your money going to support racism?” If we can cancel Canada Day for this, we should cancel equalization on the same basis. We must do better.

  13. GonadTheRuffian

    June 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Couldn’t care less anymore; Turdeau and his “Progressive” predecessors have pretty much accomplished his plan to turn Canada into his post national state. The majority of Canadians don’t care so why should I.
    What’s the point of celebrating a dead nation; its like laughing at a funeral.

  14. Andrew

    June 26, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Time to divorce Canada Alberta

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MORGAN: It’s time for Kenney to resign

“I say this regretfully, but it’s time for Jason Kenney to resign as premier of Alberta and as the leader of the United Conservative Party. I wish things had ended differently.”

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Premier Jason Kenney gambled and lost.

His move to declare Alberta as being permanently open for business was a hail-Mary pass for a beleaguered government and it has failed in the worst possible way.

Alberta is in the midst of a health care crisis, deaths are on the rise and we are entering a new period of mandatory vaccine passports, lockdowns, and other restrictions.

I say this regretfully, but it’s time for Jason Kenney to resign as premier of Alberta and as the leader of the United Conservative Party.

I had the highest of hopes for Kenney. I was enthusiastic as he won multiple leadership races and merged the previously intransigent Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. I was thrilled when Rachel Notley’s NDP government was trounced in the general election. I thought we’d be looking forward to some steady, competent, conservative governance for at least a couple of election cycles.

I was wrong. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Love him or hate him, Jason Kenney is undeniably one of the brightest and hardest working politicians in Canada. He worked his way from advocacy into elected office and then became a respected cabinet minister in a number of portfolios. It appears Kenney met his match when it comes to the party and provincial leadership. He has managed to alienate both the left and the right within the province and I don’t see how he can recover from this.

Kenney’s leadership woes were already appearing well before the COVID-19 pandemic appeared on the scene. The shotgun marriage of the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservatives was showing cracks as caucus infighting began to smolder. The pandemic crisis exacerbated the issue and Kenney is now heading up a deeply divided caucus with multiple members having been tossed out of the party or disciplined. This inability to manage his own caucus has shaken the confidence Albertans had in Kenney to manage the province.

The Kenney government has been noteworthy for setting high targets and then failing to move toward them. The Fair Deal panel appeared to be an act of deferral, rather than an exercise to build a stronger, more independent province.

Kenney refused to take strong actions against Ottawa despite the open hostility shown to Alberta by the Trudeau government. This has fed the theory Kenney is using Alberta as a stepping stone towards pursuing a federal run. We can safely say Kenney’s federal career is finished at this point.

It seems that everything Kenney has touches turns to scheiße. The energy “war room” has turned into a running joke and with long and constant delays on its launch. The Allen Report examining groups that attack Alberta’s energy sector has been a waste of time. Energy producers seeking a sense of confidence in Alberta have been left disappointed.

In picking a battle with Alberta’s doctors and nurses, Kenney has drawn fire from all sides of the political spectrum. While there certainly is room to reexamine the agreements with health care providers, it has to be done carefully and with strong leadership. The UCP has appeared ham-handed and virtually leaderless on the issue.

The Kenney government has become election fodder used to hammer the O’Toole Conservatives on the federal front. The UCP looks so inept and unpopular that Trudeau is using it to attack O’Toole, and O’Toole hides from any association with Kenney.

Politicians are by nature self-interested beings. Caucus members within the UCP are surely weighing their options as the Kenney government continues to crash and burn in public opinion. With less than two years to go before the next provincial election comes, they know the window for getting rid of Kenney is closing quickly. The only hope the UCP has of winning the next election is to get a new leader and show some sign of new direction, and soon.

Rumblings from caucus are soon going to become a roar.

There are two options for the UCP right now. They can keep Kenney into the next election and most likely hand Rachel Notley a second NDP term, or they can get on with finding a new leader and reconnecting with Albertans. The UCP now is simply too wildly unpopular to regain the trust of the electorate under Kenney’s leadership.

I still respect Jason Kenney and appreciate what he did on the federal front, along with his efforts to unite conservatives in Alberta. I would like to see Kenney retain what dignity he can by resigning for the sake of Alberta and his party. It would hurt his pride, but it still would be a better end to a political career than being kicked out by his own caucus, or by the electorate in a general election. His “best summer ever” strategy failed and it’s time to face the music.

I wish things had ended differently.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

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FILDEBRANDT: In the face of tyranny, freedom demands our defiance

“Our silence is compliance. Our compliance is surrender.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has crossed a line.

When and where he crossed it is not easily discerned, but he has most certainly crossed it.

The premier announced at an early evening press conference Wednesday he was putting Alberta back under lockdown, the fourth so far. It didn’t work the first three times, but government is nothing if not a mandatory recurring set of bad ideas.

Yet he went much further than another routine lockdown this time. This time, he imposed a vaccine passport, a policy he and his party had been fundraising in opposition to just days earlier. Will the hapless UCP members who handed over their cash be refunded for these donations?

It is a nakedly authoritarian policy, designed to deprive men and women of free choice over what to do with their own bodies. Kenney’s vaccine passport will create a two-tiered, legalized segregation of society.

As the Hindu caste system did in times of old, society will be divided between the “clean” and the “unclean.” Alberta’s government will create a legally required class of untouchable people lowered to the status of second-class citizen. These Albertans will have vastly fewer rights and freedoms than do their betters.

Political disagreement too often leads to overheated rhetoric, with unjustified labels thrown around too casually. Every conservative is a ‘fascist’, and every liberal is a ‘communist,’ in Twitter political parlance.

Bad government does not always equal tyrannical government, but tyrannical governments do exist.

At what point does a government cease being merely “bad”, and become tyrannical?

Most dictionaries define a tyrant as “a cruel and oppressive ruler.”

It’s a broad definition that can admittedly be applied haphazardly. Not every ruler we strongly disagree with is a tyrant, but we know tyrants do rule.

A single act does not a tyrant make, but at some point, Alberta’s government has become tyrannical.

Was it when they sent police to beat up kids for playing hockey?

Was it when they jailed Christian pastors?

Was it when they raided and barricaded churches?

Was it when they seized small businesses that were going under for staying closed?

Was it when they outlawed rodeos and protests against the government?

Or was it when the rulers were caught on camera enjoying a nice dinner on the rooftop of the Sky Palace—in contravention of their own laws—while the ruled were locked down in the confines of their homes?

If it was not at any of those moments, it certainly must have been when Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the legalized segregation of Albertans into a new stratified class system.

A keystone marker of an authoritarian government is ‘otherism’, or scapegoating a minority.

It’s true the overwhelming majority of currently infected COVID-19 cases are among the unvaccinated, and the government is not wrong to point this out; but it’s language used to demonize the unvaccinated as a selfish, dirty, untouchable ‘other’ is dark and divisive.

The vaccine passport will have one set of rules for one class of people, and another set of rules for the other.

This is a difficult position for those of us in the minority of the majority – who support and encourage COVID-19 vaccinations – but oppose the authoritarian imposition of mandatory vaccines or vaccine discrimination. Until now, I have always encouraged my friends, family, and colleagues to get vaccinated as a generally safe and largely effective defence against COVID-19. But I only ever encouraged them to do so as a free choice.

Now, getting vaccinated is no longer a free choice, but an act of compliance with an authoritarian government. The ‘decision’ to get vaccinated has ceased to be a matter of making a good choice.

When government legislates personal morality, the act of compliance with the law ceases to be an act of morality.

Giving to the poor through charity is a moral act. Giving to the poor through mandated taxes is an empty fiscal transaction.

Getting vaccinated under threat to one’s liberties from the government ceases to be a selfless act for the good of others when compelled to do so by force.

It’s questionable that a vaccine passport will see more than a moderate increase in vaccination rates, as the vaccine-indifferent give in to forced compliance.

The refuseniks—those who range from anti-vaccination and vaccine-hesitant—now see reason to dig in. The hardcore anti-vaccination crowd will be unchanged regardless, only more entrenched in their beliefs as they are discriminated against by their own government.

The vaccine-hesitant, however, may well see a hardening of their views into a kind of conscientious objectionism.

The wife of a friend—an acclaimed biochemist—has not been vaccinated, but had every intention of doing so once she had enough time to observe the results in the general population. Since Kenney and Shandro’s announcement of a mandated vaccine passport Wednesday, she has made a decision not to be vaccinated. For her, it is no longer a matter of making a good choice, but a matter of refusing compliance with an unjust government order.

As much as I may think she would be better off getting the jab, I have a hard time blaming her.

The “my body, my choice” pro-choices are nowhere to been seen. Most of them have scurried under the rocks of paternalistic authoritarianism with nary a word to say about the sanctity of personal sovereignty.

Free men and free women–vaxxed and unvaxxed alike–have a duty to resist.

An unfree society is not one worth protecting and is deserving of resistance. A free society is worth everything we have to give and sometimes demands it by choice.

Churches should refuse to turn away worshipers. Restaurants should refuse to require discriminatory vaccine passports. Bars should refuse to stop serving beer after 10 pm. Employers should refuse to shut down their offices. Kids should refuse to stop playing hockey. Ordinary men and women should demonstrate openly in the face of oppression.

Our silence is compliance. Our compliance is surrender.

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard

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FILDEBRANDT: Two years to flatten the curve

“The result of the premier’s weak & indecisive leadership is that Alberta is going to enter its second year to flatten the curve, with no end in sight.”

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“Criminal incompetence” was the term used by one senior UCP member today.

“If these guys were running a business, the whole lot of them would be fired for it,” said conservative continued.

It’s been more than a year and-a-half since COVID-19 started to lap Canada’s shores.

Governments overreacted at the time with draconian lockdowns and other mandatory restrictions. That initial overreaction could arguably have been forgiven. Little was known about the virus, and the Chinese Communist Party was jailing doctors and journalists that tried to speak out. For all we knew, it was the doomsday virus of our worst Hollywood nightmares.

As it turned out, it wasn’t. It was serious, but not the Spanish flu that was feared. It may have been an overabundance of caution, but not entirely unwarranted under the circumstances.

But the actions of the Alberta government since are beyond excusable.

“Two weeks to flatten the curve” was the mantra.

It’s now more than probable that we’ll soon be entering “two years to flatten the curve.”

Premier Jason Kenney admirably recognized some of the errors of the first lockdown, like shutting down most independent retailers while allowing big box stores to continue on with only mild interruption. As summer 2020 approached and cases declined, he ended the lockdown and loosened restrictions to more-or-less tolerable levels.

And then fall 2020 approached. As the regular flu season set it, so too did a surge in COVID-19 cases. NDP Leader Rachel Notley called for a return to lockdowns and a few weeks later, Kenney did just that.

It was Lockdown Number 2.

A majority of Albertans supported it at the time, but some resisted, including one teenager who was attacked by incompetent police officers for the offence of playing hockey.

“I’ll f**king take you!” was heard as the outlaw attempted to skate away from the scene of the crime.

It lasted all the way through Christmas, with the government prohibiting most family members from visiting loved ones over the holidays. That is, unless you travelled to warm sun destinations without restrictions, as did a sizeable number of UCP MLAs, staffers, and a cabinet minister.

If we’re going to mark a moment in which the government lost its moral authority, we can draw a straight line to this event. It is at this moment that Kenney and his government began to lose the plot.

Several refusing congregations declined to shut down their churches or follow other government orders. Their pastors were arrested and jailed, while police raided the churches and took control. Real Free World stuff.

In May, a rebel farmer near Bowden, Alta. held a ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’ in defiance of the government.

Soon after, Kenney told his caucus, “If they are our base, I want a new base,” according to several MLAs present.

More than a dozen UCP constituency associations passed a special resolution demanding a leadership review before Kenney headed them off at the pass by having his review scheduled for soon before the 2023 election.

Then, 17 UCP MLAs signed an open letter criticizing Kenney’s handling of COVID-19 and demanded an end to lockdowns and restrictions. MLAs in the caucus told the Western Standard at the time the premier threatened the rebels with an early election if they didn’t fall in line.

It was a clear sign that Kenney was losing his iron grip on caucus.

Then on May 31, MLA Todd Loewen called for Kenney’s resignation, and was joined in his call by fellow MLA Dave Hanson. Kenney responded by having Loewen fired, alongside trouble-maker Drew Barnes. MLAs inside the caucus told us they believed the vote to be razor close, but the actual tally was never revealed. At least to them.

It was a political bloodbath, with a serious revolt against Kenney’s leadership on the move.

The revolt gained steam days later, when photos emerged of Kenney, Environment Minister Jason Nixon, Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and Finance Minister Travis Toews — along with an assortment of staffers — have an illegal dinner on the rooftop patio of the Sky Palace in clear violation of their own rules.

The revolt threatened to spin out of control, until Kenney’s announcement on May 26 that all restrictions will be lifted in stages. By July 1, Alberta would be “Open for Summer™.”

In fact, it would be the “Best Summer Ever™.”

The Tories were so confident in this that they sold merchandise with the jovial slogan plastered across hats.

The rebels in caucus weren’t quite happy campers, but it more-or-less shut them up. The caucus revolt was dead.

At some point in August, a man approached the premier at what appears to be a Stampede gathering, surreptitiously taping their conversation.

“It’s open for good. Open for good,” Kenney tells the man.

“I swear to God,” Kenney said, making the sign of the Cross.

On September 2, Notley called for Kenney to reinstitute forced-masking and impose a mandatory vaccine passport. In short order, Kenney followed the NDP leader’s demand for masking, but not on vaccine passports.

For good measure, the government made it illegal to serve beer or booze after 10 p.m. because well, you’ve got me stumped there.

COVID-19 case counts are on the up this fall, just as they were last fall. They will probably go down again when the weather gets warmer in 2022.

Hospital and ICU capacity are severely strained.

But how is that possible? How is it after one and-a-half-years of COVID-19 as the overwhelming priority of the government and massive sums of money borrowed to pay for increased spending, and 70% of the population now vaccinated, that our healthcare system does not have the capacity to handle a relatively predictable surge in cases?

How is it possible that after the suffering, sacrifice and toil endured by Albertans since March 2020, that Alberta is back under another lockdown, as of Friday.

Oh yeah, that would be Lockdown Number 3.

“Criminal incompetence.”

The UCP Caucus is bitterly divided over whether to return to lockdowns or impose mandatory vaccine passports.

Sources in the caucus tell the Western Standard that three MLAs openly said that they had “no confidence” in Kenney’s continued premiership and leadership during their emergency Tuesday meeting.

Much of the caucus is on the warpath over Kenney breaking his word that Alberta was “Open for Good™.”

Others in the caucus, like Leela Aheer, are openly blasting the premier for botching the whole thing by reopening too early, in their minds.

Kenney has tried to straddle both sides of the fence since the beginning, with predictably inconsistent results.

The mandatory-vaxers and lockdowners are furious at what they perceive as Kenney’s inaction and weak leadership. The refuseniks and anti-lockdowners are equally furious at the premier’s overreaction and weak leadership.

The result is Alberta is going to enter its second year to flatten the curve, with no end in sight.

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard

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