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Health czar censured by MPs in historic vote

Iain Stewart was named for defying three orders for documents detailing an RCMP raid at the Health Agency’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

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For the first time since 1891, a top federal bureaucrat has been censured by Parliament, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

By a vote of 176-150, MPs voted to censure Iain Stewart, president of the Public Health Agency, and summoned him to the bar of the House to be formally cited for contempt.

“Where do we go now? How do we get things done? We settle this by democracy,” said Conservative MP Dan Albas (Central Okanagan-Similkameen, B.C.).

Stewart was named for defying three orders for documents detailing an RCMP raid at the Health Agency’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. Top security clearance was given to a team of Chinese researchers who were subsequently fired, including a scientist with the People’s Liberation Army.

The Chinese researchers were fired last January 20. The Public Health Agency said an RCMP investigation is ongoing.

But Health Minister Patricia Hajdu on Thursday defended the PHA’s refusal to disclose records.

“The Liberal government will never play games with Canadians’ national security,” said Hajdu.

The Commons majority ordered the records be released to legal counsel by Monday.

“Handing over these documents is not a matter of political choice,” said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).

“It is actually a matter of law. The Liberals should not think of themselves as being above the law.”

“We know now that of the people working at the Winnipeg lab, one in particular was an official from the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences. We know there has been interchange and other forms of co-operation between Chinese military institutions and Canadian labs.”

“It seems to bring up a pattern of behaviour from the government,” said New Democrat MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan-West Kootenay, B.C.).

“It is a pattern of a lack of transparency and a lack of openness. In terms of committees, we have seen the government thwart the work of committees through filibusters to stop the production of documents and to stop important witnesses from coming forward.”

Stewart in March 22 testimony at the Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations invoked the Privacy Act, national security and the ongoing police investigation in refusing to discuss suspicious activity at the Winnipeg lab.

“You gave us three rationales for not answering,” replied Conservative MP John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest).

“There is a fourth one, and that is just bureaucratic butt-covering, incompetence, malfeasance in the department. The reasons you gave us are far from exhaustive.”

Stewart is the first federal employee to be summoned to the Commons for censure since 1891 when the superintendent of the Government Printing Bureau was called to the bar for pocketing kickbacks from contractors totaling $14,317, the modern equivalent of more than $340,000. Superintendent André Senécal had a yearly salary of $1,950 at the time.

Senécal did not appear for shaming, instead fleeing to Montréal. He was successfully prosecuted in 1896.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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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. Steven Ruthven

    June 21, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Has there been an inquiry as to why the Governor General of Canada would give an Order of Canada to a Chinese National? Will the Order of Canada be rescinded for that Chinese National?

    Below is probably why Mr. Stewart, President of the Public Health Agency is about to get his pee pee slapped.
    Two Winnipeg scientists Keding Chang and Xiangguo Qiu, in 2019 shipped samples of Ebola and Henipavirus overseas at the Wuhan Institute’s request.

    I hope the reality of what Justin Trudeau has done to Canada bites that brat square on his ass. Comes right down to it. You can be sure sock boy is up to his neck involved. Let’s see how bad his acting is when the curtain goes up on his love affair with China.

  2. Steven Ruthven

    June 21, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Health Minister Patricia Hajdu is a true believer in Trudeau’s way of hiding the truth from Canadians, Cabinet Privilege & National Security.

    Cabinet Privilege wins the day again for the fake feminist’s who stroked his cabinet privilege in the SNC-L obstruction of justice affair, I bet he can still taste it on his lips.

    Trudeau’s appointed an RCMP Commissioner who had no back bone to bite the hand that appointed her. So the Ethic’s Commissioner did the investigation for her. Sad reality in Canada. The Liberal Government is above the Common Law of Canada in everyway.

    Why are there no proper checks and balances on the power of a corrupt prime minister? What does this say, really, about democracy here in Canada?

    Trudeau is a Marxist & if you spineless ones haven’t figured that out by now. You have the authoritative government you deserve & many, in the future, will wish they had seen the Marxist signs, well displayed by the sock boy over the past six years. Reap what you sow.

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Moe calls Unified Grassroots founder

Following the Western Standard article on Ness’ appeal for an audience with the Saskatchewan premier, he gave her a call and talked for more than an hour.

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By LEE HARDING

Unified Grassroots founder Nadine Ness finally got a phone call from Premier Scott Moe, one week and 20,000 YouTube viewers after her online request` to talk.

In a subsequent video posted December 4 entitled simply A Message From Nadine Ness, President of Unified Grassroots, the retired RCMP officer said the premier called her the evening of December 3.

“I’m gonna give credit where it’s due. He did in fact call me last night and we spoke for quite a long period of time. I’m surprised he didn’t brush me off, to be honest. It was a good, productive talk. And I foresee there being more in the future,” Ness said in the video.

Ness said she would reveal more of the content of their conversation in a subsequent Unified Grassroots Facebook post, but told Western Standard the conversation was more than an hour.

“I suspected a lot of people in Saskatchewan felt the way I felt and felt the way a lot of people in our organization feel. And I have to admit, seeing the response of that video kind of confirm my suspicions, that we’re not alone, that the people of Saskatchewan have become really concerned with the direction this province is going with the Christmas holidays approaching,” Ness said in the video.

Ness read some mainstream media headlines where articles recommended households have their own vaccine mandates and gave suggestions for how people could tell their unvaccinated family members they weren’t welcome.

“There’s this big push that maybe you shouldn’t be inviting some of your family members over for Christmas, or maybe you should be telling them they’re unwelcome. I find that really concerning. Is this really we’re where we are right now? A year ago would you have thought that you’d be thinking and feeling the way you’re thinking and feeling right now?” Ness asked.

“It makes me wonder who has taught us to think and feel this way? I can’t help to think but think that mainstream media and news organization and Premier more I’m not not gonna let you off the hook with this one, but you play a big part in this as well.”

The Christmas season was a good time to come together, not split apart, Ness said.

“I highly encourage if you have alienated anyone from your family, maybe it’s a time to call and make amends and say I’m sorry. If we don’t do something now, we’re going to look at ourselves in the mirror a year from now and not recognize who we’ve become.”

Ness, who lives near Langham, Saskatchewan, said Unified Grassroots was hosting a “hamper food / winer clothes drive, along with some Christmas music” at an as yet undecided location on December 12.

“See, that’s the Saskatchewan that I know. The Saskatchewan that I know is the one that raises the most for Telemiracle. It’s the one when a farmer is sick, the entire community comes together and combines his field; the one where we’re if someone’s having a hard time in their family, you’ll get some meals sent to your home. People will bring you food,” said the former New Brunswick native.

“And that’s the Saskatchewan that I fell in love with and decided… to make my home. I really don’t want us to become something we’re going to regret…

“It’s time we recognize that there’s a lot of hurt going on. What if we changed our focus instead of COVID, if we changed it to loving one another or caring for one another? Maybe Maybe Saskatchewan would be a better place and start going in the right direction.”

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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Bernier given vote of confidence by PPC members

Bernier received the support of 95.6% of members.

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The leadership of Maxime Bernier in the People’s Party of Canada has been given an overwhelming show of support by members.

Party Executive Director, Daniel Tyrie, announced Saturday that with 15,454 votes cast and a voter participation rate of 57.5%, Bernier received the support of 95.6% of members, who had to answer Yes or No to the following question: Do you support Maxime Bernier remaining as Leader of the People’s Party of Canada? 

“I am extremely proud to know I have the support of the vast majority of our members. I believe this vote signals a strong unity within our party around the principles and policies that I have been defending since its founding,” said Bernier.

“We have grown so much over the last three years, but we’re just getting started. I have big plans for the PPC to prepare us for the 45th General Election and I am excited to get to work with this newfound mandate!” 

The leadership review was conducted online in partnership with third-party firm, SimplyVoting. The vote took place between November 12th and December 3rd. All PPC members with active membership by September 20th, 2021 (the date of the 44th General Election) were allowed to vote. Official results from SimplyVoting are available on their website at https://ppc.simplyvoting.com/index.php?mode=results&election=155777&language=en

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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By LEE HARDING

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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