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SLOBODIAN: No need for Rempel-Garner to apologize for being white, straight

Anyone who apologizes for being white and privileged walks into their devious, hateful trap.

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Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel-Garner has profusely apologized for being privileged and white.

“Yes. I humble myself and ask forgiveness, and seek to make things right,” she stated in a June 8 Tweet.

“I have privilege; I am cis/straight/white. But I am also a woman who works in a system dominated by white maleness. But no excuses. I will do what I can. That is all I can do, but it is much.”

Cis…on this side…what side is that?

Well, in the Tweet just before that to Amira Elghawaby, Rempel-Garner referred to the “London terror attack and Islamophobia in Canada.”

Who is Amira Elghawaby? She’s a board member of the Trudeau-funded, hard left Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN) and she promotes censoring free speech.

Elghawaby, a professed journalist and human rights advocate (activist) would have you believe Canadian society is saturated with seething Islamophobics ever on the prowl for victims.

Elghawaby once wrote: “Along with heeding community calls for a national summit on Islamophobia (which should be broadened to include all forms of hatred), and dismantling white supremacist hate groups, the federal government must also introduce legislation against online hate that it has long promised.”

But back to Rempel-Garner, one of many Conservative MPs who serve Canadians well. Her tenacity and dedication to holding the Liberal government accountable have earned her admiration and respect.

It is her right, albeit bewildering, to react to the London, Ont. tragedy as she did. 

Four members of the Afzaal family, innocents out for an evening walk, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, allegedly ran over them with his truck. Mercifully, a nine-year-old boy survived.

Veltman was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and terrorism. Police have not revealed why they believe this was a pre-meditated hate crime.

“This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared in a speech in the House of Commons.

Said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh: “They were all targeted because of their Muslim faith. This is happening here, in Canada, and it has to stop.” 

Official Opposition leader Erin O’Toole called for all parties to work together to “end hatred and violence.”

Whether it was or wasn’t a hate crime is for the courts to decide. 

But why bother waiting for a trial? 

With stunning speed, the court of political and public opinion reached a verdict.

Meanwhile, many circling like sharks use opportunities like this tragedy to promote insidious agendas. 

High on a few agendas is the desire to crush this thing called white privilege which is increasingly, conveniently, blamed for heinous acts committed by sick individuals. 

Confused about what white privilege is?

“The unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlement, benefits and choices bestowed upon people solely because they are white. Generally white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it,” explained American activist Peggy McIntosh. 

Why exactly Rempel-Garner felt compelled to apologize for being a privileged white is uncertain. She wasn’t available for comment.

Should every Canadian who self-identifies as white be required to apologize? 

If so, who goes next?

Maybe the privileged white seniors tucked away in homes and lodges, their bodies worn and frail from labouring to build this country that welcomes immigrants and people of all faiths with open arms?

When they immigrated to Canada, they weren’t afforded the opportunities now available to immigrants to obtain things like health care and education. 

Too many white privileged seniors must rely on paltry pensions that don’t begin to match assistance now available to newcomers.

Who’s next? Definitely white CEOs or owners of companies who worked 14-hour days to get where they are. 

Surely the privileged white janitor who never gets proper sleep because he/she works the night shift had better jump on the apology tour.

How about Saskatchewan’s Const. Shelby Patton, 26? 

Well, he can’t apologize for the white privilege he had when he went to work to protect the public Saturday.

He was killed when he stopped a suspected stolen truck that mowed him down.

Should all policemen, firemen, teacher, nurse, every person in every profession that works to serve Canadians of all skin colours and faiths apologize for their white skin?

There are those who absolutely expect that.

They are racists. Hard core racists.

And anyone who apologizes for being white and privileged walks into their devious, hateful trap.

Enough already with the cries and hand wringing about white privilege. Shame on everyone who so eagerly manipulates and twists the actions of one evil individual into something bigger.

This does no justice to the murdered members of the Afzaal family. Their memory deserves more respect. 

If it turns out Veltman is indeed guilty of a hate crime, no one else but him bears the guilt of that sin. 

He was the only one driving that truck.

Slobodian is a Western Standard columnist based in Manitoba
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Peter Richard

    June 21, 2021 at 7:27 am

    What Rempel should apologize for is lying about being a Conservative when she is really a flaming Liberal.

  2. Steven Ruthven

    June 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

    White privilege is a term used by Liberals in Canada & Democrats in the USA. The liberal media in both counties has bought into this fully.

    I hand that despicable label back to the assholes who would smear me with it. Can I then label these Liberals & Democrats as bigots, cancel culture, woke, idiots, communists, socialists, morons? I don’t have to really, their actions show who they are.

    Question: Who in Canada & the USA are the real privileged class, really? Could it be the Liberals & Democrats? As a sample: Would you consider Justin Trudeau a white privileged bigot?

  3. Dave Symington

    June 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Who apologize for being who you are? Your blond hair is showing! You need help, go see a shrink! You lost what little respect I had of you!🤨

  4. Barbara

    June 17, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Michelle Remple has betrayed all women and her constituents in her obsequious apology for being a woman.
    There is no turning back from this. If she has any shred of dignity or ethics left she must resign immediately.

  5. Wally Falconer

    June 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    It grieves me that Michelle did this. Is there no courage left in us?

  6. Claudette Leece

    June 17, 2021 at 7:20 am

    And conservatives wonder why there viewed as weak and passive, apologize for something you have nothing to do with, something that happens 20 yrs ago, thought you were better Michelle but your just another weak woman politician. Everyone could open their closets and find something to be sorry for by today’s standards, and when these people don’t they grow bear them, because they know they will eventually bow. What’s this country become?

  7. R3

    June 17, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Linda, I appreciate your bravery in speaking this truth.

  8. Andrew M

    June 16, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Michelle Rempel is unfortunately my MP. She needs to be crushed at election. Need either a Maverick or a PPC candidate in the chair.

  9. Left Coast

    June 16, 2021 at 9:49 am

    White Privilege is the last gasp of the last gasp of the insane far-left, their plan to attract minorities into their Marxist cabal. This is why they want to replace Real History in schools with CRT . . . another manufactured issue as krazy as Gorebull Warming.
    Ignorance is Bliss on the Left . . .

    Using the “Woke” logic then . . . it must have been White Privilege that started ALL of the western Democracies back in the day. No Democracies broke out in Africa, China or any other place on the planet unless the “Privileged” came and showed them the way.

    The biggest mistake the “Privileged” made was allowing rampant immigration for the last 60 years . . . did anyone ever ask these ethnics why they wanted to immigrate to the land of the “Privileged” when they could have gone to say Africa, China or India?

  10. tomanynamesgone@aim.com

    June 16, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Conservatives have shown to be weak ineffective opposition and will pay the price at election time. But maybe this is the plan to fail miserably and then move on.

  11. Susan Grant

    June 16, 2021 at 7:44 am

    I bet Michelle will either cross the floor or retire and then take a cushy job under Trudy based in the US just like Redford! Any woman that apologizes for her skin color and personal preference is PART OF THE PROBLEM!

  12. Pamela Bridger

    June 16, 2021 at 6:46 am

    It’s great to see you bring Linda on board. I have always enjoyed her reporting and she is spot on with her opinion about skin privilege, which, as she points out, isn’t privilege at all.

  13. Stew James

    June 15, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Well said, thank you Linda!

    Many of these problems are occurring because of the liberals immigration policies. Maybe they need to look in a mirror for their answers.

  14. Baron Not Baron

    June 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Excellent opinion! Please read and show to others.
    Not sure about one thing.. If the white people are so hated and cannot be seen at all, then why bother to come and see them, just to be hateful towards the white people? Everything that “turns” the world was initially invented by these hated “privileged” white people, and they weren’t selfish to keep all that for themselves, but instead, gave all the technology to others, so they can have an easier life, too.
    As for Rempel, her only privilege is to serve her community, who elected her – no other privilege. She shouldn’t be afforded another opportunity like this.

  15. Mike power

    June 15, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Absolutely right on Linda. The very best column I have read in a long, long time. Should be seen and read by every Canadian, especially the woke.

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SLOBODIAN: Pickup trucks are a plague on Canadian streets — Gee, did he get it wrong?

Nasty pickup-driving soccer moms rolling coal in mall parking lots are the ones killing the planet!
At least, that’s how Globe and Mail writer Marcus Gee sees it.

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Across Canada’s untamed urban frontier, when pickup truck drivers aren’t wrestling wild hogs, they’re on the road tailgating electric cars and cyclists for sport.

And the biggest polluters aren’t factories in China, India and elsewhere ceaselessly spewing smoke and chemicals into the air.

Nasty pickup-driving soccer moms rolling coal in mall parking lots are the ones killing the planet!
At least, that’s how Globe and Mail writer Marcus Gee sees it.

Thank goodness he ventured out of his urban bubble to set people straight on the devastating impact of the vile permeation of pickup trucks in North America.

Hopefully, Gee’s Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino, with a heaping topping of utter contempt, didn’t dribble down his elitist chin whilst he penned a recent snobbish attack on the character of pickup truck drivers.

It doesn’t take long for the initial surprise at the absurdity of his sanctimonious reasoning to turn into laughter.

Gee lamented that last spring – in the midst of a pandemic yet – Americans bought more pickup trucks than cars. And, if you can imagine, for years, Canadians have had the audacity to make Ford’s F-150 a best-selling vehicle.

“For heaven’s sake why? Most people no longer use pickups to haul bales of hay. They drive them to the mall to shop or the soccer field to drop off their kids. Why anyone thinks they need to do that is an abiding mystery,” anguished Gee.

“Once the vehicle of the cowboy, the contractor, and the good old boy, pickups have become the continent’s mainstream ride,” wrote Gee.

“A vehicle that started as a practical tool for hard-working people has become, for many, an obnoxious assertion of dominance and division,” wrote Gee.

What a clever ploy! Pretend you’re purchasing pickup trucks to haul things, make a living, or for safe driving in brutal weather conditions, when the real intent is to achieve dominance and create division.
Do pickup truck drivers hold super-secret meetings like the Illuminati or the Bilderberg Group to achieve this nefarious goal?

Gee referred to a survey – no, he didn’t identify it – that claimed three-quarters of pickup drivers use their trucks only once, or not at all, for hauling each year.

That would come as a shock to farmers, contractors, tradesmen, delivery companies, utility repairmen, movers, people who haul loads to the dump or the whole team’s gear to regular sports events, and a host of other pickup truck drivers.

“Buyers can drop $100,000 on luxury models, which most will spend more time polishing than loading,” he wrote.

“Even if they weren’t polluting and dangerous, the parade of pickups would be a blight on the roadscape and a finger in the eye of other drivers – a way of saying to everyone else: ‘I am bigger, badder and richer than you.”

No, Gee didn’t say what message is sent by purchasers of the $93,000 Audi e-tron Sportback or the $170,000 BMW i8 Roadster, or other expensive electric or hybrid vehicles he prefers.

Gee’s entitled to his opinion. But it evolved into a personal attack on people who drive vehicles he doesn’t like. He portrayed them as reckless bullies on the hunt for targets.

That’s inexcusable.

“In the charming practice known as rolling coal, some pickup drivers blow past cyclists and electric vehicles and deliberately spew black smoke at them,” claimed Gee.

Yup, those hordes of pickup truck drivers – even the soccer moms – spend their spare time modifying diesel engines so they can hunt down targets to spew sooty exhaust fumes on. Great fun!
Can anyone possibly be so detached from reality?

But Gee wasn’t finished flinging wild accusations: “Then there is safety. Anyone who has travelled a Canadian highway lately has been tailgated by a speeding pickup driver. Being up there in that big cab over the huge engine seems to make the drivers think they own the road; lesser vehicles be damned.”
Now that’s a fabricated, irrational fear, right up there with monsters hiding under the bed or in the closet.

And the good old boys Gee mocked still drive pickups. They’re everywhere. They’re the first to stop on the highway in frigid, stormy weather to pull vehicles that jackknifed and slid off the road out of the ditch, never expecting more than a thank you.

He’s right about farmers not using pickups to haul bales, particularly in Manitoba now. That’s because there are no bales to haul to feed the cattle they’re forced to sell because of drought and grasshoppers.
Meanwhile, many people, especially in Alberta, are using their pickup trucks to move their possessions out of the homes they’ve lost because clueless and destructive environmentalists successfully campaigned against the energy industry.

Gee was applauded by his colleague Gary Mason who tweeted: “This is a column I wish I’d written.”

These Uber boys are so sadly out of touch.

Most Canadians are fed up with condescending so-called elitists who look down on them believing they have the right to tell them how to live and what to buy.

Rev those engines, folks!

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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WAGNER: Election of Maverick MPs would send a clear message of Western defiance

But what if – instead of business as usual – the Mavericks picked up a few Alberta seats?

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The May poll showing emerging support for the Maverick Party is good news for Alberta. The party is beginning to build its profile and may become competitive in some ridings. As time goes by, more and more Albertans will hear about the party and see it as a viable alternative worthy of their vote.

A federal election will likely occur this year (very soon, according to Brian Lilley in the Toronto Sun), and almost all of Alberta’s seats are currently safe havens for Conservative MPs. A result like 2019 where every seat except one goes Conservative will be met by a shrug in Ottawa. That’s just business as usual. 

But what if – instead of business as usual – the Mavericks picked up a few Alberta seats? A result like that would set off a firestorm. Nothing would catch the attention of people in Central Canada more abruptly than Albertans sending some so-called “separatist” MPs to Ottawa. Bloc Quebecois MPs don’t raise too many eyebrows down there. They are, after all, from Central Canada too, and share the same “progressive” values and anti-oil sentiment exhibited by most of the other parties. But sovereigntist MPs from Alberta? That would be something else altogether.

There are many good Conservative MPs from Alberta who undoubtedly do their best for their constituents. But right now, the West needs MPs who can speak out publicly without the fear of retribution by party leadership whose ambitions are always to please Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal – MPs, that is, whose only loyalty is to Alberta and the West.

From a Western regionalist perspective, a vote for the Conservatives is a vote for the status quo. Alberta needs something different now, something that offers a full-frontal challenge to Central Canada’s political elite. Electing politicians from the old-line parties just won’t do it. But electing Maverick candidates might.

The ridings most likely to show support for Maverick candidates are in rural Alberta. Ridings like Battle River—Crowfoot and Red Deer—Mountain View are unfamiliar to people in places like Toronto. But if those ridings sent Maverick MPs to Ottawa, people in Central Canada would suddenly hear about them, for all the right reasons. 

The large Wexit meetings that were held in the wake of the October 2019 federal election generated some attention down East. A prominent Toronto-based magazine, The Walrus, even produced a cover feature on Wexit with two major articles, The New Separatists and Meet the Albertans Who Want to Start Their Own Country. But as the Wexit meetings dissipated due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and perhaps declining enthusiasm, Central Canada once again forgot about Western discontent.

Having a Maverick presence in the House of Commons would ensure Western concerns would not be forgotten or ignored. Maverick MPs would be a continual reminder that things are not okay and big changes are needed. 

It’s true that only a provincial government can hold a referendum on independence. Even with elected MPs, a federal party cannot initiate any measures that would lead to Western independence. As a result, some people question the necessity of a federal sovereigntist party. However, if a referendum on Alberta independence were held under the Clarity Act, the House of Commons would determine whether the referendum question on independence was “clear.” The presence of MPs whose only loyalty is to the West could be crucial in getting a fair judgment on that point. 

Maverick MPs would represent the West’s interests in other important matters as well, of course. We know that Quebecers believe there are advantages to sending committed sovereigntist MPs to Ottawa because they repeatedly elect candidates from the Bloc Quebecois. The West can do likewise.

If Alberta and Saskatchewan send full slates of Conservative MPs to Ottawa after the next election, no one will be surprised and Canadian politics would continue as usual. However, if Alberta – and perhaps the other Western provinces – send some Maverick MPs to Ottawa, that would convey an unmistakable message of defiance.

It would be a clear signal that the West has had enough.

Michael Wagner is a columnist for the Western Standard

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SLOBODIAN: Help too little, too late for Manitoba farmers

Severe drought and a grasshopper invasion have left parched watering holes and destroyed crops and pastures, forcing producers to sell cattle they can’t feed at emergency auctions.

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A disaster relief program announced Thursday for drought-stricken Manitoba farmers is too little too late to save too many.

And the package, although welcomed, doesn’t address other critical problems.

Severe drought and a grasshopper invasion have left parched watering holes and destroyed crops and pastures, forcing producers to sell cattle they can’t feed at emergency auctions.

Farmers are exhausted from hauling water to thirsty animals and a prolonged fight for survival.

An exodus from the devastated industry is underway. Forage livestock commodity producers – beef, sheep, goats, buffalo and horses – are planning, in some cases, permanent exit strategies.

“This could be the end of the industry here. By the time most people are forced out, they’re not going to have enough money to go back into it,” Orval Procter, a beef producer and councillor for the R.M. of Woodlands, just north of Winnipeg, told the Western Standard.

“These announcements are wonderful but there needs to be strong dialogue provincially, federally, with all the commodity groups to figure out as best a path as we can to benefit everybody.

“This is a small drop in what we need. Not all of what we need is money. We need good planning and regulations or restrictions to add some control to the marketplace.”

Agriculture contributes $7 billion a year to Manitoba’s economy and $1 billion of that is attributed directly to livestock. 

The ripple effect of an exodus would devastate communities and businesses within them.

Manitoba’s suffering its fourth year of drought. Areas where cattle production is prevalent are hardest hit.

“Livestock producers are unique in that we’re struggling, and we have live animals that we’re dealing with. Grain producers who are struggling aren’t putting animals at risk,” said Procter.

Over the past two years with feed in short supply, farmers have had to sell one-third of their breeding stock.

But for 11 years, the resilience of economically crippled farmers and producers has been severely tested by a string of blows including BSE (mad cow disease), flooding, drought, economic recessions, and the impact of COVID-19.

“Because we’ve had so many issues, nobody has the financial resources, and nobody knows where we can get enough feed. It’s dire,” said Procter.

Through it all, they’ve mostly had to go it alone because there was “minimal recognition” by the government of the crushing economic damage to the industry, said Procter. 

He helped organize a July 21 rally to call for immediate federal and provincial government help. Nearly 100 producers showed up. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler didn’t attend for health reasons and didn’t send anyone from the agriculture department in his place.

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau visited drought-stricken areas Thursday and announced federal/provincial relief programs.

Through the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s Hay Disaster Benefit, insured livestock feed producers will get an extra $44 per tonne to offset replacement feed and transportation costs. Changes to the AgriInsurance program allow some crops damaged by drought to be sold as feed.

“What they’re really announcing is a top-up to the insurance programs to make sure there’s enough money to increase benefits to producers for hay shortages based on the extra cost. That price is typically set almost on a national scale, so when you get in situations like we have, where the price is triple what it was last year and they pay you out on last year’s costs, it doesn’t let you buy much,” said Procter.

He’s concerned about the cattle.

“There’s about 450,000 cows in Manitoba. Most producers are being affected by this,” said Procter.

“One of the biggest things that scares me, and nobody’s talking about it, there’s obviously going to be a huge influx of cattle into the market. Where are these cattle going to go? Are we going to have days with 5,000 head showing up an auction mart with three days selling? How many days before they’re moved? Who’s going to want them?” 

Every bit of hay that comes into the system is desperately needed. Eight bales saves one cow.

But pleas for more Crown land and wildlife management areas to be opened for haying and grazing, appear futile.

“The department has let land out, but they’ve not let all of it out. Areas still aren’t open and that’s to no one’s benefit,” said Procter.

“There’s no engagement. We asked for a contact to meet with, it’s been three weeks and we haven’t been given that. We got a roundabout response that it probably wasn’t going to happen.”

Meanwhile, skyrocketing feed costs and negative sales returns have resulted in producers receiving up to $400 less per animal than the cost of raising it.

“We haven’t even been in a break-even position for some time. We get 19% of the final cost, feed lots get 19%, and the rest is taken up by slaughter plants and retail,” said Procter.

“I’ve got receipts from 2002 – $1.87 a pound for a 400-500-pound steer was pretty common. I got the same price a month ago.” 

Producers are demanding a “government-driven investigation into the system that prices meat products, from the farmer’s gate to the consumer’s plate.”

The price producers receive isn’t reflected in what consumers pay for meat products.

“What’s hamburger worth? That’s your cheapest cut,” said Procter.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard 
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