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Hinman set to spread independence word as leader of WIP

Hinman is the only candidate in the leadership race for the party but, as the party doesn’t acclaim leaders, an electronic vote is happening for WIP members Monday and Tuesday.

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Paul Hinman – if as expected Tuesday is confirmed as leader of the Wildrose Independence Party –says he’s ready to hit the road to get the message out.

Hinman is the only candidate in the leadership race for the party but, as the party doesn’t acclaim leaders, an electronic vote is happening for WIP members Monday and Tuesday.

He needs 50% of all votes cast to be confirmed as leader.

“I am confident I have the support of our members,” Hinman told the Western Standard.

“Then I’ll be hitting the road.”

Hinman says he will hold town hall across the province and work away on the party’s social media accounts.

“There’s no question our members feel relationships with Ottawa are irreparably damaged,” said Hinman.

He was commenting on a Western Standard story Monday on a Liberal survey of people in Alberta who feel fed up with the way Ottawa treats the province.

The $1.6 million survey found “those residing in northern Alberta expressed more negativity and frustration, primarily related to the province’s economic performance and what they perceived as a lack of support from the federal government and influence in decisions affecting their province.”

“Most used descriptors such as ‘frustrated,’ ‘avoidance,’ ‘irreparable,’ and ‘lip service’ to describe the relationship.

“A common view existed among participants that the Government of Canada treats Alberta as a secondary and lesser province within Confederation,” said the report.

Albertans “felt the federal government did a bad job in following up on their commitments.”

Himan became the interim leader of the party July 17, and made it clear he would be a candidate for the job full-time.

In 2005, Hinman became the head of the Alberta Alliance Party. The AA and the then-upstart Wildrose Party of Alberta merged to unite the right-wing in at a convention held on January 19, 2008 in Calgary. Hinman emerged as the leader.

In the 2008 provincial election, Hinman lost to his Tory opponent, Broyce Jacobs by 39 votes. Hinman stepped down as leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party a year later and Danielle Smith took the helm.

He served as MLA for Cardston-Taber Warner from 2004 to 2008. On September 14, 2009, Hinman again was elected in the riding of Calgary Glenmore. Hinman decided not to run for the UCP leadership and threw his support behind Jason Kenney, a man he has since pilloried for his COVID-19 lockdowns.

In an exclusive Mainstreet Research poll for the Western Standard in January, WIP showed to have 20% of the vote. While the poll showed tanking numbers for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney then, that was even before anger at Kenney’s lockdown measures grew across the province.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said the drop in rural support opens the door for the WIP. Maggi said the WIP could start to win seats in the next election with its concentrated support in rural areas.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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10 Comments

  1. Susan Grant

    July 13, 2021 at 8:40 am

    #Wildrose is the path to #freedom from the LYING pretending UCP members that collect those big paycheqes while destroying small business. #AlbertaFreedom #WEXIT.

  2. Dennis

    July 13, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Let’s go for it Paul. Alberta has to change from the status quo of the past decade.

  3. K

    July 13, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Proud to vote for Paul. He gets it. He will make an excellent leader. The challenge will be the urban-dwelling communist populations and new immigrants.

  4. Rustipendence

    July 13, 2021 at 3:53 am

    It will be difficult for Alberta independence to succeed because of all the left-leaning voters in large urban centres. Rural Independence: http://www.transversewaves.ca

  5. Matt C

    July 13, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Paul, if you’re reading these comments….like you, I want more independence for Alberta and … small-c, grassroots, conservatism.
    Please don’t fall for the big-tent nonsense that has been a hallmark of conservatism for decades now. All that has come of that is a slow moral regression to the point that, being conservative equates to mere fiscal prudence. Federal conservatives are afraid to touch the social issues. Social conservative values go hand-in-hand with fiscal prudence.

    The media is going to smear you…. expect it.

    Speak the truth from your heart and let the Chips fall where they may.

  6. Josh

    July 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    First time voting for a leader of a party today.

    I hope Paul proves to be a leader. We sure need one over a politician.

  7. Chris

    July 12, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    I voted for Paul today. Looking forward to seeing him out and spreading the independence message, curious if the media will give him any coverage.

  8. Steven

    July 12, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Mr. Hinman wasn’t the only one to vote for Jason Kenney in the last election. I wish I could take that vote back as it would have gone to Brian Jean instead.

    Today I voted for the new leader of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. Let’s make it happen Alberta. The UCP under Premier Kenney can’t get it done; appears the UCP is a one man show & the grassroots have no say. Say no the Socialism say no to the AB NDP.

  9. Baron Not Baron

    July 12, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Wildrose INDEPENDENCE Party !! Read carefully the middle word! It seems we all are at a cross roads – tyranny or independence.. Choose.

  10. Andrew

    July 12, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Let’s go Calgary. Let’s volunteer for and vote Wildrose! UCP and NDP had their chances.

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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