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Liberal minister had jet fly 2,200 km empty to attend local event in her constituency

A government employee involved wrote in a document obtained by an Access to Information request, “This is getting weird again.”

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Outspoken global warming fighter and Liberal Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier managed to burn through jet fuel by ordering an empty plane across eastern Canada to get to a local news conference close to her home.

Lebouthillier arranged for a government aircraft to fly empty on the 2,200-km round trip flight from Ottawa to her home in Gaspé, Quebec in order for to taxi her to a local news conference.

A Department of Transportation employee involved wrote in a document obtained by an Access to Information request, “This is getting weird again.”

Lebouthillier has been a well-known champion of fighting global warming and the federal carbon tax during her tenure in government.

On August 26 2019 Lebouthillier stated that “extreme weather is becoming more severe, frequent, damaging, and expensive because of climate change.”

Later on November 6 2020, Lebouthillier made a call for all Canadians to “reduce their carbon footprint.”

A timeline of the event disclosed through flight logs from June 30, 2020 revealed Lebouthillier had Transport Canada fly the jet from Ottawa to her constituency, stay between “60 and 90 minutes”, then fly the minister back to her home, and then return again to Ottawa, empty.

Another transport department manager asked in an internal email if “we have an approximate sense of cost for the flights?” The expense has not yet been disclosed.

Lebouthillier previously called out Air Canada for the “shameful” way they “behaved with people in the regions” after the airline suspended scheduled flights to Îles de la Madeleine on June 30 to cut costs because of the pandemic.

This detail seems serendipitous as documents indicate June 29 – a day before the Air Canada cancellation was announced – Lebouthillier was “now inquiring about the possibility of using a Transport Canada aircraft to fly a VIP and possibly one additional passenger from Gaspé to Îles de la Madeleine.”

The aircraft seats five, but according to Blacklock’s Reporter no other passengers traveled aboard the flight.

Minister Lebouthillier’s office declined to comment on the flight records or offer an explanation why the minister could not have made the announcement via videoconference instead of travelling to make it in person.

On March 25 2021 Lebouthillier tweeted celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal carbon tax.

“Great news! This is a big step forward in our fight against climate change and a great victory for all Canadians. Climate change has had its repercussions everywhere and this is why we must continue to act.”

Jackie Conroy is a Correspondent for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. K

    July 5, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Unbelievable double standards from these wastes of skin

  2. Left Coast

    July 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Oil is not a “fossil fuel”, but was deemed an organic substance back in 1894 when Rockefeller met with the worlds organic chemists – he wanted a way to ensure that his Standard Oil Company could raise the price of his product as necessary by claiming it was going to someday run out. Yes, that has been their tactic for 126 years now, and people still fall for it!!!
    The second most common liquid on Earth is oil, after water. It is produced as a byproduct of geological heat and pressure in the crust – just as the hydrocarbon atmospheres of other planets and moons. How many dinosaurs died on some of Jupiter’s moons? None. Yet they have methane atmosphere. Please, feel free to research abiotic petroleum before you claim I’m crazy.
    There has never been a fossil recovered from greater than 10,000 feet below the surface. Oil wells average depth is 30,000 feet.
    The greatest “greenhouse gas” is water vapor, but the left can’t tax evaporation of the oceans.
    The biggest LIE of the last century . .

  3. Dave Symington

    July 3, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Covid program has eased on from keeping everyone being locked in their homes. Now all these politicians beat their chest about climate change. Mean while they “jet set” all over country spreading lies how everyone needs to make “carbon tax” work. Rules for me and rules for thy! Canadians will believe this bull! They did when they putting a mask to protects from a micro virus! Wake up!😡😡

  4. Left Coast

    July 2, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    “extreme weather is becoming more severe, frequent, damaging, and expensive because of climate change.” ? ? ?

    That is a blatant LIE !

    Even the unimpressive IPCC says there is no link between CO2 & the Weather.

    At the most basic (psychological) level, conservatives are the contented people and Leftists are the discontented people. Conservatives don’t think the world is perfect but they can happily live with it. And both those attitudes are largely dispositional, inborn — which is why they so rarely change

    A Leftist is a person who is so dissatisfied with the way things naturally are that he/she is prepared to use force to make people behave in ways that they otherwise would not.
    So an essential feature of Leftism is that they think they have the right to tell other people what to do. They see things in the world that are not ideal and conclude therefore that they have the right to change those things by force.

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

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The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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People not getting COVID jabs a diverse group

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Canadians against getting a COVID-19 jab are not just a group of crazed, anti-vaxxers, says a leading epidemiologist.

Four million Canadians who’ve declined a COVID-19 are an assorted lot, said the executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal Of Health Sciences .

“The unvaccinated are a diverse group,” Dr. Raywat Deonandan, of the University of Ottawa, told Blacklock’s Reporter.

“They include the hardcore anti-vaxxers. They include the vaccine-hesitant who are just afraid of the vaccine.”

“They include those who want to get vaccinated, but can’t get time off work or get child care. And they include the apathetic. The apathetic tend to be the young people who think the disease is not serious to them. Vaccine passports really do well on that group.”

Speaking during a webinar with a federal union, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, Deonandan said he generally supported domestic vaccine passports, likening them to a driver’s licence, but strongly opposed mandatory immunization of young children.

“Vaccine mandates are controversial,” said Deonandan, adding compulsory shots for children under 12 “just creates far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way.

“I have a small child. I’m not happy about injecting him with strange things. I will if his mother agrees. But it does not fill me with comfort to do so. I get it.”

Deonandan said he thought compulsory vaccination for federal employees was legally defensible, but acknowledged it would draw protest.

“The weakness is our democracy,” he said.

“Our biggest value is our freedom and our democracy. That is the thing that’s our Achilles’ heel here. Authoritarian governments do better with COVID because they control the messaging and compel behaviour. We don’t want to be that. So we need to empower the citizens to think more rationally to their own ends.”

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Freeland says Canada has to stop cutting business taxes

The Liberal Party has proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes mainly on corporations.

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has to put a stop to cuts to corporate taxes, calling it a “race to the bottom.”

Blacklock’s Reporter noted the Liberal Party proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes, mainly on corporations.

“Part of building an equitable recovery is strengthening international tax fairness, ending the global race to the bottom in corporate tax and ensuring that all corporations, including the world’s largest, pay their fair share,” said Freeland.

“We will stem the world tendency to reduce the corporate tax rate.”

The Party’s August 25 campaign document, Asking Financial Institutions To Help Canada Build Back Better, proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate from 15 to 18% on banks and insurers with revenues more than a billion dollars a year.

It also proposed an unspecified Canada Recovery Dividend to be “paid by these same large banks and insurance companies in recognition of the fast-paced return to profitability these institutions have experienced in large part due to the unprecedented backstop Canadians provided to our economy through emergency support to people and businesses.

“The allocation of this dividend between applicable institutions will be developed in consultation over the coming months with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions,” continued the document.

It would be “applied over a four year period.”

Cabinet estimated all new taxes, including a new charge on tobacco manufacturers and tighter collections on offshore accounts, would generate $4,241,000,000 next year and nearly twice as much, more than $8.2 billion, by 2025.

The figures were calculated by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

“Big banks got a windfall,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters August 25.

“So as we rebuild we’re going to ask big financial institutions to pay a little back, to pay a little more, so that we can do more for you.

“Big banks and insurance companies have been doing very well over these past many months. Canada’s biggest banks are posting their latest massive profits of billions of dollars.

“Everyone else had to tighten their belt. We’re going to ask them to do a little bit more.”

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said September 21 he expected cabinet to raise corporate taxes with support from his caucus.

“People are worried about who’s going to pay the price for the pandemic,” said Singh.

“We don’t believe it should be small business,” said Singh. “We remain resolute that it should be the ultra-rich.”

The New Democrat platform proposed a general increase in the income tax rate on all large corporations from 15% to 18%, not just banks and insurers, and a hike in the top federal income tax rate from 33% to 35% for individuals earning more than $216,500 a year.

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