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O’Toole pitches patriotism over cancel culture in Saskatoon

The leader did not wait for a formal election call to criticize the prime minister.

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At a Conservative rally in Saskatoon on the weekend, leader Erin O’Toole praised a free Canada while taking shots at political opponents.

“Ladies and gentlemen, isn’t it just great to just get together in public again?” O’Toole asked the crowd at the Legion Hall.

“Social distancing—throw that out the window.

“I’m a politician. I’ve missed shaking hands. I haven’t gotten to the step of kissing babies yet, but that’s on the horizon.”

The leader did not wait for a formal election call to criticize the prime minister.

“Unlike Justin Trudeau, I’ve done a few things before my time in politics. I often say do you think if his name was Justin Smith, he’d be the Prime Minister of Canada. Probably not.”

In self-deprecating humour, O’Toole suggested his time as an Air Force officer was his height, from which he descended to a corporate lawyer, then politician, then “an Ontario politician visiting the West.”

O’Toole condemned the $160 billion of job investment that left Canada before COVID-19, partly due to rail blockades.

“The NDP, half of their MPs were supporting something called the Shutdown Canada movement. How does that help working families? How does shutting down jobs in auto in my area, and products, exports, and construction, and pipelines and shutting down things build up a country facing some of the highest unemployment in the G7, facing a half-trillion dollar’s worth of debt just in this last year alone?” 

The Conservative leader went for a morning run in downtown Regina and noticed where the John A MacDonald statue used to be. He said Canada should be celebrated, not cancelled.

“Canada is the greatest country in the world. And if we don’t love our country, if we don’t respect it, if we don’t wave the flag, how do we commit to making it even better? How do we commit to making it more inclusive, to walking the road of reconciliation, to make sure we’re dealing with inequalities in our society?” asked O’ Toole.

“If you only focus on the negatives, you’re not going to see the positives – one of which is helping to create, I think, the greatest country in the world, a country that since that time has welcomed millions of people – hey, including homesteaders here in Saskatchewan, who came with nothing but the idea of Canada, the idea of being able to work hard, be free from persecution, to provide for your children, to worship in the way you want, to build a sense of community.”

O’Toole suggested a Conservative government would be very different from a Liberal one.

“We are at a crossroads heading into this next election. If we stay on the path of Mr. Trudeau we will have less prosperity, less respect on the world stage and more division in our country than we’ve ever seen,” said the MP for Durham.

“We shouldn’t be satisfied with churches and mosques and places of worship being set on fire and defaced. We should stand up for freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

After enthusiastic applause, O’Toole continued,

“Whether it’s our faith or our views in a democracy, you have to be willing to stand up for freedom of speech even that you don’t believe with, believe in. We have to hold up figures from our past and give statues to people that were overlooked in the past because of attitudes – great Saskatchewan Indigenous veterans like David Grey Eyes.”

O’Toole called on Conservatives to “work together with our true patriot love,” adding,

“If we don’t harness the frustrations of where we have fallen short, and recommit to building this great country, we could lose. Because after six years and Mr. Trudeau we’re more divided than we’ve ever been…

“We cannot afford more of the competence, the corruption, and the division of Justin Trudeau, Mr. Singh, and the folks on the left that are constantly trying to divide and bring us down…As Conservatives, we have to be positive. We have to commit to the best of this country.”

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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  1. Left Coast

    July 19, 2021 at 11:49 am

    After a year and a half of lockdown insanity . . . O’Foole now has an opinion?

    Only Federal Politician criticizing the Govt Insanity was Max Bernier, my local ConServative MP has been hiding under his bed too afraid to contradict or learn from the Science!

  2. K

    July 19, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Can’t wait for fatty to fail. Conservatives who endorse this moronic sellout deserve Castreau.

  3. Susan Grant

    July 19, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Thanks but NO. Who would EVER believe this weak kneed liar after this past year. Thanks BUT NO I will take Mavericks or PPC. I am done with #ConSelfServatives and #LieberalMafia

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

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

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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