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PPC ramps up for federal election

“We still have a lot of work to do to get the Party ready for the prospect of a snap election this Fall. We are aiming to select another roughly 130 candidates across the country by the first week of September,” PPC leader Maxime Bernier said.

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It’s 173 yes, 33 maybe, and 132 not yet as the People’s Party of Canada attempts to field a full slate of candidates for the next federal election.

In an email to PPC supporters, Maxime Bernier announced what he called “the second phase” of candidate selection.

“Over the last 5 months, our small staff has been busy at work administering the first phase of candidate selection. I am proud to share with you today that after this first phase we have officially selected about 173 candidates across the country, representing just over 51% of ridings. There are 33 ridings still considered ‘in process’ for one reason or another,” Bernier announced in the email.

“We still have a lot of work to do to get the Party ready for the prospect of a snap election this fall. We are aiming to select another roughly 130 candidates across the country by the first week of September.”

In the 2019 federal election, the People’s Party was sixth in the polls, gaining 1.62% of popular support but no seats. Bernier lost his seat in Beauce, Quebec where he had been MP since 2004. Last October, he got 3.56% of the vote in a York Centre by-election.

In May, PPC candidates Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson and Mark Friesen accompanied Bernier in Regina, each receiving $2,800 fines after speaking at a freedom rally that defied health orders by having more than ten people. Thompson ran against Jagmeet Singh in Burnaby South in a February 2019 by-election, and Bernier wants her back.

“She was the first candidate for the PPC. And she didn’t win, but with more than 10% of the vote for a new party, first candidate, she made history. So that’s why she has to run again. She’s part of the PPC’s history,” Bernier told the Western Standard.

Bernier said he wanted Thompson because of “her conviction first. She was ready to do the fight for what she believed in and actually we believe in the same things. We believe in people, we believe in western civilization values, we believe that a man is a man and a woman is a woman. I think that’s evident, but right now it’s not [to some people].”

Thompson ran in Red Deer as one of 315 PPC candidates in the general election but is close to recommitting to Burnaby South. Despite being the provincial leader of the Christian Heritage Party in B.C., she remains loyal to Bernier.

“Maxime Bernier gave me the shot that none of the other parties, mainstream would do because they are too afraid of truth-tellers. And we didn’t know COVID was coming. And now we’re the ones speaking to the nation,” Thompson told the Western Standard.

Mark Friesen will run again in Saskatoon-Grasswood. In May, he also thought the party was gaining momentum.

“I can sense on a bigger level throughout Saskatchewan, the PPC is getting support because we’re the only party that’s standing against all this insanity with the lockdown,” Friesen said.

“Sometimes they might not even agree with what we’re saying, but they appreciate our integrity. They appreciate our conviction, something they haven’t seen in politicians for a very long time.”

Guto Penteado, who immigrated from Brazil, will also run again in Saskatoon-University.

“Last elections, the Conservative Party had on their fear, and the people voted Conservative because they were afraid to have Trudeau again. And it didn’t work,” Penteado told the Western Standard.

Penteado said Conservative voters “know O’Toole cannot beat this Justin Trudeau. They know that, so they are looking to Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party with all their eyes. And that’s why we’re increasing.”

Bernier also believes O’Toole’s leadership helps the PPC.

“Canadians understand O’Toole now said that publicly that he wants his party to progress to the left. And so that’s why we have more support. And the real conservative understands that the PPC is the only real conservative political party at the federal level. And we won’t change,” Bernier said.

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

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

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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