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Scheer slams ‘scandal-plagued’ Trudeau over secrecy

“From start to finish, Justin Trudeau has been just a complete phony on transparency and openness and this should matter to Canadians,” Scheer told the Western Standard.

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Conservative MP and former Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer said the Liberal government’s secrecy regarding Chinese scientists fired from a Winnipeg lab is “classic Justin Trudeau.”

Scientists Xiangguo Qiu and Keding Cheng worked at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The married couple were escorted out of the Winnipeg lab in 2019, with authorities citing security concerns, and were officially fired in January 2021, but not before they transferred Ebola and Henipah virus samples from Winnipeg to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

Many believe the COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan.

Parliament has demanded all documents on the matter since March, but the government has refused. Speaker Anthony Rota was prepared to send the Sergeant-at-Arms to seize the documents, but the government filed in court to stop him. In a letter to MPs, Rota said he would fight “tooth and nail” to protect Parliament’s jurisdiction.

In an interview with Western Standard, Scheer said he was glad to see the speaker respond so decisively.

“Speaker Rota realizes even though he was elected as a Liberal, that by taking that role he has an obligation that goes beyond party affiliation, and that every Canadian is counting on him to preserve that balance that the government is not above the law, that the prime minister is not above the law, and that nobody can ignore the right of Parliament to hold the government to account,” he said.

Scheer, who was speaker himself from 2011 to 2015, has a less favorable assessment of the prime minister.

“Justin Trudeau is the most scandal-plagued prime minister in recent history,” Scheer said.

“This isn’t the only fight that he’s fighting not to disclose documents on. I sit on the Transport Committee. We’ve ordered the release of details about huge bonuses paid to corporate executives at the infrastructure bank, and they have refused to hand that over.

“There are other committees where they’re involved in similar types of things. This is classic Justin Trudeau. He says the exact opposite of what he does. He comes into power promising that sunshine is the best disinfectant, and he immediately sets about covering up…

“From start to finish, Justin Trudeau has been just a complete phony on transparency and openness and this should matter to Canadians.”

The government has cited security concerns as the primary reason for its non-disclosure. Scheer said the Harper Conservatives handed over documents regarding Afghan detainees while their military engagement was still active, so the Liberals have no excuse for their secrecy in this instance.

Scheer, who formerly waited on tables, said Parliament is boss over its own affairs.

“The same way a manager of a restaurant has the right to know how much money the chef is spending on produce, so too does the House of Commons have the right to know how the government is conducting itself, how it’s overseeing the pandemic response, how this lab is being operated, who’s in the lab, who’s working, what are the connections between this lab and the Chinese military?” he said.

“We are, after all, talking about a lab (that’s) doing active research on a pandemic that was currently raging across the world. And the links between that lab and the Chinese military are worthy of investigation. So we need to get to the bottom of this.”

Scheer believes the government is headed in an ominous direction.

“I hope Canadians who read your article, who are following this story, I hope they understand this isn’t some theoretical risk. If governments get away with treating Parliament like this, if governments get away with covering up scandals and covering up corruption, then it will only get worse,” he said.

“We have the right to provide that accountability and oversight, that Canadians know that they’re being served well by their government. And right now, they’re not.”

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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  1. K

    July 9, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Who cares what this failed, impotent leader of nothing has to say about anything. It would be so easy to attack the current system as a conservative these days, nevertheless, they cower at the thought of being ‘cancelled’.

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

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That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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