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Survey shows Albertans feel relations with Ottawa are ‘irreparable’

The poll on Western alienation was done just days before Liberal MP Jim Carr was appointed as the Prime Minister’s “voice in the west.”

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Albertans are fed up with the way they are being treated by Ottawa, an internal federal survey shows.

But people in Manitoba seem happy with their lot in life, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The poll on Western alienation was done just days before Liberal MP Jim Carr was appointed as the prime minister’s “voice in the west.”

“Asked to provide three words that would best describe the current relationship between their province and the Government of Canada, participants’ responses varied greatly by province,” said a Privy Council Office report.

The focus groups were conducted last October 19 and 20 with residents of unnamed cities in Manitoba and Alberta.

Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre) on was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Prairies on November 23.

“Many Western Canadians are feeling frustrated,” Carr said at the time.

Records indicate the Privy Council Office specifically asked researchers with the Strategic Counsel to poll voters on Western alienation. Findings were part of ongoing, year-long focus group studies commissioned by cabinet aides at a cost of $1,618,838.

Asked if their province was treated fairly, “participants in Manitoba had little to say,” wrote researchers.

Most Manitobans “did not see Manitoba being treated much differently from other provinces. They described the relationship as ‘fair,’ ‘acceptable,’ and ‘cooperative’ but also as ‘polarized,’ ‘strained,’ ‘divided,’ and ‘secretive.’”

“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,” said the report.

“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.”

Carr, in a January 15 Ministerial Mandate letter, proposed to “foster a vision for the Prairies.”

The Liberal Party did not elect any candidates west of Winnipeg to the Rocky Mountains in the 2019 campaign.

“I will be the Prime Minister’s eyes, ears and voice in the West and will be a strong voice for Western Canada,” said Carr.

Liberals’ popular vote in the urban West peaked at 33% in Vancouver followed by Winnipeg (29%), Victoria (18%), Edmonton and Calgary (16%), Regina (14% and Saskatoon (11%.)

“Nobody wants members of Parliament from Alberta and Saskatchewan to have red ties more than I do,” said Carr.

“What kind of role do you see yourself playing?” asked a reporter.

“Well, the most important part of my job is to listen to Prairie folk,” replied Carr.

“Relationships naturally in any federation, particularly in ours, can get tough. I mean, the issues are complex. Often they’re controversial.”

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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  1. SaskFreedom

    August 18, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Saskatchewan feels relations with Rest of Canada (except Alberta) are irreparable too.
    I agree with the comment that SK and AB should join the red states directly south all the way to Texas and their port. Now that would be a free country and become an overnight economic and freedom powerhouse. Let the communist provinces/states enjoy their communism, without outside money coming in they can enjoy real communism faster (like hunting zoo animals). It’s win win. They enjoy their communist utopia and we enjoy our freedom.

  2. Left Coast

    July 15, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    @ Uddin . . . Trudeau is the most corrupt man in Canada today . . . & a CCP asset.

    Ontario . . . that says it all. And you voted the Lieberal Ticket while McGuilty & Whynn completely evicerated manufacturing in that province. Largest Per Capita Debt in North America.

    Alberta & Saskatchewan without the ROC … would be a booming economy dwarfing the entire ROC within a decade.

    And Uddy . . . Senile President Joe Biden is very hurt that you called him names . . . after all he did move Justin up to now the Second Dumbest leader on the Planet . . . lol

  3. GS Uddin

    July 14, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    As an Ontarian who believes in hard work, education and is well paid I wish Albertans well in their new homeland- the United States! Please stop being so weird and blaming all your failures on Trudeau, Antifa, Muslims, Critical Race Theory or whatever right wing buzz word of the week is.

    Please go join the US. They have the same backward, anti-science, racist, Christian fascist, warmongering world view you do. You’ll fit right in! Buh-bye!

  4. Baron Not Baron

    July 14, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    W I L D R O S E I N D E P E N D E N C E P A R T Y O F A L B E R T A !!!

  5. Eldon

    July 14, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Time for an Independent Western Republic. Starting with Alberta!
    People need to get over the warm fuzziness of the illusion of Canada. The east has uses the West as thier personal piggy bank. They care not what happens to us. Time to face reality and go it alone.

  6. Susan Grant

    July 13, 2021 at 8:34 am

    More Liberal lying lip service. While they pay themselves, steal money, bribe China, and line the pockets of SNC from our pension funds. Mostly paid for by ALBERTANS. NOTHING the politicians say is trustworthy. Loos we can’t even get Rempel-Garner to admit she is on the inner circle of WEF with her buddy Klaus, Freeland, and that NDP dude. Its all just one big crime MAFIA.

  7. Susan Grant

    July 13, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Yeah and so to is the relationship with the LYING UCP!

  8. Hutsul Honey

    July 13, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Same old treatment since the late 1880s even before Alberta was declared a province. Just ask Frederick Haultain.

  9. Chris

    July 12, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    The only two financial engines in the west are Alberta and Saskatchewan. Manitoba needs Ottawa more than Ottawa needs Manitoba. Lots of federal jobs in Manitoba or federal regulated companies getting grants to keep offices in Winnipeg. BC’s interior is horribly depressed and the commies in Victoria will keep them poor and keep the majority of the votes in Greater Vancouver to protect chinese investments in the city. Alberta has to go it alone and at some point Saskatchewan may follow.

    Alberta should build a rail link directly south into Montana which has a solid red conservative belt down to the gulf. Shipping oil by rail makes sense as we would not have to support all of Canada with the profits. $16 billion to Ottawa each year with only $4 billion coming back. Would could ship half the oil and still keep more than double what Ottawa is tossing to us now.

  10. Steven

    July 12, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    “Well, the most important part of my job is to listen to Prairie folk,” replied Carr.
    But will the Prime Minister listen to you Minister Carr?

    Well known Justin Trudeau is a platitude salesman. Justin’s platitude to the First Nations on fresh drinkable water, as an example. Is Minister Carr just another Justin platitude to make it look like the West is being listened to. I Think So !

  11. j n

    July 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Wildrose Nation. I hope Hinman can live up the task

  12. Andrew

    July 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Your goddamn right the relationship is done. It’s time for a divorce. Wildrose Nation.

  13. Margi Renaud

    July 12, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Albertan’s are sick of all of you and it is a bold face lie to say Manitoba is ok with any of you

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EXCLUSIVE: Country star running for UCP president to force Kenney leadership vote

Sources tell the Western Standard that George Canyon will run for the presidency of the party in order to trigger an earlier leadership review.

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Alberta country star George Canyon is set to announce he’s running for the presidency of the United Conservative Party, multiple sources tell the Western Standard.

But Canyon is not seeking a typical mandate for a party president, however, but will be running on a platform of holding an early leadership review of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Several sources in the party told the Western Standard Canyon will make the announcement this week.

The UCP will hold its annual general meeting November 19-21 at the Grey Eagle Resort, where members present will elect a new board of directors for the party.

Candidates running on an explicit mandate of triggering a leadership review is rare in Canadian politics.

Canyon placed second in the 2019 federal election under the Conservative banner in his native Nova Scotia, but lives in Alberta.

The country music star regularly sings the national anthem at Calgary Flames games at the Saddledome.

Canyon’s entry into the political fray comes as Kenney’s leadership has been under siege since he imposed a fourth round of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns last week, including a vaccine passport, something he vowed never to do.

A UCP Caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday that called for Kenney to go immediately.

“My responsibility is to look at the reality —not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

He said any move to hold a leadership race now would be “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil in the UCP was what led to the resignation of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney may not go so easily however.

One UCP MLA says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney would rather “blow up” the government than admit he was wrong about COVID-19 and resign.

The MLA, who spoke to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity, made the comment prior to thee Tuesday afternoon Kenney cabinet shuffle.

“This is a desperate bid by Kenney to save his leadership,” the MLA said of Shandro’s removal.

“Most of us agree Shandro is incompetent and must go, but he was acting under orders directly from Kenney.

“It looks pathetic and is only designed to stave off a vote of no-confidence from the caucus tomorrow,” the MLA said.

“Rather than go gracefully, [Kenney] would rather blow the whole thing up than step down gracefully.”

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

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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

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

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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

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

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