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Feud erupts after PPC leader calls Maverick Party ‘Muppets’

“…that party is like the Conservative party of Canada — (the Maverick Party) are the Muppets of the Conservative party of Canada.” —Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada.




The Maverick Party interim leader came out with both guns blazing while responding to criticism from the leader of People’s Party of Canada (PPC).

Maxime Bernier of the PPC told Cory Morgan, host of Western Standard’s The Cory Morgan Show, the Maverick Party are “Muppets.”

“When you have the leader of a party that’s an interim leader that doesn’t have the courage to run in a federal election — what’s that?” Bernier told Morgan August 30.

“It’s not serious and that party is like the Conservative party of Canada — (the Maverick Party) are the Muppets of the Conservative party of Canada.

“They are the same on the most important issues. Actually, they are for the vaccine mandate, they are for a vaccine passport. They are against our freedoms.”

Maverick Party interim leader Jay Hill said Bernier could not be more wrong.

“That’s a direct frontal attack and it’s a lie,” he told the Western Standard.

“We are we are for freedom and we’re against mandatory vaccines,” said Hill, who talked by phone during a whistle stop in Edmonton. August 30.

“We believe every Canadian should have a choice of what to do with their own body. And we’ve said that repeatedly spreading lies. We’ve said that repeatedly, so he’s telling lies,” Hill said of his former Cabinet colleague.

Hill didn’t stop there.

“I would say that I have never figured out why he called his party, the People’s Party when he’s had no convention, no constitution and never had any input from anybody other than Max Bernier.”

Hill was touring the province yesterday, with stops in Camrose and Edmonton, and said the Mavericks were not attracting mobs of people.

“We’re not drawing very big crowds, but I think when people are rightly concerned about congregating with this Covid businesses … it’s hard to get a crowd out for everyone.”

Still, the Maverick leader had a parting shot aimed directly at Bernier.

“When he’s out here campaigning in Alberta. I was gonna suggest to him that if he wants to do something for Alberta he’d be better off to spend his time back home in Quebec, convincing Premier (François) Legault to let Energy East be built, or to build that LNG terminal that they cancelled,” said Hill.

Energy East was a proposed oil pipeline that would have delivered diluted bitumen from Western Canada and North Western United States to Eastern Canada, from points in Alberta, Saskatchewan and North Dakota to refineries and port terminals in New Brunswick and possibly Quebec.

“If (Bernier) wants to do something for Alberta, instead of being out here just to get his face on television, over this freedom stuff, he’d be better off and be of more help to Alberta to be back convincing the Quebec premier.”

Canadians go to the polls September 20 to vote in a federal election.

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

Mike D'Amour is Copy Editor of the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Cytotoxic

    September 2, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Maverick actually has a plan. It might not be a good plan but it’s something. Bernier’s ‘plan’ is more Bernier. He talks up freedom but talks down immigration-that’s a contradiction. Canada’s lack of immigration might be the worst thing it does to Alberta.

  2. Baron Not Baron

    September 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Maverick, to me, is like Conservatives. I simply don’t get a good impression on this dude, Hill. He is Conservative, dressed in Western clothes – to me. I am no longer voting conservatives, because that is the only thing they are not! They are globalists, just like that old French devil, Sarkozy!.. Tool is from the Far East. Why in the world would anybody believe that Tool would give a damn about Albertans than Kenney – who is a traitor and a liar? I am done having conservatives on my lawn!

  3. Robert Lang

    September 1, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    When a politician can promise in his own blood and be willing to be die, if he breaks those promises, then I’ll vote for that person. Otherwise they are not worth their salt.

  4. Left Coast

    September 1, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Casey . . . . you are aware that ALL successful HC systems in the World have a substantial Private Enterprise component . . . yes? Like say France, Switzerland, Sweden . . . and I could go on and on. Canada’s 30 something in the world Cuba style HC system is broken.
    You do understand that Drs. offices are already Private Sector as are many Clinics.

    The PPC is poling higher than the Greens & Maverick today and support is growing.
    Interesting that Maverick’s only position is being mavrick.

    Max gets it . . . on the Climate Fraud, Provincial autonomy, Equalization, Immigration and a dozen other files. Choose wisely folks . . . it may be your last chance!

  5. Hutsul Honey

    September 1, 2021 at 6:50 am

    3 right wing candidates in my riding. No one else so far. Our long time conservative MP is guaranteed his position – this year will be a challenge and he’ll have to actually work for it this time. I hope a strong message is sent to the CPC. The west no longer wants to be taken for granted. When I look at Max, all I see is an entitled MP who gave confidential documents to his biker chick girlfriend. Does that bad choice say anything about his judgement?

  6. Tyson

    August 31, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    I think Max really stepped in it this time. Why did he say Maverick is for mandatory vaccines? I supported Max last time around, but now I kind of just wish he’d go away, out of the west at least. Canada seems too ideologically polarized to successfully govern from coast to coast to coast, at this point. Decentralization of power is my top priority, and Maverick seems like the best way to achieve that.

  7. Cosmo Kramer

    August 31, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Mavericks boast they have no ideology and are neither right nor left wing. Any political movement which is not ideologically conservative (Libertarian or Paleoconservative) very quickly becomes left wing. They have no position on lockdowns, jabs, nor human rights abuses. Jay Hill is a staunch federalist who said that western separatism is an albatross around the Maverick’s necks.

    PPC is ideologically conservative (Libertarian), is against lockdowns, mandatory jabs, and the human rights abuses we have seen over the last year.

    Mavericks are just a red herring party designed as a safety valve over western frustration and to syphon votes for conservatives.

    Vote PPC federally and WIP provincially.

  8. RW

    August 31, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    My riding doesn’t have a Maverick candidate, so my choice is easy, PPC.

  9. Kieran

    August 31, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    No wonder Max scared off so many politicians who could help him. After three years PPC still remains his personal project and not closer to a federal party than it was in 2019.

  10. Casey de Jong

    August 31, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    I heard the PPC candidate in my riding say that she is opposed government involvement in anything that can also be done by private enterprise, including health care and education. She waffled on police. This is not a serious position clear thinking Albertans can or should respect. The PPC is a vanity project run by a washed up, spent politician few people listen to. It offers practically nothing to the people of Alberta and, being centred in Quebec, will never support the changes we need to allow the West to reach its potential. Muppets, indeed! Nothing but childish name calling. Go back to where you came from, Max, and clean up your own back yard.

  11. ABRancher

    August 31, 2021 at 11:33 am

    So in my riding the options are a new hat from afar, a PC whose home has become Ottawa, a failed PC candidate living in Ontario…2 of my provincial options come from Ontario and BC…hopefully my MD Reeve lives here somewhere

  12. Left Coast

    August 31, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I am Amuzed by the clowns who think all Keybeccers are the SAME . . .

    and are willing to hurl insults.

    There are Conservatives in Keybec, unfortunately they are in much smaller numbers.

    Only one Federal Party, the PPC, has a Vision for the future . . . the alternative is Higher Taxes, Economic Stagnation & Lower Standards of Living.

    “Canada’s dismal 10-year average of 1.5% growth in real GDP (economic growth minus inflation ) is the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s… It reflects lagging business investment, our inability to innovate and build world-class firms, and our minuscule productivity growth.”

    Philip Cross, former chief economist Stats Can, senior fellow MacDonald-Laurier Institute.”

  13. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    August 31, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Quebec derangement syndrome is a serious condition. Being from Quebec (like presence of vagina, or designer socks), is not a reason to vote for someone, or against someone. It is an irrelevant bit of information that is beside the point.

    My primary complaint against Maverick, is that they are delusional. That twin track thing; clear delusion. Equalization, is not subject to negotiation. We been screaming, begging, threatening, complaining since 1905 about the deal we have. How many political movements have we tried? Socred, Reform, CCF. The Crows Nest Pass freight rate was actually a condition of Saskatchewan joining confederation, but it was canceled anyway.

    The only way forward for the west, is out. A federal party, is never going to pull that lever, so limited usefulness voting for a federal entity. But, that is the lever we can pull this month, so pull it I will.

  14. Left Coast

    August 31, 2021 at 9:48 am

    “When you have the leader of a party that’s an interim leader that doesn’t have the courage to run in a federal election — what’s that?”

    That must be the first time ever that a party with no Seats and no Leader is running in a Canadian Federal Election.

    Max gets it . . . on the Climate Fraud, Provincial autonomy, Equalization, Immigration and a dozen other files. Choose wisely folks . . . it may be your last chance!

  15. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    August 31, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I actually have 3 of the 4 actual right wing choices in my riding.
    Have a Libertarian Party candidate (the only one in Saskatchewan).
    Have a Maverick candidate.
    Have a PPC candidate.
    Lacking a Christian Heritage Party candidate.
    Haven’t checked if I have a Marxist-Leninist party candidate, but for communists there are probably at least 9 choices. Hopefully Kelly Block is finally put out to pasture.

  16. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    August 31, 2021 at 9:13 am

    In other, breaking news: water still runs downhill.

    So, a political party wants all the votes for itself? I AM SHOCKED! SHOCKED I TELL YOU!!!

  17. Steven

    August 31, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Really DENNIS ? Maverick has been more then truthful on their stance for Western Canada, however, as you say Max is the only truth?

    What I think after Max’s comment on the Maverick Party & it’s supporters is. That guy is a clown from Quebec who hasn’t a clear view of Western alienation from his Quebec point of view.

    The Maverick Party is willing to work with other conservatives, but apparently & clearly Max, a Quebecer, like Trudeau has dismissed us Mavericks as Muppets.

    You go there DENNIS & vote for the PPC Clown & I use to like and respect Max.

  18. Dennis

    August 31, 2021 at 8:49 am

    The truth hurts. Mad max is actually the ONLY politician in this race that says the truth. Most Canadians can’t handle the truth.

  19. Lecia McQueen

    August 31, 2021 at 8:42 am

    “this freedom stuff”!!!???? We have lost so many freedoms in Canada and Mr. Hill’s flippant use of those words tells me all I need to know about the Maverick party.

  20. David

    August 31, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Mad Max calls Maverick Muppets.

    Meanwhile Justine and Jughead remain on the campaign trail.

    Who ever said elections in Canada were not cartoonish?

  21. Hutsul Honey

    August 31, 2021 at 6:51 am

    Bernier is a Quebecer. Say no more. Go Maverick.

  22. Adam Bartlett

    August 31, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Maverick Party are Puppets

  23. Steven

    August 31, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Another Quebecer Leader bad mouthing Western Canadians. Bad enough Trudeau demonizes Albertans because of our energy industry & resources.

    I’m hoping after hearing the leader of the PPC coming to Alberta where we are already pissed off at Quebec and then have that Quebecer make that statement. You consider giving your vote to the Maverick Party. That’s the way Max feels then to hell with him and the PPC. Go Maverick.

  24. John Thomson

    August 30, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    The logic of Mad Max and his followers is perplexing. Small government, more freedom, less federal intrusion in provincial affairs….then prattles on constantly about provincial issues with big plans to meddle in their business. I say this having first thought out he and the party had merit but it has devolved into a one man vanity show that thankfully is close to curtain call. Maverick on the other hand has a plan and a good message, depending on the outcome of the election it’s either going to explode in popularity and membership growth or it’ll take a few years to build up its following but it’s got a good long game plan…unlike the PPC.

  25. Kelly Carter

    August 30, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Mad Max is the part of the PPC that I don’t like. Having said that they are a better choice than the CPC. Luckily there is a Maverick candidate in my riding that I am planning on voting for.

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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?




Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.




There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.




As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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