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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 the British Columbia Bureau Chief and Copy Editor for the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. 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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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.




British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.




News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.




Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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