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Freeland in trouble over O’Toole video manipulation

“They’re importing American-style misleading politics,” O’Toole told reporters.




Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland could be called on the carpet by the Elections Commissioner over a post that was tagged by Twitter as fake news, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Canada Elections Act prohibits any person from knowingly making a false statement to influence voters, but Freeland posted a deceptively edited interview clip of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole that Twitter called a case of video manipulation.

“They’re importing American-style misleading politics,” O’Toole told reporters on Monday.

“I think Canadians deserve better than that. What is Mr. (Justin) Trudeau talking about? Division, misleading people, importing American-style media manipulation to our campaign within the first 10 days.

The Conservative Party has filed a formal protest with the Commissioner of Elections.

The finance minister in a Twitter post said O’Toole appeared to support privatization of health care. The message featured a July 15, 2020 interview with O’Toole by Kate Harrison, a director with the Ottawa polling firm Abacus Data. In the 35-second segment Harrison asks:

  • Question: “Would you be prepared to allow provinces to experiment with real health care reform, including the provision of private, for-profit and non-profit health care options inside of universal coverage?”
  • O’Toole: “Yes! Now I’ll elaborate a little bit more. We can’t have just one old model that is increasingly becoming inefficient. We have to find public-private synergies and that capital will come in to drive efficiencies. I’ve run on this for several years now.”

Harrison herself said the clip was misleading.

“As the person who asked the question, I’m disappointed to see the video was manipulated to exclude important context.” In the full exchange running more than two minutes, Harrison asks:

  • Question: “Would you be prepared to allow provinces to experiment with real health care reform, including the provision of private, for-profit and non-profit health care options inside of universal coverage?”
  • O’Toole: “Yes! Now I’ll elaborate a bit more. I refer to my previous leadership quite regularly. Our team now calls that the warm-up because we’re going to win this one, but I also ran on this principle, Kate, because if we are expecting innovation and more choice and better performance we can’t have just one old model that is increasingly becoming inefficient because of the amazing new drugs that are dragging some of the funds into other areas in our health care system, especially biologics which the Trudeau government also messed up in terms of the NAFTA negotiations. If we want to see that innovation we have to find public-private synergies and make sure that universal access remains paramount. And I actually praised what Brad Wall did with respect to diagnostic imaging because he’s actually making sure that wait times for everyone go down as a result of the investment by the private sector to make sure there are more diagnostic imaging machines. I thought that was a brilliant move to show the public at large there’s going to be an overall benefit because everyone’s wait times will go down, but people will be able to access services and capital will come in to drive efficiencies, drive innovation.”

Freeland defended the manipulated video.

“We tweeted out some video of Erin O’Toole during the Conservative leadership campaign where he talks about privatizing medicare,” said Freeland.

“Can you believe that?”

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh called the misleading video “really disconcerting,” and said the practice was unacceptable.

“We’ve got the Liberal Party putting out misinformation, spreading it online, to the point that Twitter had to flag it,” said Singh.

“We have long called for an end to misinformation. The government needs to be very vigilant.

“This is the wrong thing to do. This is completely wrong.”

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  1. Steven

    August 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Ethics ? Sign a pledge to get rid of the Carbon Tax and then the Carbon Tax is just fine. Ethics is a subjective affair when it comes to truth or consequences.

    Western Canada will pass judgement on how pissed we are on 20 Sept 2021.

  2. James Taylor

    August 24, 2021 at 10:42 am

    As if Politicians Misinforming the public is anything new, and to expect those in these positions to reign in this behaviour is pure fantasy. Decentralizing these power structures is the only mitigator to this: it begins by leaving the Federation.

  3. Left Coast

    August 24, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Christa . . . the NY Journalist without a friggin clue . . . is Deputy Crime Minister & Finance Minister today?

    This is just so friggin insane . . . this woman has Zero Credentials and not a friggin clue! Perfect person to talk to the Graphic Artist Health Minister & the rest of the Gender & Diversity Cabinet of fools.

    Almost a TRILLION Dollars Burned in the last 6 years . . . and 30+% of Dumb Canooks still support this gaggle of complete Fools?

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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