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Hinman stunned by Hill comments on Western independence

“I was quite shocked for him to call it an albatross I mean, it’s actually our freedom.”— WIP Leader Paul Hinman




The leader of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta (WIP) said he was gobsmacked to read comments from the leader of the federal Maverick Party that Western independence is a “little bit of an albatross around Maverick’s neck.”

Maverick Leader Jay Hill made those comments to the Western Standard during an exclusive weekend interview, and WIP Leader Paul Hinman was quick to react.

“I was quite shocked for him to call it an albatross I mean, it’s actually our freedom — this is the movement Albertans have been looking for and needing,” he told the Western Standard on Monday.

“And for those who don’t know we need to be a sovereign independent nation, they soon will know.”

Hinman maintains the four western provinces — but especially Alberta —are not going to get a “fair deal” from Ottawa if the West doesn’t stand up for itself to take charge of its own futures.

“We need to take it into our own control,” Hinman said.

“Why would the 90% of Canadians vote to say, ‘Well, yeah, we don’t want to take as much money as we have historically from Alberta. OK, we’re gonna let them export their oil and gas’ … and eastern Canada all of a sudden is going to change and say, oh, we’re concerned about Alberta oil and gas, we’re concerned about the beef industry? There’s no chance, there’s no prospect, of any future at all coming from Ottawa, and especially with the Trudeau government,” he said.

“Again, I would argue for those people who want a fair deal, the best thing they can do is to vote, whether it’s the Wildrose Independence Party or the Maverick Party, for people who are going to stand up for us.”

The Maverick Party rose from the ashes of Alberta’s Wexit Party (a play, at the time, on Britain’s Brexit strategy to leave the European Union).

Hill said he envisions the West striking a deal with Ottawa to have the same kinds of freedoms eastern provinces, such as Quebec, enjoy.

Yet he acknowledged Wexit’s legacy of staunch separatism could hurt the Maverick Party.

His full quote: “I never joined (the Maverick Party) until I actually became the interim leader at the end of June 2020, but my understanding of the mandate or vision of Wexit 
Canada was pretty much wrapped up in Western separatism.”

“That’s been a little bit of an albatross around Maverick’s neck,” and that he envisioned western separatism in the same vein as what Quebec enjoys.

Not going to happen, argued Hinman, who noted Quebec has leverage that only comes from numerous electoral ridings.

“They have more seats,” he said.

“This is a broken, dysfunctional, toxic relationship. And they’ve got a bank account, and they’re spending our money faster than we can make it. That’s why they’re a trillion dollars in debt, and they’re looking for us to pay for it, but want to tell us that we can’t keep carrying on the most lucrative business and the best business going on 
carbon fuels are an absolute blessing and miracle to the lives of humans — it just plain
simply is.”

Hinman said the best advice he could give to Hill is: “It’s about Alberta.

“Focus on Alberta, and do the best we can because the status quo has to go.”

Hinman said there are two things that can’t be taken from people and then expect them to continue to make a living.

“One is their energy. It just has to be there,” he said.

“And the other one is their freedom. To lose your freedom and your opportunity, which the federal government is imposing on Alberta, their desire is to create a have-not province where we’re dependent on the federal government, and then we know flat-out they’re gonna let us basically die on the road (and) they’re not going to stop to help us —
they want us to become a have-not and then they will leave us.”

If the West wants to make a stand, the time is now, said Hinman, who added there are not too many opportunities left.

“Well, to me, this is our last chance. This is death by 1000 cuts, and if Albertans don’t wake up and realize in 2023 (Alberta votes provincially May 31 that year), I don’t believe we’ll have another chance (because) this is our last chance to walk out the door with some dignity and with a future because after that, when we become a have-not province, you don’t get those things back,” he said.

“I believe Albertans, especially after September 20 (federal election) are
going to realize we have to look in a new direction.”

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. Baron Not Baron

    August 24, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    I just decided – as J Hill just let his true colours visible – Actually.. Maverick is the albatross here, around Alberta’s neck!!

    WILDROSE INDEPENDENCE PARTY !!! Alberta Country!! Alberta Nation!

    By the way, if you have no one to vote for, federally, still go and black out all boxes on the ballot, or they will for you, in Trudope’s behalf!

  2. Joe Calgary

    August 24, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Mr. Hill has no business deciding for his party what kind of relationship they want with Canada. If the Maverick Party is truly a grassroots, Western Independence party then he better shape up. We have had enough of wolve’s in sheep’s clothing pretending to be something they are not.

  3. Dave Lindsay

    August 24, 2021 at 11:40 am

    If Justin Trudope and the Lieberals get back in, WIPA will be the next Provincial Government in Alberta . WIPA is at 20% now. Vaccine Passports, another Lockdown, and a Liberal Government will be ALL IT TAKES.

  4. Cosmo Kramer

    August 24, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Maverick’s page boast that they have no ideology (neither right wing nor left wing). An inconvenient fact is that any party which is not explicitly conservative (paleoconservative and libertarian) will quickly fall into left wing politics. The problem is Maverick will be taking right wing votes. So they are committed to federalism but want a fair deal for the west. I also have 7 bridges that I can sell them.

    Separatism is the only option for Alberta. Provincially vote for the Wildrose Independence Party. Federally vote for the People’s Party of Canada which ideologically conservative (libertarianism) and takes a pro freedom stand against lockdowns and mandatory medical experimentation on the population.

  5. Stew James

    August 24, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Haha Left Coast, I just said the exact same thing!
    Great minds think a like!

  6. Stew James

    August 24, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Hinman is correct, Jay Hill just stepped in it 💩 sounds like just another carrier politician! So sad to see this, I guess I’ll be taking down my sign Jay!
    There is no option, separation is the only answer!


  7. Chris

    August 24, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I am voting for the Maverick party cause I am sure they will be as successful as the Reform party was in getting Alberta a fair deal, LOL!

    Wildrose Independence Party is our only option. Everyone who goes to Ottawa protects Ontario and Quebec.

  8. Josh

    August 24, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Well Maverick party is out.

  9. Andrew

    August 24, 2021 at 9:38 am

    The Alberta base started this party and contributed and continues to do so. Jay Hill wants a new base? Maybe the base wants a new interim figurehead?


  10. berta baby

    August 24, 2021 at 9:24 am

    With no control on immigration we have this shot and this shot only… unless of course kenney holds the line on freedom and freedom lovers around Canada sell their shit and move to free Alberta.

    Houses are cheap the job market strong and together we can stand against the communist elite.

  11. Adam Bartlett

    August 24, 2021 at 9:22 am

    The Maverick Party has always been a joke. They never talk about serious issues like the lockdowns. Vote PPC federally and if you are interested in independence vote WIP provincially. Referendums are provincial anyway.

  12. Left Coast

    August 24, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Hinman is correct . . . Maverick just stepped in it big time.

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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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