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Leader of the Maverick Party said his comments about separatism were misconstrued

“It may be that nothing short of a fully independent, sovereign nation will satisfy them… I don’t know.”—Maverick Party Leader Jay Hill




Jay Hill wants to set the record straight: the Maverick Party is not just another Alberta separatist party.

The trouble started when, during a previous interview with the Western Standard, Hill — leader of the Maverick Party — stated the Wexit Party, from which the Mavericks grew, was a separatist party, and that created  “an albatross around” the Maverick Party’s neck.

“Our supporters are angry with me because they incorrectly view that I am backing away from independence for Alberta or for the West,” Hill told the Western Standard Tuesday.

Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta Leader Paul Hinman told the Western Standard earlier: “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.”

But Hill argued his comments were misconstrued.

“I was referring, obviously with that albatross comment, the fact that our opponents have been trying for a year to brand us as just another Alberta separatist party,” Hill told the Western Standard Aug. 24.

Hill maintains he’s not a separatist; he’s simply in favour of Western independence.

Yet he took more heat over his comments that independence could take the form of the same level that Quebec enjoys.

“I thought I was communicating that may be where … Westerners end up being comfortable, the same as Quebeckers. But it certainly wasn’t that I envisioned Western separatism in the same vein as what Quebec enjoys. What I was saying was that it’d be up to Westerners to decide what degree of independence they want,” Hill said.

“I’m merely saying to all of those who are nervous about the concept of a completely independent sovereign nation that it might not come to that. So I’m trying to reassure both sides. One is that yes, we’ll continue to push for independence, and greater autonomy and fairness. But on the other side, I have no idea — it’s certainly not going to be Jay Hill’s choice — as where we stop on that independence spectrum. It’ll be up to Westerners to decide that at some point in the future,” he said.

“It may be that nothing short of a fully independent, sovereign nation will satisfy them… I don’t know.”

Hill said he really has no idea what degree of independence westerners will be happy with in the future. 

“Only that we need greater autonomy to ensure control of our OWN destiny,” he said.

The Maverick Party plans to have about 30 candidates — who will span the four western provinces — run in key ridings in the upcoming Sept. 20 federal election.

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. berta baby

    August 25, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Here’s another CDC document that should have been linked on the last post …. In my expression it matters not the party it’s all pre planned and will never end .


  2. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Bernier is now polling at 6.6% . . . ahead of the Greens & Block.

    New Trump commercial from the USA . . .


  3. Cosmo Kramer

    August 25, 2021 at 10:02 am

    I agree with Bill McCann. The PPC is surging in Alberta. If you want to make a difference support the PPC. The Maverick party has no platform nor direction and will just split the vote allowing CCP/Liberals to slip through.

    Provincially I will support the WIPA.

  4. Baron Not Baron

    August 25, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Sorry, but once you go “federalist” you never go back, baby! That is what you can expect from all of these “federalists”!

    Alberta’s only true path is WIPA! Everything else is NOISE.

  5. Dennis

    August 25, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Albertans have to come to grips with facts.
    We will Never change the constitution for equality across Canada. That train has left the station decades ago an it ain’t comin back.
    For Alberta to prosper into the future and for a healthy relationship with the rest of Canada, there is One and Only One Solution. That solution is with the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta in 2023. For a small $20 investment, you can have a 3yr membership and a voice in Alberta’s future.
    Albertan’s have to realize that it matters not how you vote in the federal election. The decision is made by Eastern Canada before we even head to the poles. Atlantic Canada has more seats in parliament than Alberta. So make your last mark in this upcoming Federal election and then put your money down on the future of Alberta in 2023.
    Go to Wildrose.party, take a serious look at the future of Alberta. It’s time.

  6. Bill Mccann

    August 25, 2021 at 9:14 am

    More autonomy for the Provinces is in the PPC platform.

  7. Bill Mccann

    August 25, 2021 at 9:12 am

    With the PPC polling 2nd in Alberta I think it’s time to dump the Maverick party and support Max Bernier.

  8. Susan Grant

    August 25, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Well, with the potential Forced V for industries like o&g I’m going with full on WEXIT. STOP wasting time playing nice with Trudy.

    Reality check people, I will bet that Trudy blew the CPP and along with his latest V crime tied to UBC he will do ANYTHING to get in and HIDE the evidence.
    Election day, everyone should take a picture of their ballot marking and send to an honest outside tabulator. This will prevent the theft he is trying to commit.

  9. berta baby

    August 25, 2021 at 7:31 am

    I’m starting to think it’s all useless…. This guy should pick a stance and stay with it…. Try out freedom for the west.

    Get out our police force our own broadcasting standard and yes a provincial tax

    I have never been for tax but if it means we are separated from the filth called Ottawa I’ll pay for it .

    But it’s never going to happen this so called leader is nothing even compared to the French separatists …… wexit, maverick, might as well call It the NDP for all it matters.

    Hey how come there isn’t one lawn sign in Sherwood park? You would think maybe at least one sign could be managed

  10. Seven-Zero-One

    August 25, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Jay Hill is fraud. The fact he change the name from “WEXIT” to Maverick loosers tell u everthing u need to know about his intention’s.
    To fully understand the level of stupidity. That his presents in ‘colonist ottawa’ makes any differences. Only Sovereignty for Alberta is way out from this Political Disney+

  11. Steven

    August 24, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Being a Maverick member & a Wildrose Independence Party Member.

    With Wildrose, I want more autonomy for Alberta, to the point of separation as a province if Ottawa keeps on it’s current path of destroying Alberta’s economy. Small steps first, like our own tax collection, police force, immigration, & on.

    With Maverick, I want more autonomy for Western Canada & our voices heard in Ottawa. It’s not necessarily separation, but separation if necessary for Western Canada from a failed corrupt Federation.

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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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