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NDP seeks billions in new taxes

“We are the only party talking about increasing revenue, basically taxing the ultra-rich so we can pay for the investments that people need,” said Singh. “We are the only ones.”

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New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh yesterday proposed billions in new taxes on corporations and the “ultra-rich,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“No other party is willing to say those words,” Singh told reporters August 12, while detailing his election platform.

“We are the only party talking about increasing revenue, basically taxing the ultra-rich so we can pay for the investments that people need,” said Singh. “We are the only ones.”

“You took a very similar program into the 2019 election and lost fifteen seats,” said a reporter. “How do you convince Canadians who saw the same thing on the menu last time and didn’t vote for you?”

“Sometimes you look at items on the menu and say, ‘You know what, maybe I should have bought that thing last time,’” replied Singh. “That’s what we’re hoping.”

Singh proposed to raise the top personal federal income tax bracket from 33% to 35% on earnings more than $216,500 a year. Revenues are estimated at more than $869 million annually, according to Parliamentary Budget Office figures from the last campaign. About 364,000 of 27.8 million tax filers currently pay the top rate, by Canada Revenue Agency estimate.

New Democrats would also increase the federal corporate income tax rate from 15% to 18%, worth $6.8 billion annually, and levy an excess profits’ tax on corporations worth $7.9 billion a year.

A 1% estate tax on tax filers with net equity over $20 million would cost $5.9 billion. A proposed 20% tax on the sale of homes to non-resident foreigners is worth more than $300 million a year.

The Budget Office two years ago costed all New Democrat tax increases at $29.1 billion a year. Much of the program remains unchanged, said Singh. “Tax the ultra-rich to invest in people,” he said. “That’s our plan.”

The New Democrat platform Ready For Better reiterated longstanding policies for pharmacare, universal dental coverage, a national school lunch program, increases to the CBC’s $1.2 billion annual grant, abolition of the Senate, elimination of interest payments for Canada Student Loan borrowers and a lowering of the federal voting age from 18 to 16.

Singh also proposed a publicly-run, inter-provincial bus company, an increase in the federal minimum wage to $20 an hour – the highest rate in the country – and a $15,000-per household rebate for purchase of Canadian-made electric cars. Ready For Better said the Party will seek elimination of the GST on new construction of low-rent housing.

“How sure are you the revenues you’d raise through taxes would cover all these new programs?” asked a reporter.

“To put it really bluntly, no other party can make any commitment to invest in people without either cutting existing services or putting the burden back on people,” replied Singh.

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

    August 14, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I just finished reading Mark Levin’s ‘American Marxism’. Most of it is applicable to what’s happening here in Canada.

    Jagmeet is a Marxist, Canadian style, and is a threat to every freedom-loving, taxpaying Canadian.

  2. Seven-Zero-One

    August 14, 2021 at 1:02 am

    They hate private sector with passion.

  3. Left Coast

    August 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Jagmeet Singh is seriously f’ed in the head.

    The Ultra Rich in Canada are a tiny group, most left years ago.

    Perhaps Jagmeet does not remember what happened in France a decade ago when they attempted to “Tax the Rich” . . . the “Rich” moved to Switzerland and Tax Revenues fell by Billions.

    NY had a similar experience . . . the Rich moved to zero income tax state Florida . . . including the Trump Corporation.

    Why are our far-left socialist friends so friggin stupid and uninformed?

  4. Steven

    August 13, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Socialist play book: Tax the rich & now it’s the “ultra-rich” too. Actual socialist play book – tax everyone because the “ultra-rich” are going to tell Mr. Singh to piss off and leave Canada. What a stupid jerk of a man/leader who believes taxation is the only way.

    Try this Mr. Singh, get out of the way of free economies and revenue from economic growth will pay the way.

    Has anyone asked Mr. Singh what his definition of rich & ultra rich is? Because I believe Singh’s bar is very low in that regard. When we look at how taxation in Canada under Trudeau & Singh has increased over the past five years. You can be assured it will be the middle class who foots the tax bill for Mr. Singh. So Piss Off Mr. Singh piss off.

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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