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New polling data still shows Liberals leading

The impending threat of a fourth wave of COVID-19 fuelled by the new Delta variant has health officials swarming, but data from The Angus Reid Institute said it would have little impact on the expected upcoming election.

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Canadian voters are still leaning Liberal, new election polls show.

Abacus Data released a study Thursday saying despite many Canadians crying for a higher level of financial responsibility from the federal government, 54% of Canadians would still consider voting Liberal in the upcoming election.

The impending threat of the fourth wave of COVID-19 fuelled by the new Delta variant has health officials swarming, but data from The Angus Reid Institute said it would have little impact on the expected upcoming election.

If the election were to be held today, data from Abacus says the Liberals would win 37% of the vote, Conservatives would scoop a quarter, the NDP would garner 20% and the Bloc Quebecois in Quebec would yield 31%.

Angus Reid also presented new data showing Trudeau leads considerably on COVID-19 management in the eyes of voters, but he “holds an advantage in no other area.”

As for Trudeau’s opponent on the right, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is viewed by voters to have strength in the economy, according to Angus Reid, but only holds a favourable view in 27% of Canadian voters.

To Trudeau’s other side, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a whopping 48% of favour in voters’ minds and “is preferred on a number of issues” Angus Reid said, including “housing affordability, income inequality, Indigenous affairs, and immigration.”

The Conservatives also seem to be losing steam in some of their strongholds, with Abacus Data reporting lower levels of Conservative support in Prairie territory — 29% of Albertans said they would vote NDP.

Among other Prairie provinces such as Manitoba and Saskatchewan the Conservatives are doing good but not great, with support sitting around 35%.

Quebec is unsurprisingly showing support for both the Liberal party at 36% followed closely by the Bloc Quebecois at 31% and the Conservatives falling way behind at only 13%.

Ontario seems to be showing similar results according to Abacus, with the Liberals still leading at 43% but unlike Quebec Conservative support in Ontario is holding steady at 27%.

This leaves the Conservatives beating the NDP in Ontario by six points.

Further east , Atlantic Canada shows the Liberals dominating with a 51% approval rating compared to the Conservatives at a quarter and the NDP at 14%.

In terms of age, the Liberals are still in the lead across all categories. Along with all ages the Liberals also hold a slightly more unified base according to Abacus Data.

Both Trudeau and Singh are riding on all-time high approval ratings with each sitting at 40 and 37 percent approval ratings respectively. O’Toole has a very slightly lower negative impression rating than his predecessor Andrew Scheer, but is still wading in a 20% approval rating. According to Abacus Data Trudeau’s approval ratings have gone up since the last election, while O’Toole’s has gone down from Scheer’s previous numbers.

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. westofsask@hotmail.com

    August 6, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Who is doing the polling? I know there are a lot of idiots in this country but my God!

  2. Dennis

    August 6, 2021 at 7:43 am

    The best case scenario for Alberta is a majority win for Trudeau to wake up Albertans to the fact that we must get our house in order and remove ourselves from the dysfunctional madness called confederation.

  3. SaskFreedom

    August 6, 2021 at 12:30 am

    @ MATT C
    I think the orchestrators of the “Great Reset” accurately predicted SK and AB will either separate or become the 51st state.
    We do not fit in with the rest of Canada… which means we’re at least as unique or more so than Quebec.
    I think they’ve predicted AB and SK will not sign onto the nwo program. That’s why they invited Wall to their Bilderburger conference. They know Sask has a ridiculous amount of potash, oil, and other critical minerals. They know the people here are much more like libertarian minded. So in order to get ahead of it, they invited Wall to head up the controlled resistance. Wall will be back. Make no doubt about it. By that time we’ll probably welcome him, just like the US welcomed Trump.

  4. SaskFreedom

    August 6, 2021 at 12:14 am

    We must demand separation, and when the feds tell us “no”, “so sorry too bad”. We must use that as evidence we are in an abusive monetary servitude relationship, and declare independence. Stop going along with this one way relationship. The laurentians are abusive and psychopathic. They only want our money, but tell us 24/7 through cbc how bad and dirty we are for all thrir leftist, marcxist, communist sins. Bad, bad, dirty, dirty. Victim shaming. The east treats AB and SK like indentured servants. Screw them.
    There’s nowhere to go from here but up.

  5. SaskFreedom

    August 6, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Of course the liberals are leading, they have free 24/7 propaganda from CBC, CTV and Global. Because of demographics, there’s now a 0 % change of cpc winning in Canada ever again. Even a minority government, there’s zero chance. The only chance there is for Alberta and Saskatchewan to have any say for the rest of time, is separation. Without that there WILL NEVER be another cpc minority, let alone majority in this replaced Canada.
    That’s why you might as well vote with your heart in the next election, because guaranteed the cpc have zero chance. Their entire base now is defunct.m, debauched, and has xzero chance at winning even a minority.
    AB and SK must separate or be forever screwed by the Laurentians.

  6. Mars Hill

    August 5, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I’m voting for the Quebec cowboy Mad Max.

  7. Matt C

    August 5, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    @Steven… if Alberta elects nothing but Maverick MPs next federal election, what will change?? Nothing will change.
    It will be viewed as a regional national party with no real power. The federal government will cater to those who elect them…. Ontario and Quebec.
    For the record, I plan on voting for the maverick party but I don’t have much hope in their ability to actually effect change.
    I think the west, and in particular, Alberta’s best hope, is a strong pro-independece/separation provincial party. A party which is prepared to force meaningful constitutional change or pursue separation.

    Do you remember what the Reform Party wanted? “The west wants in”. How did that work? The Reform Party had a credible leader, intellectual backing, a well-thought-out platform ….and 25+ years later, where are we?

  8. K

    August 5, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    False poll as usual. Real conservatives are voting PPC, they have HAD IT with the CPC.

  9. Steven

    August 5, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Who Alberta elects is irrelevant Matt C? I don’t think so. What matters is an Alberta Western voice in Ottawa & MP’s from Western Canada not beholden to the Eastern CPC.

    I’m voting for the Maverick Party who are only running candidates in Western Canada & Territories. It’s a start & it matters to Albertans Matt.

    Former CPC & UCP member. Member of the Maverick Party now.

    https://www.maverickparty.ca/

  10. Left Coast

    August 5, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Long past time for the West to Leave . . .

    Canadians are just too friggin stooopid to survive . . .

    2015 . . . the Year 39% of Canadians voted themselves Off the Island . . . . who needs Balanced Budgets and Surpluses anyway . . . when you can give Billions to the UN, the CBC and Despotic Regimes around the globe.

    Remember when . . . .
    World’s Richest Middle Class . . . NY Times
    World’s Best Reputation . . . Reputation Institute
    Best Wage Growth in G7 Nations . . . 2007-2012
    Best Oilfield Salaries in the World . . .
    Best Oilfield Enviro Regs in the World . . . Harvard Bus School
    Best Country to do Business . . . . Forbes
    World’s Best Debt to GDP Ratio , . . OECD

    ALL of that is in the REAR VIEW Mirror today Canada . . . . & never coming BACK !

  11. j n

    August 5, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    @MATT C -> agreed

  12. Matt C

    August 5, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    There is no federal solution for the problems in alberta.
    Ontario and Quebec decide who forms the government….who alberta elects, is irrelevant.
    The solution is separation or more independence within Canada….but neither will be given to us.

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BC drops more COVID fines under pressure from Justice Centre

On Tuesday, the JCCF announced that five more “public health” tickets issued to its clients have been dropped by Crown Prosecutors in BC.

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BC officials have dropped five more COVID-19 related tickets in response to pressure from the Justice Centre.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is funded by voluntary donations and represents its clients free of charge.

On Tuesday, the JCCF announced five more “public health” tickets issued to its clients have been dropped by Crown prosecutors in BC.

Three tickets totalling $6,900 were issued to a health care worker named Nadine Podmoroff, who organized three outdoor events in Castlegar and Nelson.

Podmoroff said, according to JCCF, that leading up to the Dec. 21, 2020 event she was in contact with Castlegar RCMP who gave her the green light to proceed without being ticketed as long as the laws were followed.

Policed “monitored the event throughout and said we behaved peacefully,” said Podmoroff, who added RCMP did not issue any tickets until two days after the event when they arrived at her home and issued a ticket of $2,300.

Podmoroff organized two additional outdoor rallies shortly after, for which she was also ticketed.

JCCF filed a Notice of Constitutional Question on Nov. 5, 2021, challenging the validity of the tickets issued to Podmoroff. On Nov. 15, 2021, the Crown dropped two tickets challenged by the notice, as well as an additional ticket issued to an unnamed individual who spoke at a protest with Podmoroff.

Podmoroff has one remaining ticket from Dec. 21, 2020 which JCCF is attempting to have dropped.

“The scientific data unequivocally shows outdoor public gatherings are not, and never were, a public health risk,” said Jay Cameron, litigation director at JCCF.

Additional tickets issued to JCCF’s clients for protesting or holding in person religious services have also been recently dropped in BC, according to the organization, which is in the process of having dozens of more tickets dropped in the province — such as a church in Fort St. John that was fined for recording a Zoom service in its building with staff present.

“The Justice Centre will continue to defend BC citizens against the Government’s unjust violation of their Charter rights,” said Cameron.

BC-based non-profit the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy’s (CSASPP) Executive Director, Kip Warner, among others involved in combating state overreach, speaks highly of the JCCF.

“The problems Canadians are facing are across the country and are best met with areas of responsibility allocated to different competent campaigns,” Warner told the Western Standard.

“For that reason Alberta’s JCCF and BC’s CSASPP have a complimentary, productive, and professional working relationship.”

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
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Liberals axe mandatory minimum sentences for many firearms crimes

“Conservatives believe that serious, violent offences that are committed with firearms deserve mandatory prison time. It’s shameful that the Liberals think we should be weakening firearms laws in Canada,” said Rob Moore in a statement.

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The Liberal government is moving again to eliminate the mandatory minimum prison (MMPs) times handed to people convicted of some gun crimes.

A proposed Liberal bill would affect 14 Criminal Code sections and six drug-related offences.

The gun offences that would see MMPs dropped include possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition, weapons trafficking, discharging a firearm while committing an offence, reckless discharge of a firearm, and extortion and robbery with a firearm.

It follows a similar bill the party introduced February that died without being passed when the election was called in August.

It would remove MMPs from 13 firearms offences and one for a tobacco offence.

MMPs would remain for murder, treason, impaired driving and sexual offences, as well as a some firearms offences.

“With Bill C-5, we are turning the page on the policy of the former government. It is a policy that in the end did not discourage crime or make our justice system more efficient or more fair,” Justice Minister David Lametti said.

“All the approach did was imprison too many indigenous, black and marginalized Canadians.

“Indigenous adults represent 5% of the general population but account for 30% of federally incarcerated inmates. That’s double where it was 20 years ago.”

The legislation also would repeal MMPs for all six offences to which they apply under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, including possession, trafficking and the production of substances classified under Schedules 1 and 2 of the act.

“This measure will allow for more effective rehabilitation and integration by allowing individuals to keep their job, to care for their children or family members or to seek counselling or treatment for substance and addictions abuse,” Lametti said. 

“Think about your own kids. Perhaps they got into trouble at some point with the law. I bet you would want to give them the benefit of the doubt or a second chance if they messed up. Well, it is a lot harder to get a second chance the way things are now.

“And that’s particularly true if you are a young person who happens to be indigenous or black.”

Conservative justice critic Rob Moore was less than pleased with the proposal.

“Conservatives believe that serious, violent offences committed with firearms deserve mandatory prison time. It’s shameful that the Liberals think we should be weakening firearms laws in Canada,” said Moore in a statement.

“This bill is soft on crime and puts communities and victims at risk.”

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Indigenous leaders welcome ‘Elders Wisdom Panels’ recommended by Allan Inquiry

Stephen Buffalo, President & CEO of Indian Resource Council, wants the premier to formally accept the Allan report in the legislature and Energy Minister Savage to give a mandate to elders panels.

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Indigenous leaders are calling on the Alberta government to implement vital First Nations recommendations from the Allan Inquiry’s Final Report, including the establishment of Elders Wisdom Panels.

The statements were issued in a press release by the Indian Resource Council which was founded in 1987 by chiefs following the recommendation of a task force that was established to study the role of the Crown in the management of First Nations oil and natural gas resources.

The IRC now represents more than 155 oil and gas producing First Nations across Canada.

“Commissioner Steve Allan has defined a vital instrument — Elders Wisdom Panels — for opening a novel path to relationship development, establishing common purpose and the cooperative and constructive economic foundations for reconciliation,” said Stephen Buffalo president and CEO of IRC.

“We call upon Premier Jason Kenney to advance a motion of acceptance in the Alberta Legislature of the Allan Inquiry Final Report’s six recommendations. Energy Minister Sonya Savage should then work with Chief Littlechild and other respected elders to formulate the terms and mandate for Elders Wisdom Panels, including the implementation of regulations that require Elders Wisdom Panels as constructive intermediators for all substantive resource developments.”

In his report, Steve Allan noted that $102 million had gone from nine U.S. foundations to indigenous environmental initiatives from 2003 through 2019.

Allan said elders panels could “breach the divide, not only within and between First Nations communities, but also to advance greater understanding among all Canadians of First Nations issues, as well as the responsible stewardship of Canada’s natural resources.” 

Bearspaw First Nation, part of the Stoney-Nakoda Nation in Alberta, has been involved in resource development and natural gas for nearly 70 years. Chief Darcy Dixon believes the Allan report and elders panels could facilitate more development.

“The Allan Inquiry provides solid recommendations for resolution of conflicts among indigenous groups, energy developers, environmental groups and governments. For too long we have been handicapped by the Indian Act and a government bureaucracy that restricts our ability to create strong economies for ourselves and to become true business partners. Elders Wisdom Panels would certainly help bring about mutually beneficial agreements, as well as a greater level of mutual understanding,” he said.

Former Grand Chief Wilton J. Littlechild, a lawyer and one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, also gave his endorsement.

“Commissioner Steve Allan’s recommendations must not be ignored,” said Littlechild, who added the panels could help Canada fulfill its obligations under the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Ermineskin Cree Nation, located 80 kilometers south of Edmonton, has been involved in oil and gas for more than 60 years from the Bonnie Glen Field at Pigeon Lake. Chief Randy Ermieskin believes economic development and reconciliation go together.

“Reconciliation begins when indigenous people grow their own economies for financial security and stability and have meaningful participation in the greater Canadian and international marketplace. First Nations themselves also need to come together to joint venture and partner in large projects, many of which are in the energy sector. We are a force that is not going away,” said Ermineskin.

Mac Van Wielingen, Founder of ARC Financial Corp and incoming chair of the Business Council of Alberta, believes the indigenous aspects of the “large and comprehensive” Allan report have received too little attention.

“The public discussion to date has focused narrowly on foreign funding of opposition to Canadian oil and gas development… [but] the Allan Inquiry Final Report has many other constructive recommendations,” said Van Wielingen.

“Canada’s resource sector is ideally placed to accelerate indigenous reconciliation through partnership, education, training and economic development that advance multi-generational self-reliance and shared prosperity. Elders Wisdom Panels will help bridge the opportunity gaps and build the structural conditions for economic and social sustainability among all Canadians.”

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan
lharding@westernstandardonline.com

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