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O’Toole promises people of Frederiction… a swimming pool

He said during the COVID-19 pandemic he and his daughter Molly have been going to a local pond in Ontario for “open water swimming” because her aquatic team had been on hiatus.

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has told voters in Fredriction if he becomes Prime Minister he will build them a swimming pool.

O’Toole made the announcement during his first trip to New Brunswick since he became the leader of the Conservative Party.

He threw his support behind a long-awaited recreation and swimming complex for the city – something he said would help the mental health of the area’s children.

“The physical and mental wellness of young Canadians will be a top priority for Canada’s Conservatives,” he said.

“Because the lingering effects of the pandemic will not just be economic.”

He said during the COVID-19 pandemic he and his daughter Molly have been going to a local pond in Ontario for “open water swimming” because her aquatic team had been on hiatus.

He promised. if elected. Conservatives would become a federal funding partner for the rec project.

And he vowed to come back for a charity swim when the facility is finished.

“We will stand with you… and we will swim with you. I will dive in for mental health for young people,” O’Toole said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. SaskFreedom

    August 6, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Oh and if I wasn’t clear, O’toole is a sellout loser. Pandering to Eastern Canadians, assuming the west will vote for him, guaranteed, without ever having to promise us anything. Sociopathic.
    Assumes loyalty from those whom he does exactly zero for… panders for eastern fence sitters. CPC is an Eastern centric party, make no mistake about it. Westerners must teach these fakes a lesson. And there’s nothing to lose by doing so since stats suggest they have a zero percent chance at winning even a minority government this fall. It’s whether Trudeau gets a majority (most likely) or fails and gets another minority (in which case singh will “sing” for Trudeau)

  2. SaskFreedom

    August 6, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I can’t imagine why anyone would ever vote cpc again. Their goals are indistinguishable from liberal , ndp or green “goals”.
    They appeal to the left based on their platform, but have no clue people who share that ideology would rather die than vote for them.
    They hate traditional conservative views.
    There’s nothing than can be gained voting for these sell outs.
    The cpc can never again statistically win even a minority government. SK and AB voted entirely cpc (save one riding in Edmonton) and it did absolutely zero, nadda, nothing. We need to shake some boots in Ottawa voting for separation in the next election. We lose nothing since cpc have zero chance at winning, but we accomplish two things. 1) telling cpc to stop pandering to eastern swing voters 2) telling Ottawa we mean business on the separation question

  3. Claudette Leece

    August 4, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Bailing out the newfies again. They have been getting AB money for years, but still need help then vote Liberal. Edmonton even dumber Sohi screwed AB so bad , he was Trudeau’s little lap dog, destroyed our oil and gas but the lefties in Edmonton will vote him as mayor. Guess they deserve what ever they get, higher taxes and all

  4. luigi

    August 4, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I agree with all the comments here….. how are these idiots elected into these positions? Are Canadians that stoopid and gullible?

  5. Chris

    August 4, 2021 at 2:13 am

    Hopefully when the tool shows up in Alberta he’ll offer each family a free oil change with motomaster oil, that would guarantee him a majority in my opinion. My kids like Mars bars, if he could throw a few in that’ll help too.

  6. Seven-Zero-One

    August 3, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    It’s like watching Disney+

  7. K

    August 3, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    What a fkn useless idiot

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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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Opposition MPs ask government to ‘show them where the money is coming from’

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”

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The Liberal’s latest pandemic relief plans may actually be billions of dollars higher than estimated, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Department of Finance was in a “continued race to push money out the door,” said one MP.

Bill C-2 proposes benefits including lockdown subsidies for employers and workers estimated at $7.4 billion. The cost covers payments retroactively from October 24 to next May 7, though the bill allows cabinet to extend subsidies to July 2.

“The issue of course that we’re looking at here is accountability,” said Conservative MP Greg McLean (Calgary Centre) at the Commons Tuesday finance committee.

“If there’s an obvious extension, how do we hold the government accountable for that extension when it’s more money going out the door, more on top of the $7 billion you’re already planning to spend?

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”

Department of Finance managers said they did not know the cost to taxpayers if the program runs to July 2, 2022.

“I can’t answer that at this stage,” said Max Baylor, senior director with the department.

“It would presumably depend on the parameters.”

“I don’t know if it’s because things have been lax during COVID but this is something you need to get right for the country,” said McLean.

Bill C-2 was “just a blank chequebook,” he said.

“I know the government has had a blank chequebook for far too long,” McLean said.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ont.) questioned the bill’s impact on deficit projections.

“My question relates to the cost,” said Poilievre.

“How is the government paying the $7 billion associated with this proposal?”

No official answered, though 10 departmental witnesses appeared before the finance committee.”

“If they have anyone over there who is concerned about where the money comes from, that person could speak up,” said Poilievre:

  • MP Poilievre: “Clearly they’re getting the money from somewhere. Anyone here from Finance Canada?”
  • Director Baylor: “I can provide a high-level response but I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer directly…”
  • MP Poilievre: “Where is the money coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “That is within the government’s broader macro-economic framework and I’m not responsible. I can’t speak to that.”
  • MP Poilievre: “You don’t have anyone? It’s just that we’re being asked to vote in favour of another $7 billion in spending. The obvious question is, where is it coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer that question.”

New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona, Man.) called the testimony “a waste of time” and complained the finance committee could not get straight answers to its questions.

“We’ve been here almost four hours and I haven’t gotten one thing I would classify as an answer to a question,” said Blaikie.

“I’ve asked for a breakdown of the budget. I don’t know if they really don’t have that answer or are on a mission of obfuscation.”

“You have to conclude that our civil servants who ought to be treating the legislature with respect aren’t being upfront about some of these questions, or you have to conclude the people who are running the country never bothered to ask them. Neither one is a very good outcome for Canadians.”

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland called Bill C-2 the last emergency appropriation for pandemic relief spending. Freeland is to release a fiscal update on deficit figures next Tuesday.

Parliament last May 5 voted to increase the federal debt ceiling to a record $1.831 trillion. It represented a 57% increase from the previous $1,168,000,000,000 limit under the 2017 Borrowing Authority Act.

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.

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Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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