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PPC has 260 candidates, needs 78 more for full slate

Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party needs ten more candidates in BC, three in Alberta, four in Manitoba, and six in Saskatchewan.




People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier made a last call for candidates in an email Friday.

“We still have a lot of work to do however to get the Party ready for the prospect of a snap election this Fall. We are aiming to select another roughly 130 candidates by the first week of September in order to fill out our slate of 338 candidates,” Bernier wrote.

But it seems Bernier forgot his party had picked up 54 candidates since making a similar appeal three weeks ago. The PPC’s list of open ridings suggests only 78 constituencies still need candidates. These include 3 of 34 Alberta seats, 10 of 42 BC seats, 4 of 14 Manitoba seats, 6 of Saskatchewan’s 14 seats, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories ridings.

Further east the PPC has, 11 of 121 ridings open in Ontario, 31 of 78 seats in Quebec, 3 of 4 in PEI, and 4 of 7 in Newfoundland. All constituencies in New Brunswick the Nunavut riding are spoken for. The 260 PPC candidates confirmed to run is less than the 315 the party ran in 2019.

Burnaby South, where Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson represented the PPC in a 2019 by-election remains open. Tracey Sparrowhawk who ran for the PPC against Andrew Scheer in 2019 will not return for Round 2, nor will former PPC candidate for Regina-Lewvan Trevor Wowk.

The PPC’s online application page says they want responses by Sunday August 8. Its process is much less tedious and intrusive than the extensive background checks made by the Conservative and Maverick parties, but does include a criminal record check.

Bernier made a pre-election tour of provinces west of Quebec in recent weeks. He arrived in Vancouver July 16 and toured B.C. before arriving in Calgary July 22 for stops in Alberta. He swung through Ontario’s cottage country July 30 through August 2.

On August 2, Bernier posted a 78-second video to Instagram to announce his reasons for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine. It was viewed more than 17,000 times, liked over 4,600 times and received roughly 500 comments, including one from Bernier himself: “Instagram flagged this video with their COVID-19 information center banner because they can’t handle the truth. The virus has over a 99% survival rate for most people.”

A day later, Bernier hosted Western University ethics professor Julie Ponesse on his YouTube channel to discuss the dangers of the COVID-19 response.

“This kind of stratification of citizens, fear mongering by our governments, this is the early stages of every other state in history we have seen that has degenerated from a democracy or a republic into a kind of autocratic state or a dictatorship….We need to be on guard for this, we need to be aware so that we prevent sliding into it even further,” Ponesse said.

The comments echoed Bernier’s tweet made July 31. “Singling out unpopular minorities, holding them responsible for government failures, and restricting their rights, are the first steps in the establishment of all tyrannical regimes. You think it can’t happen here? That’s what naïve people were thinking everywhere it happened.”

Similarly, on July 20 Bernier wrote, “The #VaccinePassport’s purpose is to get us used to have all our movements, travel, and spending decisions monitored and controlled by the government ‘for the good of society.’ Those who promote it actually support Chinese-style totalitarianism.”

Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based correspondent for Western Standard.

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  1. John Lankers

    August 7, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Left Coast, here is the direct link to an article featuring Prof. Montgomery. My wife carries a printout in her purse and let’s everybody read it who enters into a discussion.

  2. Left Coast

    August 7, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Max is on the ball . . .
    something you can’t say about the rest of Canada’s Political Leaders . . .

    Max is unvaxed . . .

    Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and Nobel Prize winner, predicted the potential outcome of mass vaccinations. He said, “Mass vaccinations are a scientific error as well as a medical error. It is an unacceptable mistake. The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants… antibodies created by the vaccine forcing the virus to find another solution or die. This is how the variants such as Delta are created. These variants are a production and result of the vaccination.”

    He’s right! Normal variants are simply .03% of the original virus and are harmless to anyone who has already recovered from the illness and has God’s perfect immunity.

    Dr. McCullough is warning us against the Covid vaccine and is paying a personal price for telling the truth. The powers that be want him silenced, and not only because they will make massive amounts of money on these vile inoculations, but because the promoters of eugenics (Gates, Soros, Fauci et. al.) and UN Agenda 21/30 seem to want our population culled of the “useless eaters.”


    It’s 1932 in Canada folks . . . could the next Election be our LAST ?

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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.




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.




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.




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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