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Prof says COVID narrative deserves challenges

“Oh yes, whatever you say, Bonnie. Oh yes, whatever you say, Deena. Oh yes, whatever you say, Teresa. Well, sorry, what they’re saying is barely half of what is out there in terms of evidence,” said Professor Cooper.




University of Calgary political scientist Barry Cooper remains frustrated with fearful politicians who parrot the mantras of medical authorities, implement heavy-handed measures, and shut down debate.

In an interview with Western Standard, the co-author of COVID-19 The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic said pandemic responses have lacked reason and courage.

“The fearfulness, particularly in the last two years with respect to COVID, has paralyzed any sort of serious consideration of what alternatives might be, and they’re out there,” Cooper said.

“If (Erin) O’Toole had genuine political courage, he would be articulating those positions. But instead, he cedes the floor to (Justin) Trudeau’s anxieties or pretended anxieties…That’s just outrageous what these guys are getting away with, and O’Toole’s not calling them on it. Why would you vote for a guy like that?”

On August 13, the Liberal government announced vaccine passports for federal workers and staff and passengers in federally regulated travel such as airplanes, trains, and boats. 

In Quebec, Premier Francois Legault banned the unvaccinated from “non-essential services” such as sporting events, restaurants and bars.

“I don’t know what Legault believes in, except like Trudeau, he likes power…He’s just spewing outrageous things that nobody calls him [on]. Jason [Kenney] did sort of, but that’s only because he criticized Alberta.”

The Parti Quebecois called for democratic debate before implementing vaccine passports, but Legault said no.

“I don’t want certain people – whom I won’t name – to come explain that there’s a conspiracy, it’s not good to be vaccinated, that in the end, we’re putting a microchip in people’s arms to follow what they’re doing, stories like that. I don’t think we need that in Quebec,” said Legault.

Such comments did not quell suspicion, Cooper said.

“These things about, we’re not going to discuss vaccination passports because that will open people to conspiracy theories. Hello?” said Cooper with a laugh.

“That’s admitting that you’re part of the conspiracy because that’s what conspirators do. They work in the dark, which is what Legault is doing.”

In mid-May, Premier Ian Rankin applied to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an emergency injunction to ban public gatherings and protests. 

“There was a protest planned for this weekend, a group of people who don’t agree with wearing a mask or following restrictions,” Rankin said at a press conference.

“So, government went to court to seek an injunction, and that was granted.”

Nova Scotia Chief Medical Health Officer Richard Strang admitted the injunction sought to prevent people from hearing alternate messages to that made by the government.

“Bringing large numbers of people together can present some risk but the other purpose of the injunction is to prevent groups that are spreading, deliberately spreading false information… The information itself, if listened to, creates risk to the public as well. So [there] certainly is a need to manage that misinformation campaign.”

These health bureaucrats have been delegated too much power for Cooper’s liking.

“Oh yes, whatever you say, Bonnie. Oh yes, whatever you say, Deena. Oh yes, whatever you say, Teresa. Well, sorry, what they’re saying is barely half of what is out there in terms of evidence. And what they’re saying essentially enhances their power and the power of their alleged political bosses who are quite happy to let the medical people give the good news, bad news,” he said.

Cooper said the “politics of fear” has reached new levels, but it infected politicians before the pandemic struck.

“The last political leader that did not behave the way the editorial board or the Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star would like him to was probably Stephen Harper. His successors, whether Liberal or Conservative, look at that, and say, we don’t want to go down that road because Stephen Harper was vilified. And they’re afraid,” he said.

“They are as afraid as the fear they want to instill in the rest of us. And they’re not Machiavellian, using fear to control the Canadian population. They’re as scared as they want the rest of us to be. And that’s new.”

Lee Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan.

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  1. Dennis

    August 24, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Thank you again Lee for keeping this issue alive. Where is the rest of independent Media?

  2. Left Coast

    August 23, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    One thing we have in Canada is an Abundance of Low Intellect, Science Allergic, Weak & Feckless Politicians.

    What are they going to do next Fall when the “Vaccinated” start coming down with variant infections.

    Malaria countries had miniscule levels of Covid Deaths . . . Congo 178 deaths out of 93 Million. Tanzania 21 deaths out of 59.7 million.
    Why was that? Every Sunday the folks in these countries take One 200 mg of HCQ . . . Trump mentioned this drug in April 2020 and the Insane Media vilified the stuff.

    As Sweden has Zero Covid deaths in August . . . BCs moron Premier wants to have Vaccine Passports . . . so friggin laughable.
    If the Vaccine actually worked, why would anyone care what the guy in the next seat at the Concert or Rink was doing?
    Reality is . . . the Vaccine offers little or very limited protection as we are learning from Israel & Britain today.

  3. Luigi

    August 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Re: Berta Baby

    Well put, and I’ll agree with that 110%.
    Premier whoregan in BC is passing mandatory passports? Wish you luck at the next provincial election!

  4. berta baby

    August 23, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Political parties are all the same whipped into submission and hiding behind interns who answer phone calls and emails.

    Kenney is doing good but he should be fighting against any bussiness that doesn’t let blacks in the front door , I mean Jews into their bussiness, wait no that’s not it …. Unvaccinated people in.

    Any bussiness that demands a health pass should be picketed and labeled .

    Calgary you are an embarrassment to this Province letting your sucky hockey teams discriminate like this .

    Saskatchewan your university’s should be immediately de funded no tax payer money goes to communists like that.

    Covid spread happens when your taking gene therapy, all your doing is the dirty work for the puppet masters

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.




The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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People not getting COVID jabs a diverse group

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.




Canadians against getting a COVID-19 jab are not just a group of crazed, anti-vaxxers, says a leading epidemiologist.

Four million Canadians who’ve declined a COVID-19 are an assorted lot, said the executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal Of Health Sciences .

“The unvaccinated are a diverse group,” Dr. Raywat Deonandan, of the University of Ottawa, told Blacklock’s Reporter.

“They include the hardcore anti-vaxxers. They include the vaccine-hesitant who are just afraid of the vaccine.”

“They include those who want to get vaccinated, but can’t get time off work or get child care. And they include the apathetic. The apathetic tend to be the young people who think the disease is not serious to them. Vaccine passports really do well on that group.”

Speaking during a webinar with a federal union, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, Deonandan said he generally supported domestic vaccine passports, likening them to a driver’s licence, but strongly opposed mandatory immunization of young children.

“Vaccine mandates are controversial,” said Deonandan, adding compulsory shots for children under 12 “just creates far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way.

“I have a small child. I’m not happy about injecting him with strange things. I will if his mother agrees. But it does not fill me with comfort to do so. I get it.”

Deonandan said he thought compulsory vaccination for federal employees was legally defensible, but acknowledged it would draw protest.

“The weakness is our democracy,” he said.

“Our biggest value is our freedom and our democracy. That is the thing that’s our Achilles’ heel here. Authoritarian governments do better with COVID because they control the messaging and compel behaviour. We don’t want to be that. So we need to empower the citizens to think more rationally to their own ends.”

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Freeland says Canada has to stop cutting business taxes

The Liberal Party has proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes mainly on corporations.




Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has to put a stop to cuts to corporate taxes, calling it a “race to the bottom.”

Blacklock’s Reporter noted the Liberal Party proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes, mainly on corporations.

“Part of building an equitable recovery is strengthening international tax fairness, ending the global race to the bottom in corporate tax and ensuring that all corporations, including the world’s largest, pay their fair share,” said Freeland.

“We will stem the world tendency to reduce the corporate tax rate.”

The Party’s August 25 campaign document, Asking Financial Institutions To Help Canada Build Back Better, proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate from 15 to 18% on banks and insurers with revenues more than a billion dollars a year.

It also proposed an unspecified Canada Recovery Dividend to be “paid by these same large banks and insurance companies in recognition of the fast-paced return to profitability these institutions have experienced in large part due to the unprecedented backstop Canadians provided to our economy through emergency support to people and businesses.

“The allocation of this dividend between applicable institutions will be developed in consultation over the coming months with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions,” continued the document.

It would be “applied over a four year period.”

Cabinet estimated all new taxes, including a new charge on tobacco manufacturers and tighter collections on offshore accounts, would generate $4,241,000,000 next year and nearly twice as much, more than $8.2 billion, by 2025.

The figures were calculated by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

“Big banks got a windfall,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters August 25.

“So as we rebuild we’re going to ask big financial institutions to pay a little back, to pay a little more, so that we can do more for you.

“Big banks and insurance companies have been doing very well over these past many months. Canada’s biggest banks are posting their latest massive profits of billions of dollars.

“Everyone else had to tighten their belt. We’re going to ask them to do a little bit more.”

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said September 21 he expected cabinet to raise corporate taxes with support from his caucus.

“People are worried about who’s going to pay the price for the pandemic,” said Singh.

“We don’t believe it should be small business,” said Singh. “We remain resolute that it should be the ultra-rich.”

The New Democrat platform proposed a general increase in the income tax rate on all large corporations from 15% to 18%, not just banks and insurers, and a hike in the top federal income tax rate from 33% to 35% for individuals earning more than $216,500 a year.

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