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Why Derek Sloan started a party

He says his new party is necessary because the PPC has baggage, Christian Heritage is too doctrinaire to win, and Maverick is as useless as the Bloc Quebecois.

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Like a voter who didn’t like his options and decided to run for office, Independent MP Derek Sloan looked at all the parties and thought it best to start his own.

Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. (MST), the Western Standard will live stream Sloan’s campaign launch from Cochrane, Alberta.

Two days ago, the independent MP for Hastings-Lennox & Addington talked to the Western Standard on the phone for 25 minutes, still buoyed by his previous night’s event at the St. Albert Curling Club. 

“There was a meeting room place that can hold about 350 people, and we couldn’t fit them, so we had to bring them out onto the curling floor,” Sloan said.

“We’ve been to 16 different places already. And it’s like standing room only we’re getting, major crowd. If we tour again, we’re going to have to start renting out arenas or something.”

Like Preston Manning did for Reform in 1987, Sloan has been drumming up support for a new political movement. The fourth-place finisher in the Conservative Party leadership race was booted from the party on January 20 for what leader Erin O’Toole called a “pattern of destructive behaviour.” But, as the saying goes, failure is the backdoor to success.

“I’m basically glad that it happened to me looking back on it, I was able to achieve a lot more as an independent than as a member of the party. I hope to change the political discourse for the better, and I think I have already,” Sloan said.

“People are really excited about what I’m doing. And in fact, everyone is willing – that I’m talking to anyways – to support somebody other than a Conservative. And so I’m doing my best to provide candidates in certain areas for people.”

Although Sloan is gaining a following, some other right-leaning voters are nervous about the launch of yet another right-leaning party to bleed away Conservative votes. Sloan said he won’t give anything to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that O’Toole didn’t already hand him. 

“No one seems to think O’Toole’s going to win. He’s not going to win anyways, there is no vote to split. But I would say that a lot of places that we’re going to be running candidates are going to be in strong conservative areas, so, whoever wins is going to be a conservative. It will either be a Conservative or someone who’s more conservative, so you won’t have to worry about that.”

When asked why he didn’t join the other alternatives, such as the People’s Party, Sloan offered three reasons.

“The first is the social conservative values part for the PPC is optional. It’s kind of like if you want them, that’s great, if not, that’s fine. And I think we need to have a party that actually stands for values. The second thing is that it’s kind of the party of Max, in the sense of, they’ve had three or so years to come up with a constitution and a leadership review and all of this, and they haven’t. There’s not a lot of democratic opportunity there,” Sloan said.

“The final thing is they seem to have an incremental plan of winning, but we need a plan to win basically now. So, every election that I go into will be to win. Like, I’m not going to run 338 candidates just to do it. I’m going to run in areas and focus on them in a way that I think I can win.”

If social conservative values are crucial, why not join the Christian Heritage Party?

“The Christian Heritage Party hasn’t been able to win. And part of it is I don’t know if they even expect to, and they kind of want to be more of a [Christian] witness than a force. So, I think a lot of parties are carrying baggage whether fairly or unfairly for them. Nonetheless, they carry baggage. Even the PPC party carries baggage, right? They’re viewed as a conservative protest party, which frankly, can’t win. We need a party that can reach all Canadians, and they’ve been branded in a certain way. And so I really felt that we needed a new party,” Sloan said.

“I’m a Christian, and I’m not ashamed of that. And my party will stand for the generic Christendom of the West, so to speak, but not in a dogmatic or doctrinaire sort of way. And as much as I like the Christian Heritage Party, when you read their founding document it’s more akin to what you might want if you were starting a church. And it’s not that I disagree with some of the things they’re talking about, but I just think it’s a little bit too doctrinaire for a party. They just haven’t been able to get traction. And I hope it doesn’t come across like I’m slandering them. I like the leader of that party and all this, but I just didn’t feel it was an option that Canada needs right now, or at least one that could win.”

Sloan believes the Maverick Party has unfortunate commonalities with the Bloc Quebecois.

“Maverick will never be able to form government, they’ll never be able to pass a bill. And if you really want to get things done on a separatist or even a firewall sort of level for the West, that all has to be done provincially. Police force or pension system or any of that, that’s a provincial thing,” Sloan said.

“The Bloc Quebecois is similar. They’re kind of useless, right? They can make some long-winded speeches, but they can’t do much. They never pass bills unless it’s some minor bill that everyone likes, like, Hey, we need to have more organ donors or something. But they never pass a standard bill. So it’s really just a protest vote. And if you have an option that actually is looking to bring the country together, you might as well vote for it.

“And the other thing that bugs me about them is they didn’t say anything about COVID-19. So they say they’re standing up for the interests of the West. Well, where were they when 10,000 businesses in Alberta were shutting down because of COVID-19? They said nothing. So as far as I’m concerned, useless.”

Sloan isn’t a Westerner either, but he’s introducing his family to the culture. For the past two weeks, the Queen’s University law graduate has brought along his parents, wife, three children (aged 7, 6, and 4), and volunteers.

“Our party was not approved prior to the writ dropping by Elections Canada, so that was a disappointment for our party. The paperwork’s been in for months, right? And I’m not implying that there’s foul play, but we will be running some candidates and they’ll be technically independents. So I would say to people to stay tuned. There’ll be some exciting announcements over the next couple of weeks.”

Lee Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan.

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  1. Andrew Ross McIvor

    September 4, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Just what the west needs, another eastern federalist come to tell us how the rest of Canada is good for us.

  2. Josh

    August 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

    What a waste Derek. It would have been wise to join what is already available and really stop focusing on a Country on its last leg.

  3. Wesley

    August 20, 2021 at 10:03 am

    I fully support Sloan! We need men of deep integrity and who are not in it just to win. Electing Sloan and members of the PPC party would keep O’Toole’s feet to the fire who bends wherever the political wind blows.

  4. Left Coast

    August 20, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Starting another federal party in Canada is just Dumb!

    While it might play in a few ridings in the hinterland . . . a far better option would have been to align with the PPC which could possibly win a few seats in the next election.

    If O’Foole got a minority Govt . . . the PPC with a few seats could have some control.

    I like Sloan and agree with most of his positions, but suspect he is still learning to play politics.

  5. Fergus Hodgson

    August 20, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Sloan is out to lunch and will only embarrass himself. His ego is too big to join the PPC, so he will become irrelevant quickly.

  6. Mars Hill

    August 19, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Good instinct, with the right character and ethics the money will follow and who knows….we welcome you and your family to Alberta Derek

  7. francis witzel

    August 19, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Mr Sloan , I think it’s Avery bad move to dis these other parties , you may have to work with them someday and criticizing them is not a good start . Wouldn’t it be interesting if all these outlying parties won a bunch a seats and you all could form a coalition. Please tone it down , you have good instincts , and a good platform . Good luck

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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?

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Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

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There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.

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As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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