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Three UCP MLAs say they have ‘no confidence’ in Kenney

Multiple sources inside of the UCP Caucus tell the Western Standard that three MLAs said they had “no” confidence in the premier.

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During a tense meeting of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) Caucus Tuesday, three MLAs told Premier Jason Kenney they had “no confidence” in his continued premiership of the province and leadership of the party, multiple sources told the Western Standard.

Sources inside of the caucus told the Western Standard the emergency meeting saw sharp polarization around the issues of putting the province under another lockdown, a potential mandatory vaccine passport, and firing healthcare workers who do not agree to be vaccinated.

According to the MLAs who attended the caucus meeting, three MLAs openly told Kenney they had “no confidence” in him, and that several others implied as much using softer language.

The sources all gave the same three names, but none of the three MLAs responded to request for comment or confirmation from the Western Standard.

One of the sources said many in the caucus were “beyond frustrated” with Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro for the “complete mishandling” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One MLA told the caucus: “It doesn’t matter what happens now, I’m finished politically because of this.”

Another MLA told the Western Standard the caucus does not have final say over a potential return to another round of lockdowns or the imposition of vaccine passports, but a decision on those matters is expected to be made public “very soon.”

The latest caucus uproar comes as Kenney went back on his promise that Alberta was “open for good” with the reimposition of several COVID-19 restrictions two weeks ago.

“We need to bring back measures we know have worked in the past,” said Shandro. 

He said this includes forced masking in all indoor public and workplaces, and a prohibition on alcohol sales after 10 p.m.

The government also recommended employers delay the return of staff to the workplace, and that unvaccinated Albertans do not have indoor social gatherings.

The move comes as an about-face by Kenney and the UCP government, which pledged the lifting of restrictions on July 1 was permanent and would not return.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here,” said Kenney at the time.

“We will keep administering first and second doses [of vaccines] as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Despite Kenney’s earlier opposition to vaccine passports and the UCP fundraising from the issue, Shandro refused to answer media questions, such as if the government is considering imposing them now.

On September 2, NDP Leader Rachel Notley called for the introduction of mandatory vaccine passports and a return of forced masking.

The controversy over reinstated lockdowns, restrictions and the introduction of a mandatory vaccine passport sharply divided the UCP Caucus, whose rifts have seemingly not healed since Kenney put down a revolt earlier in the year.

More than a dozen UCP constituency associations passed special resolutions demanding a leadership review, however, Kenney poured cold water on the idea, pushing the vote to just six months before the next election

Growing caucus tension also bubbled to the surface when 17 UCP MLAs signed an open letter condemning Kenney for putting Alberta back under a third lockdown. Kenney’s dismissal of the letter led to a series of leaks from the UCP caucus, with several MLAs telling the Western Standard the premier threatened them with an early election if they did not have confidence in his leadership.

Soon after the rogue rodeo in Bowden to protest the third lockdown, UCP MLAs told the Western Standard Kenney said in reference to the attendees, ““If they are our base, I want a new base.”

Kenney denied the story as “fake news” and said that the comments were only referring to people making death threats against him, but UCP MLAs told the Western Standard Kenney was “lying.”

In May, Kenney fired MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the UCP Caucus after Loewen called for his resignation.

The results were announced to the caucus and passed to the Western Standard after a two-hour vote.

But soon after the expulsion, controversy erupted again when photos emerged showing Premier Jason Kenney, Environment Minister Jason Nixon and Health Minister Tyler Shandro outside having a dinner on the penthouse patio of the ‘Sky Palace’ in Edmonton.

The Western Standard’s Fact Check found Kenney and his guests have 18 counts of violating their own regulations, and eight counts of violating their own guidelines.

Before eventually apologizing, Kenney was fired at by cabinet ministers Leela Aheer and Rajan Sawhney.

“My … apology goes to all Albertans who saw pictures of some ministers, staff, and the premier having a meal together on the rooftop patio of the federal building, or Sky Palace,” Aheer wrote.

“You’ve had to maneuver, pivot, and adapt to the rules put in place by our government. I can only imagine how disappointed you must be.

“Our leadership should sincerely apologize.”

Kenney soon after announced a complete lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, which appeared to lower temperatures in the caucus, until the September emergency caucus meeting.

Leela Aheer – removed from cabinet soon after her earlier comments – took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon demanding the premier admit he botched the fourth wave of the pandemic, and to present a plan to correct course.

In response to a column from the Calgary Sun’s Rick Bell, Aheer tweeted “Yes, he must show some humility and admit he was wrong and tell us how he will make it right.”

Kenney’s office refuses general comment to the Western Standard.

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

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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17 Comments

  1. Claudette Leece

    September 17, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Funny no one looks at the real,problem here, our sad broken health system. It’s been broken for years but Covid showed how terrible it really is. How come in the two years this has been going on they did nothing to prepare for this fourth wave, everyone knew was coming. There the ones that are as much at fault but easy to blame Kenney for everything when Yu and her $300,000 wage is just as useless.

  2. Claudette Leece

    September 17, 2021 at 6:48 am

    These MLA big talkers, but there no better than Kenney, they speak under their breathe, but don’t have the guts to do anything. They want their nice paychecks. If they cared about Alberta they could persuade others to join them, but no one is. They should like 3 Berniers.

  3. Bert McFadyen

    September 16, 2021 at 10:52 am

    When are the sheeple going to realize that ONLY DOCTORS ADMIT TO HOSPITALS, not AHS or nurses or anyone else, and Doctors can create stats and crises almost at will. It is AHS that is skewing the stats for their own purposes, and the politicians are running scared.

  4. R3

    September 16, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Neither safe or effective.
    Why must we all get it?

  5. Clash

    September 16, 2021 at 9:31 am

    I am having trouble believing the CASE Count from the AHS. How sick are majority of the cases? Do they all have to be hospitalized? How many people are in hospital for some reason and also have Covid? The PCR test has a very dismal record, how many people are hospitalized to err on the side of safety? Is there some Union politics going on for better negotiation tactics? So many questions and only the propaganda from a compromised Main Stream Media! I am not accusing the AHS or our Nurses and Doctors of any improprieties, but we are not getting clear and definite proof of the situation.

  6. Dennis

    September 16, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Cosmo, you pretty much summed it up. Kenny and his henchmen should face jail time for what they are doing to Alberta.

  7. jgl

    September 16, 2021 at 7:38 am

    This is not about a virus. It never was.
    What is the truth behind the numbers AHS rattles off to us?
    Do governments lie? Oh yea…
    It takes strength and courage to accept that governments are often criminal and corrupt.
    Let go of the fear and you will see.

  8. Audjlizard

    September 16, 2021 at 6:47 am

    They say they have no confidence in kenney but those are just words. We’ll know they mean it by their actions. If they leave the party to sit as independents then I’ll believe that they are sincere.

  9. Andrew Red Deer

    September 16, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Any sitting MLA wanting to keep his seat, and his sanity should immediately declare their support for the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They should resign their membership in whatever party they are affiliated with and declare they will sit as an independant with only one policy platform item. FREEDOM! Today nothing else matters.

  10. JONATHAN DIXON

    September 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    “On September 2, NDP Leader Rachel Notley called for the introduction of mandatory vaccine passports and a return of forced masking.”

    In case you hadn’t noticed, Rachel is still running Alberta. She calls for something and then Jason puts it into practice. They are on the same team. The evidence is there. I wouldn’t be surprised if they attend secret planning meetings together.

  11. MD

    September 15, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta in 2023!!!
    Jason Kenney and his United Communist Party are destroying our province!
    If the MLAs really care about the people of Alberta they will separate themselves
    and become independants.

  12. Barbara

    September 15, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    TIME FOR ALL OF OUR MLSs TO GET BACKBONES AND SAY NO TO KENNY.
    DID THEY DEBATE THIS, HAVE A VOTE OR ARE WE LIVING IN CHINA.

    TIME FOR OUR MLAS TO
    ‘JUST SAY NO’

  13. berta baby

    September 15, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Welll since it takes a day a half to get a comment moderator to approve this observation based on my expression that I think is still covered under what’s left of the charter …. Today’s time is 4:40 and I’m gonna predict that kenney based on how high hinshaw has cut her bangs is going to approve a hunting season on unvaxxed non humans cause unvaxxed subjects must not be humans because humans have charter rights in this country.

    The best way to get to public hangings for the vaxxed is to take Main Street down to chestmire drive hang a right go all the way to beach street at the lights proceed left … and go fleck yourself.

  14. Cosmo Kramer

    September 15, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    In addition, it is widely rumored that Jason Kenney is (or was) just using Alberta as a stepping stone. His end goal is speculated to be going back to federal politics and leading the CPC.

    We do not need grifters like this. I am one of the ones who was fooled back in 2019 as well. Let`s be attentive to supporting intelligent and committed leaders and not cons who just told us what we wanted to hear.

  15. Cosmo Kramer

    September 15, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    It is commendable of the 3 UCP MLAs and several others who have the courage to stand up to Kenney and his pet Shandro. They did it for the right reasons too. Breaking his promise that Alberta was open for good, gene therapy injection passports, and persecution of the unjabbed. If more stand up there is a chance the tide could turn on this nightmare.

    Kenney must go. He is a failure and finished politically in Alberta. No doubt he will be awarded for his service with some cushy position at the WEF, WHO or some other Davos globalist group. Good riddance for Alberta. He can live comfortably but will one day face judgement for his high crimes against God.

    The tweet by Leela Aheer endorses an article by Rick Bell. Skimming through the article his take is that Alberta should never have been open and that is the cause of the problems. This would also be agreed by the disgraced Deena Hinshaw and is the wrong view.

    The honest and virtuous UCP MLAs need to go further by recognizing that this is man made, came from China, and that gain of function research was funded at the Wuhan Virology Institute by none other than Tony Fauci. They will have to recommend the strategy and plans as found in the Great Barrington Declaration which involve protecting the vulnerable (or anyone who feels vulnerable), but not restricting the great majority of the population who are not at risk from COVID-19. The ALBERTA HEALTH MANAGEMENT NEED TO BE FIRED! We need honest health professionals who do not blindly follow the WHO and the B+M Foundation. We need them to recommend healthy lifestyles, vitamin D in the cooler seasons, and treatments such as Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine which many doctors around the world have had great success in treating COVID-19.

    This can be turned around if honest, virtuous politicians with a conscious stand up and speak truth to power.

  16. K

    September 15, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    When are these absolute imbeciles going to realize that the enemy is the government? You think they care about your health?

  17. Declan Carroll

    September 15, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    This is what happens when you let some head parachute in from Ottawa, who doesn’t share our values, waltz right in and take over the party.

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Senior Alberta doctors faces job loss for refusing vaccine

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

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Dr. Eric Payne says he supports vaccinations and he and his family are all caught up on their yearly flu shots — but he is declining the COVID-19 vaccines, believing them to not yet be fully tested.

The decision could cost Payne his job, as AHS threatens to put him on “unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance.”

Payne is a doctor in the Pediatric Neurocritical Care & Epilepsy department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital along with being an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at the University of Calgary.

Payne wrote a 19-page letter to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) on September 14 detailing his position and protesting the possible loss of his job.

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

“I am also a father of three young children and remain very much pro-vaccine. While I refuse to take this novel experimental mRNA therapy, my wife, children, and I are completely vaccinated, including yearly flu shots. This is not a contradictory stance as these current mRNA vaccines represent a dramatic departure from using, for instance, live attenuated viruses. Rather, they represent a completely novel and experimental therapy with no long-term data.” 

AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu issued a mandatory vaccine order to all staff, physicians and volunteers, and stated workers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, by Oct.31, 2021.

“I am now faced with the impending possibility of an unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance. I am so disappointed by this extreme AHS coercion and truly hope that the CPSA will steer clear of mandating this as a condition of my license,” Payne wrote, adding that would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The Alberta provincial government is presently circumventing these rights with Bill 10 — the public health emergency powers amendment act. These forced experimental mRNA vaccine mandates also directly violate the internationally accepted Nuremberg code, which was developed in 1947 to protect patients from medical experimentation.

“It is because I am informed, that I do not voluntarily consent to these injections.”

Payne argued that even with a 100% vaccination rate, COVID-19 would not be completely eradicated.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, shared evidence and publicly acknowledged that we cannot eradicate COVID-19 and are rather transitioning from a COVID-19 pandemic to endemic,” Payne said, adding smallpox is the only human virus successfully eradicated through vaccination.

Payne told the college the pandemic has been especially hard on children, having to endure lockdown after lockdown.

“I have seen more devastating neurologic conversion disorders and psychiatric disease — including several heart-breaking teenage suicide attempts — than I have my entire career.  In contrast, I have not encountered a single child with neurological sequelae from COVID-19 itself,” he wrote.

“While I grew to respect and trust long-standing health organizations like the (World Health Organization) and (Centres for Disease Control), financial and political interests have crippled their independence, and during this pandemic, they have egregiously misrepresented facts and helped to censor scientific experts worldwide. 

“These organizations that inform Canada health policy are completely compromised by vaccine and big pharma interest money.”

In an interview Monday, Payne told the Western Standard he will keep his position even if it means he gets fired.

He said the mandating of the vaccine was his main concern and he didn’t expect the letter to be made public. Payne said he hasn’t heard anything back from the college.

“I have a seven-year-old, and fairly soon a vaccine mandate may come down for them — there’s no reason, they’re not at risk,” Payne said, adding research has should to vaccinate a person who has already had COVID-19 may cause them additional damage.”

“It would be nice to have a real conversation about the facts.”

Payne said he expects parents to finally push bach when it comes to forced vaccination and “I’m going to keep talking.”

Payne said some “absolute lies” and “100% censorship” have been used in various COVID-19 arguments.

The issue has been growing in Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was making vaccinations mandatory in the federal public service.

Since then airlines, governments, sports stadiums and private businesses have all made vaccines mandatory for their staff.

Protests against mandatory vaccinations have happened weekly across the country.

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

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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