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Liberals incentivize handgun bans with $1 billion fund

The Liberals say that opposition to their gun policies “will weaken protections that currently keep Canadians safe.”

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The Liberals will set aside a minimum of $1 billion for provinces and territories who implement a ban on handguns to dip into, in order to “keep our cities and communities safe.”

“This is a perfect example of the Liberals tip toeing around something they know is doomed to fail,” Tracey Wilson, Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) told the Western Standard.

“A national handgun ban would be completely rejected and beyond anything they could afford. It’s literally an Olympic sport and far less palatable as their ‘assault style rifle’ ban. Not to mention it would end every one of the 1600 gun clubs and ranges across the country.”

Wilson suggests that Trudeau is happy to let the municipalities shoulder this on their own, and throw some funding at them in order to “pacify any outcries of expense.”

“Of course this would only apply to licensed gun owners with legal guns, as a municipal ban is simply a change to the storage and transport regulations in a particular jurisdiction. Gang bangers, thugs, and criminals are exempt,” said Wilson.

Trudeau’s platform criticizes O’Toole for his “support of the gun lobby” which would “resume the proliferation of ‘assault-style firearms’ in Canada.”

“Assault-style firearms” is a vague term used by the Liberal government which encompasses roughly 1,500 makes and models of semi-automatic firearms.

Many legal firearm owners describe the term “assault-style firearms” as a scare tactic intended to influence people who are not familiar with firearms and firearms laws in Canada.

Actual assault rifles are fully automatic, and they have been banned in Canada for decades.

The Liberals say that opposition to their gun policies “will weaken protections that currently keep Canadians safe.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
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  1. Joe Calgary

    September 6, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Because the current gun laws have been so successful at securing Canadians safety. When the government wants to disarm you it is time to buy all the guns and ammo you can get your hands on cause they are up to no good as this year has shown in spades.

  2. Dennis

    September 4, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Nothing like doubling down on tyranny. Don’t be surprised if this idiot gets elected. Get your Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta membership today. It’s our only hope of escape from this madness.

  3. Left Coast

    September 3, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Gun Control is very important . . . that’s how you consistently hit the target!

    This idiot Trudops is a marxist clown . . . too bad we don’t have Crime Control in Canada.
    We have imported every international gang on the planet in the last 50 years.

    Now the Tallywags have 400,000 automatic military style rifles . . . they will be appearing on the Black Market in Canada soon.

    NZ just had an attack from an invigorated ISIS follower after China Joe’s loss to the Tallywags in Afganistan.

  4. GonadTheRuffian

    September 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Albertans: Whatever you do, do not give up your guns! Look at what is happening in Australia. The citizens there were largely disarmed years ago and gun crimes there went up not down. Instead; gun confiscation has turned them into helpless pawns at the hands of the Australian KGB wannabees. Turdeau cares not one whit about Canadians safety, he only cares about increasing his own power in his pursuit to serve his Globalist masters in turning Canada into the Worlds first post-national state.
    Keep your guns and join your local Western separatist party. Screw Turdeau and his Librano Gang!

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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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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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