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MAKICHUK: Trudeau’s treatment of Wilson-Raybould shows how hollow he is

The Drama-Teacher-in-Office and some RCMP handlers got some gravel thrown at them in Ontario and ran for cover like little girls, while all the CBC eastern mafia could do was label the protesters as “loudmouths” and wacko “anti-vaxers.” 




My Calgary friends are sick of hearing it. My Ontario friends don’t get it. 

Nor should they, I suppose.

It’s about me wishing I were back in the Calgary of the 1980s.

Young and carefree, I was dating a smoking-hot lady, driving a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback in Bullitt green with a 302 cu-in. mill and a Holley four-barrel carb that would knock your head back when you punched the gas pedal.

The music was cool.

I recall Pat Benatar, bands from Australia like Men at Work and UB-40 from England. I even went to a DOA concert at U of C, starring “Joey S—head” Keithley.

I remember a tame Deerfoot Trail compared to today’s Deerfoot 500; a mayor of the people, Ralph Klein, who kept a watch on spending rather than the Purple Nightmare; great luncheons with secretaries at the Irish Rovers’ Unicorn pub on 8th Ave.; spectacular cheesecake at the Cheesecake Cafe on 4th (plus the chance of seeing Flames’ Kent Nilsson after a game); and fabulous Triple-A baseball with the Calgary Cannons at Foothills Park.

While the old, pre-Olympics, pre-LRT Calgary of the 1980s that I knew and loved is gone forever, one story from that era sticks with me.

I was working at a trust company and making next to nothing, but a buck went a lot further in those days and life seemed good, especially on bar-hopping weekends.

He was a weird old bald fellow — a manager whom everyone detested. I didn’t care for him either way but steered clear because he was such a miserable oaf.

I can still can see him running around the office with a scowl, usually carrying a piece of paper tightly in his hand, red-faced and ready to ream somebody out.

Anyway, at the last company Christmas party I attended he was cutting a rug on the dance-floor, totally hammered. He suddenly came up to me and grabbed me by the tie.

I will never forget his words. 

He said: “Dave, you have to be what you are … whether you’re a saint or a sinner … you must be who you are.” And with that, he jumped back on the dance floor and jigged like an evil demon.

I don’t even remember the bugger’s name, but his strange wisdom stuck with me.

Whether you are a butcher, a baker or an evil candlestick maker (ie. a killer), you must be who you are. (For reference see Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange).

This brings us exactly to this week’s political bombshell — that being the revelations of an excerpt from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s upcoming memoir, Indian In The Cabinet: Speaking Truth To Power.

It is due to be released, in its entirety, on Sept. 14.

While the Liberal leader has staunchly denied Wilson-Raybould’s allegation that he wanted her to lie to cover up his incompetence in SNC-Lavalin scandal, the former justice minister’s testimony remains spine-chilling and revealing.

Wilson-Raybould would later testify that senior party leaders wanted her to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant.

Something that would never happen for a western firm, by the way. Only eastern “creeps and bums” get treated well in Liberal governments.

In the excerpt published in the Globe and Mail, Wilson-Raybould says she was pushing for transparency, while the PMO was facing mounting pressure after the initial Globe story hit the fan.

During subsequent meetings in Vancouver “(Trudeau) used the line that would later become public, that I had ‘experienced things differently,’ ” she writes.

“I knew what he was really asking. What he was saying. In that moment, I knew he wanted me to lie — to attest that what had occurred had not occurred … lie to protect a Crown government acting badly; a political party; a leader who was not taking responsibility.”

It does not take a rocket scientist, to figure out, that Justin the Younger — here exposed for what he truly is, a spoiled silver-spoon frat boy caught in a web of his own incompetence — has nowhere near the qualifications, the experience, nor the depth character to be a world leader of any sort.

Asked if Justin had what it takes to be prime minister, Jean Chretien responded it was politics, and politics alone that dominated the dinner table at 24 Sussex during the Trudeau years. 

While there is probably truth in that, there is no comparing the political genius of his father, a staunch federalist who had a vision for Canada.

Furthermore, when separatist protesters hurled rocks and bottles at Montreal’s St-Jean-Baptiste parade in June of 1968, Trudeau famously refused to take shelter and fought back. 

This leads us to the next best story of the week, “The Pebbles of Navarone.” 

The Drama-Teacher-in-Office and some RCMP handlers got some gravel thrown at them in Ontario and ran for cover like little girls, while all the CBC eastern mafia could do was label the protesters as “loudmouths” and wacko “anti-vaxers.” 

Of course, they never bothered to interview a protester! No, it was easier to assume. To paint them as ghastly, inhuman hordes, like the obliging sheep they are.

Meanwhile, in the same report, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole — a working man and a military veteran — was being beaten senseless for his stand on gun control.

A stand that protects law-abiding Canadians who own guns and who’ve been legally vetted by the RCMP.

In other words, “poor, poor Trudeau” and “bad, bad O’Toole.” This is what $1.3 billion a year gets you, ladies and gents. The good ol’ CBC.

Well, last I heard, this was still a democracy and people can still protest. And by the way, anyone who has been to one knows it can get loud and raucous.

But you have to wonder. 

If Justin the Younger requires a helmet, a SWAT Team, an armoured car, snipers, helicopters (aircraft carriers?) and a detachment of RCMP strongmen at his appearances, doesn’t that suggest some Canadians, regardless of party affiliation, are unhappy with his leadership?

Then again, he’s just being who he is.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the military editor for the Asia Times.

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  1. Deb

    September 13, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I watched every minutes of the mock Liberal mafia hearing. Even through all the bullshit the Liberals spewed it was easy to conclude, Trudeau sked her to lie. She is a proud honourable Indigenous women, who acted with morals and integrity. Now here is a Canadian to take we can all pride in. Hats of to you Jody for knowing and doing the right thing.

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Four Alberta doctors file lawsuit againt AHS and Yiu over forced vaccination

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.




A statement of claim was filed Friday against Alberta Health Services (AHS) and President and CEO of AHS, Dr. Verna Yiu by four Alberta doctors opposed to vaccination mandates.

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

“Further, the Plaintiffs are opposed to disclosing their private health information or have disclosed their private health information with respect to their vaccination status against their will under threat of termination or unpaid long-term leave.”

The statement of claim says the plaintiffs are also concerned the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental and have not undergone sufficient long-term safety observation,” and claim the ingredients for the vaccines have yet to be fully disclosed.

Plaintiff Dr. Joanna Moser is an anesthesiologist in Calgary and Red Deer and has had severe allergies to past vaccines. Moser is concerned about the risks she faces not knowing what the full list of ingredients are and fears having an adverse reaction to the shot but has been denied an exemption.

The legal filing also highlights the doctors’ concerns that “the COVID-19 vaccines do not provide full immunity,” and may only “lessen the severity of symptoms or potentially reduce the risk of hospitalization.”

In addition to citing numerous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations and medical references disputing the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, the statement of claim also says the doctors are facing “discrimination” and have suffered “vilification and extreme ill-will” as a result of “false public statements” that the “unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic.”

 Local lawyer, Jeffrey Rath of Rath & Company filed the statement of claim on behalf of his clients Friday afternoon and intends to file an injunction application on Monday.

“We’re filing the injunction to provide temporary relief for our clients and others while waiting for this to get to trial,” said Rath in an interview with the Western Standard.

“The injunction will bring broad-based relief to all those unvaccinated within AHS on the basis that it’s creating a toxic work environment and is willfully creating contempt and hatred towards unvaccinated staff members.”

An injunction, if successful, would force the vaccine mandates to be put on hold until the claim is finally determined.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Banned BC doctor claims COVID ‘the greatest propaganda campaign in human history’

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology,” said Dr. Nagase.




The current COVID-19 crisis is because of a “pandemic caused by vaccination,” said banned Dr. Daniel Nagase, in an exclusive interview with the Western Standard.

Nagase, a B.C. doctor who came under fire for giving patients an unapproved treatment for COVID-19 while working in Alberta hospitals, has been relieved of his duties in September and is no longer permitted to work in Alberta Health Services facilities.

Early October, a video of Nagase speaking at an event commemorating the anniversary of the Nuremburg Trials went viral with his account of working in an Alberta hospital treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, which is also used in agriculture settings.

Western Standard exclusive interview with Dr. Daniel Nagase

The Western Standard shared the video and subsequent tweets from AHS about the incident.

“All physicians — including temporary locums — are governed by AHS’ medical bylaws when working in an AHS facility. Under these bylaws, there are expectations for all physicians to follow regarding unapproved use of medical therapy,” said AHS.

Nagase said he is not against vaccines, but said “there’s never been anything like this given to humans,” referencing the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

“Medically speaking, scientifically speaking, this is a lot closer to gene therapy than it is other vaccines that have been put out in history,” Nagase said adding he has not had a COVID-19 shot yet.

Nagase said his life has been turned upside down since he began to speak out about his experience being relieved of duty for treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, but added, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Since his message has gone viral on social media, Nagase said he’s been able to reach more people with his message that “Ivermectin is a safe medication for coronavirus 19.”

Nagase has researched trials in other countries and said, “in every single one of those studies, Ivermectin worked. In moderate COVID and mild COVID mortality is reduced to zero.”

Also concerning to Nagase is that doctors are being prevented from treating patients as they would have been able to in the past.

“What they did is something that has never been done in 200 years of medical history. They banned doctors from trying a medication and banned patients from receiving it,” said Nagase of how Ivermectin was prohibited from being prescribed and used to treat COVID-19 in Canada.

Nagase has been banned from hospital practice in all AHS facilities, but is still able to practice if he opened his own office. However, Nagase said as of Monday, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has asked him to voluntarily withdraw his licence.

“And usually when they demand you voluntarily withdraw your licence, it’s because they are leading up to involuntary revocation of your license,” he said.

Nagase also slammed the Alberta government for its handling of the health crisis.

“It has been completely anti-science,” Nagase said who went on to explain “when healthy people wear masks, you are actually driving the evolution for any virus to overcome that mask.”

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology.

“I’m worried that we are living through the greatest propaganda campaign in human history,” Nagase said when asked why he believes there is such conflicting information around the pandemic.

When asked how he would have handled dealing with the pandemic, Nagase said, “two weeks to flatten the curve and that’s it. Isolate only the people that are at high risk of dying — that’s all.”

Nagase is in Calgary speaking at the Freedom Talk conference running Friday and Saturday. Details on the conference are here.

For those not on Facebook, the video will also be available here on Rumble.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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BC Liberals refuse to accept Gunn as leadership candidate

“LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.




BC Liberals have told Aaron Gunn he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate for the leadership of the party.

“After a thorough review of Mr. Gunn’s statements on social media, both public and private, and after having provided Mr. Gunn with the opportunity to respond to concerns raised by certain of those statements, LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

Gunn was less than pleased with the decision.

“Today, it became clear that conservatives, and all British Columbians who believe in common sense and freedom of speech, are no longer welcome in today’s BC Liberal party. I will be releasing a full statement later today, but rest assured, if you think this fight is over, you couldn’t be more wrong,” he tweeted.

Gunn tweet

“mm 7 unelected, non-Indigenous insiders decided my candidacy would be inconsistent with “reconciliation”… Meanwhile, it was ACTUALLY supported by the only Indigenous person in the race,” he tweeted.

“Imagine being so entitled and arrogant that you believe a small group of unelected insiders should decide the future direction of a political party and not its democratic membership.”

Gunn announced on October 9 he would try and run for the leadership.

“I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines … the policies being enacted are the antithesis to common sense,” Gunn told an enthusiastic crowd assembled at the Greek Community Centre in Saanich — a municipality of the Greater Victoria area — moments ago.

“For too long, politicians have promised us one thing, but failed to deliver once in power … under the NDP things have gotten worse,” he said, referring to John Horgan’s government.

“I think it’s time for a change, I think it’s time for renewal and I think it’s time for common sense,” he said moments before officially announcing his candidacy.

Gunn, 31, who planned on running under the banner: Bring Back Common Sense, tried to join six others — Gavin Dew, Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Val Litwin, Ellis Ross, and Renee Merrifield — who’ve already tossed their hats into the leadership race ring.

His said priorities would have included scrapping the carbon tax, “serious” health care reform, and opposing vaccine passports.

“I’ll be the only one in the race opposing those, as I believe I have a substantially different approach than the other candidates. I’ve got very clear positions on on the development of resources, on supporting our forest industry, on supporting our energy industry, and a whole bunch of other things.”

Gunn said changes need to come from the top.

“I think it all starts with political leadership,” he said.

“When (police) feel they don’t have the political support, or no one’s got their back, I think that trickles down into what you see in everyday policing issues. I know many police — I’ve talked to people in the Vic PD, for example — they know sometimes they arrest one of these people, and they do all the paperwork only to see them back on the streets in just a matter of days, or even less.

“So I think there’s lots of problems and, provincially, there’s only so much you can do, but you can direct prosecutors to pursue maximum sentences, and to pursue people who are repeatedly and flagrantly breaking the law.”

Gunn served Canada during a three-year stint in the Army Reserves straight out of university, before he went to work for the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation where he founded and became executive director of the “Generation Screwed” initiative which battled government debt, among other issues.

He’s been on the fringes of the political scene for the past three years or so, and his YouTube videos have garnered more than 50 million views and tens of thousands of followers, making him one of British Columbia’s most listened to political voices. (As an example, his Facebook followers number 20,000 more than Premier John Horgan).

Gunn said he not only wants to rebrand the BC Liberal Party — which is not affiliated with its similarly named federal party, but to rename it, as well, to reflect his and other party member’s conservatism.

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