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Only 11% of Albertans back Kenney’s handling of COVID

Out West, unlike Albertans, people in BC seem to be generally happy with the work of Premier John Horgan. A total of 60% of people like what he has done with COVID-19.




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has nearly hit rock bottom in public support for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in the province, a new poll shows.

Done by EKOS, the poll shows only a dismal 11% support Kenney.

“Most provinces are doing pretty well in public approval of handling of pandemic . BUT — Alberta!” tweeted Frank Graves of EKOS.

“I am not sure I have ever seen an 11% approval rating for a province. BTW Alta. was over 80% a year ago.”

EKOS poll

Nationally, the poll shows 41% of Canadians are happy with the job Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing of the COVID-19 file.

Out West, unlike Albertans, people in BC seem to be generally happy with the work of Premier John Horgan. A total of 60% of people like what he has done with COVID-19.

In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, only 37% of people are happy.

The only premier that comes anywhere near the abysmal ratings of Kenney is Ontario’s Doug Ford who stands at 28%

Alberta has seen a COVID-19 crisis developing all September, when the fourth set of lockdown restrictions took place and hospitals filled to overflowing.

Hospital ICUs are filled to overflowing and dozens of Albertans have passed away this month from the coronavirus.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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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  1. Eric Marney

    October 1, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Please don’t write like the MSM.
    AHS doesn’t release true hospital numbers and if they had from the start there would be less frightened people I’m sure. For instance, Red Deer Regional hospital had 12 ICU beds with the ability to ramp up to 22. They said they were at 95% capacity but this was prior to adding the extra beds. That means a total of 11 people were in ICU in all of central Alberta. How is this “filled to overflowing”? There were more kids playing out front of my house yesterday (maskless btw thankfully) than there are in ICU here

  2. Dennis

    September 30, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    There is absolutely no reason for this to be happening. Just allow doctors to be doctors. No more Censorship.

  3. secondhandlion@hotmail.com

    September 30, 2021 at 8:32 am

    I had no love for Kenney from day 1; I didn’t vote for him as leader but I did vote UCP to get rid of NUTLEY! However Kenney is between a rock and a hard place mostly of his own making; The very first mistake he made as premier was not firing the entire management of AHS; these were all Nutley NDP plants who R now sabotaging our health care system to undermine UCP in run up to elxn 2023! Firing staff when hospitals R short on staff is not health care, then closing beds bcuz they R “short of staff” is mind boggeling incompetence and borders on criminal, just to gain points in next elxn! WE need a complete overhaul of our Health Care up to and including a partnership of public & private providers! At moment Alberta has 8 ICU beds per 100,000 where states with similar pop have up to 48 ICU beds per 100,000; Again MISMANAGEMENT of highest level! This crisis is on Kenney’s head bcuz he ultimately is head of our province; but the real crisis is on NUTLEY’s head, orchestrated by AHS management!

  4. westofsask@hotmail.com

    September 30, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Sadly most are unhappy because the government isn’t behaving like Australia. Most Canadians are weak, simpleminded, brainwashed masochists who love daddy government to control everything

  5. Susan Grant

    September 30, 2021 at 8:29 am

    YOU forgot to mention the hospitals overflow by man made incompetence and design. Instead if improving capacity the decreased it to make a crisis….and there is PLENTY of evidence that YOU vax’d are shedding and recreating the variant then infecting each other.

    At least have the decency to tell the whole story.

  6. Claudette Leece

    September 30, 2021 at 6:09 am

    These lockdowns annoy me far more than what’s happening in the hospitals. AHS is at fault for that dismal performance. They did nothing in two years to make anything better, they have nothing in 20 years to improve dispite issues for 20 years. Time to remove YU and get someone who knows what there doing. Ask any honest health care worker, didn’t matter how much things were pointed out, they were ignored and it was not money, it’s where that money goes. Trim the manegment fat at AHS and you can save alot

  7. berta baby

    September 29, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Lol well he wanted a new base …. How’s 11% sound you mutt?

    Less than the amounted of unvaxxed. HA

    What a loser

    Good luck trying to sway the communists to your side you goof.

    To bad he didn’t have a spine he could have been a desantis but instead he’s a no one who has no mandate to dictate shit

  8. Cosmo Kramer

    September 29, 2021 at 11:47 am

    The 89% of people who do not support Kenney can be put in 2 groups. The first are ideological conservatives who realize that the UCP is not conservative in any meaningful way. These are the people Kenney despises and does not want as the UCP base. The second group are leftist NDP supporters. They love lockdowns, vaxpassports, and mandatory jabs. They support everything Kenney is doing but are loyal to Notely. These are the people the UCP are reaching out to. Kenney hopes to win them over as his new base.

  9. Eldon

    September 29, 2021 at 10:57 am

    When will Kenny and Hinshaw take the hint that Albertans want thier freedom. We want our charter and constitutional rights back.
    We want new leadership. Leadership that doesn’t beckon to the globalist agenda.

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Opposition MPs ask government to ‘show them where the money is coming from’

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”




The Liberal’s latest pandemic relief plans may actually be billions of dollars higher than estimated, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Department of Finance was in a “continued race to push money out the door,” said one MP.

Bill C-2 proposes benefits including lockdown subsidies for employers and workers estimated at $7.4 billion. The cost covers payments retroactively from October 24 to next May 7, though the bill allows cabinet to extend subsidies to July 2.

“The issue of course that we’re looking at here is accountability,” said Conservative MP Greg McLean (Calgary Centre) at the Commons Tuesday finance committee.

“If there’s an obvious extension, how do we hold the government accountable for that extension when it’s more money going out the door, more on top of the $7 billion you’re already planning to spend?

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”

Department of Finance managers said they did not know the cost to taxpayers if the program runs to July 2, 2022.

“I can’t answer that at this stage,” said Max Baylor, senior director with the department.

“It would presumably depend on the parameters.”

“I don’t know if it’s because things have been lax during COVID but this is something you need to get right for the country,” said McLean.

Bill C-2 was “just a blank chequebook,” he said.

“I know the government has had a blank chequebook for far too long,” McLean said.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ont.) questioned the bill’s impact on deficit projections.

“My question relates to the cost,” said Poilievre.

“How is the government paying the $7 billion associated with this proposal?”

No official answered, though 10 departmental witnesses appeared before the finance committee.”

“If they have anyone over there who is concerned about where the money comes from, that person could speak up,” said Poilievre:

  • MP Poilievre: “Clearly they’re getting the money from somewhere. Anyone here from Finance Canada?”
  • Director Baylor: “I can provide a high-level response but I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer directly…”
  • MP Poilievre: “Where is the money coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “That is within the government’s broader macro-economic framework and I’m not responsible. I can’t speak to that.”
  • MP Poilievre: “You don’t have anyone? It’s just that we’re being asked to vote in favour of another $7 billion in spending. The obvious question is, where is it coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer that question.”

New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona, Man.) called the testimony “a waste of time” and complained the finance committee could not get straight answers to its questions.

“We’ve been here almost four hours and I haven’t gotten one thing I would classify as an answer to a question,” said Blaikie.

“I’ve asked for a breakdown of the budget. I don’t know if they really don’t have that answer or are on a mission of obfuscation.”

“You have to conclude that our civil servants who ought to be treating the legislature with respect aren’t being upfront about some of these questions, or you have to conclude the people who are running the country never bothered to ask them. Neither one is a very good outcome for Canadians.”

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland called Bill C-2 the last emergency appropriation for pandemic relief spending. Freeland is to release a fiscal update on deficit figures next Tuesday.

Parliament last May 5 voted to increase the federal debt ceiling to a record $1.831 trillion. It represented a 57% increase from the previous $1,168,000,000,000 limit under the 2017 Borrowing Authority Act.

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.




Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.




One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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