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PPC surges in poll, threatening NDP for third place

The PPC has broken into a clear second place in Alberta, and appears to be drawing support from more than just the Conservatives nationally.

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Polls continue to show good news for the People’s Party of Canada, with a new survey showing the populist party hitting new levels of support.

EKOS Politics daily tracking showed the party surging to a record 11.2% of decided and leaning voters, putting it within striking distance of the traditionally third place NDP, which sits at 15.7%.

The Conservatives maintain a slight edge over the Liberals at 33.6% and 30.7% respectively.

Most polling firms have tracked the PPC rising from near obscurity at the beginning of the election campaign, to consistently higher numbers that could see the party make a real impact on the September 20 vote.

Source: EKOS Politics

Broken down by region, the numbers are even more shocking.

In Alberta, the PPC has vaulted over the Liberals and NDP into a clear third place at 19%. While still well behind the Tories at 52%, the level of support could yield seats for the PPC if concentrated in specific constituencies.

The PPC’s second best showing is in Quebec, where it sat in fourth place at 13%. In that province, the Liberals lead at 31%, followed by the Conservatives at 21%, and the BQ at 18%. The NDP ranked below with PPC in fifth place at 10%.

In Ontario, the PPC are breathing down the neck of the NDP for third place, just 2% behind them at 11%, however well back of the Liberals at 39% and the Tories at 33%.

The increase in PPC support appears to be coming not just at the expense of the Conservatives, however, with a noticeable down tick for the NDP and Liberals. The combined support of the CPC and PPC – at 44.8% – is far above that ever obtained by the Conservatives under Harper.

Despite the party’s bump in the polls, PPC Leader Maxime Bernier was not invited by the federal government’s Debate Commission to participate in the English or French language leaders debates.

Both Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul were both invited, despite their parties’ now polling at less than half that of the PPC.

EKOS President Frank Graves said on Twitter “It looks very favourable for LPC [Liberal] prospects of winning. The big surprise may be the PPC who continue to strengthen. They are the party of the anti -vax , anti-vax passport now.”

“And for those who have not picked up the PPC surge, you have missed what may be the most interesting and important shift in this campaign.”

Bernier has put opposition to lockdowns, forced-masking, and vaccine passports at the centre of his campaign.

The PPC breakthrough comes as O’Toole continues to reorient traditional conservative policies toward a more centrist outlook aimed at winning over Liberals in Central and Eastern Canada.

In April, O’Toole shocked many Conservatives when he did away with his leadership campaign pledge to oppose the carbon tax, and instead proposed a carbon tax of his own.

Earlier this week, the Tory leader reversed his position on repealing the Liberal gun ban, saying that he will now keep the Trudeau plan in place.

The party leaders — less Bernier — will face off in the only English language debate tonight at 7 p.m. MST.

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  1. CLAY STOWELL

    September 13, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Rose,,,,, what are you smoking. The Conservatives are the only party capable of defeating JT. Maybe in your riding a PPC candidate might be able to unseat a Liberal one but we must remember this election is about tossing out Trudeau. We have to vote strategically to get as many Lib. MP’s voted out..

  2. Deb

    September 11, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    PPC the only choice on the road to freedom. The Liberals and The Conservatives have a global agenda we were never consulted on, nor do we want any part of. So let’s get off that train and keep the nation of Canada strong and free. Vote for Freedom. Vote for the People’s Party of Canada.

  3. Mars Hill

    September 10, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    This is why the PPC and Mad Max the Quebec Cowboy are surging. Will send the cowpoke some more money, if you have a notion do the same.
    https://rumble.com/vmbl8b-patriot-canadian-children-rising.html

  4. Sergiy

    September 10, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    No more voting for fake conservatives, voting PPC.

  5. Cody Alberta

    September 10, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    The sub-headline says second place in Alberta but the article text says third place?

  6. Andrew Red Deer

    September 10, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Yes I support Freedom! Freedom from Government tyranny.

  7. Scott Christianson

    September 10, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    People are sick and tired of the current political landscape and are seeking change the PPC are only going to get more popular.

  8. K

    September 10, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Would love to see PPC trump the NDP and become the 3rd party. Of course, I’d love to see them win, but I’m trying to be realistic.

  9. Nicholas Koch

    September 10, 2021 at 6:31 am

    PPC from BC I’m voting PPC

  10. Clash

    September 10, 2021 at 6:26 am

    If the CPC and the PPC could form a minority government as the Lib’s and NDP have done for the last 2 years. It would buy Alberta some time to progress in the direction of separation and freedom of the Eastern Leftist oppression Alberta has suffered since Confederation. They have plundered Alberta’s treasure long enough!

  11. Mars Hill

    September 9, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Me thinks the PPC will continue to surge gaining many ‘I don’t want to split or waste my vote conservatives plus’. The mainstream parties are tired and still playing politics, the people are fed up with that. Go Mad Max, the Quebec Cowboy!!

  12. Kelly Carter

    September 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    O’Toole is not a centrist. He is very left, and his platform is straight out of the Liberal books. There is nothing conservative about O’Toole, and his platform.

  13. Rose

    September 9, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    At this rate, we could see a PPC Majority landslide victory !!!

  14. Left Coast

    September 9, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Carbon Taxes are INSANE . . . Canada cannot save the Planet EVER.
    But they can create Carbon Tax INFLATION, WAGE STAGNATION & POVERTY!

    AGW = Unproven Hypothesis after 3 decades of scare . . .

    If you wanted to turn Canada into a Police State . . . how would you do it?
    Release a Virus with the help of your CCP friends and then walk all over peoples’ Rights & Freedoms.

    In BC . . . only 250 are in Hospital, almost 200 Hospitals . . . 5 Million citizens are being held captive for what? This is a SCAMDEMIC . . . WHO Dr. Bonnie is a fraud!

    Peoples’ Party is the ONLY Political Party that is SANE . . . the rest are dangerous to your well-being!

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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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