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SLOBODIAN: 9/11 reminds us of pathetic Trudeau and Biden performances

The 158 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan and the thousands injured and waiting years for their disability pensions didn’t make extreme sacrifices for Trudeau to support the Taliban they fought.




It’s almost impossible to comprehend the sickening state of affairs 20 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the U.S.

Once again, on the anniversary of 9/11 Americans gather to mourn and pay respects to the 3,000 loved ones killed, the 25,000 injured and the countless people suffering substantial lingering health issues.

This year it’s different. Somehow two decades later the wounds are even worse. 

The lingering pain that will never dissipate is compounded by the fact that Americans were recently, heinously betrayed from within by President Joe Biden, spineless generals, and clueless officials who do his bidding. 

As Americans mourn, the radical Islamic extremists who did this to them, and have sworn to destroy them, are celebrating and empowered by the Biden administration. 

How infuriating that must be to Americans.

After 19 radical Islamist al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to launch a series of attacks on September 11, 2001, Americans were assured justice would be swift and merciless.

People jumped to their deaths from the World Trade Center to escape being burned alive by jet fuel from two planes piloted into the twin 110-story towers that collapsed. A plane was flown into the Pentagon. Heroic passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 overtook the hijackers and crashed the plane into a Pennsylvania field diverting it from the intended target of either the White House or the Capitol building.

The War on Terror was launched by former president George Bush. Nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers died and tens of thousands were injured after being sent to Afghanistan to depose the Taliban who defied U.S. orders to expel al-Qaeda and extradite its leader Osama bin Laden who claimed responsibility for 9/11. 

The monster fled to Pakistan and years later was hunted down and killed.

In the last 18 months of former President Donald Trump’s administration, feared by the Taliban because it put Americans first and wasn’t weak, there wasn’t one American casualty.

Enter the traitorous Biden who made a pact with the devil. 

He pulled troops out in the night without warning allies who joined the war to support America, leaving U.S. citizens and a small contingent of American soldiers behind, trusting the Taliban with the security of the capital Kabul airport. 

He also gifted them with $83 billion in state-of-the-art vehicles, tanks, and weapons paid for by American taxpayers that will eventually be used against Americans.  

On August 26, explosions killed 13 U.S. soldiers and dozens of civilians.

Terrorist army major Nidal Hasan who murdered 13 colleagues and injured 30 others in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood praised Allah and congratulated the Taliban from his death row cell. Radical Islamic extremists never feel remorse, only intensified hatred.

A flag memorial in Riverside, California to honour the 13 soldiers aged 20-31 was repeatedly vandalized and finally removed. Two of the soldiers killed at the Kabul airport were from the area.

Biden wisely decided against further insulting Americans by delivering live president remarks at ceremonies he has the nerve to attend. 

But he’ll show up to lay wreaths and observe moments of silence while Americans remain trapped in Afghanistan. He also did some meaningless taped message read poorly off a teleprompter.

The mainstream media that helped this fool lie and cheat his way into the presidency predictably express sadness over the 9/11 anniversary, but don’t not say much about his utter failures that insult and endanger Americans – and the world. 

A recently released 40-minute film “Victorious Force 3” featured footage of the 9/11 attacks, celebrates the Taliban’s “martyrdom-seeking” suicide bombers, and claims Americans are the terrorists guilty of cruelty and atrocities. 

The Taliban’s supreme commander Hibatullan Akhundzada has pledged to uphold Sharia law and harsh Islamic rules in Afghanistan. 

This extremist proudly sacrificed his own son Abdur Rahman who died in a suicide bombing. 

His thugs recently beat, disfigured, and shot to death Banu Neger, an eight-month pregnant police officer in front of her children.

How much compassion do you think this devil will have for the Americans he despises and aches to seek more vengeance on?

Biden’s trusting embrace of the Taliban has Americans legitimately concerned that extremists infiltrated the tens of thousands of unvetted refugees allowed to enter the U.S.

Meanwhile, a solemn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blathered something about the tragic anniversary then had the nerve to call upon Canadians to fight hatred and the problem of Islamophobia that exists only in his mind. 

Nope, nothing about the ruthless, brutal Taliban crimes.

Don’t forget that Trudeau refused to admonish women’s minister Maryam Monsef for calling the Taliban “our brothers.”

In the video, the Taliban’s self-appointed supreme commander said he had to cleanse Afghanistan’s soil of the “filthy existence” of the U.S. and its allies. That would include Canada. And Canadians are still trapped there.

Nonetheless, the Trudeau government has committed to sending the radical Islamic Taliban terrorists who despise Canadians an undisclosed amount – no doubt in the hundreds of millions – in aid and development money.

At the same time, he’s allowing thousands of Afghanistan refugees, who may not all be appreciative friendlies, to stream into Canada.

The 158 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan and the thousands injured and waiting years for their disability pensions didn’t make extreme sacrifices for Trudeau to support the Taliban they fought.

Biden and Trudeau. Alarming how these pathetic ‘leaders’ demonstrate who they really have allegiance to.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    September 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Canadians voted themselves off the island back in 2015 . . . there is likely no way back.

    Canada today is run by a Man-child with little discernable intellect & the USA is run by a Senile Octogenarian who cannot remember what day it is. Trudough luves the Chicommies and the Biden Family have taken Millions of Dollars from the CCP, Russia & Ukraine, but no one seems to care.

    Today those who were the enemy in Afganistan are “Colonizing” the Western Nations . . . one by one these Nations will succumb to this insane ideology. Within the next decade or two we will see the first dominoes fall . . .

  2. Claudette Leece

    September 14, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Trudeau couldn’t be commander and chief of a kidsbirthday party. How embarrassing that Canadian ambassador want even in Kabul and our troops were the first to run home with their tail between their legs. And anyone wonder why the two Micheals have no hope with Mr Sparkle

  3. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    September 13, 2021 at 10:29 am

    What can I say? Elections, have consequences.

    One can vote to enforce a pagan cult of worshipping the earth. To subsidize vehicles that don’t work as well as the one you had in high school. To give $10.5 million payouts to convicted terrorists. To end all notions of personal autonomy (your body, my vaccine choice?).

    Or, one can vote rationally in their self interest, for limited government and personal responsibility.

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McCAFFREY: Don’t let Calgary ruin the region

Central planning doesn’t work and the current government should reverse this mistake as soon as possible by abolishing the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board and allowing municipalities to return to cooperating on a voluntary basis.



The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) was created in 2015 by the NDP government to control planning and development for the entirety of the Calgary region. 

Since then, this unelected body has been working on creating a new growth plan for the region that contains some of the most radical changes to development and planning rules ever proposed in Alberta.

With the enactment of this growth plan, the CMRB is set to become what will effectively be a fourth level of government for citizens of the Calgary region and will allow Calgary to export its bad policies across all the other municipalities of the region.

Yet barely anyone in the Calgary region has even heard of the board.

How is it possible a new level of government could be introduced without anyone noticing?

Well, in part, that’s thanks to a very deliberate effort by the former NDP government, and the board itself, to keep the powers and potential wide-ranging influence of the board as below the radar as possible for as long as possible.

The board, at least according to its designers, is simply meant to help manage planning and development issues, in order to help manage the significant population growth that the Calgary region is expected to experience in the coming decades.

Make no mistake about it, though, the CMRB and its growth plan do much more than this.

The entire growth plan is based on the philosophy that a small group of people, in this case, bureaucrats and city planners—particularly in Calgary—can do a better job planning and managing population and employment growth than the free market can.

The central planners believe the challenges of growth are better addressed by forcing the municipalities in the Calgary region to cooperate rather than compete to provide these services and facilities.

Rather than merely permitting cooperation between municipalities as claimed, however, the creation of the CMRB and the implementation of the growth plan actually forces Calgary and the surrounding municipalities to cooperate on many issues, even when this goes against the wishes of the municipalities and their residents.

Requiring municipalities to cooperate even if they believe it’s against their and their residents’ interests to do so is bound to lead to less fair and less equitable outcomes for the whole of the Calgary region.

Even worse, the forced co-operation doesn’t go both ways.

Despite claims the board is based on cooperation, the 10-member municipalities are being forced to participate in the organization, they cannot leave, and the voting system of the board effectively gives a veto to the Calgary on every issue.

In effect, this puts Calgary politicians and bureaucrats in charge of planning and development for the entire region, as without Calgary’s approval, no plan or development can go ahead.

This is no accident, the board was very deliberately created to do exactly this.

For years, Calgary has pursued bad public policies that have increased rules, regulations, red tape, and taxes on businesses and residents of Calgary.

The situation has become so dire that now many businesses and residents are leaving Calgary entirely and setting up their operations and family lives outside of the city in one of the many surrounding municipalities, where regulations and taxes are lighter.

Essentially, Calgary has become noncompetitive with other municipalities in the region, but planners in Calgary don’t see this as a problem, rather they see it as an opportunity.

But Calgary didn’t want to fix the problem by cutting red tape, getting taxes and spending under control, and working to become competitive again.

Rather, the city lobbied the provincial government to help them out by giving Calgary the power to impose the same high levels of regulations across the entire region—essentially killing off the competition.

It was perhaps not surprising that the former NDP government was willing to give Calgary this power, as the NDP government do not understand or believe in the benefits of free market competition to begin with.

But the current Alberta government has repeatedly stated its core focus is on reducing red tape and unleashing Alberta’s economy. They have put significant effort into achieving this goal in many other policy areas.

Yet, when it comes to regional planning they have, so far at least, permitted the exact opposite to continue.

Rather than reducing red tape and regulation to get the Calgary region’s economy going, in almost every policy area the growth plan goes in completely the other direction and essentially centralizes planning decisions for the entire region.

All types of development—single family houses, row houses, apartments, shopping malls, retail stores, manufacturing, warehouses, agricultural services, and more—will now have to be approved not only by the local municipality but also by an unelected board dominated by Calgary.

Thrown out the window is any concept of the free market, individual choice, property rights, competition and, frankly, basic economics.

This dramatic centralization will impose a series of significant direct and indirect costs on the economy of the Calgary region, none of which are considered by the CMRB in its growth plan.

These costs include the millions of dollars spent creating and operating what is effectively a fourth level of government, the significant costs to Calgary businesses, residents, and the economy as a result of this extra bureaucracy, the dramatic costs that would be incurred by projects being reduced, relocated, or cancelled under the growth plan, as well as indirect and intangible costs.

The plan also runs roughshod over local democracy in the member municipalities, and over the property rights of the residents of those municipalities.

What, exactly, is the point of electing a local council in your district or town, if planning and development rules—until now one of the most important tasks of a local government—will now be controlled centrally by an unelected board?

Worse yet, this move from voluntary cooperation to forced cooperation will not solve the very problems the CMRB and the growth plan were designed to fix.

The end result of a growth plan that replaces voluntary cooperation and competition with forced collaboration will be higher taxes and higher fees, more regulation and red tape, increased housing and infrastructure costs, less efficient delivery of utilities and services, and worse environmental outcomes for the entire region.

There are far better ways to accommodate future population growth in the Calgary region than via a top-down, centrally controlled regional growth plan that violates the values that made Alberta what it is today: individual freedom, personal choice, fiscal responsibility, property rights, and a free market built on competition rather than government diktat.

The proposed growth plan would block billions of dollars of investment, redirect billions more out of the Calgary region, and cost tens of thousands of jobs. This is the exact opposite of what the Calgary region needs right now.

The CMRB, and the requirement for them to create a growth plan to control development in the region, were an ideological creation of the former provincial government, based on the idea that top-down central planning is the best way to run an economy.

Central planning doesn’t work and the current government should reverse this mistake as soon as possible by abolishing the CMRB and allowing municipalities to return to cooperating on a voluntary basis.

Peter McCaffrey is the President of the Alberta Institute, an independent, libertarian-minded, public policy think tank that aims to advance personal freedom and choice in Alberta.

The Alberta Institute has prepared an academic research paper outlining the history of regional planning in the Calgary Region, and looking at the implications of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board on jobs, investment and democracy for Alberta.

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MORGAN: It’s time for Kenney to resign

“I say this regretfully, but it’s time for Jason Kenney to resign as premier of Alberta and as the leader of the United Conservative Party. I wish things had ended differently.”




Premier Jason Kenney gambled and lost.

His move to declare Alberta as being permanently open for business was a hail-Mary pass for a beleaguered government and it has failed in the worst possible way.

Alberta is in the midst of a health care crisis, deaths are on the rise and we are entering a new period of mandatory vaccine passports, lockdowns, and other restrictions.

I say this regretfully, but it’s time for Jason Kenney to resign as premier of Alberta and as the leader of the United Conservative Party.

I had the highest of hopes for Kenney. I was enthusiastic as he won multiple leadership races and merged the previously intransigent Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. I was thrilled when Rachel Notley’s NDP government was trounced in the general election. I thought we’d be looking forward to some steady, competent, conservative governance for at least a couple of election cycles.

I was wrong. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Love him or hate him, Jason Kenney is undeniably one of the brightest and hardest working politicians in Canada. He worked his way from advocacy into elected office and then became a respected cabinet minister in a number of portfolios. It appears Kenney met his match when it comes to the party and provincial leadership. He has managed to alienate both the left and the right within the province and I don’t see how he can recover from this.

Kenney’s leadership woes were already appearing well before the COVID-19 pandemic appeared on the scene. The shotgun marriage of the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservatives was showing cracks as caucus infighting began to smolder. The pandemic crisis exacerbated the issue and Kenney is now heading up a deeply divided caucus with multiple members having been tossed out of the party or disciplined. This inability to manage his own caucus has shaken the confidence Albertans had in Kenney to manage the province.

The Kenney government has been noteworthy for setting high targets and then failing to move toward them. The Fair Deal panel appeared to be an act of deferral, rather than an exercise to build a stronger, more independent province.

Kenney refused to take strong actions against Ottawa despite the open hostility shown to Alberta by the Trudeau government. This has fed the theory Kenney is using Alberta as a stepping stone towards pursuing a federal run. We can safely say Kenney’s federal career is finished at this point.

It seems that everything Kenney has touches turns to scheiße. The energy “war room” has turned into a running joke and with long and constant delays on its launch. The Allen Report examining groups that attack Alberta’s energy sector has been a waste of time. Energy producers seeking a sense of confidence in Alberta have been left disappointed.

In picking a battle with Alberta’s doctors and nurses, Kenney has drawn fire from all sides of the political spectrum. While there certainly is room to reexamine the agreements with health care providers, it has to be done carefully and with strong leadership. The UCP has appeared ham-handed and virtually leaderless on the issue.

The Kenney government has become election fodder used to hammer the O’Toole Conservatives on the federal front. The UCP looks so inept and unpopular that Trudeau is using it to attack O’Toole, and O’Toole hides from any association with Kenney.

Politicians are by nature self-interested beings. Caucus members within the UCP are surely weighing their options as the Kenney government continues to crash and burn in public opinion. With less than two years to go before the next provincial election comes, they know the window for getting rid of Kenney is closing quickly. The only hope the UCP has of winning the next election is to get a new leader and show some sign of new direction, and soon.

Rumblings from caucus are soon going to become a roar.

There are two options for the UCP right now. They can keep Kenney into the next election and most likely hand Rachel Notley a second NDP term, or they can get on with finding a new leader and reconnecting with Albertans. The UCP now is simply too wildly unpopular to regain the trust of the electorate under Kenney’s leadership.

I still respect Jason Kenney and appreciate what he did on the federal front, along with his efforts to unite conservatives in Alberta. I would like to see Kenney retain what dignity he can by resigning for the sake of Alberta and his party. It would hurt his pride, but it still would be a better end to a political career than being kicked out by his own caucus, or by the electorate in a general election. His “best summer ever” strategy failed and it’s time to face the music.

I wish things had ended differently.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

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