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SLOBODIAN: Liberal who told Albertans to ‘fit in, or f–k off’ an example in hypocrisy

“Just image for a moment if you can, if a candidate had said anything remotely similar about Quebec.”

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Imagine this: A Quebec federal Conservative candidate writes on his blog that Quebecers need to “fit in or f—k off” as it relates to their relationship with Canada.

The howls of indignant rage from Quebecers would be heard clear to Vancouver.

A hyperventilating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would rush to the cameras clutching something to comfort himself – perhaps a stuffed animal – showing Canadians the depth of his anguish over an insult to the beloved province he treats as superior. He’d most likely cry. Those tears would possibly even be real.

Said candidate would be pronounced a pariah in the media and banished from the Conservative Party – immediately and forever. Rightly so. That’s what a leader fairly representing every Canadian province equally would do.

At a bare minimum, the leader would at least condemn the remarks and force the candidate to appologize.

Now let’s end the hypotheticals and get to what actually happened.

Calgary-Nose Hill Liberal candidate Jessica Dale-Walker wrote a ranting blog post in March 2020 with some words for her fellow Albertans.

“Canada owes Alberta nothing.”

Dale-Walker continued. 

“Sir Winston Churchill said it more eloquently, however his message was clear. Fit in or f#$% off. We Alberta need to start fitting in. Because quite frankly, we are not as superior as our government touts.”

Just imagine for a moment if you can, if a candidate had said anything remotely similar about Quebec.

But, this is different. It’s just Alberta. Hence, the Liberal candidate is still on team Trudeau. 

In fact, the Maple Leaf image where her mug shot should be on the Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta) website highlighting candidates should be, was recently replaced with her actual picture. Was it finally safe to come out of hiding from ticked off Albertans after being outed for her anti-Albertan statements?

Team Trudeau and Dale-Walker. Two like-minded people. Peas in a pod. United in their disdain for Albertans who have the nerve to stand up for themselves.

The Liberal website states: Jessica Dale-Walker and Justin Trudeau are the only team with a real plan to grow our economy, protect people’s health, protect a clean environment, and make life better for families right here in our community.

Trudeau hasn’t done much of any of that for Alberta. He never will. And it appears Dale-Walker would not stand up for beleaguered Albertans.

The website also states: “Together, we can elect a dedicated Liberal Member of Parliament to work with Justin Trudeau to build a better future for everyone.”

Except – as history has shown, Albertans.

If only those ingrates would just be quiet and go sit at the kid’s table to eat their gruel, but not forget to send those equalization payments on time.

In her post, Dale-Walker criticized Alberta politicians for blaming the federal government for many provincial problems.

Alberta needs to “fit in or f—k off. We need Alberta to start fitting in. Because quite frankly, we are not as superior as our government touts.”

Fit in to what? How can she not know that the federal government is to blame for many of Alberta’s problems, crippling the energy industry being at the top of the list?

Fit into the carbon tax? Fit into equalization payments? Fit into canceled pipelines? Fit into the confiscation of recently legal firearms?

It’s safe to say Dale-Walker won’t have to worry about how she’ll decorate her Member of Parliament’s office. Besides, she’s running against Conservative incumbent Michelle Rempel-Garner in an already solid-Conservative constituency. Enough said.

Tweets aren’t all Dale-Walker writes.

In a blog called AlbertanLife she describes herself as: “Albertan Wife [sic], Mother, artist, I rule my life with logic and compassion. I’m creative and organized.”

“As Canadians we tout equal human rights, and yet we allow some of the most putrid policies and behaviours [sic] remove rights and equality…Look here in Alberta. Look at the most recent policies, practices and statements by government and staff. We aren’t promoting positive equal human rights messaging. We are promoting oil and gas above all…” 

When she penned that is uncertain. What is certain is she’s not a fan of the energy industry that puts food on the table for countless Albertans and other Canadians via equalization payments.

She quotes United Nations Article 01: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Except, apparently Albertans, whom one is allowed to ‘act towards’ in a potty-mouthed, disrespectful and disdainful attack.

Dale-Walker apologized for other tweets in which she described people who rushed to get the COVID-19 shot as “entitled” and “guinea pigs.” She adamantly insisted she’s now double-vaccinated and certainly supports Trudeau’s mandatory vaccination push, which he has made a paramount campaign issue. 

Does anyone know if Dale-Walker apologized for flinging a contemptuous, condescending expletive at Albertans? As best as we can tell, she hasn’t. 

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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. Clash

    September 8, 2021 at 6:06 am

    She should put “Jessica Dale-Walker Fit in or F–k Off” on her Election placards! Can’t imagine Calgary going Commie, but you never know!

  2. James Taylor

    September 3, 2021 at 9:27 am

    This lady sure has a spicey take on third world immigrants coming here in droves.

  3. Declan Carroll

    September 2, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Ya Ill take option number two. Canada is an authoritarian state that has no respect for human rights or civil liberties. Alberta needs to leave confederation and set up our own state before we end up like British Columbia or even worse Australia.

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MORGAN: Free speech in comedy under siege

“What has happened to our society when a comedy festival may turn into a street battle? “

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Standup comedians have always been on the front lines in battles over free speech and expression.

In the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, most of the pearl-clutching busybodies came from the ‘moral majority’ religious right. They feared obscenity within comedy acts would degrade the moral fabric of the nation and for a while, the law agreed. Comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted and sentenced to four months in a workhouse in 1964 for the crime of spreading obscenity in his act. George Carlin was arrested seven times during the 1970s for his famous “Seven Dirty Words” routine.

Bruce died before the appeal of his sentence was completed. He was posthumously pardoned in 2003. Charges against Carlin were all dropped before he could be convicted. Carlin and Bruce refused to back down and in the end, the state couldn’t win. We will never know how many comedians allowed themselves to be cowed into changing their acts due to state and social intimidation in those days. Not all of them had the will or support bases Carlin and Bruce enjoyed.

The ability for comedians to freely express themselves is just as threatened today as it was 50 years ago. The source of puritanical outrage against comedy routines has changed, though. These days the prigs demanding the curtailment of free speech in comedy acts are the snowflakes of the politically correct left.

Canadian comedian Mike Ward found himself dragged before human rights tribunals and the Canadian courts for nearly a decade over a routine in which he mocked a disabled young Canadian performer. The case ultimately went to the Canadian Supreme Court where it was ruled in a tight 5-4 split decision Ward’s right to free speech was to be protected, and jokes were not subject to judicial review. We came dangerously close to having a comedian convicted for his routine during this decade. The threat to free expression is real and it’s ongoing.

The prime target of the cancel-culture mob lately has been American comedian Dave Chappelle. Chappelle has long enjoyed poking fun at the hypersensitive underbelly of the LGBTQ activist community and has never backed down in the face of the enraged blowback following one of his acts. In Chappelle’s most recent Netflix comedy special he went out of his way to antagonize the usual suspects as he made jokes about transgender ideological orthodoxy. The response to his act was immediate and predictable. Activists demanded Netflix pull the special down and small groups of Netflix employees staged widely publicized walkouts in protest of Chappelle’s act.

Netflix never pulled Chappelle’s special down and Chappelle has remained unapologetic for it. The controversy generated by apoplectic snowflakes in response to Chappelle’s act likely only increased viewership of the special.

It has just been announced Dave Chappelle is going to be headlining a Netflix comedy festival this coming April in Hollywood Bowl. This signals Netflix has done well with Chappelle’s routine despite or perhaps even because of the controversy it generated. In having a set date at a large outdoor venue and in such a populated area, Netflix is upping the ante in their battle with cancel-culture activists. Not only are they saying they won’t pull Chappelle’s older content, but they are also expanding the reach for his next act.

American and Canadian courts have proven they will protect the rights of free expression for controversial comedians, albeit grudgingly. Anti-free speech activists will have to take their case to the streets now and I suspect they will. With as many as 17,000 attendees arriving for a comedy festival being potentially greeted by a sizable number of protesters, things may get ugly.

What has happened to our society when a comedy festival may turn into a street battle?

Chappelle’s showdown this spring could be a turning point for comedy. Will he and Netflix stand their ground in the face of protests? Will local authorities ensure the show can go on even if activists vow to shut it down? This comedy event is going to be an important one.

As with any art, the enjoyment of comedy is subjective. Some people like simple clean humour, some like complex satire, and some like vulgarity-laden shock comedy. The only people who can judge good comedy are the audience and they should only be able to render judgment through voting with their feet (and wallets). In other words, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

Comedians ply their trade by observing the world and poking at sacred cows. They dig into subjects people commonly avoid and force us to think about them through the lens of humour. They provide a public service by pushing the boundaries of free expression and ensuring no subjects are ever out of bounds. They often make us laugh and we need a whole lot more of that these days.

Comedians will not be able to effectively practice their art if they fear censors or legal repercussions. They will be restrained and they will leave subjects that need to be brought before public scrutiny untouched.

If the speech and expression of comedians are allowed to be suppressed, no speech is safe. We need to stand up for our comics for both their sake and our own.

Cory Morgan is Assistant Opinion & Broadcast Editor for the Western Standard
cmorgan@westernstandardonline.com

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WAGNER: Hydrocarbon based fuels are here to stay

“Think of it as telling people to step out of a perfectly serviceable airplane without a parachute, with assurances that politicians will work out alternatives on the way down.”

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Alberta’s future is threatened by a national campaign to dramatically reduce the production of hydrocarbons.

The political and media elite repeatedly assure everyone that such fuels can be replaced by new “green” energy sources such as wind and solar power. People currently employed in the oil and gas industry will supposedly transition into green energy production and life will continue on as before, except with fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Indeed, Justin Trudeau’s federal government has committed to transitioning Canada’s economy to producing net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Trudeau’s scheme is a fairy tale. Hydrocarbons are going to be required for a very long time because current green energy technology is nowhere near where it needs to be to replace them. Currently, there are no realistic alternatives to oil and gas, so reducing their production will only lead to energy shortages.

As Dr. Henry Geraedts put it recently in the Financial Post, “The ultimate goal of net-zero politics is to impose a radical energy transition that demands a top-to-bottom physical and social-economic restructuring of society, with no credible road map in sight. Think of it as telling people to step out of a perfectly serviceable airplane without a parachute, with assurances that politicians will work out alternatives on the way down.”

Geraedts’ Financial Post column is a brief description of a policy report he produced in June 2021, and how it was ignored because its conclusions contradict the ideological perspective that university professors are expected to support. He didn’t toe the party line, in other words, and therefore got the cold shoulder.

Geraedts’ report, Net Zero 2050: Rhetoric and Realities, is available online at the website of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy which is affiliated with both the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina. It’s a very credible piece of work.

Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons and Geraedts points out “hydrocarbons are nature’s most efficient embodiment of primary energy: the combination of high energy density, abundance, stability, safety, portability and affordability is unmatched by any other source of energy.”

Currently, hydrocarbons comprise about 80% of global primary energy. This is essentially the same percentage as 30 years ago, when the global warming craze began. Despite years of favourable government policies and billions of dollars in government subsidies, green technology such as wind and solar energy remain relatively small contributors to the world’s energy supply.

Geraedts also describes the negative environmental impacts caused by so-called green energy technology. Among the most interesting details he mentions is: “Neither turbine blades nor solar panels nor lithium-ion batteries are physically or economically recyclable. They are instead, at an alarming rate, ending up in landfills leaching toxic chemicals — an estimated 10 million tons/year of batteries by 2030 alone.” So much for protecting the environment.

Geraedts is not a so-called “denier.” He points to data from reliable sources indicating global temperatures have increased by one degree Celsius since 1900. But he also explains “the projections used to justify net zero policies and the Paris Accord, are based on fundamentally flawed computer climate models that overstate warming by some 200%.”

Not only that, but “observational, empirical evidence remains agnostic as to what, with requisite confidence levels, is attributable to anthropogenic influences vs. natural variability.” In other words, it cannot be determined with certainty to what degree the gradual temperature increase is the result of human activities.

But climate change worries aside, there is still a fatal lack of realistic alternatives to hydrocarbons. The International Energy Agency forecasts that even if all countries fulfill their Paris Accord commitments — an unlikely prospect — hydrocarbons will still account for 60% of primary energy in 2040. With accelerating energy demand in Africa and Asia, Geraedts expects hydrocarbons will remain the dominant energy source for decades to come.

This is what it all means: If we put progressive ideology aside and take a hard, honest look at the energy situation, hydrocarbons are here to stay for quite a while. Knowing the ingenuity of human beings in a free society, the discovery of new energy sources is likely at some point in the future. For now, though, we need oil and gas, and Alberta has lots of both.

With strong international demand for hydrocarbons forecast to last for decades, there is no reason why these resources cannot continue to provide the foundation of economic prosperity for the province. The biggest obstacle to such prosperity, of course, is the federal government. Due to its determination to prevent the development of hydrocarbons, independence may be the only way to maintain and increase the resource-based wealth that is Alberta’s birthright.

An independent Alberta could implement policies maximizing economic growth and avoid the suffocating policies of Canada’s central government. A free Alberta would be a prosperous Alberta.

Michael Wagner is a columnist for the Western Standard

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