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Under fire from Trudeau, O’Toole flip-flops on repealing Liberal gun ban

“I want people to know that we’re going to maintain the assault weapon ban and the restrictions put in place in 2020.”




Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is reversing his commitment to repeal the Liberal ban on hunting and sporting rifles that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has labeled “military-style assault weapons”.

Trudeau has erroneously claimed that O’Toole would legalize “military-style assault weapons” and has promised a $1 billion cash payout for provinces that ban handguns. Civilian ownership of automatic weapons of any kind has been illegal in Canada since 1977.

The Conservative platform made no promise to legalize “military-style assault weapons” or automatic weapons of any kind, but committed to repeal Bill C-71 and the May 2020 cabinet decree that banned many hunting and sporting rifles which the Liberals have labeled “military-style assault weapons”. Firearms advocates insist that that the Liberals have misclassified the firearms based on their appearance or name.

Under fire from Trudeau, the Conservative leader has struggled to defend his position.

On the campaign trail August 5, O’Toole appeared to reverse his position, to now support the Liberal gun ban.

“We’re going to take the politics out of the classification process for firearms and focus on public safety,” said O’Toole.

“I want people to know that we’re going to maintain the assault weapon ban and the restrictions put in place in 2020…Let’s have a public and transparent process to take the politics out and focus our resources on where it’s needed.”

This is in direct contravention of O’Toole’s Conservative platform that commits to repealing the the Liberal cabinet decree of 2020.

Under O’Toole’s new position, hunting rifles like the Ruger Mini-14 and the sporting rifle AR-15 will remain prohibited. Neither is fully automatic or considered by experts to be either “military” or “assault” weapons.

Rod Giltaca, CEO of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) has been an outspoken critic of the Liberal gun ban.

“For me, the problem has always been the government has decided that they will not justify why they’re doing this in the first place,” Giltaca said.

“In these days of unprecedented social division, I’m not sure why the government would choose to make hundreds of thousands of Canadians furiously angry.”

The flip-flop is unlikely to play will with firearm owners who make up a sizeable portion of the Conservative voter, donor, and volunteer base.

O’Toole’s new position now largely aligns the Conservatives on firearm rights with the Liberals and NDP, although stoping short of the their respecetive attempts to ban legal handguns.

The move is not the first major policy reversal for O’Toole, who tore up his written pledge during the Conservative leadership campaign to repeal and not replace Trudeau’s carbon tax.

O’Toole now proposes a “petro-points” style rewards card allowing Canadians to use points accumulated from their carbon tax payments to be used for the purchase of government-approved green products and services.

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  1. William

    September 8, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    We are stuck with whatever goofy crap the East dreams up under the current system of government. The West needs greater autonomy and the only party that’ll do that is Maverick.


    September 8, 2021 at 11:37 am

    This was to clarify his platform. A fact based approach to all of the firearms act and policies.Once the facts are in all those things(may1-OIC and lots more) will disappear. This is to get votes because he is banking on us firearms owners to know the facts. None of these banned firearms are military grade or the problem. Conservatives need our support to defeat Trudeau.

  3. Lee Morrison

    September 7, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Gun owners can only hope that O’Toole is lying to win Toronto votes.

  4. Left Coast

    September 6, 2021 at 9:56 am

    O’Toole just another Ontario Progressive like Kenny . . . no Idea how to LEAD.

    Our 3 major parties led by the Weak, Feckless & Stupid!

  5. westofsask@hotmail.com

    September 6, 2021 at 9:32 am

    I knew he would! Voting for these clowns is the same as voting for the Liberals or NDP.

  6. Dennis

    September 6, 2021 at 9:03 am

    O Toole, you’re such a Toole.

  7. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    September 6, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Don’t look at me. I stopped donating to those jokers years ago.

  8. secondhandlion@hotmail.com

    September 6, 2021 at 8:29 am

    If I had any intention of voting CPC, that just finished me; I’m going PPC!

  9. William

    September 6, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I couldn’t possibly be less surprised.

  10. Kelly Carter

    September 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    And there goes the only “conservatibve” part of the CPC platform. What is worse a corrupt lier or a turncoat who has sold his soul? No way I will ever consider voting for this bozo. Get out and help your local Maverick and PPC candidates folks!

  11. Woodrow George

    September 5, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Good move, O’Toole. It takes the wind out of Turdiot’s sails.

  12. Left Coast

    September 5, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    O’Toole is a fool . . . let’s ask a REAL Scientist about the Future . . .

    Climate scientist Dr. Willie Soon says that global cooling is a far greater source of concern than global warming. Humanity can solve a lot of problems including overheating, but the problem of a ‘little ice age’ like that of the 1700s, ‘those problems are much harder to solve,’ he said.1

    Since the last day of 2001, CO2 has risen from 372 to 419 ppm. However, there have been two cooling periods of 12 years (2002-2014) and 7.5 years (2014-2021), separated by a 1.5 year El Nino induced warming event (2015-2016). Temperature changes that proceed in step-or event-like fashion do not seem to correlate well with linearly rising CO2 concentrations. 2
    Cooling trends have been reported world-wide.


    Australia was warmer around 1880-1920 than now.

    In 2020 spring snow fell in Ballarat and even part of South Australia, and regional NSW. In many places, Australians were reported to be confused, mistaking white stuff for blossoms and other things. Snow blanketed central Victoria as Ballarat recorded the coldest September day in more than 50 years. The snow was thick enough for some to start skiing amid an unusual cold snap at the end of September. 9


    In December 2020 Delhi, India’s capital recorded its second coldest December in 118 years.


  13. Cytotoxic

    September 5, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    If you have a Maverick candidate to vote for, do so. FTS

  14. Chris

    September 5, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    The Conservative party is a waste of a vote. Albertan’s need to vote Wildrose Independence. Ottawa will always look at Alberta as a bank account for the east and nothing more.

  15. Declan Carroll

    September 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    O’Toole is a Liberal no surprise here.

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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.




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.




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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Twenty percent of Canadians bet pro sports is fixed

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.




One-fifth of all Canadians think pro sports is rigged, says the feds’ own research.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted cabinet legalized bookmaking August 27.

Asked: “Do you think there is match manipulation in the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA or CFL?” 21% said yes, according to the Survey On Ethics, Equity And Safety In Sport 2021.

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

A total of 19% of Canadians said they were convinced there is match-fixing in college sports, with 18% saying junior hockey is crooked.

A larger number, 24%, said the Olympics are fixed and 37% agreed “there is corruption within Canadian sport organizations” at the Olympic level.

Cabinet on August 27 brought into force Bill C-218 that repealed an 1892 ban on single-event sports betting.

The bill sponsored by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood) set no limits on sports wagering through provincial gaming monopolies.

Provinces have said Vegas-style bookmaking will be fully introduced by the year’s end.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the survey using questionnaires with 10,932 people nationwide. The department paid Advanis Incorporated $78,563 for the research.

“The survey gauges awareness, perceptions and understanding of key issues related to ethics,” said the report.

Questions of honest play were “fueled by negative media and public attention,” it said.

The Centre for Ethics in Sport in June 4 testimony at the Senate Banking, tTade and Commerce Committee cautioned legal bookmaking could see corrupt practices spread to “university sport, college sport or the Canada Games.”

Match-fixing “is already occurring in Canada,” testified Paul Melia, CEO.

“Importantly, it is not an issue that only impacts professional sport In fact, match manipulation is often targeted directly at lower-level sport where athletes are not paid or not well paid and are therefore far more vulnerable.”

“Match manipulation is linked to organized crime. It takes advantage of vulnerable athletes, officials, coaches and other support staff in order to fix the outcome of a sporting competition.”

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