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Albertans an unhappy lot

Their poll shows Albertans are dissatisfied with every single thing the UCP government is currently doing.




Albertans are in an owly mood at the moment, according to a new survey by Angus Reid.

Its poll released Wednesday shows Albertans are dissatisfied with every single thing the UCP government is currently doing.

“Alberta’s UCP, led by Premier Jason Kenney, does not receive majority commendation on a single issue,” said pollsters.

“The government receives the worst assessment in the country on COVID-19 handling, with just 20% saying Kenney’s team has done well. Alberta’s challenges have been exacerbated by a lagging oil and gas sector, long the solution to any additional ills the province may be facing.

“While the unemployment rate has improved throughout the year as Albertans get back to work after pandemic-related restrictions, the province still continues to suffer the worst employment outlook of non-Atlantic provinces. Few Albertans are happy with the performance of the UCP on economic issues.

Courtesy Angus Reid

The government gets its best ratings in handling transportation issues, like roads and highways. For that, the UCP gets a rating of 46%. The government gets its worst ratings — 17%, — in drug use/addiction and poverty/homelessness policies.

Only 20% of people are happy in the field of health care.

Angus Reid figures aligned with recent polls that show voter unhappiness is benefiting the NDP.

“Amid the tribulations of the current government, former Premier Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party continue to hold a double-digit lead in decided voters, while just one-in-three (31%) say they will vote for the UCP in the next election, not mandated until spring 2023. The NDP is sitting at 43%.

The Wildrose Independence Party is sitting at 15% support.

Courtesy Angus Reid
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  1. Barbara

    October 28, 2021 at 12:37 pm



    The only good news is Notely would be much worse!!!
    WILDROSE IT IS if they get their act together.

  2. Declan Carroll

    October 28, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Notley, Gondak, and the Terrorist mayor from Edmonton trifecta are going to run through this Province like a wrecking ball. You think things are bad now just you wait and see more fun and games to come.

  3. David

    October 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Albertans are going to become much more unhappy in the near future.

    Believe the marxists when they say they will end the energy industry. These people don’t care about you, weather you have enough to eat or a roof over your head.

    They’ll steal your house, take your groceries, and blame you for the sudden appearance of homeless and hungry people appearing on their streets.

  4. Tony

    October 27, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I said from Day One….Kenney is a career politician who saw his time in Alberta as a stepping stone to Ottawa. Alberta’s interests were a bargaining chip for his advancement. During the crisis of the past two years, he could have been Canada’s Ron Desantis or Kristi Noem, instead he was just another equivocal politician. The only way forward for Alberta is alone. Canada has reached the tipping point and cannot be turned around.

  5. Bryan

    October 27, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    To Stew James,

    I am only a 30 year resident of AB, having been a conservative (not neccessarily a Conservative) all my life. Though I came from (horror of horrors) d’Ottawa, I’ve ALWAYS loathed the Laurentianist elites that run this country, for the benefit of Quebec, primarily.

    I am a member of WIPA and Maverick and would be HAPPY to leave communist Kanadahar (Canada). Unfortunately, with FJB nominally in charge in the US, joining the US is out of the question.

    WE DO NEED to DUMP the old PC UCP types, including, and ESPECIALLY overlord ‘Justin’ Kenney. Dump him in a bucket of tar and apply feathers liberally, then toss him into his ‘pick ’em up’ truck and sent it and him hurtling back East!


    Ceterum autem censeo Justinius True-dope-us esse delendam

  6. Andrew

    October 27, 2021 at 4:22 pm


    signup for membership/donate/volunteer/talk to family and friends/vote

  7. Bruce

    October 27, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Never vote communism. NDP can take a train ride to Venezuela.

  8. berta baby

    October 27, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    I wonder what kind of fresh hell notley will unleash on us after the next election?

    Probably not much different to the daily new hell fire kenney and hinshaw plunge me into each day since they just do what the communist left want anyway.

  9. Dennis

    October 27, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Good thought Andrew but IMO, there are very few UCP MLA’s that would be acceptable to WIPA. Most are just pigs at the trough waiting for Kenny to implode so they can scoop up the spoils.
    That goes for the two Independents who were touted as heroes but neither of these have made any moves other than make some noise and wait to pounce on the pile when the shit hits the fan.
    Wildrose has to start from the ground up with people who really care for Alberta for all the right reasons. Not simply a golden pension. These people are out there, hopefully they rise to the occasion. Soon.

  10. Cosmo Kramer

    October 27, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I guess Kenney and the UCP got their new base. I for one will never support them and I am here I will only support Wildrose. Breaking of the Nuremberg code and forced injections will never be forgotten by me. I have met many people who are now getting jabbed only to pay their mortgages and put food on the table. Criminality on a mass scale and the sad part is most people in Edmonton and Calgary support this. There will be another NDP government in 18 months but in reality we really have a a left wing government now so it will not be so much of a shock. I am highly considering moving out of this lost country.

  11. Stew James

    October 27, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Clown Kenney shits the bed again, come on fat boy! When are people in this province going to learn, these so called politicians, ndp, ucp and liberals are for one thing only…that’s the destruction of Alberta and our resource industry!
    These disgusting people should be tagged and bagged then buried up north in the muskeg where they belong!
    As a natural resident of Alberta of four generations, I’m so disappointed in the direction we have gone…now in my sixties, my wife and I are looking to leave before these pricks take everything we have worked for!

    I have one thing else to say, in my dads day they used to shoot these communist cunts!

    Am I pissed off… you bet I am!

  12. Andrew Red Deer

    October 27, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Its time that all UCP MLAs and remaining UCP party members jumped to Wild Rose otherwise it will ONLY GET WORSE with NDP in charge. And that would signal to the FEDS that Alberta is ready to go it alone in a heartbeat, they will soon come a callin’ to suck up to the Oil/Gas and Coal machine that drives the majority of the economy in Canada, and has done for over 100years.

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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