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EMERY: The integration of state, corporation, and technology is a grave threat to our freedoms

Governments in Canada have every business in the country on intravenous tax and wage subsidies.

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It’s been 10 days of official Ontario Apartheid. Anywhere you can sit, I’m to be refused. And they do refuse me. They all comply. There are no holdouts in London, Ontario.

If you are not double-vaccinated, you are now getting used to being asked for your papers. Many asking don’t like doing it. Many say they feel weird doing it. But they all comply. All of them. Those that boast of non-compliance are ultimately those not required to ask. Not yet, at least. They will be mandated soon enough, and then we will see them all fall in line.  

Why will they comply? Because the government is the biggest buyer of advertisements on TV, radio, social media. The media is awash in Queens Park and Ottawa-funded public service announcements. Plus that $600 million media bailout subsidy provided by the federal Liberal government.  

Governments in Canada have every business in the country on intravenous tax and wage subsidies. Almost every business in Canada is receiving huge handouts to cope with the terrible economic reality that COIVD-19 over-reaction has manufactured. CERB and its successors is free money to stay at home.

The inflation all rational people could see coming as printed money entering circulation without a corresponding increase in production causes prices to rise. All that printed money that was created out of the thin air has been the way governments have operated for about 50 years now.

But now, years of zero interest have made governments and politicians ignore the moral hazard they are creating. Moral hazard is when government policy removes the consequences of one’s own actions by incentivizing bad behavior. Non-existent central bank interest rates for the corporate elite and 24% credit card interest for you and I, is a prime example. They are printing money and throwing it at every corporate interest, ethnic, gender, economic, cultural, and media entity they can find.

It all has to be paid back. Yet it can’t be paid back.

We won’t even be able to scale back the massive welfare program we have every person and business entity on without a significant rise in closings, bankruptcies, unemployment and, of course, inflation.

It’s a terrible situation for small business, perfect for many big business. Big business has the legal departments to maximize their subsidies; large elements of the corporate sector have soaked the Canadian taxpayer in times of record earnings for big tech, big food, big media, big retail, and big online. The little guy knows he loses his independence with these subsidies, but he also knows the economy is still crippled and he isn’t sure about survival without these now expected handouts.

So why do small, independent businesses comply? Because every other business will when told what to do. Those that won’t will get crushed by the hammer of the state. Just like many of the unvaccinated medical workers, doctors, nurses that are being fired by the thousands, they are going to retire or just stand back until the madness, the mass psychosis, plays itself out. The economics the accelerated integration of state-mandated public health with big government and big business interests have harmonious methods and goals.

It’s common in this era to look at the absurd inward obsessed vanities as distractions from the very real threats facing us. We look the other way while Australia becomes a violent police state as navel gaze about our preferred pronouns, or the transgressions of someone’s tweet ten years ago before they were sufficiently woke. Everyone has perfected the art of soul-satisfying ignorance of what is going on around us and prefers to ignore questions that hurt the brain.

Questions like, “are we going to come out the other side of this a free country?” There are no good signs ahead. All conclusions lead to increasingly authoritarian state-corporate-technology integration. Everything to do with anything is more inconvenient, more expensive, more awkward, more exclusionary, more authoritarian, less fun. And strangely, it all feels like everyone agrees, but no one asks where it will all end.

Marc Emery is a Columnist for the Western Standard

Marc Emery is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He has a long history of libertarian activism and was Canada’s most prominent leader in the cannabis legalization movement, dubbed the “Prince of Pot”.

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  1. Pamela Bridger

    October 12, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Alberta has lost the independent spirit that made them great and is now just as woke as every other Province. We deserve what’s coming as a people. Maybe in the wake of total collapse, we will see some testicular fortitude come forward. And maybe we should do more background checking so we don’t end up with pedophiles as leaders. Aren’t you all sick of looking the other way while kids are damaged?

  2. Barry Williams

    October 11, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you for allowing Marc to contribute to the Western Standard.

    Marc is reviled by government types and is a perfect candidate for the PPC. I wonder how anyone survives being “Ottawashed” though because doesn’t everybody have to act like Romans in Rome?

  3. Mars Hill

    October 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Great article Marc, it begs a followup, kinda like the hammer actually hitting the nail, this one is the the hammer in motion.

  4. Left Coast

    October 10, 2021 at 10:58 am

    And how is this different from 1930s Berlin folks?

    Canada is becoming a fascist state . . . over a CCP Virus that now Norway call just another Flu.

  5. q

    October 10, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Thank you Western Standard for enlisting Marc Emery to your team! I have been a fan of his since he was the owner of City Lights bookstore and founded the Freedom Party. Marc you are a true blue defender of freedom and you walk the walk.

  6. David

    October 10, 2021 at 7:55 am

    People need to ask themselves why any government would mandate a gene editing therapy they know is neither safe nor effective.

    What do they get out of it?

  7. Dominic Ieraci

    October 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    the sheep and cowards do what they are told no matter what. Only 3% of the settlers in the american colonies fought back against the british to gain their freedom. It’s going to be the fired Drs and nurses and all of us unvaxxed who will bring back our rights and freedoms, or die trying. Maybe we need to take over a geographical area and stick to ourselves, canada is lost.

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    Karen Selick

    October 9, 2021 at 11:39 am

    And Big Pharma is the biggest funder of politicians, at least in the US. We’re now finding out that there are many conflicts of interest in Canada, too. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s campaign manager for the next election runs a lobbying firm whose clients include major pharmaceutical companies, especially the vaccine manufacturers.

  9. Ariana McKone

    October 9, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Every person who shows their papers instead of saying I will go without permits the next, slightly more totalitarian measure to be put into place. Do you know what happens when millions of people refuse to comply with an unjust measure/law? nothing. Every dictator relies on the people whom they are abusing to follow their orders. and when they wont comply, the injustice disappears. It is that easy. If we can just decide to be people of principle who will forgo some personal comfort in the fight for a free and democratic country. This ends. It is more powerful for millions of individuals to take a personal stand then for a handful of businesses. They can punish a business for not following the orders but they can not punish you for not supporting a business who follows these unjust laws. please take a stand!

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MORGAN: Trudeau’s radical new environment minister prepares to kill the West’s energy sector

“Justin Trudeau never made a secret of his ambitions to be known to posterity as The Prime Minister Who Saved The World from Climate Change.”

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The world is in the grips of an energy crisis.

Decades of well-meaning but naive energy transition efforts in developed nations have created a fragile world energy grid that is now faltering.

While Germany was once celebrated as a world leader in renewable green energy, coal has returned to the top spot as their source of electricity generation, while electricity prices have risen 500% in Europe. India and China are increasing coal production and are in a bidding war for Russian natural gas. Energy price spikes are feeding a rising cost of living, which in turn is impacting the standard of living for the entire planet.

It’s not even winter yet.

So how is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responding to this looming energy catastrophe? Will he help facilitate the production and export of ethical Canadian energy products in order to ease the burden on our European and Asian customers? Will he ease regulations on Canada’s petrochemical sector in order to mitigate domestic inflationary pressures as energy production increases? Will Trudeau applaud Western Canadian energy production as a means of employing Canadians while paying for COVID-19 measures?

Of course not.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his new cabinet appointments to signal that he is declaring an all-out war upon conventional energy generation in Canada. In appointing radical enviornmentalist Steven Guilbeault to the position of environment minister, Trudeau is making it clear he has no interest in allowing Canada’s petrochemical sector to continue upon its path to net-zero emissions. The prime minister wants to shut down the fossil fuel industry altogether — and he wants to do it soon.

For those unfamiliar with Steven Guilbeault’s history, he has been involved in extreme environmental actions for decades. In 2001, Guilbeault was arrested and charged for hanging from the CN Tower in Toronto in a Greenpeace protest. His act put emergency responders in real danger. Guilbeault was involved with a group of protestors who terrorized then Alberta Premier Ralph Klein’s family as they climbed upon the roof of the premier’s home as a protest stunt in 2002. Guilbeault is not a run of the mill environmental activist; he is from the extreme fringe of activists.

Government cabinets are very carefully selected. The people chosen to fill cabinet roles represent the direction the government plans to go in. Justin Trudeau never made a secret of his ambitions to be known to posterity as The Prime Minister Who Saved The World from Climate Change. The cabinet selections of Tuesday make clear that Trudeau no longer wants to just talk and tax about climate change; he wants to act. Westerners had best take heed.

With six years in office as prime minister, Trudeau has little he can point to as an established legacy besides a crippling debt that will last generations. The clock is ticking and if nothing changes, he will be remembered as being little aside from a vacuous placeholder with a famous name in the Prime Minister’s Office. Justin Trudeau’s almost debilitating vanity is well established. He does not want to go out that way, and he plans to make battling climate change his legacy.

While battling climate change could be accomplished though mitigating efforts such as carbon-capture and selling clean burning natural gas to the world, in appointing Guilbeault as Canada’s environment minister Trudeau made it clear he wants to fight climate change through shutting down Canada’s fossil fuel and petrochemical sector. Guilbeault has expressly stated that it is is goal, and it was no mistake that Trudeau gave him the authority to do it.

Trudeau has been candid in stating he doesn’t pay attention to monetary policy and fiscal issues. He doesn’t care that the world is in an energy crisis and doesn’t understand what shutting down Canada’s petrochemical industry will do to the economy. Trudeau’s foresight doesn’t extend beyond his own nose and all he’s envisioning is being enshrined as the crusader who defeated the hated oil industry.

Alberta should be the leading province standing up for and defending the energy sector against an ideologically driven federal government. Unfortunately, Premier Jason Kenney has proven himself to be long on talk and short on action when it comes to standing up to Ottawa. Kenney is also now distracted with a breaking sexual harassment lawsuit against one of his cabinet ministers. He won’t have the time to mount a spirited defense of Alberta’s industries, nor does he have the public support to be taken seriously in such a defence. Western Canadian energy companies and workers are vulnerable and Trudeau knows it.

There will be no help coming from our new federal natural resources minister either. Minister Jonathan Wilkanson comes from a history of renewable energy development. He will be tickled pink to see petrochemical companies driven from Canada’s economy.

The chill is already happening. Getting investment into Canadian conventional energy projects was already a tough task due to Ottawa’s hostility towards the sector. In light of the new federal cabinet in Ottawa, finding investment will be nearly impossible. Would you invest in a Canadian energy project when the prime minister has appointed a cabinet determined to shut down the industry?

The only advice I can offer to Canadians right now is to buckle in and get ready for a rough ride. Trudeau will be attending the 26th UN Climate Conference in Glasgow next week and he will be strutting. You can imagine Trudeau will be bragging to them all about how he will be setting up Canada as an example on how to battle climate change. Trudeau has always had trouble being taken seriously by other world leaders. He sees this as an opportunity to set himself up as a player on the world stage.

When Justin Trudeau gets back from the Glasgow summit, watch out. He has loaded the gun with his new cabinet. He will be fired up and ready to shoot and the first target will be Alberta.

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

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SLOBODIAN: Manitoba Tory election about substance, not gender

Stefanson appears to be the favorite, having garnered the backing of the majority of caucus before Glover entered the race.

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Manitoba’s next premier will be named Saturday when the governing PC party’s new leader is chosen.

Candidates Shelly Glover, 54, and Heather Stefanson, 51, are both seasoned politicians.

Much breathless ado has been made over the fact the province’s next premier will be a woman; which is somewhat baffling considering that glass ceiling was already shattered with subsequent performances offering not a lot to boast about.

Think Alberta and Ontario. But that can be attributed to party affiliation and accompanying destructive policies, as much as abysmal leadership failure that harmed both provinces.

It’s about substance, not gender.

Roughly 24,000 Manitoba PC party members eligible to vote cast their ballots by mail or delivery to the party’s Winnipeg office.

The results will be announced during an in-person event at Winnipeg’s Victoria Inn, allowing limited attendees who all must be fully vaccinated. So, to be clear, unvaccinated votes are most welcome, but those who cast them, stay away.

And that brings us to a core issue the candidates differ on that is paramount in the minds of voting members: getting through COVID and mandates in place.

“I believe no one should lose their job because of their personal health decision,” said Stefanson — who served as health minister until she bailed to run for the leadership — in reference to vaccination requirements.

Yet she staunchly supports the strict COVID mandates and compulsory vaccinations she helped put in place that are causing people, including front-line health workers, to lose their jobs.

Glover said alternatives must be found to mandatory vaccinations because reducing the number of employees caring for patients isn’t an option.

Shelley Glover. Courtesy CBC

She promised no more vilifying or firing the unvaccinated, or blanket lockdowns for small and medium-sized businesses.

In fact, Glover said former premier Brian Pallister’s “tyranny is over” for both Manitobans and MLAs he kept on a tight leash.

Stefanson appears to be the favorite, having garnered the backing of the majority of caucus before Glover entered the race. However, political pundits opine Glover shouldn’t be counted out.

On the surface the race has been amicable. There was a wee back and forth over Stefanson’s claim that Glover would fire or try to oust MLAs who didn’t support her. Glover challenged her to prove it. She didn’t.

Stefanson, the establishment candidate, was first elected in Tuxedo in 2000. She has served as deputy premier, justice minister, minister of families, and most recently as health minister when appointed January 2021.

Glover, embraced as the grassroots candidate, is a 28-year Winnipeg Police Service veteran.

She was elected as a member of Parliament in the 2008 federal election and served the Saint Boniface riding until 2015. She was a member of the Privy Council of Canada and served as heritage minister.

The membership also weighed both candidate’s stands on strengthening the economy, education, and health care systems; building better relations with the province’s indigenous groups; and supporting business.

The winner, to be sworn in at a later date, will replace interim Premier Kelvin Goertzen who took over when Pallister resigned as premier September 1.

Whoever emerges victorious faces the formidable task of reviving support for a party losing ground to the NDP.

And regaining the trust of Manitobans.

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

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MAKICHUK: Trudeau shows true colours with transfer slap in the face to Alberta

The Eastern Laurentian elites will continue to screw us over. It will never stop. 

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He mocked us.

He mocked us, he mocked us.

That Jack-in-Office at the PMO threw dirt as good, hard-working, God-fearing Albertans trundled off to the polls to have their say on transfer payments that have soaked us dry of billions of oil patch dollars for decades.

The very man who, in recent years, has spent more time in the ethics office than any other politician in Canada, had the absolute gall to marginalize our province, and our premier, by saying the issue was “incredibly political.”

Regardless of how they voted (Elections Alberta reported 61.7% of voters said “yes,” to ending Equalization, with 38.3% checking “no”), they had a fair, democratic right to choose.

“To eliminate equalization, which is what’s proposed in Jason Kenney’s referendum, is something that cannot be done by the federal government,” Justin Trudeau said with a sardonic smile.

“It needs to be done by the federal government working with seven provinces or territories representing over 50% of the Canadian population.”

Sorry pal, that’s not true and you know it.

If Alberta wants to opt-out, it can opt out … and praise God, someday that will happen. 

That Ottawa-based baboon can’t stop us if we wish to go our own way. Especially if we embark on a balanced journey of provincial autonomy over the next decade. 

To borrow a quote from his father — who had cajones — “Just watch (us)!”

The entire issue was summed up by the increasingly leftist Globe & Mail, with a disgustingly overbearing and insulting headline that read: “Don’t take Alberta’s referendum seriously.”

I won’t offer any further details, the headline was enough. 

Between the Globe and the federal freeloaders in Ottawa, it’s not hard to figure out the West will never, ever be taken seriously or treated fairly and equally with the bully boys: Quebec and Ontario and their media cronies.

The Eastern Laurentian elites will continue to screw us over. It will never stop. 

And you know as well as I do, with the rapidly increasing national debt, it ain’t gonna get better.

Not for you, me, or the generations to come.

Columnist Rex Murphy summed up Alberta’s plight very well, in a 2019 piece in the National Post:

The Suzukis, the Sierra Clubs, the always railing Greenpeacers, the fund-raising behemoths of the eco-industry, and the swarms of petty NGOs, self-appointed activists, and trippy climate celebrities — Bill Nye the Foolish Guy may stand for them all — have feasted on the portrayal of Alberta energy as world-damaging, nature-offending and planet-despoiling.

It was and is a gang-up on a global scale. One fragment, one singular project of an entire world industry in a little corner of Alberta has been painted as the villain of planetary disaster. Under the specious umbrella of “we must save the planet”  and “global warming is an existential crisis” the energy industry of a single province has endured a vicious, unfair and fanatic assault.

A while back, I was having a beer at one of my favourite establishments, the Border Crossing, down on 17 Ave. S.E.

They make an escargot dish with melted cheese and toast that is to die for and a nice deck in the back where a guy can enjoy a nice Cuban cigarillo in peace. 

Anyway, I was chatting with a fellow who did time in the “Big House.”

He seemed a good, hard-working fellow who made a mistake, paid the price and learned from it and then moved on.

I asked him what was it like in there?

‘You don’t wanna go there, man … you don’t,” he said. The serious look on his face added to that sentiment.

“But let me tell you something. If you ever do end up there, the biggest, toughest guy in the joint is going to come up to you and set you straight.

“And you can’t back down, you have to show no fear and stand up to him.”

Terrible images raced through my head.

“But what if he’s way bigger than me and tougher?” I pleaded.

“Doesn’t matter,” he said. “If you don’t stand up to him then, you are done for.”

The reality of that discussion never left me. Knock on wood, I don’t ever end up in the clink!

But this, my friends, is exactly how we must deal with the pin-striped snakes in Ottawa.

We can’t be afraid, we can’t back down … we look them in the eye, and fight back with every peaceful but effective, and hopefully legal means in our toolbox, and with every ounce of strength we can garner.

They are nothing but a bunch of overpaid federal nabobs, led by the trumped-up party boy himself and backed by Mountie strong arm men.

Recently, I was chatting with an esteemed friend of mine on Facebook — a man much more accomplished than I.

He told me that the mere mention of Alberta with Eastern friends conjures up vitriolic hate and derision as if we were the bad guys.

Other friends have told me the same.

Well, that’s just fine, I don’t mind playing the part of Jack Palance in Shane, I don’t give a damn if they hate us. I really don’t.

But damn it all to hell, one day they might just respect us and fear us.

Take our money in transfer payments but block our pipelines and demonize us? 

Sure, go ahead and embrace token Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s so-called Green restart. 

See where that gets you. See if it pays your mortgage, your car payment, your daycare and your groceries.

One day, mark my words, the West will rise. As forceful and beautiful as the early morning light on the Alberta foothills.

To quote the great Winston Churchill, “Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.”

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the military editor for the Asia Times.
makichukd@gmail.com

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