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Many UCP constituency associations want earlier Kenney review

Kenney has been under fire for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta and the repeated lockdowns he has put the province in.

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Numerous United Conservative Party constituency associations (CA) are calling for an earlier review of embattled leader, Premier Jason Kenney.

Last month, a reported caucus vote against Kenney failed to materialize, but party officials did move up the date for a leadership review from fall 2022 to April.

But that’s not quick enough for some CAs who want it held as soon as possible. Kenney has been under fire for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta and the repeated lockdowns he has put the province in.

Joel Mullan, who was recently expelled as VP of policy for the party, told the CBC at least 10 constituency associations have adopted a motion for a review to happen before March 1.

A Western Standard source on Friday said the actual number is 16, with more CAs to vote next week.

“We just want this done sooner than later. They told us February was no good because the legislature is in session and MLAs would be busy. But this isn’t an MLA issue, it’s a members’ issue,” said the source.

“They also said there weren’t any venues in March.”

The source said some CAs who previously voted against an early review changed their minds and endorsed the motion.

A total of 22 CAs need to get on board for the early review to happen.

A ThinkHQ poll released Monday shows Premier Jason Kenney has the support of only 22% of people in the province.

Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt tweeted: “Despite (the) decision of the UCP to hold a leadership review on April 8-9, 2022, there are plenty of members of the party (MLAs and CAs) that want it expedited to before March 1, and ideally in December 2021.

“A detailed motion (process and timelines) is currently being circulated among UCP Constituency Associations. I have been informed that the number of CAs who have signed it is in the double digits, but not yet at the 22 required to trigger it.

“The documents also show a concern the leadership process not be controlled by the party executive (which some view as puppets of Kenney) and reveals some fears stemming from the 2017 UCP leadership race (such as PINs).”

The UCP’s director of communications, David Prisco, told the CBC the April leadership review “is booked and planning is underway. In order to vote in the review, members must register and attend the AGM in-person as per the party constitution.”

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  1. Kieran

    October 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    There is more and more chances for NDP to win next election. As Kenney hadn’t live in the province earlier, he didn’t learn lessons from 2015 PC defeat, and repeating their mistakes again and again

  2. David

    October 9, 2021 at 9:18 am

    If the UCP want to win the next election, they have to get rid of everyone who supports medical tyranny not just in their own party, but in the civil service as well.

    That is the only thing that will unite the right. Grow a set and get it done, or the Socialists will laugh at your stupidity for not clearing their operatives out.

  3. Pamela Bridger

    October 9, 2021 at 8:29 am

    The UCP needs a leader without personal baggage that can allow them to be extorted because this is the problem we have now with many currently occupying leadership chairs in this country.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I am not happy knowing Chinese provocateurs are in positions that allow for this shit to go on. Come on Western Standard, do your job! Or haven’t you noticed AHS is killing people.

  4. Dennis

    October 8, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    The only review he deserves is in a court of law for murder.

  5. John Lankers

    October 8, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Tyrants never go voluntarily?

  6. K

    October 8, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    And then he’ll just shuffle his cabinet again, fire the naysayers, and bring on more loyalists. This puny but fat, closet-gay has been suckling on the tit of tyranny for 1.8 years and he LOVES it.

  7. Dominic Ieraci

    October 8, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    this piece of crap won’t leave until he meets his pfizer sales quota

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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

Wellstead. Courtesy Twitter

Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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Feds threaten regulated businesses with COVID fines

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

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If they don’t mandate vaccination of workers, the Labour department is threatening to levy cash fines against airports, banks, radio stations and other federally-regulated employers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

But the Liberals stopped short of repeating an earlier threat to strip workers of legal rights to challenge vaccine orders.

“It is time to move on,” said Government House Leader Mark Holland.

“Get vaccinated. That’s what Canadians expect to have happen.

“I think the country understands we have now 90% of Canadians who have had their first injection, over 86% with their second. All workplaces across the country” should promote vaccinations, he added.

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

First Nations businesses will be exempt.

“Employers who do not comply with their obligations under the Canada Labour Code may be subject to compliance and enforcement measures including administrative monetary penalties,” the notice said.

“The government will consult with key stakeholders, including representatives of small and medium-sized employers, as it works expeditiously to finalize the new regulations which would come into force in early 2022. The government will also develop resources to help federally regulated workplaces implement the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”

The notice made no reference to a liability shield proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign. Trudeau on September 1 said a re-elected Liberal cabinet would shield employers from any legal challenge of vaccination orders.

“We’ll stand firm on our commitment,” said Trudeau, adding: “We’ll protect businesses that mandate vaccinations from unjustified lawsuits.”

Canadians who declined a COVID-19 shot were “more than just wrong, because everyone’s entitled to their opinion, they are putting at risk their own kids and they’re putting at risk our kids as well,” said Trudeau.

“What about my choice to keep my kids safe? What about our choices to make sure we’re getting through this pandemic as quickly as we can?”

The Liberal Party in its September 1 campaign platform stated: “A re-elected Liberal government will table legislation to ensure every business and organization that decides to require proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.”

Compulsory vaccination breaches federal law, according to a May 19 statement by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and 1996 National Immunization Report by the Department of Health.

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