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Nenshi urges Trudeau to ignore Albertans Equalization wishes

On October 18, Albertans voted 62% to say they wanted Equalization removed from the constitution. The formula has seen billions of dollars leave the province for other parts of the country.




He is certainly not going quietly into the night.

Former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is still offering his political advice — telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ignore Albertans’ referendum vote of Equalization and slamming Premier Jason Kenney for even holding it.

“Those referenda were ridiculous in every way. They are purely attempts by Premier Kenney to save his political skin by focusing on how evil the federal government is,” Nenshi told CTV.

“If I were the prime minister, I would just ignore it.”

On October 18, Albertans voted 62% to say they wanted Equalization removed from the constitution. The formula has seen billions of dollars leave the province for other parts of the country.

A total of 38% of people voted to keep the formula.

The referendum question was: “Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments be removed from the constitution?”

A total of 1,092,639 Albertans voted in the referendum.

There were 50,969 rejected ballots and 49,336 blank ones.

You can find how your locale voted here.

Premier Jason Kenney described the vote as a “powerful statement.”

“(The feds) have an obligation to take it seriously and negotiate with us,” said Kenney, calling on the feds to “demonstrate respect for the principle of democracy.”

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on Trudeau and premiers to begin negotiations on the equalization program in light of the vote.

“Albertans have gone to the polls and sent a clear message that equalization isn’t working and it’s time for reform,” said Kevin Lacey, Alberta director for the CTF.

“Albertans clearly said they want a better deal from the federal government. Trudeau shouldn’t ignore the 642,501 Albertans who went to the polls and voted for a fair deal.”

In 2018, the equalization formula was renewed by act of Parliament. It expires in March 31, 2024.  

“The window of opportunity for reforming equalization is right now, this referendum has given Alberta position a big boost,” said Lacey.

The CTF participated in the referendum as the registered third-party group, Fight Equalization. 

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Russ G

    October 28, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Agreed, Carol – “Let’s Go Nenshi” – straight to hell.

  2. Carol

    October 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Canadian version of “Let’s go Brandon!”: Let’s go Nenshi and Trudeau!

  3. David

    October 28, 2021 at 10:07 am

    There is no cure for left wing liberalism.

    Nenshi and Justine would make a cute couple if only they had enough brains to balance balls on their noses like the rest of the clapping seals.

  4. Katherine Cornelius

    October 28, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Non-Mayor Nenshi tells Trudeau to ignore 62% of Albertans who have directed their provincial government to take action. Hmmm… who’s the dictator wanna-be? So glad this clown is gone. Now if he’d only shut up. Where’s censorship when you really need it?

  5. Dominic Ieraci

    October 28, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Nenshi needs to be waterboarded for the next 10 years of his miserable communist life

  6. Claudette Leece

    October 28, 2021 at 7:07 am

    If he ran for PM I would vote Ztrudeau over this unhinged loonie. Guess he’s not too worried about Covid by his many chins. Sure he’s gunning for a senate seat or some other way to live off taxpayers forever

  7. Seven-Zero-One

    October 28, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Let’s go Nenshi!

  8. Mars Hill

    October 27, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I’m sixty-nine born and raised in Alberta, we need a leader and we’ll be gone in a heartbeat.

  9. Barry Williams

    October 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Never seen a Trojan Horse but I hear they got a herd in Calgary. How ‘n the heck they get ’em in there?

  10. Tony

    October 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    THe Purple Pompous Windbag belches forth more bile……and CTV just cannot get enough of his presence.

  11. Ken

    October 27, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    This moron should pack his bags and move to a country like North Korea and run for government
    Oh wait they don’t have elections

  12. Spitfire66

    October 27, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    This big purple loving fag should just shut his hole and depart the province to Ontario where his mindless drivel will be accepted. Good riddance your scumbag POS!

  13. Bryan

    October 27, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    You came from Tranna. Go back ‘home’, you overstuffed windbag, communist a-hole!


  14. Andrew

    October 27, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    time to escort nenshi to the Alberta border

  15. John Lankers

    October 27, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    I have some news for you Mr. Big Purple, 62% of Albertans disagree with you.

  16. Stew James

    October 27, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Nenshi, brown piece of shit, shut your hole! If we want shit from you we will squeeze your head, thank you!
    He’s like dog shit you can’t get off your boot and the smell is always there!

  17. William

    October 27, 2021 at 11:40 am

    All I can say is thank you Calgary for electing and re-electing this ignorant sack of garbage.

  18. Netram37

    October 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Albertans continue to whine. If it isn’t the anti-vaxxers, it’s the spendthrifts wanting to have their way, despite the majority views of ALL Canadians.

  19. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    October 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Another liberal hack turned to to pasture. and it sure won’t change the smell of the pasture.

  20. Jerry Terpstra

    October 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Sounds like a lot of butt kissing anc Vacum advance.

  21. Dennis

    October 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Check it out folks, Alberta is beginning to implode from within. We now have the former an current Calgary mayors doing their best to bring down the industry that has built this province and supported the rest of the country for decades.

    There is only one option left. Wildrosenation.com

    Go to Wildrosenation.com buy your membership, make your tax deductible donation, get involved with your local CA to form a provincial government in 2023 and bring this tyranny to and end.

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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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