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O’Toole takes blame for Conservative election loss

The Party won 6,239,227 votes and elected 121 MPs. It was 491,826 fewer votes and two fewer MPs than in the 2019 campaign.




Erin O’Toole says the buck stops with him.

The Conservative leader took personal blame on Tuesday for his party’s loss in the September 20 election, as Tory MPs deferred a leadership review of him, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“We lost some great people and I’m responsible for that,” said O’Toole.

“Obviously I’m the most disappointed in the election results.”

The September 20 campaign left “a minority Parliament sadly very similar to the one we left,” he added.

“We’re all disappointed, no one more so than me,” said O’Toole.

“But we have to make sure we build on the gains we have.”

The Party won 6,239,227 votes and elected 121 MPs. It was 491,826 fewer votes and two fewer MPs than in the 2019 campaign.

“We’re going to talk about what went right, what went wrong, and what we have to do next time,” said O’Toole.

Under the 2015 Reform Act, 20% of members of any caucus can mandate a leadership review by secret ballot.

Conservative MPs on Nov. 6, 2019 declined to review then-leader Andrew Scheer’s performance, though Scheer announced his resignation as Opposition leader five weeks later.

“Changing the leader every two years after every election is not the way,” said Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu (Que.).

“We have to have a continuum in our leadership. It’s my opinion.”

Other caucus members told reporters the loss of hundreds of thousands of votes was worrying.

“I believe there needs to be an accounting on how it is we are going to maintain Conservative voters,” said MP Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, Alta.).

“We’re a grassroots party,” said MP Dan Albas (Central Okanagan-Similkameen, B.C.).

“I believe the grassroots, when they make a decision, we have to honour that.”

The Conservative Party constitution Sec. 10 states: “At the first national convention following a general election when the Party does not form the government and the leader has not indicated prior to the commencement of the national convention an irrevocable intention to resign, the delegates will vote by secret ballot if they wish to engage the leadership selection process.”

The Party’s next national convention is in 2023 in Québec City.

“I do think there were a few problematic points in the campaign as there always are,” said MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton, Ont.).

“In my riding it was the mandatory vaccine position and climate change flip-flop on carbon tax.

“Our constituents have sent us here to be their voice. I think we need to do that.”

O’Toole as a 2020 candidate for the party leadership opposed federal carbon taxes.

“A carbon tax is not an environmental plan, it is a tax plan,” said an O’Toole campaign document.

As Opposition leader last April 15 O’Toole said he would replace the tax with a $50-per tonne charge providing all proceeds were reimbursed to consumers through Personal Low Carbon Savings Accounts.

“I will respect the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories,” he said.

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  1. Andrew A

    October 6, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    First Andrew Scheer, and now O’Toole bites the dust. Learn anything yet about integrity and conservative principles? Who will be the next designated loser?

  2. Alex

    October 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    If he didn’t resign, he hasn’t taken the blame.

  3. Andrew

    October 6, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Erin Otoole is the BIGGEST LOSER

  4. Left Coast

    October 6, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    O’Foole needs to go . . . the further the better!

    I told my Con MP when the Leadership race was going on that he was a friggin ZERO . . . got Jim Karahelios bounced from the race because he repeated the fact that Erin’s campaign manager had lobbied for sharia law in Ontario a decade ago.
    I knew then that O’Foole was a shill and a fraud.

    If he stays the Cons will loose millions of votes next time around . . . especially if they keep playing the “Plandemic” Games with the insane Left.

  5. John Lankers

    October 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Sorry, I can’t help it.
    Who paid him to lose and how much?

  6. Mars Hill

    October 6, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Good, now resign.

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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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