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Quebec massively favoured in delivery of critical COVID supplies

Internal documents show political aides in the Prime Minister’s Office concealed the figures for fear “it’ll beg questions that we’re playing favourites.”

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A whopping 85% of federal emergency supply flights from China ended up landing in Quebec during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Internal documents show political aides in the Prime Minister’s Office concealed the figures for fear “it’ll beg questions that we’re playing favourites.”

“I’d caution against using a percentage of how many flights we’ve been helping Québec,” Matt Stickney, the prime minister’s executive director of operations, wrote in a May 3, 2020 e-mail.

“I’d say we’ve been working very closely with Québec and helping as much as we can to get goods back from Asia.

“I just think it’ll beg questions that we’re playing favourites with Québec and end up in English media.”

Records showed from the outbreak of the pandemic on March 11, 2020 to May 3, a total 17 of 20 emergency flights from China organized by the Department of Health carried supplies for Québec.

Cargo jets were loaded with masks, medical gloves and other personal protective equipment.

“We have brought home 20 planes full of supplies with flights coming in nearly every day this past week,” wrote Sabrina Kim, then an advisor to the prime minister.

“More than 75% of Government of Canada personal protective equipment flights included supplies procured by the Government of Québec which we had offered to help bring over for them,” wrote Kim.

“So that means 17 out of 20 flights included Government of Québec supplies.”

Figures showed total shipments from the health department to Québec included 5.1 million surgical masks, 1.8 million pairs of medical gloves, 454,000 high-grade N95 masks, 250,000 face shields and 68 ventilators.

All were rationed at the time due to what aides called a “massive shortage.”

“Of the total personal protective equipment shipments, the number is always changing and certain numbers, i.e. 68 ventilators, seem pretty low,” wrote Kim.

“But the surgical mask and gown numbers look good at least. Would maybe use the success stories rather than specific delivery numbers.”

Aides did not explain why Québec shipments were given preference over cargo for other provinces clamouring for personal protective equipment. The number of Québec shipments was never publicly disclosed.

Blacklock’s  reported September 27 the Department of Foreign Affairs within days of the COVID-19 outbreak quietly made plans to donate its own stockpile of 400,000 surgical masks to Québec only.

“We may have a problem with them and it may be helpful to manage their expectations a bit,” wrote Kim.

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  1. Barbara

    October 11, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Quebecers are our friends. Stop doing what Trudeau wants and let us join together instead of looking for ways to alienate Quebecers and play into Trudeau’s manipulation of us all.

    Time to be grownups and stop acting like jealous children because Daddy,(Trudeau) likes them better.
    Time to connect with them and support them and get them to support us.

  2. Barry Williams

    October 11, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Im sorry but I can’t understand French anyways and I’m sure most fellow Canadians can’t either so lip reading wouldn’t help. For the love of limited understanding, let them have their masks!

  3. Dan

    October 11, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Not quite correct…we are getting what they deserve.

  4. Bill Mccann

    October 11, 2021 at 8:48 am

    F quebec and F trudeau.

  5. Bryan

    October 10, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Dur Fuhrer, Prime Mistake True-dope playing favorites?

    NO! SAY IT AIN’T SO!

  6. Barbara

    October 10, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Why are people outraged at this? Stop reacting and get of your high horse and THINK for MINUTE.
    SO what if covid supplies go to Quebec first. THEY’RE FROM CHINA!!!!
    MABE HE WANTS QUEBECCERS USING OLD MASKS THAT WERE BANNED FROM EUROPE.
    MAYBE he wants them to use more ventillators because the are killng people. Maybe he wants to give this shitty equipment to them because they are getting to loud in larger numbers and protesting against his policies. Trudeau doesn’t like Quebecers they just don’t know it yet
    So get off the seperate the people bandwagon and support them.
    Quebec is not favoured, it’s being exploited by Trudeau and the Block and Legault.

  7. Left Coast

    October 10, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Anyone remember when our Low Intellect Crime Minister said “Keybeccers are better”.

  8. John Lankers

    October 10, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Wouldn’t that be nice if JT was the President of Quebec and leave the rest of us alone.

  9. Seven-Zero-One

    October 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Quebec First.
    The rest of country are second class citizens.

  10. Westcanguy

    October 10, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Should anyone really be surprised??? and those morons in eastern Canada put him back into office. You get what you deserve. Enjoy!

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MAKICHUK: Rory, Napoleon and the Equalization reckoning

My friends, a reckoning is coming and it all begins on Monday when you enter the municipal voting booth.

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“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

Rory went camping with his wife in lovely BC about seven months ago.

That’s not his real name but it will suffice for now.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent, like in that detective television show Dragnet.

My entire life is a lengthy list of bad TV shows but that’s another story.

They parked the trailer, set up the picnic table and did what most campers do including letting out their cat, Napoleon.

Again, the name was changed to protect the cat’s innocence.

Everything was fine until it was time to go home. No Napoleon.

They searched and searched, nowhere to be found. No Napoleon.

Time eventually runs out on these matters and while it’s a heart-breaking decision, you have to move on. 

But Rory would use social media to search for his faithful cat.

Seven months later … yes, seven months, he would get a message, short and simple, with a photo.

It read “Is this your cat?”

Rory raced back, with trailer in tow — ready to spend days there if he had to.

This time he was not coming back without his furry pal.

Strangely enough, as he was parking the trailer, he looked in the mirror … a cat stood by, stoically watching.

It was skinny, in rough shape but there was no mistake — it was Napoleon.

Seven months, still alive!

He called and he came. But when he tried to pat him he pulled back. Frightened.

I better not screw this up, Rory thought, so he turned on the gentle charm. 

It worked. In minutes, Napoleon was curled up on the passenger seat headed back to Cowtown and an appointment with the vet.

According to FAQ Cats online, “a domesticated cat is unlikely to survive in the wild on its own for a considerable amount of time. Cats that have not spent time outside do not have the necessary skill set to survive in the wild by themselves.”

So tell me, how did Napoleon survive seven months on his own? It’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma, like … who killed JFK?

But let me take a guess — I think he survived on his smarts.

Napoleon probably ate camp food remnants or begged from campers. Maybe he killed birds or small rodents. 

Ate spiders, bugs or anything that moved. Drank stream or rainwater.

Maybe he found a local benefactor. Who the hell knows.

All I know, is that Napoleon toughed it out. His desire to live, to survive, kept him going.

Seven months. 

Think about that for a moment. How long would you last out there?

And then there are the predators. Things that want to eat you.

This ranges from hawks, raccoons, foxes, or even bigger animals like bears, bobcats and cougars, says FAQ Cats.

Little food to be found and death all around you.

Even outdoor survival guru Bear Grylls would have a hard time with this one.

So what is my point with Napoleon’s dramatic tale of survival?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And oh my, there is a will … and every day it grows stronger.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again … and I’ll keep saying it until the day I die. It’s time Alberta goes its own way.

Either we get a new deal under confederation or we walk. 

We can do this, I know we can. Albertans … true Albertans … are a strong, resilient, hard-working people.

We want our children and grandchildren to have a future. To have good jobs, the opportunity to grow and prosper and to make our province a better place.

That does not seem likely under the Trudeau regime in Ottawa. In fact, a road of economic despair awaits us.

My friends, a reckoning is coming and it all begins on Monday when you enter the municipal voting booth.

It’s time to let those Eastern Laurentian elites know that you have had enough.

The question you will face goes like this:

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?

I’m voting yes, with extreme prejudice, and I hope you will do the same.

Let’s give Justin The Younger a nice kick in the squares.

Personally, I think it’s the purr-fect option.

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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WS Exclusive Poll: Support for Kenney ‘grim’ as calls to resign grow

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the figures for Kenney as “historically low.”

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Things aren’t getting any better for Premier Jason Kenney with a clear majority of Albertans saying he’s not doing a good job and should resign.

The poll, conducted by Mainstreet Research, shows 69% of Albertans don’t approve of the job Kenney has done. 

Only 28% of those polls think he has done a good job.

Mainstreet Research

Asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Jason Kenney is doing as Premier of Alberta?” a whopping 55% said they strongly disagreed with the statement.

Another 14% said they somewhat disapproved.

The poll found only 10% of Albertans strongly approved of the work Kenney has done, with another 18% saying they somewhat approved.

Pollsters found 3% who didn’t know.

Kenney does appear to have some support from people who say they are going to vote for the UCP next election. A total of 77% either strongly or somewhat approved of his leadership. With 22% saying he’s not doing a good job.

There’s also anger in the rural areas with 61% of people in the north of the province disapproving of Kenney, in the south disapproval is at 65%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Amongst NDP voters, not unsurprisingly, 90% disapproved of the job he is doing. A total of 75% of Wildrose Independence Party supporters said they weren’t happy with Kenney.

When pollsters asked if “do you think Jason Kenney should resign as premier?” a total of 58% said yes, 29% said no and 13% weren’t sure.

A total of 73% of UCP voters said Kenney should stay and ride out the storm.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the figures for Kenney as “historically low.”

“It’s pretty grim, very dire. It’s shocking to me,” said Maggi.

Maggi said Kenney is sitting at a negative 41 — the difference between supporters and opponents. He said only embattled former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has similar numbers before her election wipeout in 2018.

“That’s a historically high number in Canada,” said Maggi.

“The only way back now for the UCP is through new leadership.”

Maggi said Kenney is paying the price for his perceived bungling of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Most people are just looking for another option before the next election.”

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

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The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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