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SLOBODIAN: Honourable Mounties fight mandatory vaccinations

These Mounties are doing the nation a great service — one that could turn the tide and set us on the right path again.

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Editors’ Note: This original column says 33,000 RCMP staff have signed the petition. But we have now learned it has also been signed by groups they have partnered with including law enforcement, fire services, corrections, armed forces, government agencies, public utilities, transportation, trades and unions, and health care workers.

So far, about 33,000 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and support staff have signed a letter to Commissioner Brenda Lucki protesting the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy.

That leaves precious few who haven’t signed.

The October 21 communication — Mounties for Freedom: Open Letter to RCMP Commissioner — challenges the legality, constitutionality, and harm posed by mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

It calls upon Lucki to remember who her allegiance should be to, and to do her job — actual investigative police work.

“Commissioner Lucki, we ask that you represent the best image of the RCMP by remaining loyal to the Charter and Bill of Rights and not to any particular public figure. Our job as Mounties is to preserve the peace. If we continue down this road of segregation and discrimination, we risk repeating past mistakes. The divide in our society is quickly leaning toward a level of national security,” the letter reads.

“We ask that you open an investigation to ensure no criminal acts were committed in the dissemination of information from federal and provincial health authorities or public figures in positions of trust. We ask you to send investigators to collect statements from medical professionals (and other reliable witnesses) who allege they had been silenced — putting lives at risk.”

They demand the investigative results be made public.

“As Canada’s national police force, we are unique in our ability to conduct a large-scale cross-country investigation, which must be transparent to regain trust in the government.”

These are hardly idle demands. What do the Mounties know?

They asked Lucki to challenge the threat to send the unvaccinated home without pay, a loss of manpower that could endanger Canadians.

“We respectfully submit this open letter to express our most sincere concerns and resolute stand against the forced coercive medical intervention of Canadians, and against the undue discrimination experienced by those exercising their lawful right to bodily autonomy.

“We are not against vaccinations, but as law enforcement officers, we cannot in good conscience willingly participate in enforcing mandates that we believe go against the best interests of the people we protect.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned civil servants refusing his “unequivocal” order to take the jab “there will be consequences.” 

Trudeau surely wasn’t expecting this “consequence” — an explosive backlash from the RCMP. 

The Mounties standing up to politicians and health officials imposing their will on Canadians are diverse.

“We come from various ranks, levels of experience, communities, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, and vaccination statuses. Together we are the Mounties for Freedom.”

Fortunately, the RCMP are backed by their union, the National Police Federation, that supports their right to refuse vaccinations. Too many others agonizing over taking the jab or losing their jobs have been forsaken by spineless managers and union heads. 

These brave Mounties, who expertly handle incredible challenges daily, refuse to meekly obey an order that impedes their ability to carry out duties, and isn’t based on sound science, law or constitutional rights. The letter offers sound reasons why.

“As Canadians, our constitutionally protected freedoms precede the government, and may only be temporarily limited if the majority of evidence justifies such infringements as reasonable, provable, and guided by law. If presented with all available evidence in a court, we firmly believe the government implemented mandates would not hold up under scrutiny.

“As experienced investigators, we look past what information is provided and focus on how the information is presented.

“Why, then, is there little to no tolerance for free and open debate on this matter? Many credible medical and scientific experts are being censored. Accordingly, we rightly have concerns about ‘the science’ we are being coerced to ‘follow.’” 

Enforcing the vaccine mandates has taken a toll on RCMP officers of whom Canada asks much.

“As representatives of our communities within the RCMP and representatives of the RCMP in our communities, we have never witnessed such division in our country. This sense of “Us versus Them” will be further fueled by having a police force consisting only of ‘vaccinated’ people, while serving communities consisting of ‘unvaccinated’ people, which goes against the community policing model the RCMP has strived to achieve.”

“As law enforcement officers, we already face higher levels of stress and mental illnesses due to the nature of our work. These have been compounded — considerably — by mandates that we believe are deeply unethical, threatening our livelihood, and dividing society.”

The lengthy letter addressed many issues including the law, science, censorship, discrimination, and physical and mental health.

Canadians know something has gone terribly awry regarding freedoms we cherish. Most feel helpless to stand up to the helter-skelter, confusing and increasing dictates imposed. Others are threatened, coerced and silenced. 

By taking this stand, by demanding truth, Mounties for Freedom may be opening a Pandora’s box.

These honourable Mounties are doing the nation a great service — one that could turn the tide and set us on the right path again.

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

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. The Real Kevin

    October 28, 2021 at 7:03 am

    If they can force “bigots” to bake wedding cakes, then they can force you to take a needle. Or wax that lady’s testicles; is it a day ending in Y or not?

  2. Spitfire66

    October 27, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    I have yet to come across an honorable Mountie. We’re talking about the biggest corrupt criminal gang in Canada and have been for some time.
    Little to no hope is what I have that anything righteous will be done to correct the trajectory of our broken country!

  3. William Clark

    October 26, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    In a God less society I’ll be surprised if anything comes of this
    I’m Praying it does, but too many people have been bought off with commie money. I think

  4. Clash

    October 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    This is very encouraging. I grew up thinking the RCMP and the Police were “Heroes”, but lately with arresting Pastors and Ministers, and kicking defenceless Protesters in the back , and swarming to arrest people at home in the middle of the night, they seemed more like the GESTAPO, the KGB, or the STASI, to name a few. Nationally the various Police forces have started an affiliation called Police On Guard (POG), to protest against being forced to crush our rights and freedoms, to go against their Oaths to protect us and our rights. Small donations to POG, by many people would go a long way to mount a defence of the police which in turn would be a defence for all of us. Also don’t forget the JCCF, who have been the front line for us at the Judicial level. The current Liberal government has been the most corrupt government of all time, with HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of taxpayer money going missing. Trudeau, Freeland, Butts, Wernick, McKenna and Lametti should be immediately arrested and an investigation into the missing funds begun. I do not think that Commissioner Lucki is dishonest or necessarily incompetent, but I also don’t think she is impartial, and thus should be replaced with someone who is not beholding to Trudeau!

  5. Jack Masterman

    October 26, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Yes, let’s get an impartial investigation into these vaccine mandates. Look at the science, have panel discussions from both sides of the issue, get the documents the government is refusing to release to parliament and the Canadian public, get all documents from the health ministries, have public reviews of all documents and the science. An open, fair and impartial police investigation into COVID lockdowns and impositions.

  6. Cactus99

    October 26, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Wait a minute… these are the same RCMP who for the past 18 months have been more than happy to carry out the government mandates imposed on Canadian who were brave enough to stand up and protest.
    What about the fines they issued and arrests they made to others ?
    Now that THEY and THEIR jobs are personally threatened do they all of sudden develop a sense of Justice and morality.
    Kinda hypocritical don’t you think?

  7. Glenn Taylor

    October 26, 2021 at 7:05 am

    I hope everyone commenting here actually signed the petition!

    https://mounties4freedom.ca/

  8. Mark Cameron

    October 26, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Wow! I’m pleasantly surprised! Good on ya!

  9. gardenho

    October 25, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I feel a flicker of hope for this country, Here’s hoping such an investigation becomes a thing. Surely this makes headlines everywhere it made me sit up straight!

  10. Logan Matthews

    October 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I was very discouraged after being chased down in Costco today for not wearing a mask. Every little bit of forced restrictions just feels heavier and heavier, and I’m saying that living in Alberta. Seeing this article and looking up Mounties For Freedom really encouraged me.

  11. Ken Nielsen

    October 25, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Once the police turn their back on our government dictators. It’s over.

  12. Eldon

    October 25, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    It is time Lucki stops looking the other way. Due her duty and arrest Justin Trudeau for the crime he is perpetuating on the Canadian people.

  13. Barbara

    October 25, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Good Story but you are wrong about the Union.
    Corporal Daniel Bulford, an officer in the RCMP speaks with journalist Keean Bexte, on The Counter Signal.

    Corporal Bulford of Mounties4Freedom says the CBC is wrong. The Union IS NOT supporting it’s members in this matter and the union and the CBC are misleading Canadians to think otherwise.
    Please re check your story.

  14. Mars Hill

    October 25, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    What do the mounties know, I’d suggest they’re well aware of the up-too-dater below.
    https://www.stopworldcontrol.com/

  15. Eldon

    October 25, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Always enjoy your articles Linda S. It would be an earth shattering event if Lucki does the right thing. But I wouldn’t be betting my paycheck on it. Her ties to Trudeau are too strong for her to actually stand up for Canadians.

  16. Barry Williams

    October 25, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Yay maybe the mounties will get their man-date reversed but really, this has been a revealing of friends and foes. And I’m fo freedom.

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BRADLEY: No Central Bank Digital Currency can stack up to Bitcoin

Why Bitcoin will always be the superior digital currency.

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These days, many countries are considering introducing their own Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

The Bank of England recently released a research paper discussing the possibility of creating its own digital currency, saying it has “not yet made a decision on whether to introduce CBDC”.

In July 2021, the Bank of Canada issued a discussion paper called “The Positive Case for a CBDC”, citing it “could be an effective competition policy tool for payments” and “could also support the vibrancy of the digital economy.”

But no country is moving faster on this front than China.

The Central Bank of China has already introduced a digital yuan, which is expected to eliminate physical cash and provide a centralized payment-processing network.

As China continues to expand its CBDC implementation beyond its trial run in some cities, more of its citizens will be forced into using the government’s app to identify themselves, store their wealth and make everyday purchases. That means the Chinese government will be able to track purchases and even freeze or close personal accounts, for whatever reason they see fit.

That is a terrifying prospect – and it highlights one of the many reasons bitcoin will always be superior to any currency issued and controlled by any government.

The Bitcoin network uses blockchain technology to track the status of the network, including user balances and transactions. This allows transparency and decentralization by nature. Perhaps most importantly, this means that the system cannot be controlled or influenced by any one person, company or government.

China’s digital yuan – and any CBDC under consideration – have the complete opposite fundamentals. With a CBDC, one central bank has ultimate control and power over the currency, not to mention the ability to track and even reverse everyday purchases.

It’s a particularly worrisome situation in China, where its government has been pushing a social credit system that, at its core, rewards or punishes people for their economic and personal behaviours. As the country implements its digital yuan more broadly, there are fears China could use its CBDC to extend control over even more of its citizens’ rights and freedoms.

We don’t face that threat in western countries yet, but that’s not to say we are immune from the possibility. If Meta’s recent announcement that it’s shutting down the face recognition system on Facebook is any indication, our society is definitely not keen on being monitored, controlled, or surveilled in any way.

From 2013 to 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice ran Operation Choke Point to monitor and crack down on payments for what the government deemed “high-risk activities”, ranging from online gambling and payday loans to pornography and surveillance equipment sales. These activities were not illegal but they offended the government’s moral compass – a slippery and scary slope.

Most recently, in October 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden and his government backed down from requiring the IRS to collect data on every bank account with more than $600 in annual transactions. 

Infringements like these on our privacy are unacceptable. But the likelihood of them happening will grow exponentially if, and when, western governments introduce their own CBDCs.

Aside from a potential loss of personal freedom and privacy, CBDCs would introduce another undesirable outcome: even greater inflation than we’re experiencing today. Governments, including our own here in Canada, are printing money faster than ever, which simultaneously drives inflation and devalues personal wealth.

As Saifedean Ammous writes in his fantastic book, The Fiat Standard: The Debt Slavery Alternative to Human Civilization, “CBDCs would allow for the implementation of…inflationist schemes with high efficiency, allowing for increased central planning of market activity. Government spending would proceed unabated by whatever little discipline credit markets currently exert. Real-world prices are likely to rise, which would lead to more control over economic production to mandate prices.”

To sum this up, CBDCs could lead to higher inflation, less personal autonomy, and more government meddling. For those reasons, whenever I’m asked if the introduction of CBDCs will kill bitcoin and its relevance, my answer is a resounding, “No.”

Central bank digital currencies are not the same thing as bitcoin. They aren’t even competitors with bitcoin, nor will they ever replace bitcoin. They are a distraction. In my opinion, CBDCs will only create greater demand for bitcoin and its many advantages.

Bitcoin offers individuals the profound ability to own sound money, protect their wealth from inflation and keep governments from micro-managing their finances. That is certainly not what CBDCs will do, and it’s why we should all be very apprehensive about giving central banks the ability to issue, oversee and control digital currencies.

No CBDC can, or ever will, stack up to bitcoin.

Guest Column from Dave Bradley, Chief Revenue Officer at Bitcoin Well
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ROYER: Canada ignores Alberta. Because it can

The only conclusion is that Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces.

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Crickets. That is the sound of Canada’s response to Alberta’s request to consider revisions to the equalization program over a month ago. What does the deafening silence say about Canada?

Trudeau brushed off the referendum saying that he couldn’t unilaterally address the issue, although he clearly can. His government has several bilateral agreements with provinces other than Alberta.  He can agree to change the equalization formula to drain less wealth from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the first place.

The federal Conservative Party’s silence is due to their leader Erin O’Toole’s decision to pander to Ontario and Quebec, taking the West for granted.

The silence has made one thing absolutely clear: Alberta has no voice in Canada. Voting against the Liberals hasn’t worked. Voting in a couple of Liberal MPs hasn’t helped. Relying on protection provincial sovereignty under the constitution has proven to be useless; Trudeau’s government intercedes into those defined powers with impunity.

All that remains is to look at the big picture. Alberta had no democratic input into decisions that dramatically diminished its economy. Wealth continues to be drained from the province and it has no means to stop it. A referendum — the ultimate expression of democratic rights — is ignored. What does this make Canada?

First, it clearly is not a modern democratic nation. Modern democracies give voice to minorities and seek compromise.

We do not have a federal government. There is no structural input from the far reaches of the country in the nation’s decision-making process. It is a central government, serving only the centre.

We are not really a federation either. Rights of the lesser provinces are extinguished at the whim of the central government. Those intrusions are dutifully upheld by the Supreme Court, an institution with a majority of judges from central Canada. The Senate is completely ineffective in protecting the federation. It over-represents Quebec and Atlantic Canada, is appointed at the sole discretion of the prime minister and has very limited powers to disagree with him. Alberta’s attempt to introduce democracy into the selection of Senators has been ignored by the prime minister.

Power is extremely concentrated. Trudeau’s emissions cap on hydrocarbon production is just the most recent example. No discussion with Parliament or the provinces was taken; he just made the decision with his personal staff, and announced it

He has this power because hyper-partisanship, strict party discipline and the overly centralized government concentrates power. We’ve abandoned our historic Westminster Parliamentary system of government and taken on an American style constitutional system with judicial supremacy, but with an all-powerful prime minister that lacks the checks-and-balances placed upon an American president.

The only respectful response to Alberta came from Saskatchewan’s Premier Scott Moe. He called for his province to become a nation within a nation, a status effectively granted Quebec. Neither the federal structure nor the national parliament protect the outlying provinces. They now need to gain near national powers in order to protect themselves from the central government.

The only conclusion is Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces: Ontario and Quebec. The concentration of power and the malleability of federal sovereignties has makes the prime minister effectively an elected dictator. The only check on the prime minister’s power is in an occasional national election, the results of which are determined almost entirely in Ontario and Quebec.

So, what is Canada? It is a country in which the central provinces in conjunction with the central government have dominion over the outlying provinces, and those central provinces elect a prime minister who is given near royal prerogative.

Our country is called (at least officially) the Dominion of Canada, a constitutional monarchy. By the word dominion are we saying that the centre has dominion over the rest of the country? And does constitutional democracy say that the constitution concentrates power into the hands of a single person?

We can do better.

Randy Royer is a Western Standard columnist

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VENKATACHALAM & KAPLAN: Oil and gas production is essential to BC’s economy

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors.

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Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan of the Canadian Energy Centre

British Columbia has been producing oil and natural gas since 1952. In fact, as of 2018, BC produced 32% of Canada’s natural gas production and 2% of Canada’s conventional daily oil production. British Columbia collects royalties from oil and gas development, supporting the economic prosperity in the province.

Want to know how important the oil and natural gas industry is to the BC economy? Using customized Statistic Canada data from 2017 (the latest year available for this comparison), it turns out oil and gas in BC  generated about $18 billion in outputs, consisting primarily of the value of goods and services produced, as well as a GDP of $9.5 billion.

As for what most of us can relate to — jobs — the BC oil and gas industry was responsible for nearly 26,500 direct jobs and more than 36,100 indirect jobs (62,602 jobs in total) in 2017. Also relevant: The oil and gas sector paid out over $3.1 billion in wages and salaries to BC workers that year.

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors. That included $600 million from the finance and insurance sector, $770 million in professional services, and $2.8 billion from the manufacturing sector, to name just three examples.

Spending by the oil and gas sector in BC is not the only way to consider the impact of the industry. Given that a large chunk of the oil and gas sector is next door in Alberta, let’s look at what Alberta’s trade relationship with its westerly neighbour does for BC.

BC’s interprovincial trade in total with all provinces in 2017 amounted to $39.4 billion. Alberta was responsible for the largest amount at $15.4 billion, or about 38%, of that trade.

That share of BC’s trade exports is remarkable, given that Alberta’s share of Canada’s population was just 11.5 percent in 2017. Alberta consumers, businesses and governments buy far more from BC in goods and services than its population as a share of Canada would suggest would be the case. Alberta’s capital-intensive, high-wage-paying oil and gas sector is a major reason why.

If Alberta were a country, the province’s $15.4 billion in trade with BC would come in behind only the United States (about $22.3 billion in purchases of goods and services from BC) in 2017. In fact, Alberta’s importance to B.C. exports was ranked far ahead of China ($6.9 billion), Japan ($4.5 billion), and South Korea ($2.9 billion)—the next biggest destinations for BC’s trade exports.

BC has a natural advantage for market access in some respects when compared to the United States. For instance, BC’s coast is near to many Asian-Pacific markets than are U.S. Gulf Coast facilities. The distance between the U.S. Gulf Coast and to the Japanese ports of Himeji and Sodegaura is more than 9,000 nautical miles, compared to less than 4,200 nautical miles between those two Japanese ports and the coast of BC.

The recent demand for natural gas in Asia, especially Japan (the largest importer of LNG) and price increase for natural gas, presents an exciting opportunity for BC oil and gas industry. The IEA predicts that by 2024 , natural gas demand forecast in Asia will be up 7% from 2019’s pre-COVID-19  levels. 

Be it in employment, salaries and wages paid, GDP, or the purchase of goods and services, the impact of oil and natural gas (and Alberta) on BC’s economy and trade flows is significant.

Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre

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