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Trudeau slams Kenney over Equalization referendum

The Western Standard has projected when the final referendum results are announced October 26, a 60%+ number of voters will have said Equalization should be removed from the constitution.




Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for holding a referendum on Equalization saying Kenney was part of the team that arranged the current formula.

The Western Standard has projected that when the final referendum results are announced October 26, a 60%+ number of voters will have said Equalization should be removed from the constitution.

“To eliminate equalization, which is what’s proposed in Jason Kenney’s referendum, is something that cannot be done by the federal government,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa Thursday.

“It needs to be done by the federal government working with seven provinces or territories representing over 50% of the Canadian population.”

Trudeau accused Kenney of making the issue “incredibly political.”

He noted the current deal was written by Stephen Harper’s conservative government, in which Kenney was a cabinet minister.

“He himself contributed and approved of the current Equalization formula that he’s now stirring up sentiment against a few years later. I find that the kind of politics that’s not necessarily helpful,” the prime minister said.

Trudeau also gave Kenney a shot over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta.

He said his government is working hard to help Alberta with its surge in COVID-19 cases “linked to decisions that the premier himself made and didn’t make over the past few months.”

Kenney said earlier this week a ‘yes’ vote would enable his government to move forward and start negotiations on Equalization.

“We are looking for a majority to say ‘yes’ to a fair deal. This is a commitment we gave Albertans in the last election,” the premier said on Tuesday.

“If we do see that endorsement of the referendum, we would then move forward with a motion in the legislature … to ratify this request for a constitutional amendment, and then move forward with Ottawa on those negotiations.”

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  1. Claudette Leece

    October 23, 2021 at 7:36 am

    The fact Trudeau’s mad shows it struck a cord , which makes this even better. Trudeau’s been riding Kenneys arse since he got in. That makes this better that Alberta’s getting under princesses skin. Can’t wait till the new parties start touting separation , Trudeau will lose his crap, love it, only time I support Kenney, keep at it, Sockboy can’t stand unlike the other puppets in every province that Alberta doesn’t hide how much it hates Ottawa. As for Covid Trudeau’s esteemed le belle province Quebec did far worse for deaths, especially seniors than AB ever did

  2. Mike power

    October 22, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Harper may have put together this EQ bill but in a different environment. But it was the arrogant, corrupt, Trudeau who extended it without any consultation with the provinces. The guy is a blemish on the landscape.

  3. Ken

    October 22, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    How could there be 40% of the voters vote to keep it the same?? Maybe our voting laws need to be changed to stop low IQ people and non taxpaying morons from voting.

  4. David

    October 22, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Justine the Sock Boy. Is he still hanging around? I thought he went to the dessert to breed cactus?

  5. Tony

    October 21, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Last time I counted was earlier this week…..Quebec has 23% of Canada’s population and 41% of Canada’s covid deaths…..Alberta has 11.5% of Canada’s population and 10.5% of Canada’s covid deaths. Why is Alberta made a punching bag over adverse covid outcomes? I guess to ask this question is to answer it. I agree with Berta’s remarks about the cactus.

  6. berta baby

    October 21, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Ummm they can both fuck a cactus

  7. Baron Not Baron

    October 21, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Well he;s right about JK’s role in the equalization and also about the fact that the referendum is just as useful as a massage to a wooden leg. Let’s go Jason! Let’s go Erin! Let’s go Justin!

  8. John Lankers

    October 21, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Looks like our little dictator is angry.

  9. Mike Bujold

    October 21, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    That’s rich – Turdeau blaming Kenney for the “Covid Problem” – AHS are the ones who dropped the ball.

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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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