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WS Exclusive Poll:  Albertans split 2-1 on vaxports

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said Canadians just want things to go back to the way they were before the pandemic.

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A large majority of Albertans are in favour of vaccine passports, a new poll conducted exclusively for the Western Standard shows.

When asked by Mainstreet Research: “Do you support the use of vaccine passports/proof of vaccination for accessing non-essential services?” a total of 66% said they were in support.

A total of 32% were opposed to the government’s plan, and 2% didn’t know.

Opposition was proportionally fiercest compared with supporters however. Among boosters of vaccine passports, 53% “strongly support” the measure, while 13% “somewhat support” it.

Opponents were almost uniformly strongly opposed at 28%, with just 4% “somewhat opposed”.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Over the last several months numerous governments, organizations and corporations have introduced the use of vaccine passports.

The government of Alberta imposed its “Restrictions Exemption Program” giving Albertans until November 15 to download a QR code onto their passport to get into places like restaurants and cinemas.

Municipal governments like Edmonton and Calgary have also followed suit, bringing in mandatory vaccination plans for their staff and contractors.

The Alberta Health Services has given their 108,600 staff until the end of the month to get jabs.

Professional sports franchises like the Edmonton Elks [sic], Calgary Flames, and Calgary Stampeders also say a vaccine passport must be shown to attend their games.

There have been ongoing weekend demonstrations against vaxports, not only in Calgary, but across Canada.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said Canadians just want things to go back to the way they were before the pandemic.

“Canadian’s number one wish is to get life back as normal,” he said.

“And Albertans are no different, that’s why they support the vaccine passport.”

He described those against the jabs as a “vocal minority.”

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

But it’s the “vocal minority” who need protecting,” said John Carpay, head of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

“Locking up Japanese Canadians in work camps during the Second World War was also popular, but wrong,” said Carpay

“The very purpose of the Charter is to protect unpopular minorities from the tyranny of the majority.  The Charter protects the right to express ideas and opinions that the majority regards as wrong, evil or false; the right of unpopular religious minorities to practice their faith; the right of people with unpopular views to organize, associate and assemble peacefully; and the right to defend one’s bodily autonomy by refusing a popular medical treatment.

“When it comes to our fundamental freedoms, the majority opinion is irrelevant.”

“The government can only compel vaccines by providing a solid scientific basis to demonstrate that vaccinated people are not spreading the virus, and that unvaccinated people are spreading the virus. 

“Evidence from heavily-vaccinated Israel, and evidence from all over the world, makes it clear that vaccinated people are spreading viruses along with the unvaccinated. Further, government data and statistics tell us COVID-19 has a 99.7% survival rate and for people under 70 is less dangerous than driving a car, so this virus does not warrant restrictions on our rights and freedoms.”

Support and opposition to vaccine passports broke out largely along partisan lines.

UCP voters were largely split, with 59% were in favour with 44% against, but NDP voters supported vaxports at a whopping 94%, with only 4% against the plan.

Wildrose Independence Party supporters were 77% against and 20% for.

A total of 78% of those polled said they had been doubled vaccinated and 4% said they had been jabbed once.

A total of 15% said they will not get vaxxed with 3% responding they hadn’t been jabbed yet, but plan to.

The analysis in the report is based on the results of a survey conducted 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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  1. Karen MacKinnon

    October 19, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    if Uttar Pradesh (as opposed to Israel) doesn’t mean anything to you; you are part of the problem (deep throating the whole boot is not a super power. just saying)

  2. Dominic Ieraci

    October 19, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Guillotines, ieds and total war are the only way back to freedom

  3. Dennis

    October 19, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Velcome to zee Gulag. Show me your papers and get in line for your soup. No Papers? No Soup for you!!!
    You useful Idiots!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Left Coast

    October 19, 2021 at 10:33 am

    But . . . the VAX wears off after 6 months, the Hospitals are filling with the VAXED . . . why would any thinking adult take an Experimental mRNA Gene Therapy?

    Dr. Leana Wen Warns Americans

    That Vaccinated People Carry More Virus and are Superspreaders

    September 26, 2021
    Science has already reflected the evidence of this point being accurate; however, the media have been reluctant to admit it – and in most cases media and politicians are denying it.

    In a rare moment of clarity, Dr. Leana Wen admits vaccinated people are now more susceptible to the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, and carry a higher load of the virus than the non-vaccinated population. As a result of their vulnerability to carry and spread the virus, the vaccinated population is now the risk to the unvaccinated population.

    video

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

    The Uninformed make stupid decisions . . . some will pay with their lives sadly!

  5. K

    October 19, 2021 at 9:59 am

    39% of UCP and 16% of WIPA ‘Strongly support’? I smell BULLSHIT

  6. K

    October 19, 2021 at 9:57 am

    HEY RETARDS : It won’t go back to ‘NORMAL’ if you keep encouraging the use of a tool that demonizes 1/3 of the population who won’t inject government mystery juice into their veins.

    These polls are bullshit anyway. I DOUBT the numbers in support are this high. This is simply meant to sway public opinion via the power of suggestion.

  7. Bill Mccann

    October 19, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Wake up sheeple. Masks PP and vaccines are not the way forward. If nobody had gone in for the vax this would all have been over long ago.

  8. Dennis

    October 19, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Alberta, A province of Educated Fools.

  9. Kelly Carter

    October 19, 2021 at 7:49 am

    The flaw in the thinking of the majority supporting vaxx passes is that life will return to normal with a vaxx pass. I get the desire to get back to normal, but we have been down this road… 2 weeks to slow the spread turned into 2 years to stop the spread. Wear a mask and we can be normal, and lock downs happened anyway, get vaccinated and the best summer ever can happen, but the. Fall came and back to lock downs. Get a vaxx pass to control the spread and we can stay open…. Well not likely. THE only way to return to normal at this point is to stop following the “rules”.

  10. Claudette Leece

    October 19, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Alberta if infiltrated by socialist , sheep now, used to be an independant province now the official language in Alberta is baaaahhh

  11. Larry Hammond

    October 19, 2021 at 7:21 am

    How can a survey about vaccine passports be believable after 20 months of propaganda and major censorship of the truth. Very few people are aware of the VAERS (vaccine adverse event reporting system) report that is startling to see the massive vaccine deaths and injuries from this experiment. I am very worried in my community of the complete compliance with mask wearing. Wake up people. Please search more information on Action4Canada.com.

  12. Declan Carroll

    October 19, 2021 at 7:06 am

    “Canadian’s number one wish is to get life back as normal,”

    Medical Apartheid is not normal and being compliant with the demands of tyrants will never lead you to the promised land of liberty.

  13. berta baby

    October 19, 2021 at 4:43 am

    What’s the point Canada is ruined . It’s a shit hole communist colony and the people love it.
    Vaccines don’t work yet everyone pretends they are the miracle we where waiting for.

    At least everyone is safe …. While the number of cases remains high as ever .

  14. Barbara

    October 18, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Well that’s a story you could have left out.

    Thanks for ruining everyone’s day.

    How about writing something constructive for a change/

  15. Glenn Taylor

    October 18, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    “If you want to be wrong then follow the masses.” – Socrates

  16. Baron Not Baron

    October 18, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    This 66% cannot be true. I spoke with people in the country side, too. No one gives a shit about that! World Economic Forum is planning for passports based on your blood sample. Will that be also acceptable?

  17. Andrejs Bondarenko

    October 18, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    They hope to get “back to normal” by making things totally abnormal

  18. Eldon

    October 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Uninformed sheeple following the narrative.
    You will get what you wish/vote for. In the end, you will not like it.

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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.

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By LEE HARDING

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.

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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.

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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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