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WS Exclusive POLL: Support for Alberta independence hits new high

Conducted by Mainstreet Research, the poll shows support for independence is now only five percentage points behind the support for staying within Canada, which now sits at 45%.

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Support for making Alberta an independent country now sits at a whopping 40% in the province, a new poll commissioned exclusively for the Western Standard shows.

Conducted by Mainstreet Research, the poll shows support for independence is now only five percentage points behind the support for staying within Canada, which now sits at 45%.

A total of 15% of people asked said they weren’t sure when asked: “Would you support Alberta independence, either on its own or along with other Western Provinces?”

With the undecided removed from the counting, a total of 53% of Albertans want to stay while 47% want to strike out on their own.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

 Support for independence is strongest in rural Northern Alberta where it sits at 51%

Residents of the two big cities were most opposed to independence. In Edmonton, only 31% support the idea with 56% saying no. In Calgary, 39% agreed with 48% opposed.

Support and opposition for independence also broke down largely along partisan lines.

Not surprisingly, supporters of the Wildrose Independence Party back the move with 82% in favour. For UCP voters, 65% are in favour, the Alberta Party at 80%, Liberals at 21% and the NDP at 9%.

Subsamples for the Alberta Party and Liberals contain a larger margin of error due to their smaller vote-share.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

How respondents to the poll felt toward mandatory vaccination also correlated with support for independence, with 90% of those saying they will not get a COVID-19 jab in support of independence. Those who had received their two doses were 55% against independence.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the number of people supporting independence as “really high”.

“It speaks to the mood of the electorate right now after going through tough economic times, COVID and low energy prices,” said Maggi.

“Everyone thought things would return to being 100% perfect when Jason Kenney was elected and people have become disillusioned.”

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The analysis in this report is based on 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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  1. Andrew Red Deer

    October 22, 2021 at 6:06 am

    If an election does not reach 50% if the total number of ELIGIBLE voters then the election should be declared null and void. ALL of the candidates should be rejected and a totally new slate presented until they DO get more than 50% turnout. UNTIL then no new laws or mandates can be enacted. Maybe a prescription for getting bogged down but its better than letting legislators do things, ITS WHEN THEY DO THINGS THEY SCREW UP. Hence the last two years.

  2. Greg Porter

    October 20, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Wildrose Independence Party only had 82% wanting independence? Shouldn’t that be 100%

  3. Bryan

    October 20, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    AFA getting out of CONfederation? I think we are SOL. True-dope is importing more and more immigrants into Alberta, who come here believing that ‘we’ will provide for them; a house, a car and lots of MONEY!

    We have so many who figure they ‘owe’ True-dope, they’ll continue to vote for him and the socialists, and would NEVER vote to leave.

    Of course, we also have ‘Justin’ Kenney, True-dope’s little play toy! I don’t know what he has over overlord Kenney, but it MUST be HUGE!

    LET’S GO TRUDEAU!

    LET’S GO KENNEY!

    (Ceterum autem censeo Justinius True-dope-us esse delendam)

  4. David

    October 20, 2021 at 7:55 am

    The poor results of municipal elections in Alberta are due entirely to low voter turnout.

    A higher percentage of people now support independence. Unfortunately, half of them don’t actually turn out to vote.

    We need a Nigel Fa0rage figure, someone who can get all those people who haven’t voted in twenty years to come out and shock everyone!

  5. Mars Hill

    October 19, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Near term world events will make staying or leaving much easier.

  6. Tony

    October 19, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Sadly, I must agree with some of the sentiments already mentioned. I think the only way forward for Alberta is by itself, but our provincial electorate has reached that bleak tipping point where more than half of people who vote percieve to gain more from the interventionist/redistributionist/identitarian apparatus of the state than they believe they are forced to contribute. The greatest common factor of every successful modern politician is the promise of “I will give you what you want, I will make someone else pay for it”.

  7. Proudly_Free

    October 19, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    We just fed this province to the marxist dogs on Oct. 18, so please tell me how it would do any good right now for us to separate. Alberta needs to be rescued from Alberta first by casting out these unwelcome invaders and then we can talk about separating. To quote a line from the movie, The Patriot, We have 3,000 tyrants 1 mile away versus 1 Crime Minister Trudope 3,000 miles away. Unlike the US colonies in 1776, this is our reality not some philosophically abstract possibility. We need to deal with what’s in front of us first and renovate our own backyard.

  8. Alex

    October 19, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I’d like this to be true, but honestly, after 40+ years and the results of yesterday’s mayoral elections, I’m planning to get my family out of dodge. It’s all gotten a bit more existential as of late and it’s becoming pretty clear that Alberta doesn’t have many Albertans left in it.

  9. K

    October 19, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Between flouride, Gone-dick, the Edmonton mayor, the passports, the inoculation of children with vaccines still in the testing stages, the making mandatory of said vaccines, I am not hopeful at all that this is going anywhere.

  10. Dennis

    October 19, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Well, if this is close to accurate, it is heartwarming to know that not all Albertans have lost their brain under the COVID strain.
    Velcome to Zee Gulag, Show me your Papers, Get in line for your Soup. No Papers? No Soup for You!!!!

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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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