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WS projects 60%+ victory on Equalization referendum

“Albertans sent a clear message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that they demand fairness on equalization,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.




The Western Standard projects the provincial referendum on Equalization will easily pass with more than 60% of voters saying they want it removed from the constitution.

Calgary citizens voted 58% in favour, 59% in Lethbridge said yes and Red Deer and Medicine Hat both voted a resounding 69% in favour of eliminating transfer payments.

The average, not weighted for population, is 64% and does not account for any rural counties that haven’t reported voter totals yet but are expected to heavily favour the elimination of equalization payments.

As stated on the City of Edmonton website, senate and referendum results “will be provided directly to Elections Alberta between October 19 and 25, 2021. Elections Alberta will release the Official Tabulation on October 26.”

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is now calling on the feds to immediately begin discussions on the equalization program and work with provinces to address issues with the “status quo.”

“Alberta voters delivered a clear message: they’re willing to contribute to Canada, but they won’t be taken advantage of anymore,” said Kevin Lacey, Alberta Director with the CTF.

“Alberta politicians of all political stripes have complained to Ottawa demanding action, yet the unfairness continues. Now, Albertans have taken this issue from the premier’s table to kitchen tables across Canada.”

“Albertans sent a clear message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that they demand fairness on equalization,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director with the CTF.

“Trudeau should be picking up the phone to call Premier Jason Kenney and other premiers across the country to talk about fixing the equalization status quo and building a stronger and more united Canada.”

Kenney promised the referendum ahead of the 2019 election as a means of “achieving leverage” for Alberta to fight for more independence and acknowledges a “yes vote” wouldn’t bring about automatic change.

“I’ve always said that a yes vote on the principle of equalization does not automatically change equalization, it doesn’t remove it from the Constitution. We cannot do that unilaterally,” Kenney said.

“What it does is to elevate Alberta’s fight for fairness to the top of the national agenda, in a sense, it takes a page out of Quebec’s playbook,” referring to a Supreme Court ruling on Quebec’s separation referendum.

Kenny would need federal approval for any change to the equalization program along with seven of 10 provinces agreeing to any constitutional amendments. Quebec, B.C. and Ontario hold veto power in the decision, as well.

The CTF participated in the referendum as a part of the registered third-party group, Fight Equalization.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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  1. Eric Limacher

    October 19, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t think it’s true that BC, Quebec and Ontario have a true veto on constitutional matters. If I’m not mistaken, Lougheed fought hard to keep vetos out of the constitutional amendment process.

    That said, given the requirement that the ‘yea’ provinces must make up 50% of the population, Quebec and Ontario do jointly hold a de facto veto if they can agree.

  2. John Lankers

    October 19, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Kenney licks Trudeau’s boots.
    Trudeau shouts “Go away”.
    Support for independence goes through the roof.
    I wish I had a crystal ball for what happens after that….

  3. Andrew Red Deer

    October 19, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    K you are right on, we must defeat the tyrants first and foremost.

  4. Glenn Taylor

    October 19, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    You have wonder why 40% of Calgarians and (presumably) Edmontonians are OK with getting ripped off by Ottawa on a regular basis?

    Nevertheless, this was Kenney’s ‘big move’ and Ottawa and provinces can just ignore us so it’s doubtful anything will change. We needed a referendum with more teeth.

    What we really need is a WIPA government.

  5. K

    October 19, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    “Kenny would need federal approval for any change to the equalization program along with seven of 10 provinces agreeing to any constitutional amendments.”

    Then it’s not getting done, period. We don’t ask. We do, or it doesn’t get done.

  6. K

    October 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Pffft. What’s the difference. Small-balls here has proven to be an utterly useless, flip-flopping NWO drone. He can’t get anything good done for us at all. The ONLY issue, yes, the ONLY issue that matters right now is con-vid and the compliance passport. If that isn’t revoked immediately, nothing matters.

  7. Clash

    October 19, 2021 at 11:23 am

    This is all Kenney BS and “FEEL GOOD” Theatre. Trudeau isn’t going to change anything and neither is Kenney. Kenney folded his tent really fast on the Climate\Carbon Tax court decision and he will do the same when Trudeau says “NO” to the equalization vote! Kenney is playing Good Cop to Trudeau’s Bad Cop. Remember it is the Good Cop that does the real damage. Separation from Kenney should be our First move! Separation from Canada should be our Second.

  8. Dennis

    October 19, 2021 at 11:08 am

    OK, now what? I know, send Trudeau a Stern Letter to let him know we don’t agree with equalization. That should get his attention. Now,, as far as the economy, healthcare, mandatory jabs, unemployment, workers being fired, All that dont mean shit. Just let JT know that we are not at all happy and that should do it.
    What a colossal waste of time and money. Let’s buy some more vaccines while we still have a credit rating.
    What a Fucked up country we have become.

  9. Barbara

    October 19, 2021 at 11:03 am

    The United Kingdom has announced it is calling off the so-called vaccine passports impingement of the rights of its citizens to freely associate.

    Health secretary “Sajid Javid told the BBC: ‘We shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it.’ He said the government had looked at the evidence, adding: ‘I’m pleased to say we will not be going ahead.’”

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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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