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UCP MLA unloads on Kenney, says party ‘cannot be salvaged’

The MLA is demanding an independent investigation over allegations that Kenney’s office staff is working against UCP MLAs that oppose his leadership.

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An Alberta United Conservative Party MLA says the party could be on the verge of collapse.

Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie made the statement in a letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on the eve of the party’s annual general meeting (AGM) starting this Friday.

And he’s demanding an independent investigation over allegations that Kenney’s office staff is working against UCP MLAs that have come out against him.

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility. 

“From what I understand, the party has taken over constituency associations (CAs) in Edmonton and one of those CAs put forward a motion to increase the threshold capacity (to call a leadership review) from 25% board support to 33%. And on Friday we found out that new business will be prohibited at the AGM.”

A motion for the weekend’s convention states: “No resolutions other than the special resolutions and resolutions approved by the board will be considered, with the exception of those proposed by the leader.”

Raising the bar for constituency associations to force a leadership review is likely a move to combat the move by more than 22 associations who say they have met the threshold yesterday.

Calgary-Fish Creek UCP constituency president Jack Redekop called the motion “unprecedented.”

Guthrie, first elected in 2019 writes, “The party is also known to be actively working to replace sitting MLAs that oppose you, premier. Shockingly, I have it from multiple direct sources that PAC’s supporting premier, are offering to pay member AGM fees as well as providing other favors in exchange for their votes at this weekend’s AGM.

“Those involved in the scheme include staff from your office (using taxpayer dollars), as well as the party and even MLAs,” writes Guthrie.

“They are doing this to assist you in retaining the UCP provincial board with the intent of controlling the review process. I don’t know about the rest you, but that’s not the “Grassroots Guarantee” that I ran on? This may not be illegal, but it is certainly unethical. 

“Winning back the favour of Albertans should be our priority. And this kind of undermining of the process will do nothing but drive Albertans away.

“Premier, to save the party’s integrity (and that of the process) an independent investigation should be launched immediately to hold any culprits accountable. And if you are complicit, then premier you need to step down here and now.  

“We cannot continue to have these missteps and have you deflect blame if we are to rebuild going into the next election. ‘Humility’ and ‘trust’ cannot be mere words. 

Kenney’s office refuses to respond to the Western Standard. The Western Standard has also requested comment from Guthrie but hasn’t heard back as of publishing.

…more to come

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Major Tom

    November 17, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    “When the foundations be destroyed…..what can the righteous do?”

  2. j n

    November 17, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    BEN WILSON -> come over to WIPA
    UCP is dead

  3. Clash

    November 17, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Kenney has sold us out. My only question is, has Jason Kenney gotten all of his 30 pieces of silver yet, or does he have to perform for Justin some more?

  4. Leslie Solar

    November 17, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Mises is correct. And if that ‘unprecedented” position on motions is left to stand and the meeting is held, I agree that Wildrose would be the logical place for a move by all of the UCPers.

    Rumour has it that Guthrie is non-responsive to his constituents when they have issues, so there may not be many tears shed if he is not there, but what you dont want is Kenney’s people deciding who replaces him.

    No question—Kenney is a globalist and has no principles. He needs to be gone, sooner than later.

  5. Pete

    November 17, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    If Guthrie is correct and there are only 10K party members left in the UCP then they may be well on their way to complete self-destruction. If Kenney stays on as leader, I am with Left Coast, UCP MLA’s should leave this sinking ship and join Wildrose.

  6. Left Coast

    November 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

    If I were a UCP MLA I would be crossing the floor and joining the Wild Rose Party.

    It looks like the Eastern Progressive Despot Kenney is completely corrupt . . . two years of playing Diktator is probably the cause. If he refuses to leave then the entire Party needs to be flushed into the annals of History and get WR prepared for the next election to defeat the Marxists in the NDP.

  7. Claudette Leece

    November 17, 2021 at 7:03 am

    DRC Malloy if I had wanted an NDP party I would of voted for that, it’s people like you ruining AB, move to ON be much happier

  8. Claudette Leece

    November 17, 2021 at 6:58 am

    No end to how crooked the UCP have become under Kenney, not only a dictator but a crook as well. Of coarse the UCP got an Edmonton ca to help them, there NDP anyways so two peas in a pod. Disgusting , I would vote for the Green Party before ever voting for theses crooks.

  9. Longo

    November 17, 2021 at 5:54 am

    Albertans were tricked by a short fat bull-shitter in a cowboy hat.

  10. Ben Wilson

    November 16, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I am no fan of JK: And I think a new leader would be good as pandemic has been awful and a fresh start would be good.

    Remember UCP is not JK. And UCP has done many good things:
    1. Fired all NDP anti- oil activists that were in government.
    2. Fixed our Testing for new Drivers Lic’s that the NDP F’d up. NDP fired contract EE’s and new DL was 10 weeks wait at one time.
    3. Reduced Taxes on Business to bring jobs to Alberta. Movie industry, IT companies. Etc.
    4. Red tap reductions.
    5. Allen Report.
    6. Just made PAC’s illegal in future elections.
    7. Equalization Vote.
    8. Making an effort to Bal our budget.
    9. Fair Deal panel.

    UCP is the only option for Alberta. We have a leadership race in April. Let’s choose a leader and move on to keep building Alberta. Anyone that just complains can go back to the NDP party they came from. UCP is about making things better, and we don’t need JK for this.

    Give me more names than just Brian Jean……. I will consider Brian, but there should be other options.

    If no other names can be brought forward, I will consider all MLA’s that complain just NDP plants. A real UCP member would work within the UCP framework and offer a new leader. MLA’s who are just NDP plants just complain.

    Remember what the Allen Report has show. Hundreds of millions a years goes to suppress Alberta. And many MLA’s in the UCP are part of this corruption. And they want UCP out, as UCP wants to grow Alberta. These corrupt foreign sources of funding must be stopped.

  11. Deb

    November 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I agree with Mises, Kenny was planted here than campaigned with issues and solutions offered that we wanted to hear. Tell them anything to get in then you can do what you want and turn into a tyrant.
    If he had any Morals he would step down or at the very least start listening to his MLA who are in direct contact with constituents letting them know how they feel. Truth is all the Premier’s in each province are now global players. They along with Trudeau are the construction workers in Canada for the globalist’s Great Reset and most Canadian are burying their heads in the sand letting it happen. The Globalist will be laughing at how easy Canada was to take.

  12. Dennis

    November 16, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Fergus Hodgson, Kenny’s office doesn’t respond to anyone. I have been sending emails and correspondence to them, CC’d to multiple people and have had a couple of form letter word salad responses from some office minion. These people think we work for the government. It’s time to change that narrative. SOON.
    Wildrosenation.com

  13. Tiberius

    November 16, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Who could have imagined a couple years ago that Jason Kenny would govern as a continuation of the NDP? That he would listen to every single screech out of Notely and actually act on it? He has betrayed his party and betrayed Albertans. If the party cannot be wrestled away from him soon, it deserves destruction.

  14. Baron Not Baron

    November 16, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Yes, his work is not done, that’s why he’s not leaving. He wants to see Alberta DESTROYED – not at the levels of the small Eastern Provinces but Sh!t hole country levels.

  15. berta baby

    November 16, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Any mla against this diabolical leader has my support kenney can fuck off

  16. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 16, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    The big question; Why would any politician that has lost the trust of many UCP elected representatives want to stay at the helm ? I am sure that many Albertan’s will have no trouble unravelling that riddle.My guess the rual residents have made up their opinions on the issue.We see were Calgary and Edmonton residents have made their opinions clear at the recent civic elections . Divide and conquer is the name of the game. Will a saviour come to the rescue???

  17. Fergus Hodgson

    November 16, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    “Kenney’s office refuses to respond to the Western Standard.” That tells you as much as you need to know about this administration.

  18. Mises

    November 16, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    We must understand that Jason Kenney was parachuted into AB to shutdown emerging independent movement, choke oil business and deliver AB to his masters. He is not quite done yet, so expect resistance from his circle. He will stay until these goals are accomplished. One would hope that he will be brought back for his crimes against AB and serve time.

  19. John Lankers

    November 16, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    There is no doubt Kenney and his cronies are working for the NDP.

  20. Andrew Red Deer

    November 16, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Please bury this party and send its leaders to jail for tyranny.

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Manitobans shipped to US for surgery

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

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About 300 Manitobans awaiting spinal surgery will be sent to Sanford Medical Centre in Fargo ND for their operations.

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

Patients who have been on the spinal surgery waiting list for more than a year will be given priority. Some may be headed south of the border by the end of January.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon and members of the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force are expected to provide an update at a 2 p.m. CST news conference.

The province may also be contemplating sending joint-surgery patients to Sanford.

“We acknowledge the suffering. We acknowledge the waits,” said Dr. Ed Buchel, the provincial surgery lead for Manitoba Shared Health told CBC.

Sending patients elsewhere in Canada isn’t an option because every provincial health care system is overwhelmed with demands from the Omicron variant, he said.

Health staff have been diverted from operating rooms to care for COVID-19 patients while surgery backlogs escalated.

Patients suffering broken backs, unstable spines or cancer are deemed too risky for surgery in the U.S.

Preference will be given to those with serious conditions needing urgent attention, yet are able to travel by vehicle to Sanford, 360 km from Winnipeg.

Doctors Manitoba hopes this is a short-term measure.

“Sending patients out of Manitoba for care is not ideal, but we understand the task force has very few local options right now because of the shortage of staff and the current surge in Omicron hospital admissions,” spokesperson Keir Johnson said in a statement to CBC.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitoba was the only province that transferred critical care patients, 57 in all, out-of-province.

To be updated…

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

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WORLD WATCH: UK announces COVID restrictions are over

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

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The UK government will no longer require vaccine passports and mask mandates as of next Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons.

“We can return to plan A in England and allow plan B regulations to expire,” said Johnson, in a live address on Wednesday. 

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

Johnson said organizations will be permitted to continue the voluntary pass but the government will “end the compulsory use of COVID status certification in England.”

The government also announced it will no longer require people to work from home.

With the announcement the government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks, the house erupted with cheers.

Johnson confirmed students would no longer be required to wear facemasks in classrooms as of Thursday, but added the government will continue to suggest the use of masks in public places.

“We will trust the judgement of the British people and no longer criminalize anyone who chooses not to wear one,” said Johnson.

Restrictions on visits to care homes will also be eased across the UK.

Johnson said some measures will remain in place including self-isolation.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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CTF calls for tax cuts as inflation hits 30 year high

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Canadian government to reduce taxes to help people with the rising cost of living.

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

“Canadians are fueling up at the pumps and then worrying about whether they have enough left over for ground beef at the grocery store,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the CTF.

“Inflation is a key economic issue facing Canadian families and our politicians need to wake up and provide some relief.”

Canadians who make more than $64,900 are going to see an extra $396 in payroll tax bills this year, according to the CTF.

The federal carbon tax increased twice during the pandemic and will increase again to 11 cents per litre of gasoline on April 1, 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said carbon tax will be increasing to nearly 40 cents per litre by 2030, as well as a second carbon tax is being developed that could add another 11 cents per litre.

Additionally, the federal government is planning for an increase in alcohol taxes for the third time during the pandemic on April 1.

“High taxes and soaring prices are making the tough times tougher in Canada,” said Terrazzano.

“While other countries are cutting taxes, all we get from Canadian politicians are higher tax bills. It’s time for Ottawa to provide some tax relief and make life in Canada a little more affordable.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole also called on Trudeau to take immediate action.

“For the first time in 30 years, prices are up 4.8% compared to a year ago. Millions of Canadians are feeling the pinch of inflation in their daily lives. Families and seniors are falling behind and they see the Trudeau government doing nothing to give them a break,” said O’Toole in a statement.

“Food is more expensive. Gas and home heating are costing more. Rents in many cities are skyrocketing by double digits and home ownership is out of reach for millions as prices are up a staggering 26.6% in just one year.   

“More Canadians are struggling to meet ends meet, young people are giving up on home ownership and nearly half of all Canadians are worried about their financial security for the upcoming year. The high-tax, high-debt lockdown agenda of the Trudeau government has set the stage for inflation and COVID policies are making supply chain challenges worse. We are already seeing alarming shortages on shelves leading to higher prices.”

The CTF noted Spain was rated lower than Canada on the 2021 misery index, but that country’s government is taking action giving citizens breaks by cutting added tax on electricity from 21% to 10% until April 30.

South Korea, India, and several states across America have also reduced fuel taxes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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