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O’Toole fires warning shot at other possible dissidents

“People who are now allowing the frustrations and their own personal agendas or issues on the pandemic to interfere with our progress are not part of the team.”




The day after booting rebel Tory senator Denise Batters from the Conservative caucus, party leader Erin O’Toole warned the same fate awaits anyway else who challenges his authority.

Blacklock’s Reporter says O’Toole on Wednesday said he had no choice but to eject the Saskatchewan senator from the Conservative caucus for questioning his leadership.

“You don’t want to make that decision, but really she made it for herself,” O’Toole told reporters.

“It was a necessary decision. Anybody who is not on that page, who is not putting the team and country first, will not be part of the team.”

Batters was expelled from caucus after launching a petition for a leadership review.

“We have united on a way forward as a team,” said O’Toole.

“People who are now allowing the frustrations and their own personal agendas or issues on the pandemic to interfere with our progress are not part of the team.”

“We are focused. That is why we made the decision.”

Batters had been a caucus member since her appointment to the Chamber in 2013. She had been one of former leader Andrew Scheer’s main supporters.

The Senator earlier described O’Toole as “a leader so weak he fired me via voicemail.”

“Seemingly Mr. O’Toole cannot tolerate criticism,” Batters wrote in a statement.

“After the election, I raised my concerns with Mr. O’Toole directly. He did not respond and he did not act.

“If Mr. O’Toole is certain that members of our party support the new direction in which he is taking our party he should have nothing to fear by facing our members democratically in an expedited confidence vote. That he is fighting against this with threats and intimidation to caucus speaks volumes.”

O’Toole is the Party’s third leader in four years. Conservatives last won a federal campaign a decade ago.

Party members next meet at a national convention in 2023 in Québec City.  Section 10 of the party constitution allows members to challenge a leader, stating: “At the first national convention following a general election when the party does not form the government and the leader has not indicated, prior to the commencement of the national convention, an irrevocable intention to resign, the delegates will vote by secret ballot if they wish to engage the leadership selection process.”

Party President Robert Batherson of Halifax said current rules do not allow for leadership drives by petition.

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  1. Cross

    November 19, 2021 at 9:40 am

    If one or more MP’s join the Maverick Party or Peoples Party, O’Toole looses his Totalitarian control over the CPC MP’s. MP’s have power. It is just too easy to enjoy the perks and obey O’Toole.

  2. The Real Kevin

    November 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    You cannot imagine the weight that is lifted from your soul, when you declare to yourself:

    “I do not need a political party.”

    Until you free yourself, you will not know the weight of the delusion that you have placed upon yourself. If you are an MP/MLA, what is making you listen to the whip? The whip didn’t elect you. The whip has no say in your reelection.

    If you are a citizen in a riding, what has the party done that merits your continued support? If you had a dog that kept taking eggs from the henhouse, how long would you keep that dog. A day? A week? A month? A year? 10 years?

    When was the last time your political party, did anything you wanted it to. If there is no limit to your patience, then there is no motivation for the party to listen to you.

  3. Left Coast

    November 18, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Perhaps O’Stoole is a better name for this POS . . .

    Bernier has to be smiling every time this Con Clown opens his mouth!

  4. Andrew Red Deer

    November 18, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Time to leave, I have had enough.

  5. Barbara

    November 18, 2021 at 11:10 am

    O’Toole is a traitor Bowing and scraping his way into Trudeau’s (and whoever is backing Trudeau) favour.

    O’Toole needs to go now and so do the administrative head of the Conservative Party who keep controlling who wins at Leadership Conventions.

    Both Federally and Provincially we need to choose the next Conservative leaders thoughtfully and not jump on any bandwagons.

    I’m already concerned about Jean. He wants to persuade people to vaccinate, but if you listen carefully he DID NOT rule out mandates.

    Is he an opportunist or is he pro our rights. Lets not be to quick to back anyone.

    Why can’t we look at those brave MLAs that have been kicked out of caucus? Surely we can find someone with a backbone, a Ron De Santis?

    We need to do this right. No more blindly following anyone. Let’s grill any new contenders and make sure they follow our lead not some private agenda.

    There are no heroes.

    There is NO JUSTICE, JUST US.

  6. Leslie Solar

    November 18, 2021 at 10:48 am

    The Globalists strike again. Remove any real alternative and replace it with A TOOL of theirs. The real alternative is western separation.

  7. Deb

    November 18, 2021 at 10:19 am

    WARNING, WARNING another TOTALITARIAN LEADER on display. Pay attention folks and don’t forget.

  8. Left Coast

    November 18, 2021 at 9:45 am

    O’Foole could never allow or tolerate criticism . . . that was readily apparent during the Leadership Race when he got Karahalios tossed from the party for pointing out the FACT that O’Foole’s campaign manager had called for Sharia Law in Ontario a decade earlier.
    This was when I was certain O’Foole was a complete waste of space . . . his actions since have followed the same pattern, eliminate those who don’t follow his inept leadership.

    Jason Kenney is out of the same mold . . . another Ontario Progressive regressive loon . . . neither of them should be anywhere near a leadership position.

    If O’Foole hangs on to the Con Party Leadership they will NEVER even beat the Dumbest most Clueless & Corrupt Crime Minister in Canadian History Justin Trudope!
    What they will do is grow the Peoples’ Party!

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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.




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.




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.




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

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