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Lake drowning in constituents as Liberals sit pretty

Labrador by comparison is the smallest riding with 20,106 registered electors. A total 9,653 Labradorians cast ballots.

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Tory MP Mike Lake represents the country’s most populous riding of Edmonton-Westaskiwin. His riding saw 87,000 ballots cast in the recent election.

In contrast, some Atlantic Canada seats went to the Liberals with as few as 9,700 votes, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Lake said the weighting of votes is frustrating electors.

“That has to be taken into consideration in a functioning democracy,” Lake told the Commons.

“It has to be taken into consideration in a government that cares about all of its citizens, not just the citizens that feed into its electoral map. We have faced an unbelievable amount of frustration in Alberta, Saskatchewan and other parts of the country over the past six years. That frustration is felt because people are not listened to.”

Elections Canada proposed a redistribution of federal seats for more equal representation. Most ridings average 60,000 to 80,000 voters, but with wide variance.

Edmonton-Wetaskiwin is the largest riding in the country with 130,608 registered electors. A total 86,843 people cast ballots on September 20.

Labrador by comparison is the smallest riding with 20,106 registered electors. A total 9,653 Labradorians cast ballots.

“In Edmonton-Wetaskiwin we had the highest vote total in the country the last couple of years,” said Lake.

“This time around, just to give it some perspective, in the province of Prince Edward Island where they elected four Liberal MPs the total vote count in the entire province for four members was 38,956.”

“In Papineau, where the prime minister was elected, where he got just over 50% of the vote, the total vote count was 45,423 votes. In Edmonton-Westaskiwin we in the Conservative Party received 48,430 votes.”

“When we do the math we get some perspective. Why this is important is because each of those votes should matter as much as any other individual vote in this country.”

The last redistribution prior to the 2015 election saw thirty seats added to the Commons to reflect population growth and oversized ridings. Ontario gained 18 seats, BC seven and Alberta five.

Elections Canada on October 15 proposed another redistribution under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act to add three more seats in Alberta, and one each in British Columbia and Ontario. Revisions would see Québec lose one seat in the Commons for the first time since 1966.

Records show the eight most populous federal ridings are held by Conservatives. They are Edmonton-Wetaskiwin (with 130,608 registered electors), Simcoe-Grey, Ont. (120,703 electors), Calgary Shepard (114,516 electors), Niagara Falls, Ont. (114,124 electors), North Okanagan-Shuswap, B.C. (110,729 electors), Durham, Ont. (110,760 electors), Banff-Airdrie, Alta. (110,509 electors) and Brantford-Brant, Ont. (110,180 electors).

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  1. MD

    December 3, 2021 at 11:14 am

    This is my useless MP! I did not vote for him this time, no way I will ever vote for the fake Conservative party.
    The solution for Alberta is separation . We are no longer in the Canada that we grew up in . It will never be because there is no difference between the 2 main federal parties and the other half of Canada are socialists!! The federal politicians are all puppets for the UN and the WEF.
    Join the growing movement! ALBERTA UNITY PROJECT.
    They have a website and bitchute channel.
    Dr Modry, Dr Hodkinson and Chris Scott are giving talks around Alberta.

  2. Susan Grant

    December 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Cant tell you how many times I NEVER hear a word from this guy. He has no time for small towns. I have no time for THE CONS AND THE LIEBERALS.
    WEXIT WEXIT WEXIT WEXIT WEXIT

  3. Ben Wilson

    December 2, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    If there was a vote on separation I would vote for it.
    I know it would be hard for a year or two as some businesses would leave and there would be many hurdles to jump through. But then our kids would be free from the corruption in Ottawa.

    Until this day comes let’s do what is much easier to achieve, but still helps us. IE. 1. Own police force. 2. Collect our own taxes. 3. Have our own Pension Plan. 4. Have our own E.I. Plan and there are other really good idea’s in the Buffalo declaration and the Fair deal panel recommendation.

    If people want to leave Canada let’s get ready, and all these things mentioned need to get done to separate so let’s do them now.

  4. Andrew Red Deer

    December 2, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Too little too late. Its time to go.

  5. Eldon

    December 2, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    The time to divorce from eastern Canada is way past due!
    Let true conservatives lead the West and the woke lead the east.

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Massive, loud support displayed as BC’s truckers roll east

The convoy is approaching Alberta and will spend the night in Calgary before departing east on January 24 in conjunction with Alberta’s truckers.

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The eastbound “freedom convoy” rolling towards Ottawa in protest of government mandates is well underway with hundreds coming out to support the truckers’ departure from BC’s Lower Mainland early Sunday morning.

The recent mandate — instituted by the federal Liberal government on January 15 — is forcing truckers crossing the border into Canada to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival using the ArriveCan app if they want to avoid testing and quarantine requirements.

American truckers will be denied entry.

Prior to the the January 15 mandate truckers were deemed an essential service.

Despite widespread concern of further economic devastation amid an already hurting supply chain, Liberal Health Minister Jean Yves-Duclos maintains his position that restricting cross-border movement of unvaccinated truckers is the “right thing to do.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) anticipates the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) cross-border commercial drivers as a result.

In border areas, drivers will often cross over five or six times a day.

“That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Valentim — who has been a trucker for more than 20 years — spearheaded the group out of BC, which steadily grew in size throughout the day as truckers across the province joined the Ottawa-bound convoy.

The convoy is approaching Alberta and will spend the night in Calgary before departing east on January 24 in conjunction with Alberta’s truckers.

When the convoy arrives in Ottawa, it will rendezvous with four convoys from various points of Ontario, convoys from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, other Atlantic areas, and Quebec — forming a mass coalescence of rolling steel within the nation’s capital.

“We need to show this government what they’re doing is wrong and we won’t take it anymore,” said Valentim.

While the national demonstration is organized by big-riggers, those involved say it represents other professions that have been effected by mandatory injections such as healthcare workers, municipal workers and more. All professions and vehicles are welcome in the convoy.

The official GoFundMe page has received more than 37,400 separate donations adding up to more than $2.8 million with donations steadily flowing in by the minute.

The fund’s page — organized by Tamara Lich — says money raised will be dispersed to truckers for the cost of the journey and “any leftover donations will be donated to a credible veteran’s organization which will be chosen by the donors.”

The page says GoFundMe will be sending donations directly to “our bulk fuel supplier.”

“Your hard-earned money is going straight to who it was meant for without having to flow through anyone else,” reads the page.

The Western Standard reached out to Lich for further details regarding the allocation of donor’s funds, but has not heard back.

“Time to stop these mandates destroying people’s lives and businesses,” writes one donor.

“This tyranny must stop, and I believe the truckers are uniquely positioned to make this point,” writes another.

Maps, routes, times, and contact information for the respective organizers can be found here.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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Judge slashes large defamation award to only $50,000

The judge ruled prairie courts are much more modest in awarding liberal damages.

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A Manitoba judge has slashed the $500,000 awarded to a defamation victim to $50,000, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The judge ruled prairie courts are much more modest in awarding liberal damages.

“Civil jury trials in Manitoba are rare,” wrote Justice William Burnett of the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

“Awards for defamation in that amount are virtually non-existent.”

“The jury’s award of $500,000 is wholly disproportionate and shockingly unreasonable,” wrote Burnett, who worked 32 years as a civil litigator.

“This was not a case of widespread or repeated publication of defamatory statements in print media, radio, television or on the Internet.”

Millionaire developer Marcel Chartier in 2021 won his defamation claim against a former business partner who badmouthed him at a lunch meeting. The court was told Chartier’s ex-partner had called him a thief.

“There was no further publication of the defamatory comments,” wrote Burnett.

The slander was uttered to two people over a lunch table, “a small audience by any measure,” and “the impact of the comments was negligible,” the court added.

“The jury’s award of $500,000 is replaced with an award of $50,000,” ordered the court, noting there “is no mathematical formula” to placing value on damages for defamation.

Burnett said he reviewed dozens of rulings in Western courts, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia over the past six years in concluding the half-million award was excessive.

“Having considered more than 50 recent decisions where damages were awarded for reputational harm it is readily apparent the present award is well beyond the maximum limit of a reasonable range,” wrote Burnett.

Large libel awards are uncommon in Canada. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench last December 15 ordered the CBC to pay $1,659,403 for defaming a local investment adviser in a 2012 television broadcast.

The case is under appeal.

The largest award to date, $3 million, was paid in 2008 to an Ottawa pilot falsely accused of impairment.

The Supreme Court in 1995 upheld a $1.6 million award to a Toronto Crown prosecutor defamed by the Church of Scientology.

In 2016, the British Columbia Supreme Court awarded $1.1 million in damages to a Vancouver businessman falsely accused of being a drug trafficker.

The Supreme Court in 2002 refused to hear an appeal from the CBC over a $950,000 award to an Ottawa physician falsely accused of improper conduct by the news program The Fifth Estate.

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Sask residents say vaccine choices dividing families

“It’s putting these parents in a really horrible situation,” said Ness. “It’s not selfishness. They truly believe to their core that it’s not the right decision for them. It’s not that they don’t want their children.”

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For personal and legal reasons, vaccine choices are dividing families, say two Saskatchewan residents.

Michael Jackson, a divorced father from the rural community of Carievale in southeastern Saskatchewan, was opposed to his seven-year-old daughter Sarah receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

When his ex-wife said Sarah would get the vaccine, he refused to return her. Jackson’s ex-wife applied for a court order for police to retrieve Sarah and a judge heard the case in court.

Jackson lost his case and failed in a subsequent appeal. He went into hiding with his daughter before police could enforce the court order.

Two cases in Quebec suggest judges in other provinces take a similar view. Last fall, a 13-year-old boy wanted the vaccine so he could be in school sports and go to movies and restaurants, but his father was opposed. Then his wife, the mother of the boy, went to court and had the father’s objections overruled.

A similar ruling was made by a Lethbridge judge.

Nadine Ness, founder of Unified Grassroots, says a Lloydminster father who got their under-12 child vaccinated for COVID-19 showed her that proper checks aren’t always made. 

“He messaged me, ‘Look, I’m pro-vaccine. But I think you should know this,’” Ness recalled in an interview.

“He was never asked any documentation as to who he was, how connected he was to that child, nothing. He was just asked for the kids’ health card, and that was it, nothing else. So if that’s happening, then parents who have full decision authority over their children’s health, like the other parent can go and do whatever they want because they’re not asking for ID either. That was a story that I found really odd and concerning.

At other times, parents are at odds. Shortly before Christmas, a Quebec judge denied an unvaccinated father visitation rights to his double-vaccinated 12-year-old child. Ness said knows of instances where parents are using the threat of vaccinating children for COVID-19 as a bargaining chip to extract more from the parent who is opposed.

“I grew up in a divorced family with an absent mother. She was a drug addict, so I know what it’s like to grow without a parent there. And I know how important it is for both parents to be involved in children’s lives. I’m divorced myself, so I share custody of my kids,” Ness said.

“I could never imagine anyone trying to keep their kids away from the other parent, but it’s just you see that too often in custody issues…If you’re using your child to go after the other parent, you’re not doing what’s in your child’s best interest.”

Ness said former allowances for the unvaccinated to cross the U.S. border to see their non-adult children have been taken away.

“At this point, policies like that just show more that this is not about health. And this is about punishing the people who oppose government, punishing political opposition,” Ness said.

“Omicron is so mild. We had it all in our house and I was sick for a day and a half…It was the mildest cold I’ve ever had. My son was sick and had fever for six hours. That was it, nothing else. He’s seven. My 12-year-old never got symptoms, and my two-year-old had a bit of a runny nose.”

Ness believes COVID-19 is an inadequate reason for politicians, judges, and families to separate unvaccinated family members from their children or other relatives.

“It’s putting these parents in a really horrible situation…Some of these parents, it’s not selfishness. They truly believe to their core that it’s not the right decision for them. It’s not that they don’t want their children or don’t want to see their children,” Ness said.

“These are real people, real lives affected. They’re not just robots. It’s dehumanizing them and not recognizing them. These are children who go to bed at night crying because they don’t have their other parent there, their family member there. 

“They don’t deserve this; they deserve better from us. And we deserve better from our government as well.”

Lee Harding is a contributor to the Western Standard living in Saskatchewan.

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