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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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  1. Longo

    December 6, 2021 at 5:55 am

    I say tar sand and feather him.

  2. Seven-Zero-One

    December 4, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Colonist just making sure r Albertans stay in line.

  3. Clash

    December 4, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Nixon is a political Eunuch! Nice talk, No B_lls! If your depending on a fair impartial Judgment from the Courts your a fool. We lost the Carbon Tax case in the Supreme Court because the Government Appointed Judges ruled against you, what did you expect? The Judges even used the Government talking points, “The Science is Settled”, to which your reply was, “Thank-you very much! Can I pull my pants up now?”. Guilbeault is a pure Communist who will give you a nice little rub job, then stick it to you when you aren’t ready. And as far as Suzuki is concerned, If “CLASH” said what “SuziQ” said, he would be going to court!! “Alberta STRONG and FREE! I Have a Dream!!”

  4. Left Coast

    December 4, 2021 at 9:31 am

    PS: Anyone who wears a mask outside is certainly not playing with a full deck . . . just sayin!

  5. Left Coast

    December 4, 2021 at 9:30 am

    “Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation.” ? ? ?

    Transition to WHAT? There is NOTHING today to replace what is driving down our highways!

    EVs are toys for rich folks with of course Govt Subsidies that rarely stray a 100 miles from the city.

    Take away the “Subsidies” and the sales would go to almost nothing . . . there is nothing on the planet today to replace Oil & Gas. When someone invents the “Dilithium Christal” that may be different but Wind, Solar & Batteries are not the answer. Neither is penalizing Canooks with regressive taxation to fight the Imaginary Gorebull Warming.

    Guilbeault is another mindless Ideologue from Keybec a member of the Anti-science Greensleeze . . . all you need to know!

  6. gardenho

    December 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Ever notice we never get MSM ‘notice’ when any of the liberal politicians come to Alberta anymore, am I imagining things or wasn’t there a press announcement about virtually every political visit from Ottawa before?

  7. Mac Cumming

    December 4, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Agree with the feds and announce that we are cutting off oil and gas to the east and Vancouver on Dec. 15 to give the east an early Christmas present which we must do for education of the socialists. Only turn the pipelines back on if we get permission to build the Eagle Spirit pipeline and cut off the stupid carbon tax as well as several other things.

  8. Leslie Solar

    December 3, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    …might be a good time for Nixon to come to his senses and figure out that Climate Change (aka Global Warming) is a hoax put forward by a bunch of fraudsters and decide that he was wrong and will mend his ways. Carbon tax must be rescinded. And etc.

    That might actually improve the UCP’s badly tarnished image….

  9. Ken

    December 3, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    How did that maggot get into Alberta?? Sorry to maggots to liken this POS to you

  10. Ben Wilson

    December 3, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    All these Liberals should be in Jail.

    They are all just part of the Global Elite plan to limit oil and Gas for the Rich only The rest of the world gets the wind and solar.

    Bastards.

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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