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O’Toole advocates for Ukraine as Russian troops line the border

This action is brought on by Russia’s placement of over 100,000 troops, hundreds of tanks, and heavily artillery outside of the Ukrainian border.

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The #StandWithUkraine movement is gaining global traction, as many get reminded of the escalating domestic war that has gone on there since 2013.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole issued an official statement Thursday calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Russia’s latest deal.

This action is brought on by Russia’s placement of over 100,000 troops, hundreds of tanks, and heavy artillery outside of the Ukrainian border.

Vladamir Putin’s deal demands legal guarantees that NATO will not supply any military forces to Ukraine and blocks possibilities of NATO membership for many other surrounding countries.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) represents a strong voice for over 1 million Canadians who identify as Ukrainians.

The UCC has been campaigning for the Canadian government to take actions including giving Ukraine NATO membership, provide the country with weapons, and impose sanctions on Russia.

The US and other allies have introduced sanctions against Russia to take effect if they attack Ukraine, designed to negatively impact the country’s economy by crushing the technology and defence sectors.

A ten-minute educational video summarizing the history and overall situation of the eastern European conflict can be found in this Al Jazeera English video.

O’Toole’s statement asks for an increase in that support from Canada, as Russia escalates threats in many other eastern European, the Caucasus and central Asian countries.

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

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  1. Susan Grant

    January 14, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Are you talking about Ukraine, the oligarch infested country proven to be “in bed” with Budden-Obuma committing crimes. Consider that Russia is in defences to the Crime syndicate run by the CXA FXI UXA CABAL.

  2. luigi

    January 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I agree with “proud Albertan”

    Most of us awake Canadians, realize O’toole is not much more than a windbag that craters to Trudope.

  3. Peter No

    January 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    BTW Ukraine is totally betrayed by Canada. Our government sent junk as a “help” to Ukrainians: old tents, uniform, etc.
    No weapon or any equipment sent from Canada to fighting Ukraine, Liberals hate free people anywhere.

  4. Peter No

    January 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    O’Toole should take a stand for millions of Canadian unvaxxinated citizens against which Canadian Government with his support started real genocide.

  5. Proud Albertan

    January 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Since the media loves spinning a story to suit the global agenda… I’m thinking Putin is a threat to the globalists… I doubt the Ukraine is innocent… they are tied to the Biden Crime Family …

  6. Ben Wilson

    January 13, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Does Putin really want to start a War with the world? Putin took Crimea because he bribed Obama to ignore it. And Crimea was 100% Russian people anyway. But Ukraine is different.

    There is no logic for Putin to take over Ukraine. The world, including his own people would be pissed at him. Putin is a happy guy. And a very Smart guy. Russia has benefitted greatly under his reign. Yes, he is corrupt and he takes a % of all the businesses he helps. But, Russian people are way better off now than they were 25 years ago. Can Canada say this. NOPE.

    I think all this Talk about conflict is just corrupt Elites wanting the people of the world thinking of something else, rather than the Fake pandemic or The failing Joe Biden or . USA election Fraud. Nothing to see here, just talk about scary Russia.

  7. Leslie Solar

    January 13, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    I am not against principled stands on foreign policy.

    But—what has this TOOL done for Canada? Anything useful come to mind? Anything?

  8. Cosmo Kramer

    January 13, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    The Ukrainian government was toppled by the Obama administration in the CIA run 2014 color revolution (orange) in 2014. This is all geopolitics with no concern about the lives of Ukrainians. This is about pipelines and natural resources.

    That Russians place troops within their own borders is of no concern to Canadians. I have a great admiration and respect for Ukrainian people and and culture and am fully aware of the Soviet imposed famine in the 1930s. However, Ukraine has been in the Russian political and cultural orbit off and on since its beginning. No cold war president, from Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, to Reagan would have cared 2 hoots what Russians did with the eastern bloc countries.

    At the end of the cold war, George Kennan (one of the main architects of NATO) said that with the end of the Soviet Union NATO should be dismantled. Communism was dead so there was no purpose. If NATO accepted eastern bloc nations such it already did with the likes of Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania this would it in direct confrontation with a democratic and capitalist Russia and endanger the whole world. But like all bureaucracies, NATO would not die but seek to grow and expand its budget and influence. Dwight Eisenhower warned about the dangers of the military industrial complex.

    I read Daniel Ellsberg’s book “The Doomsday Machine”. It was the most frightening and disturbing book I have ever read. He was a RAND government war planner. He goes into the near misses with nuclear war and then how an omnicidal war can wipe out all life on the planet. There would be no winners. There are Satanic and psychopathic politicians and military leaders whose lust for blood would put Ghengis Khan to shame.

    Again, I am sympathetic to the Ukrainian nation but we must be wary of the warmongers.

  9. Tiberius

    January 13, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    O’Toole = compromised Globalist scum. Better off to just ignore him and not even report on his meaningless bleatings.

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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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