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Notley accuses Tories of “corruption” in liquor purchase, before revelation it was made under her watch

NDP Leader, Rachel Notley is quickly walking back her allegations of corruption after it was found that the actions in question took place under her watch as premier.

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Alberta NDP Opposition Leader, Rachel Notley is quickly walking back her allegations of corruption after it was found that the actions in question took place under her watch as premier.

On Tuesday, the former premier claimed that the Tories had made an unethical liquor purchase from a Tory-friendly company.

“Well, the corruption keeps coming. A government ministry purchased $35,608.77 worth of alcohol from a company named Prestige Liquor, owned by a long-time conservative donor and financial supporter of Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership campaign.”

Source: Twitter

Unfortunately for Notley, the purchase was made by her own government in February 2019, three months before the NDP went down to defeat.

With obvious libel and slander implications, the NDP issued a statement on its Facebook page apologizing to Prestige Liquors, but not to the UCP or Jason Kenney. As of press time, only the ‘NDP Caucus’ had issued any statement, but not Notley who made the tweet.

Source: Facebook

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Manning Centre to rebrand as namesake retires

The retirement of Preston Manning has the centre he created looking to rebrand under a different name.

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The retirement of Preston Manning has the centre he created looking to rebrand under a different name.

In a note sent to supporters Thursday, officials from the Manning Centre said Preston, 77, was retiring and stepping down from the group’s board.

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The Manning Centre was founded in 2005 to support “Canada’s conservative movement by networking best practices and ideas pertaining to limited government, free enterprise, individual responsibility and a more robust civil society.”

It’s stated mission is “to strengthen Canada’s conservative movement by nurturing, supporting, and facilitating exchanges and stronger relationships amongst the movement’s various components.”

In their note, the non-profit Manning Centre said Preston’s final book is coming out next month and he’s off on a cross-Canada tour Feb. 24 to promote it.

“Preston is not all that is going into retirement…the Manning name will be coming off the Centre and its networking conferences,” said the letter.

The group is now considering ideas on how to rebrand but stress their mission will remain the same.

Manning was a founder and the only leader of the Reform Party.

That party evolved into the Canadian Alliance party which, in turn, merged with the Progressive Conservative Party to form the Conservative Party of Canada.

Manning represented the federal constituency of Calgary Southwest in Parliament from 1993 til 2002. He was leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000.

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Unifor won’t apologize after doxxing wrong man

Doherty acknowledged the mistaken use of Patel’s photo but did not offer an apology for the mix-up.

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A restaurant owner in Regina was surprised to learn his photo was being circulated in a Unifor union video called “Meet the Scabs”.

Kalpesh Patel discovered a photo from his Facebook account was used in the video after receiving calls on January 10. Patel then contacted a lawyer who wrote a letter to Unifor asking them to remove his photo.

Initially, Unifor defended the accuracy of the video but it was taken down from the union’s Twitter account and Mr. Patel’s likeness was edited out.

Chad Zipchian, co-owner of Birmingham’s Vodka and Ale in Regina said they aren’t taking sides but said Patel and the restaurant would defend themselves after being wrongly identified as having anything to do with the strike or the replacement workers.

Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the Unifor National President, acknowledged the mistaken use of Patel’s photo but did not offer any apology for the mix-up.

“A photo of a person named Kalpesh Patel no longer appears in Unifor’s ‘Meet the Scabs’ video posted on Twitter. We are still trying to locate a photo of another individual with the same name who is working at the refinery for our next video, in an attempt to discourage scabs,” Doherty said in an emailed statement.

‘Scabs’ or ‘replacement workers’ allow a company to continue operations while a union is on strike – or in the case of Local 594 who represents employees from Co-op Refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan – locked out.

Doherty says unions aren’t breaking any laws when they publicize names and photos of people who cross picket lines.

“To be clear, no one crossing a picket line has an expectation of privacy,” he said.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed a union’s right to photograph scabs in (a) 2013 decision”.

The case, Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 2013, SCC 62, upheld the Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision that the union’s right to freedom of expression was unduly hampered by the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and granted a constitutional exemption.

Local 594 president Kevin Bittman said his team did not make the video nor had they shared it through their social media channels.

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WEXIT Party won’t hold a leadership race

About 30 people have already expressed interest in running as Wexit candidates in the next federal election, says the party’s leader.

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About 30 people have already expressed interest in running as Wexit candidates in the next federal election, says the party’s leader.

The party was approved by Elections Canada last week and Peter Downing said Thursday candidate applications have already been flowing in.

The party hopes to field a full slate of 104 federal candidates across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“It’s a very exciting time for us,” Downing, who predicts the Justin Trudeau minority government will fall in 18 months.

But if a byelection was called before then, Downing said he expects Wexit to field a “competitive” candidate.

And he said background checks on candidates won’t be as strict as mainstream parties.

‘We’ve all said stupid things in the past (on social media.) We are not the thought police,” Downing said.

Candidates will have to go through criminal record and credit checks and a general review to make sure they are in line with party values,” said Downing.

“We have a higher risk tolerance that the mainstream parties,” he said.

Downing said he hoped to have all 104 riding filled with candidates within three months, but added external factors could hamper that ambition.

Downing, who plans to run in his home Edmonton-Westaskiwin riding, downplayed any controversy over his leadership of the party.

He said he was decided as the leader by the party before October election and it wasn’t necessary to hold a leadership contest.

“At the time, we didn’t want to look like we were to small to generate interest in a leadership campaign,” Downing said.

He said the only people complaining about his leadership are outside the party.

He said a leadership review would happen after the election and the party will fold once it gains its goal of western independence.

“I don’t call myself an ‘interim’ leader. It’s too easy for an ‘interim’ leader to pass the buck. The buck stops with me,” Downing said.

In the 2015 federal election, Downing ran with the Christian Heritage Party and has been involved with federal Conservative Party boards and as a campaign manager with the former provincial Wildrose Party.

He is also a former RCMP officer who was charged with uttering threats against his ex-wife.

Because Elections Canada gave the party status, it will now be able to issue tax receipts for political contributions.

Downing said Wexit is still working on getting registered as a provincial party in Alberta.

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