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Peterson drops out of Tory leadership race blaming party rules

Despite the virus crisis sweeping the country, the Conservative Leadership Election Organizing Committee has refused to budge on the March 25 deadline for candidates to pay $300,000 in charges and submit 3,000 signatures to be eligible to run.

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Edmonton businessman Rick Peterson said the Tory party’s refusal to change the rules of the leadership campaign means he is withdrawing.

Despite the virus crisis sweeping the country, the Conservative Leadership Election Organizing Committee has refused to budge on the March 25 deadline for candidates to pay $300,000 in charges and submit 3,000 signatures to be eligible to run.

Peterson says the decision “flies in the face of common sense” and called it “fundamentally flawed.”

He noted he didn’t ask the final June 21 vote to be delayed but only wanted flexibilty in the way they could gather signatures.

Peterson passed the first qualifying point on February 27 by having more than 1,000 signatures.

“Signatures are a bigger problem than the money,” Peterson said.

“Shortly after, a systemic meltdown of the economy in Canada as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic severely hampered the chances of a number of us to reach the second stage of qualification. We’ve been effectively sidelined since the first week of March.”

When the party rules were first announced, Peterson told the Western Standard they were brought in to favour an insider.

In the 2017 leadership contest, entrants only had to come up with $100,000 and 1,000 names. A total of 14 people entered.

Peterson also entered, finishing 12th with 0.7 per cent of the vote. He noted a total of five candidates finished with less than 1 per cent and he was the second choice of most of Maxime Bernier’s supporters. Bernier finished a close second to Andrew Scheer.

After winning a national hockey championship at the University of Alberta, Peterson moved to play professional hockey in France. That’s where the economist and political scientist learned French and is now completely bilingual.

After watching Kinder Morgan pull out of the TMX project, the businessman founded a group called Suits and Boots, which now boasts over 5,000 members to lobby on behalf of the industry and its workers.

As founder of the group, Peterson spoke in front of a Senate committee on Bill C-69, known as the “no-more-pipelines bill”.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

Twitter: Nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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UPDATED: Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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