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Kenney pleads with Ottawa not to increase carbon tax April 1

“Please, stop doing harm… throw us a lifeline here,” Kenney said




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney pleaded with Ottawa to delay planned hikes to the national carbon tax on April 1.

“Please, stop doing harm… throw us a lifeline here,” Kenney said at an Edmonton press conference on Wednesday.

“It absolutely makes no sense….do no harm.”

He said he met last week in Ottawa with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and told her to consider a delay.

“We have an industry, to be blunt, that is on life-support,” Kenney said.

He said many Calgary energy companies had lost 90 per cent of their value in the last 3 weeks.

The federal tax is currently $20 a tonne and will rise $10 a year, on April 1 of each year until it hits $50 a tonne in 2022.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard


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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


Tories to try and stop Trudeau’s pay as PM’s vacay days climb

PM has already taken 48 holiday in 2020. In 2019 he took 91.




After taking 48 holiday days already in 2020, the Tories will try and stop Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pay until he shows back up for work.

It comes after 2019, when Trudeau took a whopping 91 days off.

“Parliament should suspend Trudeau’s pay until he comes to work. I introduced a motion to that effect at Finance Committee (Thursday). The chair tried to shut it down. I will bring it back,” said Tory MP Pierre Pollievre.


“Whereas his absence meant he could not answer questions about his $500 million grant to a group that had paid his family more than $500,000 in fees and expenses,” Pollievre’s motion read.

“Whereas the Prime Minister has taken off 20 days in six weeks – meaning half the calendar days have been days off.

“The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance calls on the government to suspend the Prime Minister’s pay until he returns to work and takes questions in Parliament.”

Costa Rica and Vancouver, Whistler and Tofino seem to be the favourite vation spots for Trudeua.

This week, Brian Lilley of the Toronto Sun reported RCMP boats had been spotted in the waters off Pointe au Baril, in Ontario cottage country.

The PMO finally confirmed Trudeau was staying with friends in the area.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard


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Liberals will turn to private sector to organize gun confiscation program

A Canadian firearms expert said the buying back of now-prohibited firearms could end up costing up to $5-billion.




Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is looking for a private organization to come up with ideas how their gun confiscation program will work after banning more than 1,500 “assault-style weapons.”

Public Safety Canada has invited 15 consulting firms to come up with a range of options and approaches for the planned program to compensate gun owners.

It’s expected any plan will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

A spokeswoman for Public Safety Canada said options that emerge from the selected contractor “may be incorporated into a final program. Costs will be available once a provider is selected.”

Pubic Safety said any plan would would require the successful bidder to consult with other federal agencies, possibly other levels of government and industry experts to devise options that include compensation plans for each affected firearm, analysis of benefits and risks associated with each compensation model and the identification of “other considerations” that might affect the feasibility of each approach.

The first phase of the work is expected to be complete by the end of March. 

The invited bidders include well-known firms such as Deloitte, IBM Canada, KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, though Public Safety has not ruled out other entries.

Trudeau’s Liberal government announced in May they are banning 1,500 different makes and models of what he called “military-style” and “assault-style” guns in Canada.

The ban comes into effect immediately and was ordered by the cabinet without any bill or debate in Parliament.

In response to the federal order, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the province will look at appointing its own firearms officer.

A Canadian firearms expert said the Trudeau Liberal government’s plan to buy buy recently prohibited firearms from Canadian gun owners could end up costing up to $5-billion.

Gary Mauser, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, said whatever plan the Liberals come up with will likely end up being a billion-dollar boondoggle.

“Minister (Bill) Blair claimed the cost for the “buy back” of roughly 250,000 firearms would be between $400 million and $600 million—$375 million for the guns and presumably the rest for overhead. That is, if owners comply,” Mauser wrote in a January blog, published before the firearms ban was announced.

“However, the actual full cost of the ‘buy back’ won’t be $600 million; it will be much more.

“Focusing on reimbursement costs is misleading because it ignores the biggest expense—staffing costs. Prohibiting and confiscating an estimated 250,000 firearms is a complex undertaking and would involve considerable government resources. It’s impossible to do with current police resources.”

Gary Mauser

Mauser wrote that if everything went according to plan for setting up the infrastructure to buy back weapons could be up to $2.7 billion.

“Based on these assumptions, confiscating 250,000 firearms would cost the Canadian taxpayer between $1.6 billion to almost $5 billion in the first year. This estimate excludes travel costs and any ministerial administrators,” he wrote.

“Remember, this is just part of the costs to taxpayers for the “buy back.” These estimates do not include the $600 million the government promises to pay owners who surrender their firearms.”

Numerous lawsuits have been filed to try and stop the gun grab.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard


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Calgary BLM murals put on hold after ‘violent viritol, racism and threats’

“The city is not ready,” said Pink Flamingo




Organizers of a group planning four Black Lives Matter murals to be painted in Calgary say the program is now on hold because they say they have received threats.

It comes after thousands of Calgarians lodged complaints when it was revealed the Calgary Arts Development group had hired a organization called Pink Flamingo and was going to paint over a mural called Giving Wings to the Dream, done by Calgary artist Doug Driediger in 1995, that has graced the outside of the downtown Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) building.

“Pink Flamingo will be postponing our mural project to Summer 2021 due to the violent viritol, racism and threats we have received in the last 36 hours. We do not wish to add to the harm our community experiences,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

“We moved forward with this wall after reaching out to the original artist and would not have gone ahead if we did not understand our correspondence as supportive, or at worst, neutral.

“The artist is free to change their mind or express themselves as they see fit, and we must adapt to this because the power dynamic is not in our favour for a variety of reasons.

“We announced this mural weeks ago without backlash, sending more than 145 press releases and doing numerous interviews in regards to announcing the project. Our vision for this wall is also one of hope, evolutionizing this message by hearing it from the perspective of a racialized artist. Nothing About Us, Without Us.

“The last two days, the narrative has changed, and it is no longer safe to carry out the Black Lives Matter Murals this year.

“The city is not ready.”

The city announced Wednesday the mural site would be switched after the outpouring of outrage.

“As there has been unprecedented citizen support for Giving Wings, we are working with Pink Flamingo and CADA to explore new sites for a downtown BLM mural. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in negative and hostile messages directed at Pink Flamingo as a result of the recent media attention. We are working with Pink Flamingo and CADA to monitor social media and support the ongoing communications where appropriate,” Jennifer Thompson, acting manager for Arts and Culture for the city, said in email to councillors.

City council approved more than $120,000 for four BLM murals in Calgary in July.

Coun. Dianne Colley-Urqhart, who voted against the grant, said they weren’t told of any planned locations.

And she blamed Coun. Evan Wooley for the controversy.

“One of the council members made an end run around current policy to get this done,” she said.

Public art projects in Calgary have been suspended for about three years after controversy erupted after things like the Giant Blue Ring and the Bowfort Towers at the western edge of the city.

“I knew there was a risk for controversy. I’d never heard of these people (Pink Flamingo),” she said.

Calgary Arts Development had set aside a budget of $20,000 for the first mural.

“(I have) an unease over the idea that something that’s valid and vital would be covered by another artist’s work,” Driediger told Global News.

“Surely there should be some professional respect for work that exists, so that just leaves me a little concerned.”

The mural measuring nine metres feet in height by 41 metres in width is seen by an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Calgarians per day due to its location opposite the Centre Street LRT station.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard



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