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Kenney slams Wexit’s Hill for taking MP’s pension – even though he stands to pocket $6 million

Kenney, who served in the federal cabinet for nearly a decade, could pocket $6.3 million in pension cash up to the age of 90.

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Premier Jason Kenney is slamming new Wexit Canada leader Jay Hill for not giving up his MP’s pension, even then Kenney himself could pocket more than $6 million in federal pension payments.

“All I can say is, that I assume he’s going to give up his MP pension plan that’s paid by Ottawa if he’s going to advocate for separation,” Kenney said.

Hill, a 17-year-veteran of the House of Commons announced Tuesday he was taking the reigns of the new Wexit Canada party with a goal of having residents of all four Western province’s vote on whether or not to seek independence from Canada.

And Hill said he’s not giving up his less than $120,000 a year pension.

Hill responded: “I’m disappointed but not surprised that Premier Kenney has immediately lashed out.  Why does he believe anyone holding a different opinion from himself should face a financial penalty?

“Is he really suggesting that every Albertan who dares to speak out in favour of an independent West must be prepared to give up their pension… is that what he’s saying… every former MP, every former federal government worker, every retired soldier or RCMP officer, indeed even all Alberta seniors collecting their CPP? 

“Does he believe that literally anyone who dares to say we would be better off if we tell the east to pound sand… all those Albertans should forfeit their Canadian pensions just because they advocate for independence?”

According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Kenney, 52, is set to receive $121,000 a year in an MP’s pension as soon as he hits 55. It will increase to $148,000 a year when he hits 65.

When it’s all added together Kenney, who served in the federal cabinet for nearly a decade, could pocket $6.3 million in pension cash up to the age of 90.

By the time he hits 90, Hill will have been paid $3.3 million in pension cash.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/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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