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UPDATED: O’Toole calls on Trudeau to fight western alienation

O’Toole now faces the daunting task of trying to reunite the party.




Now the hard work begins.

The day after becoming Tory party leader, Erin O’Toole now faces the daunting task of trying to reunite the party.

And one of the first things O’Toole did was bring up western alienation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During a night that turned into farce because of vote counting issues, O’Toole emerged the victor Sunday on the third ballot with 57 per cent of the vote, a crushing victory over Peter MacKay, who won 43 per cent.

“You know what’s great about this leadership outcome? I’m not doing media interviews about separatism today. There’s a sense of optimism out here in Alberta. To be frank, after a period of cynicism I’m feeling good too,” tweeted Calgary Tory MP Michelle Rempel Garner.

O’Toole has made it clear that he would always allow a free vote on matters of conscience such as abortion, including for his cabinet ministers. However, O’Toole said he’s still personally pro-choice and supports same-sex marriage.

“To the millions of Canadians who are still up: Good morning, I’m Erin O’Toole,” he said in his victory speech delayed by more than five hours after a vote counting machine started to rip apart ballots.

“You’re going to be seeing me a lot.

“Today you have given me a clear mission: To unite our party, to champion our conservative principles, to show Canadians what we know so well: that Justin Trudeau and his team are failing our great country.

“We must continue to point out Liberal failings and corruption, but we must also show Canadians our vision for a stronger, prosperous, and more united Canada.

“The world still needs more Canada – it just needs less Justin Trudeau.”

Pundits say O’Toole one because he had huge numbers in Quebec and had down-ballot support from Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan.

The Western Canada was the first news organization to tell viewers/readers o’toole had won – by nearly an hour!

Voter ranked their favourites from first to fourth on the ballot.

MacKay congratulated Mr. O’Toole on a “hard-fought campaign” on Twitter.

“It’s now time for our party and movement to come together, and to focus on what’s most important: ensuring our country gets moving in the right direction again,” he wrote.

Lewis also congratulated O’Toole and tweeted: “Now is the time to work together and make sure a strong and united Conservative Party is ready to win the next election.”

Trudeau phoned to congratulate O’Toole on Monday afternoon.

Trudeau offered O’Toole a briefing from Dr. Theresa Tam, the head of Canada’s fight against coronavirus.

O’Toole said he brought up western alienation and called on Trudeau to come with an action plan to try and deal with it.

He also called on Trudeau to restore parliamentary committees as soon as possible, including the one probing the WE charity scandal.

The new Conservative leader will have to move quickly to have his team in place before Parliament returns next month. Trudeau prorogued the House at the height of the WE charity scandal.

MPs return Sept. 23 with the Liberals giving an economic update and their plans on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A vote of non confidence by the opposition would trigger an election.

Before entering politics, O’Toole was an officer in the Canadian air force. He then earned a law degree from Dalhousie University, graduating in 2003, and worked as a corporate lawyer in Toronto before running for office in 2012.

O’Toole is married to Rebecca O’Toole, and they have two children, Mollie and Jack.

He takes over from Andrew Scheer who was elected in 2017.

First Ballot

MacKay: 33.5% (11,328 points)
O’Toole: 31.6% (10,681 points)
Lewis: 20.5% (6,925 points)
Sloan: 14.4% (4,864 points)

Second Ballot

O’Toole: 35.2% (11,903 points)
MacKay: 34.8% (11,756 points)
Lewis: 30% (10,140 points)

Third Ballot

O’Toole: 57% (19,271 points)
MacKay: 43% (14,528 points)

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard


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


The world wants to move to Canada

Residents of 30 countries around the world pick Canada as their top destination.




Canada is the top country most people around the world want to move to, a new survey reveals.

Residents of 30 countries around the world pick Canada as their top destination. Japan trailed badly in second place with only 13 countries selecting The Land of the Rising Sun to move to.

On the map – generated using Google search data – country names have been supplemented by their residents’ most yearned-for spot to emigrate to.

The majority of Canadians said they would prefer to move to the U.S.

The map has been drawn up by financial services provider Remitly, which looked at search data from Google for 100 countries. It says it created a ranking by looking at average monthly search volumes for phrases commonly associated with a move abroad and the most-searched-for locations within the 100 countries, the Daily Mail reported.

“It says that Canada, known for its friendly locals, beautiful scenery and well-paid job prospects, proves a clear favourite for relocation for everywhere from Qatar and the Seychelles to Belgium,” the Mail reported.

“Featuring prominently in the Global Peace Index as one of the safest places to live, and boasting low unemployment rates alongside a high amount of immigration options, it’s arguably no surprise that Canada is head and shoulders above the rest of the world.”

The Mail reported Jago McKenzie, business manager at Remitly, said: “Some of the main reasons people seek a move to another country are for greater job prospects, better pay, quality of life and to send money back home to their families, and I think for many, 2020 has been a year for assessing the choices that could change our lives for the better.

“With that in mind, I wasn’t surprised to see that many are searching for this change and potentially thinking about making it when worldwide travel resumes.

“While Canada topped the list, it was encouraging to see the variety of where different nationalities are looking to move to, with many places home to great job prospects with high earning potential.

“With the need for digital remittance services for immigrants even more important after the pandemic, we hope we’ll be able to make any transition smoother.”

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

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Edmonton spends nearly $550K to keep eight public washrooms clean during COVID pandemic

The dollar figures have some Edmonton councillors shaking their heads.




Talk about pricey Port-a-Potties!

Edmonton taxpayers have been flushing out a pretty penny to keep the Whyte Ave. and seven other public washrooms clean during the pandemic.

A report headed to council on Wednesday shows from April 7 to Oct. 8, 2020, a total of $548,002 was spent on COVID-19 washroom response to ensure residents, especially vulnerable populations, have access to public toilets.

A total of $126,000 was spent just keeping the Whyte Ave. facility clean. There are two attendants on the site, day and night.

Source: City of Edmonton

“The outbreak of COVID-19 disrupted the operation and accessibility of many public facilities including washrooms, libraries and recreational centers (sic). In order to ensure Edmontonians still had access to public washrooms, Administration worked with Boyle Street Ventures to provide washroom attendants,” the report said.

“Public washrooms play a key role in ensuring healthy and equitable urban places.

“A cost analysis showed that despite a significant increase in direct staffing costs for monitoring the washroom (compared with costs of custodial services with no attendants on site), these costs may be partially offset via the overall increase in safety, cleanliness and a reduction in police response to social disorder as well as a reduction in repairs to the facility.

“Attendants provided thorough cleaning of the washrooms, disinfection and ensured users followed physical distancing guidelines to make washrooms safe and mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Source: City of Edmonton

The city will now create a formal long-term implementation plan to address challenges
associated with managing public washrooms.

The dollar figures have some Edmonton councillors shaking their heads.

“I do not understand how we spent over half a million dollars  in half a year to operate eight bathrooms. When we are thinking about cutting everything else in our budget this seems like a prime opportunity. I will be finding out how we can save money here,” said Coun. Jon Dziadyk, vice chair of the Community and Public Services committee which the report will be presented to on Wednesday.

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

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Majority of Canadians want Terry Fox to be the face of new $5 bill

Past Tory voters overwhelming pick Fox




The vast majority of Canadians want Terry Fox to adorn the new $5 bill, a new poll finds.

The non-profit Angus Reid Institute found that among the eight final candidates, Terry Fox is named more than all others as the preferred new face, chosen by 57 per cent of Canadians.

Angus Reid poll

After losing part of his right leg to cancer, Terry Fox campaigned to raise national awareness and funding for cancer research by running his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada 42-km daily run, on his prosthetic leg.

By February 1981, $24.7 million had been raised—or $1 for every Canadian.

His run was interrupted just past the half-way point when the cancer reached his lungs, and ultimately took his life.

Today, annual Terry Fox Runs are held all over the world to raise money for cancer research. In 2020, the Marathon of Hope marked its 40th anniversary.

“Famed Indigenous soldier Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow) is chosen by one-in-five (21 per cent), including one-quarter of residents in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada. Crowfoot (Isapo-muxika), an integral part of Treaty 7 negotiations in Alberta, is chosen by one-in-five (19 per cent) as well,” Angus Reid pollsters found.

“Past Conservative voters are much more likely to prefer Terry Fox as their choice (three-quarters do so), while those who support other parties like candidates other than him.

Angus Reid poll

“Residents in Quebec (34 per cent) and young women across the country (27 per cent) show considerable support for Robertine Barry, the first French-Canadian journalist and an advocate for women’s rights, as a candidate.”

Angus Reid poll

More than three-in-five overall, and a majority in each region of the country, say it is a good idea to change the face of the five. But a significant segment, 37 per cent (including 57 per cent of past Conservative voters), disagree.

Sir Wilfred Laurier, Canada’s seventh prime minister, has graced the nation’s sky blue five-dollar bank note for almost 50 years.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is to make a decision early next year about who should adorn the new bill.

Bios on all the finalists can be found here.

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

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