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Madu warns Calgary and Edmonton mayors not to cut cop cash

It comes as the Calgary Police Service issues a “humble” apology for its “inherently racist” foundations.




Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu has written letters to the mayors Calgary and Edmonton warning them against any moves to defund police forces in their cities.

It comes as the Calgary Police Service issues a “humble” apology for its “inherently racist” foundations.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said earlier this month it’s time for the Calgary Police Service to cut their budget.

“I’ve made it extremely clear my opinion on the matter to the police chief, which is that every other department at the city has faced austerity over the last six years and it is time for the police to show us cost savings,” Nenshi said.

“I’ve also been very clear on the fact that we need a better mental health response system, we need different work that does a better job on fighting institutional racism in the city. Perhaps, some of that funding can come from the police.”

But in his letter Madu said any move to defund police services is “misguided.”

Madu said “racalized” groups such as Aboriginals, who are often victims of crime who need police protection.

“So in contrast with what some groups are claiming, reduced police funding poses risks – not benefits – to those groups,” Madu wrote.

“Alberta’s government will closely monitor how municipalities are managing their police budgets as well as responding to calls to “defund the police”. It should be clear that any substantial changes may lead us to explore options to ensure we maintain adequate funding for critical law enforcement for Alberta citizens.”

The issue of cutting police budgets has been a hot topic for months following the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Protesters have taken to the streets across North American demanding money be taken out of police budgets and used to create more social programming.

CPS members are meeting with city council Thursday to propose shifting some of their funding into social service agencies they work with.

Part of their presentation involves a large mea culpa signed by Chief Mark Neufeld and his deputy chiefs.

The letter states CPS is “committed to addressing systemic racism” in the service.

“We know by the very foundation by which policing was created was inherently racist,” the letter states.

The letter notes CPS members have met with BLM officials and other marginalized communities.

“We humbly apologize for the harm we have caused,” it reads.

Calgary councillor Sean Chu on Thursday made it clear what side he is on.

Chu pointed out a city citizen satisfaction survey found 80 per cent of Calgarians are pleased with CPS.

“We should defund Council instead!” he tweeted.

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


Trudeau: Second wave is here but ‘we have a shot at Christmas’

When the lockdown began in Canada on March 13, there were 47 cases of COVID announced that day. On Tuesday, there were more than 1,000 new cases.




The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is already sweeping the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a nationally-televised address Wednesday night.

“We won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving but we still have a shot at Christmas,” Trudeau said in a speech that copied huge chunks out of his Throne Speech from earlier in the day.

Trudeau noted when the lockdown began in Canada on March 13, there were 47 cases of COVID announced that day. On Tuesday, there were more than 1,000 new cases.

More than 9,000 Canadians have been killed by the coronavirus.

“This is the fight of our generation,” said Trudeau.

“The fall could be worse than the spring.”

Trudeau urged Canadians to get their flu shots and follow health advice on gatherings and social distancing.

“This is not the time for parties – we can not let our guard down now,” he said.

“It is up to us to build the world of tomorrow.”

Trudeau urged Canadians to take care of elderly people during the pandemic.

And despite the pledge not to make the broadcast political, Trudeau launched into a litany of things the Liberals have introduced during the pandemic and his Throne Speech promises to set up a national day care program.

Trudeau called front line workers during the pandemic “heroes.”

“The are many days to go before we get to the other side of this… we are Canadians and there is nothing we can’t do,” said Trudeau.

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Opposition parties blast Throne Speech – Tories say they will vote against it

We’ve looked at this Speech from the Throne and Conservatives cannot support it,” said Candice Bergen




The Tories say they won’t support the Justin Trudeau Speech from the Throne.

And other opposition figures all said they were less than impressed with the 54-minute speech that was a laundry list of promises that will cost untold billions.

If enough opposition members amongst the Tories, Bloc, NDP and Greens don’t vote in favour of the speech, the government will fall and an election called.

Tory deputy leader Candice Bergen said her party won’t support the speech.

“We’ve looked at this Speech from the Throne and Conservatives cannot support it,” she said.

“It doesn’t speak at all of national unity, it doesn’t speak of our energy sector and our workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It doesn’t talk about agriculture.”

The speech left Alberta Premier Jason Kenney fuming.

“Alberta is disappointed that instead of listening to Canada’s provinces, the federal government doubled down on policies that will kill jobs, make Canada poorer and weaken national unity,” Kenney said in a statement.

“Last week, I was joined by Premiers Ford, Legault and Pallister in Ottawa to speak on behalf of Canada’s provinces. We made it clear that the provinces are united in their priorities: healthcare and the economy. The speech we heard today was anything but.

“I want to be clear: it’s not just Alberta’s energy sector that needs Canada right now. For a real recovery, Canada needs Alberta’s energy. Albertans have made a net contribution of more than $600 billion through transfers to the rest of Canada to build roads, schools, hospitals and the critical infrastructure Canadians need, in large part due to Alberta’s energy industry. And even conservative estimates from experts and economists show the global demand for oil increasing over the next 20 years.”

Michael Cooper, Tory MP for St. Albert-Edmonton said the speech lacked help for the West.

“Throne Speech has 6783 words & not one mention of “pipelines”, “oil” or “gas” or any plan to speed up billions of job-creating energy projects awaiting federal approval. Justin Trudeau’s vision leaves Alberta behind,” he tweeted.

Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre was also unimpressed.

“The truest statement in the Throne Speech was this one: “We owe an immense debt…” he tweeted.

The NDP also expressed their displeasure.

“Today, the government’s throne speech was full of promises we’ve heard before A throne speech is just words on paper & this PM has shown us that his actions don’t match his empty words It doesn’t need to be this way,” tweeted leader Jagmeet Singh.

Tory leader Erin O’Toole and Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet both missed the speech because they are suffering from coronavirus.

“Disappointing speech from the throne for Quebec. Does not respect the jurisdiction of the provinces in health. I will discuss it tomorrow with the premiers of the other provinces,” tweeted Quebec Premier Francois Legault.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister reaction

People’s Party of Canada head Maxime Bernier tweeted: “My predictions for today’s Throne speech: More programs we can’t afford More massive deficit spending More intrusions into provincial jurisdictions More pandering to special interests More COVID-19 and climate alarmism to justify it all”

In a strange reaction, former Green Party leader Elizabeth May said they could still hold the balance of power.

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“If a whole bunch of MPs on their way to parliament fell down and something heavy landed on them at that point we could be absolutely critical to the survival this of this government,” she told reporters.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation expressed deep concern about the agenda proposed by the Trudeau government.

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“The deficit is closing in on $400 billion and there was zero mention of any plan to hit the brakes on spending,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick.

“We can’t carry on like this for much longer, and yet the Trudeau government seems to meet this deteriorating fiscal situation with a shrug.”

The federal debt is on track to reach $1 trillion before the end of the year, with more debt incurred in this fiscal year than in the previous 22 years.

…more to come

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Liberals shopping-list of promises outlined in Throne Speech

The speech, written by the Liberal government, said they will focus on four main elements in the coming Parliament.




Calling it “an ambitious plan for unprecedented times,” Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government put forward its agenda for the future during a Speech from the Throne Thursday.

It include promises to create 1 million jobs, an action plan for women, daycare investments, support for workers and businesses hit by COVID-19 and a plan for climate change.

Taxing the rich and a handgun grab were also promised in a speech that barely touched on the West and didn’t mention pipelines at all.

The 54-minute speech was a huge promise list of spending that will end up costing tens or hundreds of billions of dollars.

The speech said the Liberals will focus on four main elements in the coming Parliament.

The first element will be to fight the pandemic, the speech said, noting 9,000 Canadians have died from COVID-19.

The Liberals vowed to help any businesses shut down by new health orders during the country’s reopening.

The second element will be to “support people and businesses…for as long as it take.”

The Liberals vowed to create more than 1 million new jobs with direct spending, more training programs and incentives for businesses to hire.

The speech said the government will replace the current CERB program with the Canada Recovery benefit.

The Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program until the summer of 2021,

“Canadians shouldn’t have to take on debt the government is better able to shoulder.”

The third pillar will be to “build back a stronger and more resilient Canada.”

The speech noted the pandemic has been especially hard on women leaving moms “with the impossible choice between kids and career.”

The Liberals announced a “significant and long-term investment” into child care across the country. The programs will also include after school care. It also announced further strategies for female entrepreneurs.

Climate change will be a “cornerstone” of Liberal policy.

The speech said the Liberals plan to exceed 2030 carbon emission targets and make plans for a net-zero economy by 2050 a law.

It said it will continue with its carbon taxing while coming up with a plan to retro-fit Canadian homes with new environmental technology. It vowed more transit options across the country along with cheaper electric cars.

A new federal fund will also be launched to attract investment in carbon reduction businesses.

The Liberals vowed to support the energy industry, foresters and rancher in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“It can’t be free to pollute,” the speech read.

The Liberals also vowed to revive the Canada Water Agency and work on the economy of fishers and coastal communities.

The speech said Liberals will focus on helping the middle class and taxing “extreme wealth” along with closing tax loopholes.

The Liberals also vowed to go after digital giants like Google and Netflix to make sure they pay their fare share.

“This must change and will change,” the speech said.

Noting residents of long term-care homes were hard hit by the pandemic, the speech announced there would be changes to the Criminal Code to penalize negligent owners.

Along with the provinces help, new national standards for old age homes will be brought in.

The government vowed to move quicker with a national Phramacare program.

It repeated Liberal vows to ban handguns in cities and will take steps to address violence against women. New battered womens’ shelters will also be funded.

The government also vowed to work quicker on the issue of systemic racism in the country and move forward with reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

It will include plans to combat online hate groups and vowed to make sure the justice system doesn’t discriminate against minorities.

The government also committed to more oversight for the RCMP.

More money was also promised for overseas countries to develop and defeat the pandemic.

Strengthening the Official Languages Act, increasing immigration and working to free two Canadians detained by China are also on the governments to-do list.

Finally, the speech said the Liberals will focus on “standing up for who we are as Canadians.”

The speech was read by embattled Gov.-Gen Julie Payette, who is under investigation for workplace harassment.

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

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