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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

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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.

May statement

“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

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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Horgan leads NDP to majority government in B.C.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

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John Horgan’s NDSP party now rules B.C. with a majority government.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

More than 500,000 mail in ballots still have to be counted. Final results won’t be known for several weeks.

“B.C. has voted, and a majority has been called, but there are many many hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted,” Horgan said at a victory rally in Vancouver.

“While we wait for that final count to happen, I want to assure people that I’m going to keep the focus right where it belongs, on helping people get through this pandemic and making sure that they have the services that they need.”

“All British Columbians can sleep safely knowing that we’re going to do everything we can to keep them safe, healthy and secure.”

The Liberals won 29 seats and the Green party, three.

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

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Kenney says Albertans may get ‘multi-issues’ referendum

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the UCP could have multiple referendum questions for voters next year.

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections.

Speaking virtually to the UCP’s AGM on Saturday, Kenney said the party is also looking at adding other issues.

“I believe on the big consequential issues it’s right to go to the public,” kenney told 1,400 delegates who had signed up for the virtual convention.

He said a decision to get rid of Daylight Savings Time, a Senate election, constitutionally changing property rights and a provincial pension plan are some of the things Albertans may have a chance to vote on.

Kenney spent most of his speech hilighting UCP policies they have brought in, including scrapping the carbon tax and repealing Bill 6.

“We are one-third through our mandate and we have implemented two-thirds of our 261 election promises,” said Kenney.

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

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RCMP able to save ice-bound calf in northern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress

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For a B.C. Mountie, it was a very moo-ving rescue.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP were told about a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress, said the RCMP in a release.

“It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice,” said the release.

“Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.”

When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail,” said Cpl. Rob Gardner.

The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue.

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal.

Rescued calf. Courtesy RCMP

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

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