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Petition calls for firing of ‘racist’ MRU professor after WS story

The petition was launched after the Western Standard published a story about Prof. Frances Widdowson and her battle against what she calls the “woke” culture on campus.

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A petition has been launched calling on Mount Royal University to fire a professor who has what they call “racist” beliefs.

The petition was launched Tuesday after the Western Standard published a story about Prof. Frances Widdowson and her battle against what she calls the “woke” culture on campus.

So far, more than 1,200 people have signed the petition started by Kenna Fraser.

“Frances Widdowson is a racist professor who works at Mount Royal University. This is a call to demand that the university condemns Widdowson’s hateful actions against the BIPOC community and that she is terminated for her racist remarks,” states the petition.

“Mount Royal University has still yet to make a statement regarding Widdowson’s racist actions and continues to employ her. In ignoring the racist actions of people in power, we directly contribute to the systemic racism within our society.”

“I’m not comfortable having a professor who believes residential schools should be considered an “opportunity for Indigenous children to get an education that normally they wouldn’t have received,” said petition signer Sara Buzreba.

“She is completely disrespectful to Indigenous history, BIPOC, and all minorities fighting for systemic change. Her words are disgraceful to this university and MRU’s reputation.”

Aurora Williams signed with the following message: “I am an Indigenous person (Nunatsiavummiuk), whose grandfather attended a residential school. It is 2020, we know the truth of what happened in residential schools – which were an act of genocide committed against Indigenous people. If MRU is committed to reconciliation, then Francis (sic) Widdowson needs to be held accountable for her remarks and beliefs.”

MRU officials refused to comment on the petition.

The controversy comes just as MRU professors join their colleagues across the country in a “Scholar Strike” – walking out of classes in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Prof. Frances Widdowson said in an interview with the Western Standard the BLM movement has “destroyed MRU” and she “doesn’t recognize the institution anymore.”

“You’re supposed to be teaching. That’s your job. You can go on strike to protest police brutality but what does it have to do with you?”

“A ‘woke’ faculty is now in charge. This isn’t going to be good.”

Up next for Widdowson is research into Canada’s residential school history.

“What people don’t realize is that these Indigenous children were able to get an education that normally they wouldn’t have received,” she said adding the term “genocide” to describe residential schools is incorrect.

One campus student group blasted professors for walking about calling them “bandwagoneers.”

“This is nothing but empty virtue signalling,” said Wyatt Claypool, president of the Mount Royal University Campus Conservatives Club.

“It is not relevant in Calgary. Instead of them just having a free day, at least talk about what’s happening in the classroom situation.

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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Trudeau says thoughts of Western Alienation are ‘crazy’

The Liberal prime minister made the comment in question period as his Throne Speech was debated.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that any ideas of Western Alienation are “crazy.'”

The Liberal prime minister made the comment in question period as his Throne Speech was debated.

“The Conservatives want to make this a national unity crisis,” said Trudeau.

“I apologize, but this is simply irresponsible. We have shown, throughout this pandemic that, better than anyone else in the world, Canadians are there for one another,” he said in French.

“Thus, to try and sneak in this approach, this political attack, its simply irresponsible and crazy.”

The federal Tory party has already said they will not support the Throne Speech.

Trudeau’s “crazy” remark drew condemnation from Tory leader Erin O’Toole who tweeted video of the prime minister’s comments.

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O’Toole brought up the issue of Western Alienation during his first conversation with Trudeau after he won the Tory leadership.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, along with his Western counterparts, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister, have been unanimous in saying the Throne Speech will do nothing to help the economies of the west.

Pallister was particularly critical of Trudeau for not increasing health transfers.

“When your foundation is eroding you fix your foundation first, you don’t start redecorating your second floor sitting room,” Pallister said.

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

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Notley says Kenney shouldn’t have criticized Trudeau’s Throne Speech

“I was alarmed by the comments we heard from the Premier today,” said NDP leader Rachel Notley

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Alberta NDP leader has launched an attack on Premier Jason Kenney for daring to attack Justin’s Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

“I was alarmed by the comments we heard from the Premier today – this premier is so desperate to distract Albertans from his inability to create jobs and restart economic growth that he is continuing his fake fight with Ottawa at the expense of the best interest of the people he was elected to represent,” said Notley in a statement released on Thursday.

An angry Kenney has slammed the Wednesday Liberal Throne Speech as doing nothing for Alberta, especially the crippled energy industry.

Kenney is talking to other Canadian premiers Thursday afternoon to come up with a joint response to the Throne Speech.

“In addition to losing 50,000 jobs even before the pandemic, and in addition to shrinking Alberta’s economy with his $4.7 billion corporate handout, Jason Kenney made it clear today that he is willing to put his own political interest over the possibility of a long-awaited and long overdue national drug plan,” said the Notley statement.

“This self-serving decision will undermine the quality and affordability of the health care of millions of Albertans. This is an abdication of leadership.

“Albertans deserve a leader who will do the hard work of building a real economic recovery plan, a leader who will do whatever it takes to get Albertans back to work, and a leader who is laser focused on the challenges facing Alberta, not fake fights with federal politicians.”

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

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Kenney’s anger at Throne Speech continues to grow

Kenney called the speech “kooky”, full of “bright shiny objects” and policy ideas that will see Alberta challenging them in the Supreme Court.

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After having a night to sleep on it, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney emerged Thursday no less angry about Justin Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

During a morning press conference, Kenney called the speech “kooky”, full of “bright shiny objects” and policy ideas that will see Alberta challenging them in the Supreme Court.

An angry Kenney said he will be talking to other premier’s later Thursday and they will issue a statement about the speech later Thursday or Friday.

The premier noted not a single word in the speech discussed the crippled oil and gas sectors in Alberta.

Nor was there any mention of the growing concern of Western Alienation.

“All premiers asked the government to focus on two things in the speech – health care and the economy,” Kenney told reporters.

“Instead we got bright shiny objects and kooky objectives.”

Kenney said he hoped the speech would offer something “to allow the energy industry that has been cut off at the knees to get back on their feet.

“Instead we got a litany of policies that would further damage industries that are struggling to survive,” he said.

Kenney also took aim at a Liberal pledge to turn 25 per cent of Canada’s land mass into protected areas.

The premier said such a “sterilizing” move would be “potentially devastating” on Alberta’s mining industry.

Kenney also blasted the speech over it’s clean fuel and other climate change promises and said Alberta “is doing everything humanly possible” to lower carbon emissions.

“If Alberta doesn’t produce these (energy) things they will be produced elsewhere,” he said.

Kenney said governments have to be able to “pivot” during hard times, just like the Stephen Harper government he was a part of did to save the Canadian auto industry.

“The government of Canada had the opportunity to pivot….they failed to pivot,” Kenney said.

Kenney said there were more policies invading provincial jurisdiction “than I could count.”

“It’s a full frontal attack on Canadian federalism,” he said.

“I see Alberta participating in many more constitutional challenges.”

Kenney once again pointed out Alberta has given the rest of the country more than $630 billion since 1960 in transfer payments to help build things like schools and hospitals across Canada.

“A strong Canada needs a strong Alberta,” he said.

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

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