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QAnon, “Wheel of Fun” have Sask Party candidates in hot water

One Sask Party candidate was forced to step down and another is taking fire after a left-wing website released social media posts.

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The Saskatchewan Party has dropped one candidate while another was forced to apologize after revelations of past misconduct and social media posts came to light.

Daryl Cooper, the acclaimed Sask Party candidate in Saskatoon-Eastview, was forced to resign after an October 2 article in the leftist Press Progress criticized his social media posts. One made May 13 included speculation on the cause(s) of the pandemic. He expressed found fascination with historic connections between pandemics and periods of high sunspot activity.

He also ‘liked’ two tweets that endorsed Qanon, a person or group that posts on 8chan. Qanon has received a large following as many believe it is coordinated by people with Q-level security clearance who serve President Trump. Others such as CNN have condemned it as a dangerous conspiracy theory.

When Trump was asked about the Qanon movement, he said, “I have heard that it is gaining in popularity” and “I’ve heard these are people that love our country.” A reporter challenged the President saying that Qanon followers believed Trump was “secretly saving the world from this satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals.”

To this Trump replied, “Well, I haven’t heard that, but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing? . . . If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it. I’m willing to put myself out there. And we are, actually, we’re saving the world from a radical left philosophy that will destroy this country.”

President Trump embraced his Georgia candidate for the House of Representatives, Marjorie Taylor Greene, despite her support of Qanon. He called her a “future Republican Star” and “a real WINNER!” in a tweet.

Premier Scott Moe called the content “concerning.” On Cooper’s COVID-19 speculation, Moe said, “He has acknowledged that this is a theory, that it’s not scientific or credible. I would agree with that. I have not seen the post myself, but I would agree, given the information I have, that it is not scientific or credible.”

Saskatchewan Party communications director Jim Billington released a statement on Saturday that said the “content and views” that Cooper “interacted with on social media” were “concerning” and “not representative of the values of the Saskatchewan Party.”

Cooper resigned October 3. The next day, the party appointed Chris Guérette as its candidate, the CEO of the Saskatoon and Region’s Home Builders’ Association.

Regina Rosemont candidate Alex Nau was taken to task for by political commentator Tammy Roberts for things he once did at the annual Craven Country Jamboree.

Nau was involved in creating a drinking game called Wheel of Fun, where options on the wheel included things like chug a beer or show your breasts. A Leader-Post article from July 2016 explained how Nau would call on women to spin the wheel after shouting at them from a trailer that displayed a blowup doll.

In a statement on Sunday, Nau wrote, “A number of years ago while at Craven with friends, I was involved in an interview that referenced a ‘wheel of fun’ that included a disrespectful action.”

Billington said, “Many have made mistakes at a younger age. The Saskatchewan Party takes the position that if one has learned from their mistakes and corrected their behavior, it should not disqualify you from running for office.”

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Correspondent for the Western Standard

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Affairs Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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Kenney in isolation after top minister catches COVID-19

Municipal Affairs minister tests positive

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in quarantine after one of his top ministers caught COVID-19.

Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard revealed Wednesday afternoon she had tested positive for the virus.

As one of her close contacts, Kenney is now isolating at home.

In a statement, Allard said she is suffering from mild symptoms of the virus.

The statement said Kenney is being tested for the virus at home.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver is also isolated and being tested after having come into contact with Allard.

UCP MLAs Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie, and Nathan Neudorff are also entering self-isolation 

On Wednesday, the province confirmed 406 new infections bringing the numbers of active cases to 3,372. 

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

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NDP prop up Trudeau’s Liberals in confidence vote

The NDP move means there will be no snap election

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has denied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the election he seemed to want.

Singh said early Wednesday afternoon his party would not join the Tories and Bloc to bring down the minority government in a confidence vote over an attempt to set up an anti-corruption committee.

For several weeks the Liberals have been stalling as opposition members of the finance committee work to unveil details on the WE charity scandal that has seen revelations that Trudeau’s immediate family members have benefitted by being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from the charity.

“We’re looking at options, but I want to make Canadians absolutely clear that we are not going to give the Prime Minister the election he’s looking for,” Singh said at a news conference prior to the vote.

The NDP and the Liberals defeated the motion by a vote of 180-146.

Tory leader Erin O’Toole blasted the Trudeau manoeuvres.

“Creating a committee has never in our history been grounds for a confidence vote,” said O’Toole.

“It’s Mr. Trudeau that is making it a confidence vote because Mr. Trudeau would prefer to try and go to an election rather than (answer) questions about insider spending scandals.”

The Green Party’s three MPs also voted against the Tory motion.

“Ahead of today’s vote on the Conservative motion to create a special committee, I would like to remind all Members of Parliament that people in Canada are counting on us to keep our eye on the ball and to focus on their needs,” Green Party leader Annamie Paul said in a statement.

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

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Beer tanks theft leaves B.C. brew pub owner with bad taste in mouth

RCMP are investigating after two massive one-tonne fermenting tanks were stolen from outside a Port Coquitlam brewery under construction.

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Talk about a thirsty thieves!

RCMP are investigating after two massive one-tonne fermenting tanks were stolen from outside a Port Coquitlam brewery under construction.

The five-metre high tanks are valued at $20,000 each.

The owner of Boardwalk Brewing, Phil Saxe, said that the plan was to pour concrete for the floor this week, and begin brewing by December.

He noticed the tanks were missing when he showed up for work on Monday.

“It was pretty devastating, obviously,” Saxe told CBC.

He said a crane or specialized forklift would have to be used to steal the tanks.

Saxe said he’s offering a reward for any tips.

“If your neighbour looks like they’re building a brewery in their backyard and some new tanks showed up please let us know. These are worth way more to us than they are in scrap,” he said.

“This is the first that I’ve heard of fermenters being stolen — and something this large. There was a blue tarp that went with them, so I would imagine that would have been covering them on the way out,” said Const. Deanna Law to the CBC.

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

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