Conservatives converge at United We Roll protests
The conservative divide converged at the United We Roll protest Tuesday as Maxime Bernier, leader of the fledgling People’s Party of Canada and Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer bookended other speeches with their own pitches on reviving the domestic energy industry.
While both men vowed to abolish the federal carbon tax, build pipelines to tidewater and scrap new Liberal government environemental legislation that ratchets up assessments on such projects to include ‘end-use’ carbon emissions, Bernier promised “to use the Constitution if necessary.”
“If we don’t have an agreement with the politicians in Québec, with the politicians in B.C., we will use the Constitution and impose the pipeline,” Bernier told the pro-pipeline crowd before evoking the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. “Because Canadians know that it’s safer to build a pipeline today, it is safer for the environment and it is safer for the corporation and Québecers remember what happend in Lac-Mégantic.”
In 2013, brakes failed on a 74-car train carrying crude oil and it barreled into the small Québec community killing 47 people and destroying the entire downtown.
Bernier, a former Conservative MP who lost a nail-biter leadership contest to Scheer and later abandoned his colleagues to form his own political party, also promised to scrap Bill C-48 – the tanker ban on B.C.’s coast – as well as C-49 that, among other provisions, would penalize rail shippers who don’t provide enough capacity to grain shippers.
Though Scheer delivered a more middle-of-the-road appeal when he took his turn at the microphone, he lashed out at anti-pipeline protesters.
“It is time that Canda has a prime minister that is proud of our enregy sector, that doesn’t got to Europe to tell his friends that he’s trying to phase out our oil and gas,” Scheer said, before criticizing a perceived-hypocrisy amongst the militant anti-resources set. “I am tired of seeing people chaining themselves to trees and laying down in front of bulldozers trying to block Canadian energy from reaching markets.”
About 75 such protestors stood outside Parliament Hill’s gates as security prevented them from entering the grounds where United We Roll speakers addressed supporters. They were a mix of indigenous people and their ‘allies’, as well as masked demonstrators from the far-left antifa movement.
“But yet, day after day we see tanker after tanker of foreign oil coming into our markets. It’s time for that to stop,” continued Scheer.
Scheer has continually trailed Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in polling, in spite of the prime minister’s gaffe-filled and ethics scandal-plagued tenure, however the recent Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC-Lavalin affair has given the Conservative leader and his party a slight edge. A recent Ipsos survey put Scheer two points ahead at 36 per cent support to Trudeau’s 34 per cent with the New Democrats garnering just 17 per cent of popular support.
Polling around 10 per cent of popular support nationwide, Bernier could be a wild card in the next federal election and would likely peel support away from Scheer. Well aware of this factor, Scheer used his United We Roll address to appeal to voters.
“So come October, we have the power, you have the power, to get rid of the biggest single impediment to keeping our energy from getting to market and that is Justin Trudeau and the Lib government,” Scheer said. “We can do it by voting him out and getting a Conservative government that will scrap C-69, the no-pipeline bill, that will scrap the carbon tax … and build pipelines that will get oil off of the railways.”
Ottawa Police have confirmed the discovery of a massive gun collection inside a Heron Gate home, ensuring the public that there is no threat to public safety.
A community member called police after he had heard about the guns in August, which prompted police into visiting the home, where police discovered the firearms, according to Ottawa Matters.
Police found more than 850 guns inside the man’s home, all stored safely and legally.
Police were then faced with the daunting task of ensuring each of them was legal, and never used in a crime.
The gun stash filled five cargo vans and took more than two months for police to catalogue, to which police discovered that none of the rifles, handguns, machine guns, or ammunition were used to commit a crime, and all of them were legally owned.
Yves-François Blanchet has said that he will not do anything to alleviate western Canada’s frustration. Speaking to reporters, Bloc head Blanchet said that he would not lift a finger to “create an oil state in western Canada.”
These remarks came after Blanchet’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa today. Trudeau has been meeting with the leaders of the federal parties to prepare for parliament reopening on Dec. 5. After this meeting, Blanchet stated that he will support Trudeau’s minority government in emission-reducing initiatives, however, he will fight the Liberals on the TMX pipeline.
The Bloc’s intent to halt the pipeline will not cause Trudeau trouble in controlling the majority of the House.
Blanchet also indicated to reporters that he did not expect the throne speech to get in the way of Quebec’s secularism bill. Bill 21, the deeply controversial bill that stops public employees from wearing religious symbols, has created tension between English and French Canada.
Over the previous week, Trudeau has been meeting with provincial leaders, as well as Andrew Scheer, in an attempt to placate the increasing sentiment of alienation in western Canada. Blanchet’s most recent comment will only likely further this rift.
Comments made on an episode of CTV’s The Social have received heavy online backlash following comments made by one of their correspondents regarding Don Cherry’s firing.
Amid Don Cherry’s refusal to back down following controversial poppy comments which led to the end of his historic broadcasting career, former Maclean’s magazine editor Jessica Allen decided to attack not just Don Cherry, but rather the entire “altar of hockey” which Canada worships, going on to say that the “white boy” hockey players could have used their parents’ money to instead, travel the world.
“I’m told he’s a Canadian icon, and he’s a symbol of the great sport of hockey, which is the sport that unites us across this country, and that narrative is the one that strikes a nerve with me, because I don’t worship at the altar of hockey, I never have,” said Allen.
“Maybe it’s because of where I grew up, and going to a couple different universities. In my mind, in my experience, who does. They all tended to be white boys, who weren’t very nice, they weren’t very thoughtful they were often bullies, their parents were able to afford to spend $5000 a year on minor hockey. You could do other things than spend time in an arena, you could go on a trip and learn about the world. See other things. The world is a big place, maybe get outside of that bubble.”
Outrage quickly ensued, as many called the comments racist and hypocritical, especially in light of Cherry’s comments which many felt carried no racial context. Some even started using the hashtag #FireJessAllen as a way to get their point across, reaching the top of trending by late Wednesday afternoon.
In response to the heavy criticism, Jessica defended herself via Tweet.
” I never said every white boy, just the ones whose unsavoury behaviour, which didn’t feel very Canadian, I witnessed. Because of this, I am guilty of having conflicted feelings about hockey being so closely linked to our national identity,” said Allen.
Canada, of course, has a history with hockey that dates back nearly to the country’s inception, with the Candian Museum of History even hosting a hockey exhibition in 2017 to celebrate various historical aspects of the sport.
CTV has not yet responded to TPM’s request for comment.
Jessica Yaniv, a transwoman who rose to infamy after she took a number of immigrant, racialized at-home salon workers to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) for declining to provide services to her male genitalia, applied for her appeal to be heard by a new Tribunal member. She claimed bias against Devyn Cousineau, according to the 5-page document released today by the BCHRT. The appeal was declined.
Cousineau, who has a background in anti-poverty and human rights law and holds a law degree from the University of Victoria, stated she did not feel Yaniv’s claims that she had been biased in her decision were accurate. According to the document, Yaniv requested the appeal decision be made by a different member on the basis that Cousineau had been pressured and “harassed by members of the public via Twitter” to rule in favour of the salon workers.
“It is my ethical and legal obligation as a member of this Tribunal to decide cases based on the evidence before me and not based on public sentiment,” Couseineau wrote in response to the assertion.
In a recent comment given to The Post Millennial, Yaniv stated that the Tribunal ruling had been a “total misunderstanding” full of “inaccurate information.” In the BCHRT appeal document, nine areas of complaint are listed where Yaniv asserts the Tribunal was “wrong”.
These areas, including that Yaniv targeted certain ethnic groups, declined her services because of her scrotum, and that she manufactured the conditions of her complaints–deliberately attempting to provoke situations where she could claim she was being discriminated against–were listed by the BCHRT as findings of fact.
Findings of Fact
Yaniv allegedly also claimed the appeal was necessary as the decision negated to consider transgender women who required hair removal for “surgery.” Cousineau writes that this “was not an issue raised at any time in [Yaniv’s] complaints.”
One of the most striking points of the document was Yaniv’s claim to be unable to pay the improper conduct costs awarded by the BCHRT to the salon workers. These awards were $2,000 each to three of the four women represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Citing “anti-trans harassment and attacks” Yaniv sought a reduction of costs. This was also declined by the BCHRT, with Cousineau concluding that if Yaniv wants to challenge the final decision, she must do so in court.