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CALGARY—Just hours before his new federal political party’s first rally in Alberta on Friday night, Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada hit a roadblock when a report connected the group to a possible member who’s been publicly noted as an alleged white supremacist.

But undaunted by this news, attendees packed a standing-room-only room to hear the self-proclaimed “Albertan From Quebec” introduce his new party to Calgarians.

Earlier on Friday, news broke that a former United Conservative Party volunteer Adam Strashok had at least briefly been listed as a member of the PPC. When questioned about whether the volunteer was still associated with the party and if he would have his membership revoked (as the UCP had done to Strashok for allegedly holding white supremacist views), PPC spokespeople said no one with extreme views is welcome in their party.

Many of Bernier’s supporters at Friday’s People’s Party rally, held at the Best Western hotel on Crowchild Trail, weren’t concerned about potential ties to white supremacists or other extreme groups and individuals.

“Max has already very clearly stated everything he believes about what the party believes, what he doesn’t believe, what he’s going to support, what he doesn’t support. It’s already very clear-cut against white supremacy. So there’s nothing to worry about,” said William Maier, a PPC member from Edmonton.

“I’m not a pragmatic politician. I’m a principled politician. That’s important for us, and we don’t try to please everybody,” Bernier said in an interview days before his rally.

“If you have some principle, you must be out there and speak about it with passion and conviction, and you’ll have more people supporting you. And we know that because it’s based on western civilization values. Free market, entrepreneurship, more individual freedom, less government intervention.”

Some of the major policy points Bernier reiterated included changing the formula for equalization payments to less wealthy provinces, cutting corporate taxes and reducing government subsidies to corporations, privatizing Canada Post and cutting the CBC’s budget.

Bernier also wants to allow fewer newcomers to Canada, by reducing the immigration rate to 250,000 people per year, the same level it was under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. That’s opposed to the more than 300,000 immigrants who currently come to Canada each year.

“We don’t try to please everybody and that’s what I think Albertans and Canadians like. For me, I don’t have a platform to please Quebecers or to please people. It’s for all Canadians,” Bernier said.

The PPC leader’s commitment to ideology, when mentioned at his rally, was consistently met with a wave of applause from supporters. Many of these attendees were happy to hear Bernier express conviction in his beliefs.

“We’ve had the CPC for years, and they’ve just stagnated and compromised on so many of our social values and economic values. I really want to see something that isn’t like your dad’s conservatism and is going to stand up for traditional Canadian values,” said another rally attendee, Michael Whiteley.

“(Bernier) is very libertarian with economics, and Alberta has kind of a rough-and-tumble cowboy reputation. So naturally, a lot of people align with that mindset.”

But Mount Royal University policy studies professor Lori Williams was more skeptical of how widespread Bernier’s appeal is so far, arguing that he still needs to show he has the leadership qualities to bring other candidates on board.

Williams agreed that more ideological conservative voters will be drawn to Bernier’s party, leading up to the 2019 fall federal election. But she said that conservative voters may shy away from the PPC if they’re more concerned with casting a ballot in favour of a party that will form government and are willing to make compromises on policy points to do so.

“He’s counting on the appeal of that libertarian branch of conservatism that has a long and somewhat deep history in Alberta,” Williams said.

“Frankly, those who are conservative-leaning, unless they’re really disgruntled with what the Conservative Party is doing, are not going to be drawn to a party like this.”

Williams was also less sure of how easily Bernier’s new party will be able to shake connections to extreme right-wing individuals and groups.

She added that newer political parties are more vulnerable to association with fringe members or candidates. Jason Kenney and the UCP know this problem well. Despite being a merger of two provincial conservative parties, Williams said the UCP’s new identity and lack of history makes them more susceptible to these connections.

“When you’re a party that doesn’t have much of a reputation, a lot of clarity around what you stand for or where you’re likely to go, it can hurt you a lot worse,” Williams said.

“This is a challenge for right-leaning populist parties right now … that kind of element seems to be drawn more frequently into that camp. They will be attractive to extremists, including nationalist extremists, more than left-wing parties. So it’s a liability that’s going to be an enduring challenge.”

Andrew Jeffrey is a reporter/photographer for StarMetro Calgary. Follow him on Twitter: @andrew_jeffrey



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

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The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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