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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

DAY SEVEN ... the week of June 21st to 27th

Good morning, and welcome to day seven ... a look back at the top posts and commentaries of the week – the ones you responded to the most – starting first with a commentary from Conservative Party leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis ...


#10 ... It is high time that we started making sure that our Conservative principles of opportunity for all, safety and security, and clean air, soil and water apply to EVERYONE in Canada (June 22nd)

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Conservatives believe in equal opportunity. Outcomes, however, are largely determined by personal effort. Those who work hard do better than those who don’t. It is our understanding of personal responsibility and equal opportunity that helps us spot when there is injustice or discrimination in our systems ...

#9 ... Viability of ranching (in the Chilcotin) is based on Crown land grazing -- including millions of dollars in infrastructure on Crown land that is now in jeopardy (June 23rd)

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a group of ranchers in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia are part of a larger organizing effort to demand a seat at the table for area residents and business owners as the future of their homes, communities and livelihoods is discussed secretly between the Federal and Provincial Governments and the Tsilhqot'in First Nation as part of a title land claims negotiation ... 


#8 ... PECKFORD -- A Dastardly Letter, Unbecoming of Canada -- Shocked and Dismayed -- I could use harsher words (June 25th)

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I have just read a news item that reports that several prominent Canadians have penned a letter requesting the Government of Canada cancel the present extradition process that is underway with the USA concerning a Huawei executive. In other words, cave to the bullying of a Communistic, Totalitarian State and betray our friend, neighbour, largest trading partner, and democratic state ...


#7 ... FORSETH -- One-percent of the total drug deaths (6,000) IS a very real 60 flesh and blood individuals, whose families have been devastated by the loss of their child (June 24th)

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the government of BC announced that it had introduced amendments to the Mental Health Act to improve the care and safety of youth under the age of 19 who are experiencing severe problematic substance use by providing short-term involuntary emergency stabilization care following an overdose. Good news, right? Not according to the BC Liberals Mental Health and Addictions critic Jane Thornthwaite ...


#6 ...It's outrageous that it took John Horgan and the NDP this long to acknowledge the severity of the situation and do something’ -- Chilliwack MLA and BC Liberal Labour Critic John Martin (June 25th)

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after a week of sustained pressure by the BC Liberals and businesses throughout the province, John Horgan has finally reversed his position and will act to extend temporary layoffs time limits to prevent mass layoffs and small business bankruptcies. "For weeks, small businesses and non-profits in every corner of our province have pleaded with John Horgan to extend temporary layoff time limits that, if not addressed, would have triggered thousands of permanent job losses and business bankruptcies," said MLA John Martin, BC Liberal Labour Critic ...  


#5 ... ELLIS ROSS – Walking the self-determination walk; our potential future is in our own hands (June 23rd)

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I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. There is nothing remarkable or outstanding about my history. In fact, in looking at my younger years, including my younger adult days, my story is typical of thousands of Aboriginals that came before me and continue on to this day ...


#4 ... Ministry of Children and Family Development to extend pandemic supports through Summer (June 22nd)

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the Province is extending interim measures, including a new round of funding and supports for children with special needs and youth aging out of care, to help children, youth and families through the ongoing pandemic.

“COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, and we need to do all we can to support young people and families who are still struggling,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development
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#3 ... FORSETH -- With snipping going between MacKay and O’Toole (too blue or too progressive) fracturing seems inevitable -- a choice between one or the other may be problematic (June 25th)

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as most of you are likely aware now, I have been seriously reconsidering my ballot ranking, for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Until a week and a half ago Erin O’Toole, and Peter MacKay had been my only two considerations, with O’Toole in the number one spot. That’s changed ...



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CONSERVATIVES IN BC call on Premier Horgan to join Alberta and Saskatchewan in protecting residents from convicted sex offenders (June 27th)

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speaking from Fort St. John, BC’s leader of the Conservative, Trevor Bolin, echoed the call for change here in BC.Premier Horgan, we are asking that you do the right thing, and institute this law immediately in British Columbia. Together with Alberta and Saskatchewan we will be stronger and safer”, remarked Bolin.

It’s time British Columbia took a stand to protect our children, families and loved ones”, he continued
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WELL ... this hasn’t happened for a long time, however I’m back with another one in this look at the past week -- one with regards to the Conservative Party leadership campaign ...


#1 ... FORSETH -- It was all the stuff you’d expect to hear from the candidates – and which honestly didn’t really move me much emotionally. Maybe that’s good! (June 22nd)

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I finally had a chance to watch the Conservative Party English debate. No change in Derek Sloan not being a choice for me. The big change however is that Peter MacKay has dropped to #3 on my ballot, while Leslyn Lewis has moved to #2, and even making me re-thing my #1 choice. I appreciated her frank answers to questions, and while not as polished as O'Toole and MacKay, I appreciated what she had to say ...


And that’s a wrap on this week, and if the weather holds, I’m on my way to enjoy the afternoon up in Wells Gray Park.  I will be back tomorrow however ... I’ll hope you’ll join me then.

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