December 09, 2015

NDP MLA accuses Rick Strankman of threatening violence — against gophers?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

NDP MLA Cam Westhead accused Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman of threatening violence.

Westhead is the MLA for Banff-Cochrane and in a Facebook post he said this:

“If this is the kind of opposition the Wildrose feels is acceptable, it’s no wonder they will never form government.”

Rick Strankman’s direct quote from the Alberta Hansard on Dec 1, 2015 reads:

“Some of these predator control devices are found in the back of the truck and out in the shop and in the tractor in the spring time when they’re calving, because those predator devices keep the coyotes away from the baby calves and keep the varmints controlled. Going forward there might be unintended consequences that this legislation might bring forward in that regard”

Ok, so I think we all know what Strankman was talking about. He’s talking about the implications of having firearms on OHS compliant worksites. Firearms and OHS compliant worksites don’t mix. This is a legitimate concern for farmers who will now fall under OHS rules and use firearms for predator control. There were no threats of violence unless you're a coyote or a gopher.

Westhead persisted. He thought he really had something on those redneck farmers now. He took to Twitter. He asked Wildrose leader Brian Jean to denounce Strankman for his threats of violence against gophers.

Now let’s digest all this. In case you don’t know, Rick Strankman is a hero in the agricultural community. He went to jail for his act of civil disobedience against the Canadian Wheat Board. He drove a truck full of his own wheat to the American border and was arrested under export laws for trying to do what eastern Canadian farmers had always done: Sell their own wheat. He turned himself over to the police. He was never, ever violent.

At some point, someone from the NDP probably advised Westhead that parliamentary privilege doesn’t apply outside the legislature. So he sent out a mealy mouth tweet apologizing for the confusion around Strankman’s motives. That confusion was purposefully caused by Westhead himself. Now he’s using the typical NDP excuse about "miscommunication”.

Just because you own a gun doesn’t mean you’re violent. But the NDP might think so. And if dippers like Westhead are too clueless about OHS laws and the realities of firearms as a tool on the farm, then they have no business drafting OHS laws.


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commented 2015-12-15 12:50:49 -0500
I used to think the onion was better, but now I just use the rebel for all of my funny/satire news stories, thanks guys! Does Ezra Levant still do standup comedy at hotels?
commented 2015-12-10 13:30:15 -0500
It’s very difficult to deal with this kind of fascist nonsense, emotionally…
So here’s some irony that helps to assuage those fears and anger about what’s coming down the pike from the communists.
Cam Westhead is driving out in the country in the spring – for some reason. He loses control, rolls his big gas-guzzler and is pinned under his vehicle and he’s basically uninjured but trapped. Along comes a colony of gophers and begin chewing his legs off. As he’s screaming in pain and terror at this assault, along comes Rick Strankman, in his pick-up with a varminter in the back window. He stops to lend aid – as country folk always do – and discovers who it is screaming and writhing in agony under the vehicle, and without thinking, pulls out the varminter and shoots all the varmints – the gophers. Calls for help and waits with Westhead until the rescuers arrive.

Reality sets in, and Mr. Strankman is then arrested for discharging a firearm…
commented 2015-12-10 12:01:08 -0500
Clueless is one word to use when describing the NDP, both provincially and federally. I myself might use a more colourful and direct set of words, and I’m sure most level headed Canadians would also.
commented 2015-12-09 22:10:27 -0500
Well gophers make holes that workers can injure themselves in, is that not what the NDP cares about?
commented 2015-12-09 19:34:33 -0500
I noticed that in Sheila’s video of the rally at Leduc it looked to me like there was a chain-link fence around the NDP podium. Am I right and if so was it to keep the farmers away from the NDP or the NDP away from the farmers?
commented 2015-12-09 18:25:56 -0500
‘miscommunication’ the incessant whiny excuse of leftists caught in their own lies to deflect attention from their own deliberate attempts to obscure their true motives. leftists never address the real issues or answer direct questions asked of them, they just slander the questioner and cry victim when taken to task for the fight they started.
commented 2015-12-09 18:12:13 -0500
Is this the pre cursor to the OHS showing up with armed “security” to raid, sorry inspect farms?
commented 2015-12-09 18:08:55 -0500
If they’re concerned about rodent/predator control, wait until the first car load of beauracrats drives onto a family farm
commented 2015-12-09 17:58:48 -0500
I guess gophers are the last voting block that the NDP can count on.
commented 2015-12-09 17:53:13 -0500
Cowards are always the first to cry and whine about something. If he can’t stand the race, then he should step down, instead of being a big baby!
commented 2015-12-09 16:36:35 -0500
Perhaps this cowering Dipper has a puckered sphincter over a fear of pest ranch control because he relates to the vermin the ranchers must shoot to keep them from taking over cultivated land. I think the metaphor is appropriate – These Dips are like the ravenous rodents stealing farm production and undermining prairie stability by digging away at productive Alberta farm lands.

Both Dips and rodents , both vermin species in need of control.
commented 2015-12-09 16:30:03 -0500
Cam looks like an x school teacher.
commented 2015-12-09 16:10:10 -0500
Darryl, good point, I think that making a law and enforcing said law are two entirely different things.
commented 2015-12-09 15:00:54 -0500
Roland Seguin: Unfortunately, OHS is not defined in the article. Alas it is used as an abbreviation for over 60 quite different topics, with about a dozen in Canada. Here, I assume, it refers to Occupational Health and Safety.
commented 2015-12-09 14:40:51 -0500
The NDP what a bunch of thin skinned pussys, Funny when they are protesting anything goes now that they are on the other end of the spectrum its brutal and violent, Well if they keep operating the way they are they aint seen nothing yet. Seems like they want confrontation so they can say look see we told you, Keep up the fight fellow farmers never ever give in to these whining a holes that make up the ndp. Good luck enforcing your idiot rules NDP confrontation you will get, seems it is what you want.
commented 2015-12-09 14:36:23 -0500
Roland Seguin – If you are old enough to have had a job … YES
commented 2015-12-09 14:34:39 -0500
Maybe he has a point … are gophers covered under OHS and WCB since they “work” on the farm?
commented 2015-12-09 14:23:38 -0500
Oh, stupid ndp, you really want to go there ? First with the rallies are violent and brutal and now with the gun toting rednecks ? Man oh man you latte sippers are a bunch of bottom feeding carpet baggers. Leave now before you really get your feelings hurt.
commented 2015-12-09 14:19:23 -0500
The NDP are jumpy because 60% of the people never voted for these communists. The NDP are evil and any government that doesn’t consult the people, should be kicked to the curb. Rachel step down, and call another election. That would be the democratic thing to do!
commented 2015-12-09 13:55:52 -0500
Is the average reader supposed to know what OHS stands for?
commented 2015-12-09 13:45:00 -0500
commented 2015-12-09 13:30:54 -0500
The NDP of course fells they have the “final solution” for this right wing voting block. Eliminate all the farms, clearly they are but a vestige of the past and merely prolong the idea of a free thinking independent pioneering past, a quaint artifact of our recent history. Besides, everyone knows by now, we don’t need farms anyway as everything we need is right there in the store.
commented 2015-12-09 13:27:44 -0500
Maybe that NDP MLA Cam Westhead would rather the farmers sit down at the negotiating table with the coyotes, wolves and bears and hammer out a deal instead of employing (gasp!) violence with a gun.
commented 2015-12-09 13:25:52 -0500
Touched a nerve in Westhead as he sees himself and his ilk as the varmints in question.
commented 2015-12-09 13:16:51 -0500
The dippers are concerned that farmers and ranchers know a varmint when they see a varmint; and will draw attention to the fact that pests need to be controlled…like the pests sitting to the right-hand of the speaker; and the farmers have been doing a pretty effective democratic pest control on those varmints these past few weeks.
commented 2015-12-09 12:48:52 -0500
The NDP get stupider by the day! They insult our intelligence with their dumbass world views.