Some Thoughts On Why Flair Airlines Supports The Mandatory Vaccination Policy

It seems a bit counter-intuitive that a discount airline would be so enthusiastic about the policy of mandatory vaccines for travelers. Flair Airlines is one such company. Then again, looking a bit deeper, there may be other reasons for doing this.

Specifically, it appears the Flair Airlines LTD. has been getting CEWS, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Of course, they are likely getting other subsidies as well.

After all, this company went from serious financial hurt, to being able to expand its operations across Canada. Such a sudden shift requires a lot of money.

A quick look through the Federal Lobbying Registry shows that Flair has been quite busy getting the attention of public office holders. The middlemen they send are also worthy of a closer look.

1. Saad Baig, StrategyCorp Inc

Saad Baig is a Director in StrategyCorp’s Public Affairs group and brings six years of experience advising senior cabinet ministers in the Government of Ontario.
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Most recently, Saad was Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Finance where he was a pivotal part of the team that tabled Ontario’s first balanced budget in ten years. He served as the lead advisor to the Minister on matters relating to tax policy, economic policy and municipal finance. Saad led the development of the 2016 Fall Economic Statement and 2017 Ontario Budget in key areas including transportation, infrastructure, economic development and international trade.
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Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance, Saad spent over three years as the lead advisor for infrastructure policy to several ministers where he participated in key negotiations on federal-provincial infrastructure matters, designed municipal funding programs, developed infrastructure planning legislation and coordinated policy and issues for two crown agencies.
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Saad has been involved in numerous political campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels including the 2014 central campaign for the Ontario Liberal Party.

This lobbyist for the discount airline spent 6 years in the Ontario Government, in a variety of roles, working for Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty.

2. Garry Keller, StrategyCorp Inc

Garry has served in several key leadership roles in Canadian politics, including as Chief of Staff to Canada’s Foreign Minister, John Baird; Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose, and chief Parliamentary advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He also served as a Chief of Staff to the Government House Leader and the Chief Government Whip, Director of Communications to the Minister of the Environment and Director of Parliamentary Affairs to the President of the Treasury Board. He also served as Acting Chief of Staff to the United Conservative Party Caucus in Alberta in 2017.
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As the Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, Garry was required to deliver strategic, communication and political advice on both international and domestic matters. He has experience in dealing with regulatory and legal matters, national security matters, trade negotiations, as well as the promotion of Canadian interests and Canadian values on the world stage. He is also an experienced practitioner of the Access to Information Act.
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Garry regularly provides commentary on domestic and international politics for CTV News Channel, TVO’s The Agenda and a variety of talk radio shows across Canada. His commentary has also appeared in the National Post and the Globe and Mail, and he has appeared on a number of panels for associations and other organizations on Canadian politics.

Keller spent many years as a Conservative Party of Canada operative, and handler for various politicians. He also moved on to Alberta politics.

3. Sébastien Labrecque, StrategyCorp Inc

Before pivoting to government relations, Sébastien worked in the federal government, which led him to develop a thorough understanding of the inner workings of policy and research development in the public service. Thanks to his experience at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Sébastien possesses an extensive knowledge of the policy and stakeholder ecosystems in the areas of housing finance and the digital economy.

Labrecque spent over a year and a half working for the Federal Government before he switched over and became a lobbyist.

4. Kristina Martin, Loyalist Public Affairs

Kristina is a seasoned strategic communications and government relations expert with over a decade of experience working in politics, government relations and the non-profit sector. Based in Ottawa, she knows the inner workings of Parliament Hill and is recognized as a connector and go-to advisor for corporate and nonprofit leaders to advance complex policy agendas.
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Before joining Loyalist Kristina worked as Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Canada’s largest science and technology outreach organization, Actua. Prior to that she worked at a national government relations and strategic communication firm.
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Kristina has also served as a communications and political advisor to federal elected officials.

Kristina Martin spent many years with the Federal Liberals when they were in opposition. Now that they are back in power, she’s in a position to wield some real influence.

5. Conal Slobodin, StrategyCorp Inc

Slobodin has since left StrategyCorp and gone to Walmart. However, he has held roles in the Federal Government, and is a former consultant for the Yukon Liberal Party. Small world.

6. Andrew Steele, StrategyCorp Inc

As a Vice President at StrategyCorp, Andrew emphasizes client service, creative solutions and professionalism. He provides counsel on management consulting projects, communications challenges and government relations files at the federal, provincial and municipal level.
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Previously, Andrew served as Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, as well as Chief of Staff in several Ministries. He has held senior campaign roles for the Liberal Party of Canada and the Ontario Liberal Party.
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Andrew was the founding CEO of the Pecaut Centre, a non-profit management consulting firm housed at the Boston Consulting Group. More recently, Andrew was essential to implementing the strategic transformation of public broadcaster TVO into the province’s partner for digital learning inside the classroom.
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A director of the board of the Michael Garron Hospital, Andrew graduated with distinction from the MBA program at Ivey. He writes regularly on public policy as an opinion columnist for the Globe and Mail and others.

Steele, by his own admission, has held senior campaign roles for both the Ontario Liberals, and the Federal Liberals. The connection to Michael Garron Hospital is an interesting one. That’s where Michael Warner, the pro-lockdown doctor, Michael Warner works. Melissa Lantsman, MP-elect for Thornhill, is also a Director.

As for Kenzie McKeegan, Dan Mader and Chris Froggatt, check out this piece on their recent work as Pfizer lobbyists. Have to wonder what all of these political hacks arranged in order for Flair to get onboard with these passports.

There doesn’t seem to be an obvious mention of a bailout, but it’s the most likely thing to search for. And they are definitely getting CEWS from the taxpayers.

(1) https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/airline-transportation-mandatory-vaccination-1.6206844?fbclid=IwAR38cd6IDeB-_TKKGxfRWnyNe9dg2VUons6nOc0Yp8_xKtll5xvazN9L8kM
(2) https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/cews/srch/pub/bscSrch
(3) https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/app/secure/ocl/lrs/do/advSrch?V_SEARCH.command=refineCategory&V_TOKEN=1234567890&V_SEARCH.scopeCategory=solr.facetName.registrationStatus%3D1
(4) https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/app/secure/ocl/lrs/do/advSrch?V_SEARCH.command=navigate&time=1633983200675
(5) https://www.linkedin.com/in/saadbaig/
(6) https://strategycorp.com/people/baig-saad/
(7) https://archive.is/sgF3b
(8) https://www.linkedin.com/in/garry-keller-73130b79/
(9) https://strategycorp.com/people/keller-garry/
(10) https://archive.is/aFUE1
(11) https://www.linkedin.com/in/s%C3%A9bastien-labrecque-4497915b/
(12) https://strategycorp.com/people/labrecque-sebastien/
(13) https://archive.is/usIo6
(14) https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristina-martin-3b1b6741/
(15) https://loyalistpublicaffairs.ca/kristina-martin/
(16) https://archive.is/IFW5a
(17) https://www.linkedin.com/in/conal-slobodin/
(18) https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewmsteele/?originalSubdomain=ca
(19) https://strategycorp.com/people/steele-andrew/
(20) https://canucklaw.ca/melissa-lantsmans-real-record-as-a-lobbyist-after-installing-doug-ford/

Who’s Pulling Blaine Higgs’ Strings?

Moving along, we get to New Brunswick, which is run by Blaine Higgs, who identifies as being a conservative. He has been in Office since November 2018, or about 3 years. So, he’s had some time to settle in.

Effective September 22, 2021, the Province had a vaccine passport in place. For a lack of a better term, these are “movement licenses” which allow people to maintain some semblance of freedom. (Credit to RoadtoSerfdom Twitter Account).

Let’s take a look at who Higgs has been talking to recently. Granted, some of the postings happened before he took power. Still, the same people keep coming around, trying to influence policy.

This series continues on who’s pulling the strings of influential politicians. Previously, Elizabeth May, Erin O’Toole, Michelle Rempel, Steven Guilbeault (Part 1 and Part 2), Doug Ford (many times), Rankin & Strang, Jason Kenney, Scott Moe and Brian Pallister were covered.

What a lot of pharma lobbying there has been in the last few years. And all this for a very small province. But don’t worry, because that certainly won’t impact how Higgs runs the affairs for New Brunswick.

1. Canadian Biosimilars Forum (Pfizer, Merck), Ross Wallace

Ross Wallace is part of Santis Health, which lobbied on behalf of Canadian Biosimilars Forum. The CSF is a coalition of pharma companies, much like Innovative Medicines Canada. Interestingly, Wallace worked for AstraZeneca for over 5 years prior to joining this group.

2. Innovative Medicines Canada, Pamela Fralick

Pamela Fralick and Innovative Medicines Canada were addressed in more detail earlier. IMC actually works as a collective to push for the joint interests of the pharmaceutical industry. See Item #4 for more information on them both

3. Innovative Medicines Canada, Cheryl Stewart-Walsh

Cheryl Stewart-Walsh is the Regional Director (Atlantic Canada) for Innovative Medicines Canada. Interestingly, she helped install Mike Savage as Mayor of Halifax, then worked in his office.

4. Merck Canada, Octavio Rego

Octavio Rego appears to have been in the pharma industry for the bulk of his working life. He spent 8 years at Sanofi, then another 13 at Merck.

5. Purdue Pharma, Rémy Bouchard

Rémy Bouchard now works for Purdue, but has had a lengthy career in other companies. These include: Teva, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline.

Side note: Higgs was part of the “coalition” of controlled opposition conservatives who pretended to oppose the Federal Carbon tax. Hard to challenge something when you enthusiastically support the overall agenda.

Anyhow, have a look around, and see what’s really happening. Want to know why all these politicians are so adamantly pro-vaxx? It’s not that complicated. Of course, this doesn’t take into account what may be happening off the books.

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qkTJMXYgok
(2) https://www.pxw1.snb.ca/snb9000/product.aspx?ProductID=A001PLOBBYSearch
(3) https://www.linkedin.com/in/ross-wallace-b6aa5948/
(4) https://www.canadianbiosimilarsforum.ca/
(5) https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheryl-stewart-walsh-785b3119/
(6) https://www.linkedin.com/in/r%C3%A9my-bouchard-6974a23/
(7) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-elizabeth-mays-strings/
(8) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-erin-otooles-strings/
(9) https://canucklaw.ca/why-is-rempel-silent-on-harmful-effects-of-interim-authorized-vaccines/
(10) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-steven-guilbeaults-strings-part-1-eco-movement/
(11) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-steven-guilbeaults-strings-part-2-anti-free-speech-privacy/
(12) https://canucklaw.ca/ford-still-lobbied-by-political-operatives-on-behalf-of-vaccine-companies/
(13) https://canucklaw.ca/cv-10d-nova-scotia-pharma-lobbying-moh-robert-strang-an-anti-democratic-tyrant/
(14) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-jason-kenneys-strings/
(15) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-scott-moes-strings/
(16) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-brian-pallisters-strings/

Who’s Pulling Brian Pallister’s Strings?

Former Manitoba Premier, Brian Pallister, really knows how to be an asshole. Recently, he doesn’t even try to hide it anymore. Pardon the missing link to the original video, but this was from June 2021.

Welcome to our continuing series on who’s pulling the strings of influential politicians. Previously, Elizabeth May, Erin O’Toole, Michelle Rempel, Steven Guilbeault (Part 1 and Part 2), Doug Ford (many times), Rankin & Strang, Jason Kenney and Scott Moe were covered.

Before anyone says anything, yes, Pallister has left office. That being said, he’s done a lot of damage while he was still Premier. It’s long past time to call him out for it.

Company Lobbyist Active Since
Abbvie Corporation Nathan Clark October 04, 2021
Alliance For Safe Online Pharmacies Joanna Carey September 13, 2021
Alliance For Safe Online Pharmacies Dani Peters June 25, 2021
AstraZeneca Canada Inc. Kiersten Combs September 01, 2021
Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Andrea Sambati September 15, 2021
Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association Dean Crawford October 01, 2021
Emergent BioSolutions Rob Gilmour August 26, 2021
Emergent BioSolutions Amber Ruddy August 30, 2021
GlaxoSmithKline Faris El-Refaie September 13, 2021
Hoffman-La Roche Ronnie Miller September 24, 2021
Innovative Medicines Canada Pamela Fralick September 13, 2021
Janssen Canada Inc. Lauren Stone January 15, 2021
Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association Of Canada Stephanie Dunlop December 18, 2020
Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association Of Canada Sandra Hanna August 19, 2021
Organon Canada Inc. Michael Casia July 06, 2021
Pharmacists Manitoba Jeremy Sawatzky January 07, 2021
Sanofi Pasteur Erin Iverson September 08, 2021

As with the last article, this only covers active registrations. Now, the presence of these drug lobbyists wouldn’t have any impact on Pallister’s hardline pro-vaccine stance, would it? Brian hasn’t been compromised, has he? Let’s take a look at who some of these people are.

1. Alliance For Safe Online Pharmacies, Dani Peters

Dani Peters, or rather, Danielle Peters, runs a firm called Magnet Strategy Group. She also helped secure a $173 million Federal grant to Medicago. Partly this was for a vaccine, partly it was for the production of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.

As for ASOP, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, their agenda is pretty straightforward. They want it to be easier for people to purchase drugs online.

2. Emergent BioSolutions, Rob Gilmour

How very interesting. Rob Gilmour works for Counsel Public Affairs, which also employs Amber Ruddy. He’s spent over 16 years as a political consultant in Ontario. Additionally, he has been the Deputy Executive Director of the PC Caucus while Doug Ford was Premier. What a small world it is.

Emergent BioSolutions is the company that actually manufactures AstraZeneca’s products. Not too many people know that. So Kiersten Combs would have the same goal as the lobbyists for Emergent.

3. Emergent BioSolutions, Amber Ruddy

It has been brought up before how Amber Ruddy is actually the Secretary of the National Council of the Conservative Party of Canada. She does this while remaining a pharma lobbyist. She also works to undermine medical privacy in Canada. Apparently, few people have a problem with all of this.

Ruddy also used to be a lobbyist for GlaxoSmithKline, but doesn’t appear to have a current registration.

4. Innovative Medicines Canada, Pamela Fralick

Pretty strange that the President of Innovative Medicines Canada would also be running: (a) the Canadian Cancer Society; (b) the Canadian Healthcare Association; and (c) the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. It especially makes sense when looking at how many organizations are part of this group.

5. Neighbourhood Pharmacy Ass’n of Canada, Stephanie Dunlop

Stephanie Dunlop worked for the Conservative Party of Canada in 2014/2015. Then she tried to get Erin O’Toole installed as CPC leader in 2017. After that, she worked to make Doug Ford the Premier of Ontario. Now, she lobbies for big pharma. This is a pattern we see over and over again.

6. Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association Of Canada, Sandra Hanna

Sandra Hanna has been with Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada for close to 4 years, according to her LinkedIn profile. Curiously, she has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Toronto. The Association has quite the interesting list of partners and members.

The Association was very interested in the recent Federal election, to put it mildly. They even released their own “toolkit” for how to influence the role of pharmacy.

7. Pharmacists Manitoba, Jeremy Sawatzky

Before becoming a lobbyist, Jeremy Sawatzky had a career in news and sports broadcasting. Turns out, he also worked in the Manitoba Government, which probably proved useful.

As before, this isn’t everyone who is involved in such activities. That being said, it should shed some light on just who the people are pulling the strings.

Additionally, Manitoba Health doesn’t appear to be a registered charity. Other Provinces are. However, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority certainly is one. What should shock no one is that its top 10 employees are paid over $350,000 per year.

Let’s not forget about Pallister hiring G4S last year, a surveillance and intelligence firm, that also was involved with detentions and prisons. He also openly mused about imposing curfews late last year. Remember, this is all about keeping people safe from a virus.

Have to wonder why the mainstream press in Canada never bothers to report any of this. It’s not like the information was difficult to find.

(1) https://registry.lobbyistregistrar.mb.ca/
(2) https://buysaferx.pharmacy/canada/
(3) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gilmourrob/
(4) https://twitter.com/aruddy
(5) https://canucklaw.ca/lobbyist-for-glaxosmithkline-astrazeneca-maker-sits-on-conservative-partys-national-council/
(6) https://canucklaw.ca/bill-c-11-cpc-national-secretary-lobbied-for-big-pharma-to-get-easier-access-to-your-medical-data/
(7) https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-fralick-6798baa/
(8) http://innovativemedicines.ca/about/member-companies/
(9) https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephdunlop/
(10) https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandra-hanna-63b87326/
(11) https://neighbourhoodpharmacies.ca/our-partners
(12) https://neighbourhoodpharmacies.ca/our-members-pharmacy-operator-partners
(13) Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association Of Canada Election Platform Toolkit
(14) https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-sawatzky-a37b40102/
(15) https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/srch/pub/dsplyRprtngPrd?q.srchNmFltr=winnipeg+health&q.stts=0007&selectedCharityBn=107472532RR0001&dsrdPg=1
(16) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-elizabeth-mays-strings/
(17) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-erin-otooles-strings/
(18) https://canucklaw.ca/why-is-rempel-silent-on-harmful-effects-of-interim-authorized-vaccines/
(19) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-steven-guilbeaults-strings-part-1-eco-movement/
(20) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-steven-guilbeaults-strings-part-2-anti-free-speech-privacy/
(21) https://canucklaw.ca/ford-still-lobbied-by-political-operatives-on-behalf-of-vaccine-companies/
(22) https://canucklaw.ca/cv-10d-nova-scotia-pharma-lobbying-moh-robert-strang-an-anti-democratic-tyrant/
(23) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-jason-kenneys-strings/
(24) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-scott-moes-strings/

Who’s Pulling Scott Moe’s Strings?

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said a few weeks ago that the “time for patience is over”, concerning people who don’t want to be coerced into taking an experimental concoction. The obvious question: why is the time for patience over? Whatever happened to bodily autonomy? Is this what Moe really believes, or is it what he has been instructed to say?

Moe also scoffed at the idea that he’s being paid off by vaccine manufacturers to push his policies. That said, who is influencing him and his Government? Is this site to be considered nonsense?

Welcome to our continuing series on who’s pulling the strings of influential politicians. Previously, Elizabeth May, Erin O’Toole, Michelle Rempel, Steven Guilbeault (Part 1 and Part 2), Doug Ford (many times), Rankin & Strang and Jason Kenney were covered.

Moe seems like a friendly enough person. Let’s see who he and his Government have been talking to as of late. Search the terms “pharma” or “vaccine” in the Saskatchewan Lobbyist Registry, out comes a number of active registrations. A lot of these names should be familiar.

Company Lobbyist Active Since
AbbVie Corporation Joel Peterson 2021-08-30
AbbVie Corporation Tracey Ramsay 2021-09-01
AstraZeneca Canada Inc Kiersten Combs 2021-09-01
Boehringer Ingelheim Andrea Sambati 2021-09-01
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. Stephen Frank 2021-09-01
Canadian Medical Association Tim Smith 2021-08-23
Eli Lilly Canada Inc. Rhonda Pacheco 2021-03-01
GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Faris El Refaie 2021-08-23
Hoffman-La Roche Ronnie Miller 2021-09-24
Innovative Medicines Canada Pamela Fralick 2021-07-29
Janssen Inc. Jorge Bartolome 2020-11-10
McKesson Canada Rebecca McKillican 2021-02-15
Merck Canada Inc. Jennifer Chan 2021-07-23
Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Sandra Hanna 2020-10-15
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Christian Macher 2021-06-18
Novo Nordisk Canada Inc. Beatrice Clerc 2020-12-07
Organon Canada Inc. Michael Casia 2021-06-03
Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan Virginia Wilkinson 2021-07-28
Purdue Pharma David Pidduck 2021-05-27
Sanofi Pasteur Limited Erin Iverson 2021-09-03
Saskatchewan Medical Association Bonnie Brossart 2021-06-01
Shoppers Drug Mart Erika Barootes 2021-03-01
Takeda Canada Inc. Rute Fernandes 2021-09-24
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Dennis Chan 2021-01-01
VIDO-InterVac Douglas B. Richardson 2021-04-19

Keep in mind, these are only ACTIVE registrations, and don’t include the vast amount of expired ones. It seems that the pharmaceutical industry has a strong interest in Saskatchewan. This seems strange, as Moe assures us that he isn’t paid off by drug makers.

1. Canadian Medical Association, Tim Smith

Tim Smith is the CEO of the Canadian Medical Association. Now, what does the CMA support? They are on record as supporting vaccine passports, and other medical tyranny measures.

1. The CMA supports the development of a pan-Canadian vaccine certificate program for domestic purposes in some circumstances, in addition to the establishment of a vaccine passport system to support international travel, led by the federal government. Recognizing the potential for an emerging patchwork of approaches, the CMA calls on federal and provincial/territorial governments to ensure interoperability of vaccine certificate programs, including tools and systems, across all jurisdictions within Canada. Interoperability of vaccine certificate programs will ensure people in Canada do not experience mobility barriers and associated unintended, negative consequences.
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2. The CMA recognizes that vaccine certificatesa could be a valuable tool in some circumstances to complement public health. Reasons for implementation include facilitating access to one’s digital immunization records, supporting re-opening, reducing the need for more restrictive public health measures (e.g., lockdowns), managing risk of transmission in discretionary and non-discretionary settings, and protecting those at high risk of infection and at high risk of severe illness or death resulting from COVID-19.
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3. Based on the evolution of the pandemic, it would be prudent to implement a vaccine certificate program to reduce the need for continued more restrictive public health measures and manage risk of transmission in discretionary and non-discretionary settings. It is imperative that any vaccine certificate program meets key ethical, legal, and scientific standards.
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4. Where they are introduced, it is in the public interest for governments to develop clear and consistent standards for vaccine certification to ensure that they are legitimate, meet public health objectives, respect equity and non-discrimination, and protect privacy.

In short, the CMA supports a national (and international) vaccine passport system in order to — in their words — reduce the need for more lockdown measures. Is this really about health and safety?

2. GlaxoSmithKline, Faris El Refaie, Hal Danchilla

Almost every political event in Alberta over the last 30 years has been shaped, advised, managed, directed, or informed by Hal. He has managed and advised leadership and election campaigns at all levels of government.
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Most notably, Hal served as a political advisor during the Klein administration, provided strategic advice to Stephen Mandel’s successful underdog campaign to become Mayor of Edmonton and, along with Jason Kenney, chaired and managed the leadership and national campaign for Stockwell Day and the Canadian Alliance. Recently, Hal has become a trusted advisor and campaign strategist for now Premier Kenney.
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Since 1998, Hal has delivered results to clients, not just in government relations, but in strategic and crisis communications, negotiations, advocacy and influencing public opinion.
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Hal has led many challenging projects, including the reclamation of contaminated sites, forming new industry associations, securing access for rare pharmaceuticals and guiding professional compensation strategies.
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Hal is a frequent media commentator and panellist, executive and board speaker, and guest lecturer at the University of Alberta

It was mentioned in the last piece how Hal Danchilla was a longtime political operative, and helped install Jason Kenney as Alberta Premier. Seems he has operated in Saskatchewan on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline as well. As for Refaie, he’s the President and General Manager of GSK.

As a side note: Amber Ruddy, the Secretary of the National Council of the Conservative Party of Canada, also used to be a lobbyist for GSK.

3. McKesson Canada, Rebecca McKillican

Rebecca McKillican is the CEO of McKesson Canada. Interesting, and so is her past. This includes being a Director at the National Bank of Canada, and a business analyst for McKinsey and Company.

4. Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, Sandra Hanna

Sandra Hanna has been with Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada for close to 4 years, according to her LinkedIn profile. Curiously, she has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Toronto. The Association has quite the interesting list of partners and members.

The Association was very interested in the recent Federal election, to put it mildly. They even released their own “toolkit” for how to influence the role of pharmacy.

5. Pharmacy Association Of Saskatchewan, Virginia Wilkinson

Virginia Wilkinson runs her own lobbying and consulting firm, and is the Interim CEO of the Pharmacy Association Of Saskatchewan. That’s no conflict of interest of course. Nor are her years working for CTV and other mainstream media, or working in the Saskatchewan Government.

This should surprise no one, but the Pharmacy Association has also gone on record as supporting increased lockdown measures. Freedom is so dangerous to public health.

6. Saskatchewan Medical Association, Bonnie Brossart

Bonnie Brossart has headed the Saskatchewan Medical Association for nearly 7 years. While this may seem ancient, she actually spent 2 years working for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health in the 1990s. Now, what does the SMA actually want?

News release: Saskatchewan’s physicians and nurses join to demand increased health measures to combat the pandemic
The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) are demanding stronger action by the provincial government to blunt the fourth wave of the pandemic.

As record-high COVID-19 case numbers exhaust health-care workers and strain hospital capacity to the limits, the SMA and SUN are imploring the government to enact the following three measures:
(1) A reinstatement of limits on indoor gatherings for both private and public events.
(2) Daily, community-level public reporting that indicates percentage of population who are partially and fully vaccinated by age groups as well as case counts, hospitalizations and ICU admissions.
(3) Sufficient contact tracing with appropriately trained staff to ensure rapid case detection and to limit community spread. Too much of this critical function is being left in the hands of those who test positive for COVID-19.

SMA president Dr. Eben Strydom said reinstating gathering limits on indoor private functions and community events will help to mitigate the fourth wave of the pandemic.
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“Mask mandates and vaccination requirements are essential but are not enough against the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant,” he said. “With the approach of colder weather, gatherings will move indoors, creating the potential for surges in cases.”
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“Without indoor gathering limits, COVID-19 will spread, and people will die,” added SUN president Tracy Zambory. “Registered nurses are disheartened to see preventable hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. They are upset. They are weary. I have heard their stories borne of anger, frustration, and fear for their patients. The government cannot ignore the pleas of the province’s health care community any longer.”
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Ms. Zambory stressed that now is the time for strong leadership, noting that the health system risks being completely overwhelmed within weeks. “We are at a critical moment in this fourth wave. We have already had to make heartbreaking decisions on cancelling surgeries and suspending organ donations.”

Just a week ago, the Saskatchewan Medical Association called for even more violations of people’s basic rights. Of course, this is all being done in the name of safety.

7. Shoppers Drug Mart, Erika Barootes

Erika Barootes not only runs a lobbying firm, but apparently she’s also working on becoming a Senator as well …. and at the same time. She is also a (recent) President of the UCP, United Conservative Party of Alberta, and helped install Jason Kenney as Premier. Hmmm…. are Kenney and Moe close friends?

And on the topic of Shoppers Drug Mart, take a look at what has been going on in Ontario: bipartisan support for big pharma.

8. VIDO-InterVac, Douglas Richardson

Douglas Richardson and VIDO-InterVac (University of Saskatchewan) have been addressed in an earlier piece. This man has been involved in Federal politics for a long time, and used to be a regular donor to the Liberal Party of Canada. VIDO has ties to the United Nations, and gets money indirectly from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Christian Macher at Novartis has had a long career with big pharma. Also, Kiersten Combs is with AstraZeneca. Of course, this is not all of them, but does offer some insight into who is doing the lobbying of Scott Moe.

Now, how much money does the Saskatchewan Government receive for health care, and where does it come from?

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is structured as a charity, and is searchable on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website. For long time readers of Canuck Law, this is not surprising in the least.

New programs:
The SHA formed December 4, 2017 from the amalgamation of 12 regional health authorities. New programs include: development of primary healthcare networks and preliminary work on community health centers, setting up accountable care units, implementation of purposeful rounding in all long term care facilities, implementation of the Take Home Naloxone Program.

The obvious spike in expenses and revenue after 2017 is most likely due to this amalgamation.

Financials To End Of March 2017
Receipted donations $62,631.00 (0.01%)
Non-receipted donations $0.00 (0.00%)
Gifts from other registered charities $2,193,779.00 (0.20%)
Government funding $1,000,996,812.00 (92.83%)
All other revenue $75,076,566.00 (6.96%)
Total revenue: $1,078,329,788.00

Charitable programs $900,880,241.00 (82.52%)
Management and administration $108,849,560.00 (9.97%)
Fundraising $0.00 (0.00%)
Political activities $0.00 (0.00%)
Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $0.00 (0.00%)
Other $81,918,606.00 (7.50%)
Total expenses: $1,091,648,407.00

Compensation
Total compensation for all positions: $691,977,113.00
Full-time employees: 5312
Part-time employees: 3186
Professional and consulting fees: $11,674,595.00
Compensated full-time positions: $350,000 and over (10)

Financials To End Of March 2018
Receipted donations $1,147,292.00 (0.03%)
Non-receipted donations $5,511,284.00 (0.14%)
Gifts from other registered charities $24,754,700.00 (0.62%)
Government funding $3,735,771,967.00 (92.91%)
All other revenue $253,488,625.00 (6.30%)
Total revenue: $4,020,673,868.00

Charitable programs $3,632,936,335.00 (90.25%)
Management and administration $374,064,014.00 (9.29%)
Fundraising $491,986.00 (0.01%)
Political activities $0.00 (0.00%)
Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $1,161,832.00 (0.03%)
Other $16,697,168.00 (0.41%)
Total expenses: $4,025,351,335.00

Compensation
Total compensation for all positions: $2,543,632,424.00
Full-time employees: 25367
Part-time employees: 17716
Professional and consulting fees: $348,231,847.00
Compensated full-time positions: $350,000 and over (10)

Financials To End Of March 2019
Receipted donations $2,414,453.00 (0.06%)
Non-receipted donations $2,602,691.00 (0.06%)
Gifts from other registered charities $24,637,945.00 (0.60%)
Government funding $3,804,463,918.00 (92.37%)
All other revenue $284,444,095.00 (6.91%)
Total revenue: $4,118,563,102.00

Charitable programs $3,746,897,249.00 (90.33%)
Management and administration $382,530,847.00 (9.22%)
Fundraising $245,176.00 (0.01%)
Political activities $0.00 (0.00%)
Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $0.00 (0.00%)
Other $18,208,282.00 (0.44%)
Total expenses: $4,147,881,554.00

Compensation
Total compensation for all positions: $2,652,508,078.00
Full-time employees: 26146
Part-time employees: 18689
Professional and consulting fees: $285,427,859.00
Compensated full-time positions: $350,000 and over (10)

Financials To End Of March 2020
Receipted donations $1,809,796.00 (0.04%)
Non-receipted donations $3,799,269.00 (0.09%)
Gifts from other registered charities $58,263,578.00 (1.34%)
Government funding $4,007,820,033.00 (91.85%)
All other revenue $291,888,059.00 (6.69%)
Total revenue: $4,363,580,735.00

Charitable programs $3,886,421,481.00 (90.44%)
Management and administration $389,450,093.00 (9.06%)
Fundraising $8,091.00 (0.00%)
Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $0.00 (0.00%)
Other $21,502,802.00 (0.50%)
Total expenses: $4,297,382,467.00

Compensation
Total compensation for all positions: $2,880,882,144.00
Full-time employees: 26817
Part-time employees: 18345
Professional and consulting fees: $189,626,394.00
Compensated full-time positions: $350,000 and over (10)

Financials To End Of March 2021
Receipted donations $1,652,389.00 (0.03%)
Non-receipted donations $24,440,335.00 (0.50%)
Gifts from other registered charities $28,831,882.00 (0.59%)
Government funding $4,592,929,207.00 (93.90%)
All other revenue $243,477,494.00 (4.98%)
Total revenue: $4,891,331,307.00

Charitable programs $4,251,608,792.00 (90.60%)
Management and administration $422,024,070.00 (8.99%)
Fundraising $5,132.00 (0.00%)
Political activities $0.00 (0.00%)
Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $0.00 (0.00%)
Total expenses: $4,692,642,748.00

Compensation
Total compensation for all positions: $3,172,109,803.00
Full-time employees: 20989
Part-time employees: 19211
Professional and consulting fees: $205,033,061.00
Compensated full-time positions: $350,000 and over (10)

Looking through the last several years of tax information, we can see that the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s top 10 paid employees (most likely executives) are making over $350,000 each year.

Also, it seems about 7-10% of the revenue generated year over year comes from sources outside of the Government. While a relatively small amount, it would be nice to know who is subsidizing health care in the Province. Also, it’s unclear what “all other revenue” really encompasses.

Maybe, just maybe, the organizations listed above are significant donors to the Saskatchewan Health Authority. It would explain an awful lot if true.

Off topic, but this is worth a mention: Moe was also one of the “conservatives” who launched half hearted challenges to the Federal Carbon tax in Court. As outlined earlier, these were done for show, and never intended to succeed.

With all of this information in mind, we must now ask: WHY is Scott Moe’s patience running out with those who refuse to get vaccinated?

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEy0AcXoXZ4
(2) https://twitter.com/PremierScottMoe/status/1446261075876397060
(3) https://www.sasklobbyistregistry.ca/search-the-registry/
(4) https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothysmithottawa/
(5) https://policybase.cma.ca/permalink/policy14448
(6) Canadian Medical Association Vaccine Passports
(7) https://www.linkedin.com/in/faris-el-refaie-73814918/
(8) https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-mckillican-0496984b/
(9) https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandra-hanna-63b87326/
(10) https://neighbourhoodpharmacies.ca/our-partners
(11) https://neighbourhoodpharmacies.ca/our-members-pharmacy-operator-partners
(12) Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association Of Canada Election Platform Toolkit
(13) https://www.linkedin.com/in/virginiawilkinson/
(14) Saskatchewan Pharmacists Support Lockdown Measures
(15) https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonnie-brossart-4207a61b/
(16) https://www.sma.sk.ca/news/2375/news-release-saskatchewan-s-physicians-and-nurses-join-to-demand-increased-health-measures-to-combat-the-pandemic.html
(17) https://www.linkedin.com/in/erika-barootes-88b2a141/
(18) https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-macher-5a2251/
(19) https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/srch/pub/dsplyRprtngPrd?q.srchNmFltr=saskatchewan+health&q.stts=0007&selectedCharityBn=895830180RR0001&dsrdPg=1
(20) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-elizabeth-mays-strings/
(21) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-erin-otooles-strings/
(22) https://canucklaw.ca/why-is-rempel-silent-on-harmful-effects-of-interim-authorized-vaccines/
(23) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-steven-guilbeaults-strings-part-1-eco-movement/
(24) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-steven-guilbeaults-strings-part-2-anti-free-speech-privacy/
(25) https://canucklaw.ca/ford-still-lobbied-by-political-operatives-on-behalf-of-vaccine-companies/
(26) https://canucklaw.ca/cv-10d-nova-scotia-pharma-lobbying-moh-robert-strang-an-anti-democratic-tyrant/
(27) https://canucklaw.ca/whos-pulling-jason-kenneys-strings/

Who’s Pulling Jason Kenney’s Strings?

Alberta Premier doesn’t seem all that concerned that a possible 90% of positive cases in the Province could be due to error. One would think he’d be happy to know that. Here is the full interview with Danielle Smith, from November 2020. The above clip starts at about 28:30.

Don’t forget, Kenney previously attended Bilderberg. Therefore, globalist ties must at least be assumed at this point. And he does nothing to dispel the suspicions.

Now, why would Kenney be so vaxx happy if there is such a prevalence of false positives? One possibility is that his interests lie elsewhere. Let’s see who he’s been talking to in the last year or so. According to the Alberta Lobbying Registry, the following meetings happened:

  • January 13, 2020 (Pfizer)
  • February 14, 2020 (Novartis)
  • February 29, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • February 29, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • March 6, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • March 24, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • April 7, 2020 (Pfizer)
  • April 15, 2020 (Novartis)
  • April 24, 2020 (AstraZeneca)
  • May 13, 2020 (Janssen)
  • June 30, 2020 (AstraZeneca)
  • August 25, 2020 (Novartis)
  • August 28, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • August 31, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • September 3, 2020 (Janssen)
  • September 29, 2020 (Novartis)
  • October 6, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • October 13, 2020 (Pfizer)
  • October 19, 2020 (AstraZeneca)
  • October 27, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • November 2, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • November 2, 2020 (Janssen)
  • November 2, 2020 (Novartis)
  • November 12, 2020 (Novartis)
  • November 26, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • November 26, 2020 (Janssen)
  • November 26, 2020 (Novartis)
  • December 4, 2020 (AstraZeneca)
  • December 4, 2020 (Pfizer)
  • December 15, 2020 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • December 15, 2020 (Janssen)
  • December 15, 2020 (Novartis)
  • January 4, 2021 (Astellas Pharma Canada Inc.)
  • January 15, 2021 (Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation)
  • January 15, 2021 (Astellas Pharma Canada Inc.)
  • January 15, 2021 (Entos Pharmaceuticals)
  • January 28, 2021 (Entos Pharmaceuticals)
  • February 18, 2021 (Vertex Pharmaceuticals)
  • February 19, 2021 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • February 23, 2021 (Emergent BioSolutions)
  • February 28, 2021 (Janssen)
  • March 1, 2021 (Purdue Pharma)
  • March 19, 2021 (Entos Pharmaceuticals)
  • March 19, 2021 (Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada)
  • March 30, 2021 (Pfizer)
  • April 12, 2021 (Alberta Pharmacists’ Association)
  • April 28, 2021 (AstraZeneca)
  • May 3, 2021 (Novartis)
  • May 28, 2021 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • June 2, 2021 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • June 30, 2021 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • June 30, 2021 (Janssen)
  • June 30, 2021 (Novartis)
  • August 31, 2021 (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • September 6, 2021 (Janssen)
  • September 7, 2021 (AstraZeneca)
  • September 7, 2021 (Novartis)
  • September 29, 2021 (Alberta Pharmacists’ Association)
  • October 3, 2021 (Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada)
  • October 4, 2021 (Novartis)

It should go without saying that there are more instances of lobbying not listed here.

This is particularly interesting since it’s not the Provinces who do the purchasing of vaccines. That is handled by the Federal Government. Of course, this is quite the list. Now, who are some of the people who have been wanting to push big pharma onto Kenney and Alberta?

1. Hal Danchilla, Kenney’s (Former?) Campaign Strategist

Almost every political event in Alberta over the last 30 years has been shaped, advised, managed, directed, or informed by Hal. He has managed and advised leadership and election campaigns at all levels of government.
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Most notably, Hal served as a political advisor during the Klein administration, provided strategic advice to Stephen Mandel’s successful underdog campaign to become Mayor of Edmonton and, along with Jason Kenney, chaired and managed the leadership and national campaign for Stockwell Day and the Canadian Alliance. Recently, Hal has become a trusted advisor and campaign strategist for now Premier Kenney.
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Since 1998, Hal has delivered results to clients, not just in government relations, but in strategic and crisis communications, negotiations, advocacy and influencing public opinion.
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Hal has led many challenging projects, including the reclamation of contaminated sites, forming new industry associations, securing access for rare pharmaceuticals and guiding professional compensation strategies.
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Hal is a frequent media commentator and panellist, executive and board speaker, and guest lecturer at the University of Alberta

Either this guy really likes to grandstand, or Alberta politicians are all just puppets. Danchilla brags about influencing Municipal, Provincial, and Federal politics. This veteran handler is now a pharmaceutical lobbyist whose name is all over these registrations.

2. Christian Macher, Novartis Manager

Going back to his days at Proctor & Gamble, AstraZeneca, Innovative Medicines Canada, and Novartis, this man has had a lengthy career in the pharmaceutical industry.

3. Margaret Wing, Alberta Pharmacists’ Association

Even pharmacists need someone fighting in their corner. It’s not like the drug companies themselves have vested interests in seeing their products being sold en masse.

4. David Pidduck, Purdue Pharma

Nothing says important quite like getting the Chief Executive Officer down to make that personal connection with the politicians.

5. Philip Dewan, Emergent BioSolutions

Most interesting. Before getting into lobbying, Dewan was the Chief of Staff for the Ontario Liberal Party. As for other dirt on Counsel Public Affairs, see: here, here, here, here and here. It’s quite the cesspit.

6. Randy Pettipas (Various Groups)

Randy Pettipas has a reputation for providing strong strategic policy advice and solid results in all major industries such as energy, natural resources, telecommunications and transportation, among others. He is a trusted advisor to the leaders of many of Canada’s largest corporations. As CEO, Randy provides strong leadership and guides the overall growth strategy for Global Public Affairs. Since Randy joined the firm in 1997, Global has expanded its reach beyond Ottawa, establishing offices across Canada. Global now operates in federal, provincial and municipal jurisdictions, providing team-based government relations and communications services offering to clients across Canada and internationally.
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Randy previously held senior positions in the federal government, serving as a Minister’s Chief of Staff and a senior advisor on issues in Western Canada, both in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition and the Prime Minister’s Office, from 1990 to 1997.
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Randy currently serves on the advisory board of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is also actively involved as a volunteer in the Calgary community, currently serving on the boards of the Calgary Zoo, Arts Commons and the Calgary Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Randy is also past board chair of Hospice Calgary.

Pettipas has spent time inside the Federal Government, and was a Chief of Staff for a Minister (although it doesn’t list which one). His biography explains a lot.

For some background on Alberta Health Services, check out this piece. This organization isn’t quite what most people think it is.

Of course, Kenney got an honourable mention in the piece about Rubicon Strategy. Kory Teneycke is currently acting as a handler for Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

This list is far from exhaustive, but should provide some insight into just who has been pulling Jason Kenney’s strings as of late. There are certainly others, but the pharmaceutical industry listings seem very abundant recently. Kenney appears to serve almost everyone except Albertans.

(1) https://www.facebook.com/kenneyjasont/videos/1065515287297927
(2) https://www.albertalobbyistregistry.ca/
(3) https://www.linkedin.com/in/hal-danchilla-057a1331/
(4) https://www.cdnstrategy.com/hal-danchilla
(5) https://archive.is/oEwXu
(6) https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-macher-5a2251/
(7) https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-wing-7954331a5/
(8) https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-dewan-65a29918/
(9) https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidpidduck/
(10) https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-dewan-65a29918/
(11) https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-dewan-65a29918/
(12) https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/randy-pettipas-2/

Canadian Pharmacists Association: Campaigning At Taxpayer Expense To Grow Big Drug Industry

The Canadian Pharmacists Association has received money from the CEWS Program, which is the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Now, it doesn’t say how much, but that information is available elsewhere. According to the Federal Lobbying Registry, the CPA has received $191,387.49 from the Canada Revenue Agency. This group is expected to receive more in 2021. Now, as most people know, the CEWS is run by the CRA, so it’s fair to assume that the bulk (or all) or it is from CEWS.

Now, another group getting taxpayer subsidies is hardly news worthy. That being said, what the CPA is pushing for is definitely worth talking about.

Subject Matter Details
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
-CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES ACT: Amending the CDSA to add pharmacists as practitioners (Opioids)
-Pre-budget consultation: Federal investments to improve the health care system and the health of Canadians
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Regulation

The Cannabis Act, with respect to the medical cannabis regime and the role of pharmacists in dispensing and managing medical cannabis.

Policies or Program
-Distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations
-Health Canada — Emergency Preparedness/Pandemic Planning with respect to implications for the practice of pharmacy
-Health Canada — Error reporting by community pharmacy into the the Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System (CMIRPS)
-Health Canada — First Nations and Inuit Health – Non-Insured Health Benefits program (NIHB) with respect to implications for the practice of pharmacy
-Health Canada — Foreign Credential recognition Program, Health Canada Health Human Resources (HHR) Strategy – working with the department to understand the entry of foreign-trained pharmacists to Canada
-Health Canada — Post-market surveillance of pharmaceutical products with respect to implications for the practice of pharmacy
-Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Finance Canada, Health Canada – Prescription drug cost containment strategies with respect to implications for the practice of pharmacy
-Supports and resources for pharmacists and health care practitioners in response to COVID-19.
-The implementation of pharmacare in Canada, with respect to the practice of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists in pharmacare

Policies or Program, Regulation
-Health Canada — Working with Health Canada to implement measures to respond to national drug shortages, and responding to US proposals on importation
-Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Finance Canada, Health Canada — E-health / electronic health records policy with respect to implications for the practice of pharmacy

Regulation
-Health Canada – COVID-19 and the role of pharmacists in administering COVID-19 vaccinations
-Health Canada – Influenza vaccination and the role of pharmacists in administering flu vaccines in 2020

Something few know about, the CPA has long been a proponent of medical marijuana, and has also supported its legalization. The reasoning is simple: weed is a commodity from which money can be made.

A noteworthy item is that the CPA is pushing to make it easier to bring foreign trained pharmacists to Canada. Like with most professions, if you increase the supply, it ultimately drives down wages. And it’s not like have an abundance of university graduates who struggle to find well paid work.

For reference, here is what the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act currently says. It also explicitly defines a “practitioner” for the purpose of being exempt from punishment.

practitioner means a person who is registered and entitled under the laws of a province to practise in that province the profession of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, and includes any other person or class of persons prescribed as a practitioner; (praticien)

If the CPA were to get its way, pharmacists would be able to prescribe, or at least renew prescriptions for things like opiods.

Back in August, the CPA sent out a media release that some 2,000 pharmacies were ready to provide rapid testing kits in various Provinces across Canada. Now, was this done with public safety in mind, or were they simply trying to push a very profitable product onto the market?

The CPA also weighed in on the recent Federal election. Presumably, they support electing candidates who will promise some or all of the following:

  • COVID testing: Creating a national testing strategy in parallel with Canada’s vaccine program that will provide Canadians with broad access to at-home rapid COVID-19 tests.
  • Opioids: Amending federal regulations to enable pharmacists to provide safe opioid-related care to patients by making the CDSA exemptions permanent and enhancing access to safe supply.
  • Indigenous health: Improving access to key health services through the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program.
  • Pharmacare: Implementing a universal national pharmacare plan that features a blend of public and private plans.
  • Drug shortages: Addressing drug shortages by reducing the frequency of shortages and supporting health professionals in managing those that do occur.

Yeah, there’s no conflict of interest here at all.

Also, the CPA has spoken out about Ivermectin. They claim lack of proof that it works, and risks of side effects. Strangely, there seemed to be no objections over vaccines, and over the same issues. Now, there is also no proof this “virus” exists, but that has been covered elsewhere.

The CPA claims to have thousands of sponsors and industry partners, but doesn’t seem to actually name them. However, we can probably guess a lot of the names.

If one wants to be a “Gold Sponsor”, all it costs is $10,000. Seems pretty cheap, doesn’t it. As for the politicians that they gain access to (in Ottawa), this is quite the list.

Anyhow, this is what we have: a trade association lobbying for laws to grow their market. At the same time, the taxpayers are footing the bill to keep the lights on for them. One would think that Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca would be able to fund that.

(1) https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/cews/srch/pub/bscSrch
(2) https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/app/secure/ocl/lrs/do/vwRg?cno=2&regId=914369
(3) https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-38.8/fulltext.html
(4) https://www.pharmacists.ca/
(5) https://www.pharmacists.ca/news-events/news/more-than-2000-pharmacies-ready-to-provide-rapid-covid-19-tests-to-small-and-medium-employers-in-alberta-saskatchewan-manitoba-and-ontario/
(6) https://www.pharmacists.ca/industry-partners/sponsorships-affiliates/
(7) https://www.pharmacists.ca/industry-partners/
(8) CPA Lobbying In Ottawa

OTHER LOBBYING BY BIG PHARMA IN CANADA