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Devin Dreeshen seeks UCP nomination in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

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February 13, 2018

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Innisfail, AB – Devin Dreeshen, a fifth-generation local farm owner, volunteer, and long-time conservative party activist, today announced his intention to be the United Conservative Party nominee for the upcoming by-election in Innisfail—Sylvan Lake constituency.

“I have deep roots in this community,” said Dreeshen who was born in Innisfail. “The Notley government is piling taxes and regulations on our farmers and our resource industries, while ignoring critical infrastructure needs of rural towns, villages and counties.” “I want to join the United Conservative team in the Legislature to tell the NDP they can’t ignore the people here.”

Honourable Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation for Alberta and MLA for Innisfail—Sylvan Lake from 2001 to 2012, expressed his support for Dreeshen’s candidacy. “Devin has my vote. He will be a great MLA and a strong voice for Innisfail—Sylvan Lake in the Legislature. He will be at the front, pressing the government on issues like hospital funding, making sure we get what we need.”

Honourable Gerry Ritz, federal Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2015, also endorsed Dreeshen. “For years, Devin was my point man on grain issues and ending the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. He was a strong advocate for farmers and for rural communities within the Harper government, and I know he will be just as effective on Jason Kenney’s team. He has my strong support.”

Dreeshen farms near Pine Lake and has a long record of community service. He is a director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, serves as a board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society, and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.

His background as a farmer led him to Ottawa where he was an advisor to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015, advocating for Canadian agriculture trade, improved rural infrastructure support, and leading the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.

He presently owns a consulting business advising agricultural stakeholders on trade issues both provincially and nationally, especially in the context of NAFTA renegotiations.

Dreeshen will be travelling across the constituency of Innisfail – Sylvan Lake to reach out to voters, listen to their concerns and seek their support for his candidacy.

For further information, please contact:

Devin Dreeshen
Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @DevinDVote

Facebook: @DevinDreeshen4AB

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The Latest: Official says ‘optics’ delayed Capitol response

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

The head of the National Guard for Washington, D.C., says Pentagon concerns about “optics” delayed the sending of troops to protect the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack.

Maj. Gen. William Walker also noted under Senate questioning Wednesday there were no such concerns expressed when the D.C. National Guard was called out in response to the civil justice demonstrations in the spring and summer of 2020.

Walker testified there was an “unusual” Pentagon memo on Jan. 5 that required him to seek advance authorization from the secretary of the Army and the secretary of defence for specific measures during the gathering of thousands of Trump supporters seeking to force Congress to overturn the November presidential election.

The memo required Walker to seek personal authorization from the secretary of defence for equipment including weapons and body armour. Walker says the secretary of the Army separately authorized the use of protective equipment for the troops.

Walker says D.C. officials pleaded with the Army officials to quickly send the National Guard to help police guard the Capitol. But Walker says senior Army leaders opposed sending uniformed troops to the Capitol. He says, “The Army senior leaders did not think that it looked good.”

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS’ TESTIMONY ON THE CAPITOL INSURRECTION:

National security officials testify in the second Senate hearing about what went wrong on the day of the Capitol insurrection, facing questions about missed intelligence and botched efforts to quickly gather National Guard troops.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON:

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The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says there has been a more than 93% increase in the number of threats received by members of Congress in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman testified Wednesday before a House subcommittee. Pittman says there has also been more than a 118% increase in total threats from 2017 to 2020. Pittman says the majority of the suspects behind those threats lived outside Washington, D.C.

Pittman’s testimony comes nearly two months after thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the violence.

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Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing there is a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

The revelation was detailed in a statement from the Capitol Police. It comes at the same time the acting police chief is testifying before a House subcommittee.

“The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” the agency said in a statement. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.”

The statement differs from an advisory that was sent to members of Congress by the acting House sergeant-at-arms this week, saying that Capitol Police had “no indication that groups will travel to Washington D.C. to protest or commit acts of violence.”

The threat comes nearly two months after thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win. So far, about 300 people have been charged with federal crimes for their roles in the riot. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.

Capitol Police say that they have stepped up security around the Capitol complex since January’s insurrection, adding physical security measures such as the fencing topped with razor wire around the Capitol and members of the National Guard who remain at the complex. The statement said the agency was “taking the intelligence seriously” but provided no other specific details on the threat.

The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that Trump will rise again to power on March 4, which was the original presidential inauguration day, until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20.

Thousands of accounts that promoted the Jan. 6 event that led to a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol have since been suspended by major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, making it far more difficult for QAnon and far-right groups to organize a repeat of the mass gathering on Thursday.

Twitter banned more than 70,000 accounts after the riots, while Facebook and Instagram removed posts mentioning “stop the steal,” a pro-Trump rallying cry used to mobilize his supporters in January. And the conservative social media platform Parler, which many of Trump’s supporters joined to promote false election fraud conspiracy theories and encourage friends to “storm” the Capitol on Jan. 6, was booted off the internet following the siege.

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Associated Press writers Nomaan Merchant, Colleen Long and Alan Fram in Washington and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this report.

Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

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