Jason Kenney

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the Liberal government has given cowboys and performers who will cross the border into Canada to go to the Calgary Stampede, special status.

“The Calgary Stampede is a celebration of our province, our history and our culture. For over a century, it has grown to welcome millions of visitors, helping to make it the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” Kenney said in a Friday statement.

“Nothing represents the Stampede more than the bulls and broncs of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.

“Today, the federal government has granted performers and staff a travel exemption for the 2021 Stampede Rodeo, meaning this historic celebration of our western roots will be able to take place this year.”

That means cowboys and Stampede workers crossing in from the US will not have to follow regular COVID-19 isolation protocols.

“Like Alberta itself, the Stampede has persevered through floods, fires, and much more. However, last year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was impossible to have people gather safely. Now, with vaccines on our side and Albertans lining up to get protected, we can add a global pandemic to the many obstacles the Stampede has overcome,” said Kenney.

“We are also closing in on the 70% threshold for Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open For Summer Plan that will end the public health restrictions. 


A vastly revamped Stampede with COVID-19 protocols will kick off July 9.

The nightly chuckwagon races and stage show have already been cancelled and the kick-off parade will be closed to the public. Instead, it will weave through the closed Stampede grounds and be shown on Global.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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