Remember earlier this year, when Rachel Notley banned The Rebel’s journalists from attending any press conferences or other media events held by the Government of Alberta?
First they sent armed sheriffs to kick out our bureau chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, from the Legislature.
Then they sent us an official letter, signed by a Justice Department lawyer, saying that all Rebel journalists, and even anyone even connected to us, was officially banned from everything, forever.
Media across the country, even those who don’t like us, were shocked by this third-world-style censorship. In the end, Notley was shamed into backing down.
Then Notley paid Heather Boyd, a retired editor of the Canadian Press, $10,000 to write a quickie report about how the government should deal with media.
I spoke to Heather Boyd on the phone.
She wanted to know all about The Rebel and after she assured me she was trustworthy and neutral, I actually sent her confidential business documents: employee manuals, circulation and viewership numbers.
I gave her this based on her explicit promise to me that it would be kept confidential — as in, it wouldn’t be shown to the government.
Then yesterday, Heather Boyd took a six-figure job in the NDP government, in their propaganda department. So much for neutral. She’s an NDP hack, a partisan. The “review” was a sham.
All of those business confidences she pumped from me, that she promised to keep secret from the government — well, she has them. And she is the government now.
But it’s worse than that.
WATCH my report to see the whole thing. Let’s just say the timing of all this is pretty revealing, and shows a grotesque conflict of interest.
I wrote to Boyd demanding to know why she deceived me.
Again, WATCH and see what she wrote back…
PS: If you haven’t already, will you please sign our petition to Rachel Notley — tell her to keep her dirty hands off the free press.