April 28, 2016

Justin Trudeau’s historic visit to Shoal Lake 40 Reserve excludes all media except... VICE?

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

I’m used to politicians showing a preference for certain media at various times but the exclusive access given to VICE to cover what is a historic visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to a native reserve, is something I’ve never seen before. 

Shoal Lake 40 Reserve located on the Ontario-Manitoba border, is a community that doesn’t have a lot going for them. They’ve been under a boil water advisory for 17 years and must have water trucked in.

In all my years covering politics, I’ve never seen a Prime Minister, a Premier or any politician go on an official visit like this and only allow one media outlet to come along for the trip.

A lot of other media are throwing questions at VICE about this but they maintain there’s nothing unusual here. But like all other reserves, this one receives a good deal of taxpayer money so many in the media would likely have some questions too about what’s happening there.

But now, we’re all going to be left with whatever VICE decides to share with us and have no way to verify or check the facts.

It’s highly unusual and does raise questions about what was offered and what might have been taken by VICE.

Justin Trudeau already has a far too cozy relationship with the media party because he shares their values and progressive views but I think this may even be a bridge too far for many others in the media besides me.

It just isn’t something we’re used to seeing in an open society like Canada.

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commented 2016-05-02 14:18:21 -0400
A number of days ago I tuned into APTN (aboriginal people’s television network) for their evening news. I do that every so often to hear what is going on with our aboriginal Canadians and having worked with a number of aboriginals in my mineral exploration geological career, I have respect for most of them. It’s the crooked chiefs on some reserves who line their pockets with the band’s money and hang them out to dry, which lose my respect. However, very interesting to learn that even the APTN news team was banned by the Shoal Lake police from entering the reserve whilst JT was visiting. What a country we are becoming under the rule of the sunshine PM!
commented 2016-04-29 12:41:49 -0400
This must be the kickback for Vice. The liberal puppet needs others to cover for his inadequacy!
commented 2016-04-29 10:55:47 -0400
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The main stream media will not denounce this exclusion as they did for Harper. If they mention it at all, it will be just in passing and offer an excuse for him.

The MSM’s little prince can make no mistakes. That’s what happens when they are madly in love with him.
commented 2016-04-29 09:50:51 -0400
Maybe vice is subcontracting for cbc

The 80 security, to keep the regular folk away from media, where are the gang busters when they are really needed
commented 2016-04-29 07:39:44 -0400
I think Little Justin should go to the Phillipines next and visit those nasty terrorists who are beheading Canadian hostages and tell them all about “Sunny Ways”.
commented 2016-04-29 05:09:57 -0400
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VICE is just some shitbag marxist website – and Bernie Trudeau was likely paid by these vermin for exclusivity.

The CBC doesn’t need ratings and the CBC pays hush money to the rest of the Media Party, so it’s time for Bernie Trudeau to expand the marxist media brand recognition.

Pretty disgusting, but coming from Bernie Trudeau, a disgusting pig, it’s not a surprise.
commented 2016-04-29 02:41:48 -0400
Shoal Lake reserve can only be reached by taking a short ferry trip. That is how Trudeau was able to keep the rest of the media away.
commented 2016-04-29 00:15:22 -0400
Trudeau better be careful. Mansbridge might get jealous and change the colour of his tie and say something naughty about his highness.
commented 2016-04-29 00:10:20 -0400
Of course it was Harper who was ignored the media right? I guess when Justin avoids actual questions he is being progressive or some other garbage.
commented 2016-04-29 00:08:58 -0400
Hey Justin , why not come to Alberta, go visit Hobeema without any security LMAO!
commented 2016-04-29 00:08:17 -0400
I wonder if he talked to any actual reserve residents that are not connected to the Chief?
commented 2016-04-28 22:11:01 -0400
I though " vice " was a bad badge to wear , in old days when I was younger the “law” had a tool to fight VICE , it was called the VICE SQUAD,
Interesting how vice and liebranoes are buddies
commented 2016-04-28 20:52:28 -0400
Since when did Trudeau have the power to stop the media following him anywhere ? Not only dose our new Emperor have no cloths, he also has no balls.
commented 2016-04-28 20:20:01 -0400
Notice how Trudeau only comes to Manitoba a week after the Manitoba provincial elections are over?
commented 2016-04-28 20:18:07 -0400
CBC doesn’t have to worry. They will receive their “official” story direct from Trudeau, Bennett or any one of the Aboriginal lobbyists they employ. That’s the evolution of all of their “closed for comment” Aboriginal Section stories. I suspect that the news story might even have been written before his plane departed.
commented 2016-04-28 20:13:57 -0400
This must be the new transparency – exclusive political docu-dramas – I mean the first info-mecial drama depicting his royal blankness as a brilliant science geek went so well, going into the coffers of the Vice are on to 1/2 drama sessions using Vice as the camera crew. Oh and Hey VICE, nice to see the CBC isn’t the only pork barreling media in Kanadar.
commented 2016-04-28 20:13:57 -0400
This must be the new transparency – exclusive political docu-dramas – I mean the first info-mecial drama depicting his royal blankness as a brilliant science geek went so well, going into the coffers of the Vice are on to 1/2 drama sessions using Vice as the camera crew. Oh and Hey VICE, nice to see the CBC isn’t the only pork barreling media in Kanadar.
commented 2016-04-28 19:51:04 -0400
i like posting links to stories on the rebel in the comments to cbc stories, but now i got banned. and i even use my facebook….. wow
commented 2016-04-28 19:46:25 -0400
VICE??? Never heard of them. But maybe that is the PM’s point?