February 17, 2016

THE BULLY BLINKS! Notley abandons her attempt to blacklist The Rebel — for now.

Ezra LevantRebel Commander
 

Faced with a national storm of outrage, an embarrassed Rachel Notley backed away from her illegal blacklist of journalists. That blacklist had a single name on it: TheRebel.media — and anyone even “connected” to us. 

The only problem is, that’s illegal. Governments in Canada can’t regulate journalists, or restrict who is allowed to enter public buildings like the Legislature, based on political vendettas. 

Notley’s blacklist wasn’t a casual or thoughtless decision. It was carefully considered, lawyered and surely approved by the Premier herself. She even had the temerity to order a Department of Justice to send it to us:

Well, that’s un-Canadian, and Canada overwhelmingly told her so. Notley’s shocking attempt to ban journalists she doesn’t like dominated national news, trended on Twitter and Facebook, and even made international headlines.

So today, a Notley spin-doctor issued this statement:

"We’ve heard a lot of feedback from Albertans and media over the course of the last two days and it’s clear we made a mistake. The government has appointed former Western Canadian Bureau Chief for Canadian Press, Heather Boyd to consult and give us recommendations on what the government’s media policies should be. In the meantime, no one will be excluded from government media events."

Translation: Notley was fine with being a bully, when she thought she could roll over us, like she rolled over farmers and oilmen.

So, it’s a partial victory. But pay attention to that last line: Notley has hired an “expert” to advise her on how to handle troublesome journalists. The lifting of the blacklist is only “in the meantime”. Notley may well revert to a policy of government-regulated journalism, if her hand-picked advisor can find a way to spin it.

But the law is clear: we have freedom of the press in Canada. No matter what Notley or her hand-picked advisors say. Governments do not have the power to regulate journalists. And any blacklist barring journalists from public events based on political vendettas is obviously illegal discrimination.

So: it’s a partial win — a win for freedom, and for Albertans who want independent journalism. But there’s a massive loophole built right into it, for Notley to come back and regulate later.

Rachel Notley is a bully. She just couldn’t get away with it this time. But she’s not done trying. She’s taken no personal responsibility for this illegal blacklist. The unsigned statement’s passive tone  — mistakes were made — shows Notley is genetically incapable of saying “sorry”. Not to our reporters Sheila Gunn Reid and Holly Nicholas — Notley never would, and it worthless to us. But saying sorry to Albertans, for sacrificing their culture of freedom to “get even” with her critics.

As to The Rebel, we’re going to keep doing our unique brand of journalism — news, opinion and activism. We obviously are covering it in a way that no-one else is — a way that Albertans love, and Notley hates. That’s a pretty good form of media accreditation, don’t you think?

We're going to keep reporting the truth about Notley. Because Albertans love it, and she hates it.

Ezra Levant
Rebel Commander

P.S. We will be demanding that the Department of Justice officially confirm that the illegal blacklist is removed, and is removed permanently. If Notley tries to weasel her way back to another blacklist, we’ll just have to do this all over again — until she accepts freedom of the press on her own, or a judge tells her to.

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commented 2016-02-23 10:14:24 -0500
Shows her stance on free speech! Notley is only doing what the previous female premier of Alberta was going to do, in fact I bet they have a strategic alliance formed. Gett’em rebel!
commented 2016-02-20 01:11:19 -0500
As an Alberta residence the action of the premier was childish. Let the voter decide who are journalist, reporter, or other. The political field is ripe for reporting on. Let’s get transparent versions of their activities from whatever media we choose. Communists are not ruling yet! We only get our weekly gossip rag or the very costly daily journal (as a senior on fixed income I only buy on saturday) .the Rebel is my favorite source of reports on events. Thanks doug mcdermid
commented 2016-02-19 14:49:39 -0500
Spin less ration by the Rebel absalutly spinless!
Notley ,bich,slapped them and they turn there backs and slither!
You failed everyone that believes in freedom of press!
More importantly you failed yourselves!
Embarrassing move!
commented 2016-02-19 01:32:54 -0500
“Plan B” for the Lefty’s now seems to have their Lackey’s in the Main Stream Media, construct a Regulatory Board within the industry. That way, The Rebel, or other “bothersome entities”, could be put out of business without’ offending’ Politico’s or soiling their lilly white hands. ‘Smacks of Soviet style Censorship & we’ people must resist this attack upon the Freedom of Speech via a Free Press.
commented 2016-02-18 18:16:13 -0500
If the Rebel folds like a cheep deck of cards on this one ,perhaps they are not a justify able group of ,journalists!
commented 2016-02-18 15:28:34 -0500
Re: Karen Bougie comment below – You are indeed correct about the CBC comments but to add on a different level, I watched the Federal election intently with CBC. I could not believe how what was supposed to be apparently “neutral” coverage by a reporting group so intently and obviously one-sided with an obvious attempt to support the destruction of the Conservative Federal party in office. I was completely disgusted by their bias reporting hell bent on taking down the Conservative party. It was obvious that they are eastern supported and controlled. I now take everything that CBC says with a grain of salt (More so than before). I am also watching intently on how much our famous Provincial leader is taking notes from one of the most shallow and phony Prime Ministers that we have ever had in office to date. Again, these leaders are following in their parent’s footsteps for all the wrong reasons by attempting to keep their predecessors memory alive rather than doing their civil servant jobs for the purpose of representing the voice of the people. This is the heart and soul of democracy and this reporting group (Rebel) is a God send in creating that voice. She (Knotley) is indeed very inexperienced and will always be out of touch with the real issues of her province so long as she struggles with her pride. Your education is the foundation of your home, how strong that foundation is depends on your choices after you graduate. Are you going to build a one story house on a weak foundation or a skyscraper with a strong one?? Her pride will determine that foundation.
commented 2016-02-18 12:32:07 -0500
The Rebel’s { looking at you Ezra } principled activism is comforting and taking a censorious prone government to task is consoling . Challenging a state’s desire to define what is acceptable
journalism and who can be a journalist resonated with freedom loving Canadians. The vitality of our precious 5th estate which is a pillar of Western exceptionalism , providing a pluralist and vigorous media. We need to be constantly vigilant for a free and open press, especially for the pilloried conservative voice .
Rachel Notley , according to an Angus Reid poll, is at 33% approval rate…….. YIKES….. little wonder this fascist-socialist wants to control the narrative ~!?!
commented 2016-02-18 11:04:11 -0500
It seems abundantly clear that the right of Freedom of the Press has been willfully infringed, three times, by the Notley Government.

Excerpting from the Canadian Bill of Rights:

“It is hereby recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and shall continue to exist…the following…fundamental freedoms, namely,

… (f) freedom of the press.”

Shouldn’t the RCMP be opening an investigation into this entire disturbing affair?
commented 2016-02-18 10:37:17 -0500
I wouldn’t hold my breath that the department of justice will be of much help. One of The Pigs first moves was to give a raise to judges.
commented 2016-02-18 03:45:42 -0500
I still would like to know the name of the officious little turd, pointing and gesticulating against Sheila, so that even if he is not fired – and I doubt it – he could still be held up to the shunning of his neighbours and people who know him… Shunning being a valid and honourable expression of popular will against those smarmy lawyers, judges, police officials and politicians who, in effect, have "mooned " us…
commented 2016-02-18 02:29:21 -0500
I agree, she committed a crime against free speech and freedom of the press. But look at other politicians like Kathleen Wynne, you just can’t get them no matter what law they violate. With the Notley incident the Sheriff’s personnel that enforced her violation of the law should also at the worst be charged for acting as her personal enforcement goons and at best be ashamed of themselves for violating a citizens rights. And that Jason Fung, a lawyer, doesn’t realize that what we all know was a violation of the law, because if he can’t grasp that concept he wasted his money in law school. As time progresses our war fought for rights and freedoms are in jeopardy, Canadians have to learn to stop voting into office Liars, Lawbreakers and Dictators like the one we now have in Ottawa. Oh, and everybody please go to “Still on the Hill” , check his video and see what he presents about our new Prime Minister Justin “Trudie to his friends” The Selfie King Trudeau.
commented 2016-02-18 00:34:20 -0500
Ezra has used the word “bully” to characterize the actions of Notley. Personally, I would have used a different term. Notley is a criminal. She and her gov’t should be charged and held accountable. Can you imagine the repercussions if a Conservative locked the socialist media out? There are some issues that we need to let slide. This is not one of them. This issue reaches right into the heart of our democracy. After considering how small “L” liberals operate, the fact is that they are not nearly as liberal as they would have you believe.
commented 2016-02-17 22:12:02 -0500
Oh but Craig, just go to the cbc site and see from the comments that all Albertans and conservatives are ignornant, dumb and uneducated. Just ask the lefties and they will tell you that.
You hit it right on the head about Notley’s ‘attempting to represent’.
She hasn’t a clue about representation.
commented 2016-02-17 21:24:47 -0500
P.S. Definitiion of Irony: Knotley’s father (Grant) was responsible for bringing the NDP into Alberta in the 60s and her offspring will be the one that kills it…
commented 2016-02-17 21:11:49 -0500
It is obvious that this woman struggles with the pride of dealing with a new era of educated taxpayers. Politics isn’t what it used to be when her father began the party in Alberta in the late 60’s. The education along with the relentless hard working citizens of Alberta know their right s and are tired of these “hand me down” politicians that try to follow in their parent’s footsteps. It is obvious that she seems to be doing this more for the memory of her father rather than working for the democratic right and voice of the people she is supposedly attempting to represent….
commented 2016-02-17 20:03:14 -0500
Great work Rebels. I now strongly believe that Sun News had to die for something better to be born. And the is the Rebel.
commented 2016-02-17 19:18:01 -0500
I wanted to go on much longer. Much more publicity then hundreds of billboards for the REBEL,.even the knot in bat figured it out ,or her bully pen did
commented 2016-02-17 19:18:01 -0500
I wanted to go on much longer. Much more publicity then hundreds of billboards for the REBEL,.even the knot in bat figured it out ,or her bully pen did
commented 2016-02-17 18:49:45 -0500
The totalitarian fascist freedom-hating job-killing family-destroying Notley NDP government of Alberta finally went a step too far and had even their friends in the media party aghast at their fascist tactics that threatened even them. No wonder they finally called this fascist government on their fascist bullying. Freedom isn’t dead yet in Alberta, not as long as there is freedom of the press and not as long as TheRebel.Media is standing on guard to defend it. Kudos to Ezra Levant, Sheila Gunn Reid and the entire Rebel. Media team for standing up for Canadians’ rights and freedoms and against the fascist Notley NDP government in Alberta. But don’t let down your guard with the Notley NDP fascist government in Alberta still in power!
commented 2016-02-17 18:32:16 -0500
three more years to prosparity
commented 2016-02-17 18:24:03 -0500
You think you had a election? You think you elected the NDP, Notely(Premiere)? You think you elected the Liberals, Trudeau (Prime minister? Well unfortunately that is what the illusion is. There was no real elections, you were involved in a Democratic manipulation called an election. The results of the so called elections were determined in Back Room Politics long before there was any election. The elections are a big scam (Con) to give you, the Citizens, an illusion that you have a choice. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE!! It (the results) was not a mistake, it all went exactly how they wanted it to go. When you are the Victim of a Con, the hardest thing to do is admit that you were taken.
commented 2016-02-17 18:15:54 -0500
Greg Kaufman ctv news channel enough said, just another msm crappy news organization, they attack the rebel news because they fear them, plain and simple, keep up the good work rebels.
commented 2016-02-17 18:12:28 -0500
I find it interesting that the letter from the Solicitor General’s office uses the term: “our client.” The office of the Solicitor General is a government of Alberta department that has only one client…the government of Alberta! What a bunch of B.S. The letter should have been written as such: “The government’s position is…” Welcome to 1984!
commented 2016-02-17 18:07:38 -0500
Interestingly, the judge in Levant’s libel case wrote in her decision, “The defendant Ezra Levant is an outspoken political commentator, journalist and blogger.” Notice the word “journalist” in her decision. Ruled by a judge. Then note Notley’s lawyer feebly trying to pretend that Levant isn’t a “journalist” based on the same case. Nice try.

http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2014/2014onsc6890/2014onsc6890.html
commented 2016-02-17 17:58:29 -0500
Second observation, I wonder if we are in the process of watching another implosion of a government due to bullying. The Redford government imploded because the caucus had enough of her. Maybe alpha blondie is starting to find push back in her caucus. Difference being the Redford caucus was generally composed of mature individuals.

However, wouldn’t that be great? The NDP implode and we go to the polls in 2018, maybe even 2017. I’ll dream on, but dreams can come true.
commented 2016-02-17 17:54:42 -0500
In Court, you should continue, just in case, because you have not been officially invited back in. and also by your exclusion, you could suffer from not being able to report the news, which is what generates your revenue. So, you should get damages.
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And I got something that you could ask for. That Notley be ordered by the judge to specifically ask the Rebel every time there is a media scrum of some sort, that she has to ask if you have any questions by Name. AND, That she will have to say for 1 year. And folks, because I shorted the Rebel from access, I have now been asked to refer you to their web site. The Rebel. ca. for one year. So go to therebel.ca and check out their news reports.
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I would say, what is good for the NDP is good for the gander.
commented 2016-02-17 17:54:42 -0500
In Court, you should continue, just in case, because you have not been officially invited back in. and also by your exclusion, you could suffer from not being able to report the news, which is what generates your revenue. So, you should get damages.
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And I got something that you could ask for. That Notley be ordered by the judge to specifically ask the Rebel every time there is a media scrum of some sort, that she has to ask if you have any questions by Name. AND, That she will have to say for 1 year. And folks, because I shorted the Rebel from access, I have now been asked to refer you to their web site. The Rebel. ca. for one year. So go to therebel.ca and check out their news reports.
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I would say, what is good for the NDP is good for the gander.
commented 2016-02-17 17:54:38 -0500
Ezra, i wish you would stop calling Notley a “Bully”. That is a term used by school children. Call her what she is, a fascist totalitarian. Thank you. Keep up the good work.