August 28, 2018

“Defeating Trudeau is job one" — The Rebel's promise to you after #CPC18

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Andrew Scheer banned Rebel reporters from covering the Conservative Party convention in Halifax. Of course that didn’t stop us from going, both Sheila Gunn Reid and me.

Not only to do journalism but also to meet hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Rebel fans in person, including at our jam-packed hospitality room.

Nearly 10,000 Conservative Party members signed our petition to Andrew Scheer, demanding that we be allowed to report on the convention. Scheer refused to yield to his own members; in fact, he refused to even let us deliver the petition to a party staffer — he sent a student intern working for the convention centre, along with seven security guards, to stop us from even entering the building.

That’s a bit off-key for a Conservative who claims to be for free speech, or for the grassroots. But of course the liberal CBC was welcomed right in.

The convention itself was a mixed bag. Maxime Bernier quit the Conservative party the day before the convention, accusing his victorious leadership rival, Andrew Scheer, of being soft on conservative issues, especially the dairy cartel, sometimes called “supply management.”

Unfortunately, Scheer did his best to prove Bernier right, by cutting off debate on the subject, and then partying with the 25 dairy lobbyists who attended the convention. One of those lobbyists left his confidential briefing books at a restaurant, and its contents were shocking, including a memo saying that Andrew Scheer guaranteed that he’d protect the dairy lobby, even if grassroots conservatives voted against it in their policy debates. It wasn’t good.

By the time the weekend was over, a public opinion poll showed that Bernier’s proposed new party wouldn’t likely win any seats, but it could be a spoiler for Scheer, slicing off enough votes, dividing the right, to let Trudeau win again next year. What a mess.

So what should we do? We, at the Rebel, and we as conservatives Canadians?

Well, we keep fighting for our principles, that’s what. You know, our first motto at The Rebel was “fearless”. And that’s what we’ve got to be. We’re not afraid of the dairy lobby, that’s for sure. But we’re not afraid of the Media Party, either, or anyone who calls us mean names because, for example, we’re against extreme multiculturalism, or unlimited, unvetted immigration. I sense that Andrew Scheer is afraid of a lot of things like that; that’s why he’s so wobbly. Well, we’re lucky — we can be braver than him, because we don’t have to worry about how the media covers us — we are the media.

And that’s my promise to you.

I believe that defeating Justin Trudeau should be the top priority of all Canadians in 2019. It should also be achievable, given how weak Trudeau is, his series of gaffes, and the slowing Canadian economy. We know that Doug Ford just won, so it’s possible for Conservatives to break through, with a strong, brave message, even in Ontario.

Defeating Trudeau is job one. But that’s not going to happen if Andrew Scheer is weak. So our job continues to be to help him find his courage, by making the case for truly conservative ideas, especially on things like open borders immigration, that he’s obviously afraid of. We’ll try to pull him to the right, given how many media are pushing him to the left. We’ll keep speaking up for grassroots conservatives who actually are conservatives.

If we succeed, and make Andrew Scheer a real conservative, that’s great. But if not, we’ll still be here. Fighting hard during Trudeau’s disastrous second term, keeping the conservative flame alive until someone more courageous comes along — whoever that is.

Because we only answer to you, our viewers.

Thank you, for chipping in to cover the airfare and rooms for Sheila, me and our staff in Halifax. It was important that we were there, to fly the flag. If you like what we did, and want to help keep us strong, please visit to click on our crowdfunding page to cover our costs.

Justin Trudeau wants us to shut up, and unfortunately Andrew Scheer does too. Well, so what? We won’t.

And with your support, we’ll be around for a lot longer.

Visit to join us. Thanks.

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commented 2018-08-30 18:09:52 -0400
Very carefully have I considered what you said there…
Very carefully did I consider what I struggled to write previously.
It boils down to pragmatism for me I guess. As the Liberals move further to the lunatic-left-fringe, the Conservatives have moved further left too…to capture the popular vote…I guess…or it’s part of the Marxist-Globalist takeover of all Western countries, ala the Fabian Society MO of penetration and permeation.
The real control and power at the top of the Conservative party – like the real control and power at the top of the Progressive Conservatives of Ontario under Brown – whomever they really are – are condemning Canada to destruction from within – consiously or unconsciously – either by their incompetence, ego, vanity, greed or other more base agenda, they’re splitting the vote, past tense, the vote IS split – so Jihadi-Justin-Groper gets in again – Canada destroyed, or Smilin’ Andy gets in – Canada destroyed. Different methods – same ends. Smilin Andy’s actions/non action to date dictates the likelihood of him being a Globalist plant.
There MUST be a paradigm shift in Canada – as has fortunately happened with America and Donald Trump – and I hope he succeeds in spite of the overwhelming opposition, and that paradigm shift must express itself in Canada within the next year! A leadership review must happen, and quickly!
‘Unity’ is the hue and cry today of the so-called CPC…I refuse to ‘unify’ around some lefty/light ideology…we’ll all be going through pain whatever the Globalists make happen.
Donald Trump succeeded.
Doug Ford succeeded.
Look at the awakening democracy and freedom in Easten Europe.
We desperately need a leader and a conservative! I refuse to vote FOR less than that. We have a year…I don’t hold out much hope though.
commented 2018-08-29 22:05:16 -0400
AMY LYNN commented 1 day ago
Dale, I actually voted NDP.
The dumbest man who never became pm. Good waste of a vote. Keep it up.
commented 2018-08-29 12:57:56 -0400
Dan mancuso.. please don’t do that… We really really got to stick together on this one.. I know you’re angry were all angry and disappointed and disillusioned… At one time I would’ve supported the heritage party but Max opened up a new chapter for hope and prosperity in this country. Max Bernier is a very established politician with a well-known name. He represents conservative Canadian interests with a tremendous platform of support. His political platform is one that reaches conservative Canadians and I can understand Mr. Bernier suspicion in being edged out so closely by an appointment seeking globalist Andrew sheer.. if we had no alternative if we had no other recourse if we had no hope left I would again entertain the idea of the nationalist party but they won’t be successful unless the country was it ruins like Sweden France or Spain with daily a terrorist attacks, no go zones as well as hearing call to mosque 5 times a day.!!
We don’t need to go that far down the road because we have an opportunity to fix it before it gets that far out of control..
Please consider what I said here.
commented 2018-08-29 12:41:36 -0400
Liza said “Scheer just committed political suicide. At least there will something in the history books to define his short career.”
I say Andrew who.!??
commented 2018-08-29 12:38:23 -0400
Paul Taylor said..I suggest another petition to insist the PC Party pull Scheer and replace him with Mad Max. Failing this we all pull together to get Max elected as an independent.
Be prepared to vote for Mr. Bernier anyway because the CPC party elites are perfectly content with the way things are and their party being liberal lite, full of corruption and rot … Let’s just forget about the old parties and concentrate on the new fix that needs to be birthed to fix what’s wrong in this country ..
Is there any policies that Max has that somebody doesn’t like if there is I would like to hear it and a link to it .
commented 2018-08-29 12:33:56 -0400
Perhaps you could start your rehabilitation by refraining from the use of insults like “moron”.
commented 2018-08-29 12:29:22 -0400
I hope Maxime Bernier spends most of his time opposing Trudeau thus providing an alternative voice to Mister Smiley which is what an opposition party is supposed exist for.
commented 2018-08-29 12:13:43 -0400
I am wondering why all Jimmy Duh Sylva’s old monikers, at least many of them are showing up all of a sudden. Has a crew of trolls hacked in somehow and stolen these old identities? I don’t think we are dealing with one person. These are all monikers which have been previously banned from the site. Seems odd. It would make sense that trolls will show up to fan the flames of descent as much as possible under the circumstances.
commented 2018-08-29 12:08:20 -0400
Ezra and anyone else is entitled to their own opinion on this. This is a pretty fresh break up. A lot of people are disappointed, worried and confused. I think opinions have not jelled yet. Personally I think Scheer has more than blown it and as long as he is leader the party is doomed. Nobody wanted this to happen. As many at the conference echoed, "we wanted to stay in the party’ in the short clip posted back on the day of the conference where it was called for the mic to be turned off, to shut off the complainers.

I just think its too late to say lets all stick with Scheer to beat Justin. Just too many people are disillusioned and insulted. It will now be like herding cats. I don’t need the Rebel to always think the way I do. This situation has to be covered honestly and that is what Ezra is doing. I am done with Scheer, but I respect what Ezra and the Rebel do and there isn’t anything that could change that. I don’t want to throw my vote away either. I am at a wait and see point, but I wager the votes are going to walk over to Bernier. Scheer just committed political suicide. At least there will something in the history books to define his short career.
commented 2018-08-29 10:56:53 -0400
Vice News is a news and opinion website that has a strong left-center political bias in reporting.
Canada’s Dairy Council makes sure that all of our milky and cheesy goodness stays expensive. Did you know that? Probably not, right?
…. There’s no doubt that supply management has benefited rural Canada since its inception in the 1970s. But there’s a strong case to be be argued that it’s time for an overhaul—the program now often amounts to a payment scheme from middle and low-income consumers to wealthy producers. At the very least, if we’re going to keep living with our dairy cartel, we need a much more informed public discussion going forward.
A Conservative party policy debate ended in conflict on Friday as dozens of people failed to have their views on supply management heard.

With the Liberal, NDP, and Scheer’s conservatives there is NO discussion, end of story at least for the political party leaders.
commented 2018-08-29 10:11:56 -0400
Context – history:
Some context: supply management boards exist because of powers delegated to them by the federal and provincial governments. In the interventionist spirit prevalent in 1970 when they were created, their three pillars include matching supply to demand (literally, production planning), pricing mechanisms and predictable imports.
Consider dairy products as an example. The Canadian Dairy Commission, 10 provincial supply management boards and provincial representatives, are all signatories to the National Milk Marketing Plan. Based on that plan, an associated committee determines a quota of how much milk each province can produce. That quota is then further apportioned among individual dairy producers. They in turn must sell all their milk to their respective provincial marketing boards.
In addition, high import tariffs are imposed on imported products. The tariffs range from 202 per cent (skim milk) to 298 per cent (butter) with cheese, yogurt, ice cream and regular milk within that range.
The net effect of the command-and-control approach to supply and the high tariff wall is that Canada’s 12,965 dairy farmers prosper at the expense of most of the other 34,482,800 Canadians.

""Last weekend, at the Conservative party purported love-fest in Halifax wherein the fold gathered behind Andrew Scheer, Bernier gleefully tweeted, about a reception hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Canada attended by Scheer, many delegates, MPs and senators, “Packed house at the cartel’s party.”
Turns out, as my colleague Colby Cosh wrote Tuesday, a Dairy Farmers of Canada briefing book was discarded, found by a free-trade Calgary delegate and posted online.
It showed that a resolution that would have put the boots to the cartel was suppressed by operatives working for Scheer.
The briefing book described the various ghastly potential outcomes of this resolution; its fail-safe was this:
“The powers of the leader are far-reaching in preventing a policy being in the party platform. DFC has been told by the leader’s office that he will exercise this power and that this policy will not be in the Conservative election platform regardless of the outcome at convention. …"

This could have political consequences for Trudeau, who faces an election next year. The election of Doug Ford, the populist conservative, as premier of Ontario is likely a particularly dangerous sign. Ontario, the province with the most parliamentary seats, has more to lose from the destruction of NAFTA than any other Canadian province.
Trudeau has, in fact, all but bragged about instigating the latest conflict, stating prior to the Quebec summit that the “reason why Donald Trump continues to write tweets on dairy products and Canada — it’s because I’ve told him many times: ‘No, he won’t touch, we won’t touch our supply management system.” This is a curious calculation, both as foreign policy and domestic politics.
Here in Vancouver, most of the dairy in my local supermarket is produced by dairy companies based in Quebec, some 2,100 miles east. I can buy a half gallon of milk from the Agropur dairy cooperative of Longueuil for $2.85, or get a 16-ounce bottle of “Milk-to-Go” from Saputo Inc. (Saint-Laurent, Quebec) for $2.31. Buying a pound of Agropur butter costs $4.87, while 1.5 pounds of Saputo cheddar will set me back $9.74.
These prices are, as the U.S. president might say, terrible deals. Less than an hour’s drive south, comparable products sell for half as much in the United States, which has led to the preposterous spectacle of cheap Canadians crossing the border on milk and cheese runs, propping up the economies of border towns such as Point Roberts, Wash.
To call this a minor triviality of Canadian life is to ignore one of the country’s highest-profile policy debates of the past half-decade.

Scheer is Trudeau Lite, time for real conservatives to take a stand.
commented 2018-08-29 09:34:29 -0400
Scheer had already thrown us off his ship and cast us assunder long before Maxime Bernier took the helm to speak for our traditional values.
There isn’t room for us in his party and there won’t be as long as he is leader.
Meantime , forget CINO meaning Conservative in Name Only.
Its now Canada in Name Only thanks to the leftist globalist Marxists that rule over us.
commented 2018-08-29 09:25:41 -0400
“Fearless” would be supporting real conservatives like Max and not sucking up to Scheer and the PC establishment. I’m afraid this is a watershed moment for the Rebel and you’re making a big mistake thinking that you can change Scheer; who will never have our respect. When did you become a kiss-ass? What a disappointment this is to us real conservatives; we’ve had enough. Just build a real honest conservative base (remember Reform?) get behind a true conservative candidate, split the PC vote for now as we’re building, write off the next election and the grassroots conservatives will be the tail waging the neo-con dog. At least we will feel good about voting.
And don’t think your silence on Faith Goldy isn’t being noticed.
commented 2018-08-29 08:36:46 -0400
Way to go Smilin’ Andy…
Your BS and treason, starting with the Paris Accord, up to and including your sell-out to the dairy lobby, your fawning need to be ‘liked’ by the Fake News liars, and your banning of THEREBEL as you go on and on about protecting free speech rights, has guaranteed that the so-called Conservative Party of Canada WILL NOT get my vote! I was already getting pretty sick and tired of voting against someone or voting for the lesser of evils, instead of voting for someone or for something. My principles won’t let me go down that road anymore! We’ll get the same results whether under Jihadi-Justin-Groper or Smilin’ Andy…Canada is lost.
Except for the name, what’s the difference between the CPC and the LPC?
My MP is a Conservative and I will be voting for the candidate from the the Christian Heritage Party…a true fiscal and social conservative party.
Dirty, stinkin’ politician scum…in a completely corrupted system!
Canada is now a shit-hole country, even without the Islamic Invasion…
Wat to go Smilin’ Andy…
commented 2018-08-29 07:54:55 -0400
Hey everyone you should read the articles in the National Post as they are well written articles by Joe Oliver , John Robson , Barbara Kay , Christie Blatchford and Colby Cash .
commented 2018-08-29 07:28:00 -0400
Paul Taylor , Good comment , you are a true Canadian .
commented 2018-08-29 07:14:30 -0400
Yes, I agree we PC’s need to defeat the Soy Boy Trudeau and his vile and corrupt Lieberal Party. Canada can’t afford another term of Soy Boy Trudeau.

It’s time all patriotic PC’s got behind Mad Max. Scheer as it turns out is not the leader for the PC Party. He’s just another Trudeau clone or a closet Lieberal. Either way he’s not the guy we want as PM.

I suggest another petition to insist the PC Party pull Scheer and replace him with Mad Max. Failing this we all pull together to get Max elected as an independent.
commented 2018-08-29 07:08:58 -0400
Mad Max 2019 , Anything else is a vote for the status quo .
commented 2018-08-29 06:59:54 -0400
Hey Ezra , you should read the well written articles in the National Post by Joe Oliver , John Robson , Christie Blatchford , Barbara Kay and Colby C which discuss Maxime Bernier and supply management .
commented 2018-08-29 02:47:23 -0400
I figured out why Ezra isn’t supporting Mr. Bernier… He’s playing the same game that politicians play with the media.. Ezra figures that if he doesn’t give him negative coverage that sooner or later Andrew will come around and give the rebel the time that Ezra hoping for. Ezra don’t do it… Don’t play that game… call it as you see it.! Andrew sheer is just another political gangster… so let him know it.!!!
commented 2018-08-29 02:43:38 -0400
Don’t even speak directly to “it”.!!
commented 2018-08-29 02:31:40 -0400
Hyacinth.. “it” doesn’t deserve the status you give “it” by referencing “it” like “it” was human.. “it’s” not… “it’s” a troll.!!
commented 2018-08-29 02:09:31 -0400
3rd party context.!!
commented 2018-08-29 01:48:11 -0400
Lie and lie some more, that lie hasn’t worked in the past nor will it now. Now stop stalking me creep, you truly are sick.
commented 2018-08-29 01:35:02 -0400
That paid troll (Reece newest moniker) always talks tough because he can hide behind his keyboard and know that his IP address cannot be publicly disclosed, it is private info by law. He is a mental midget because he thinks he is fooling everybody. He has had so many monikers since the start of this site that most have lost count. He is paid to spam and lie.
Watch his next moniker will be another comic hero.
commented 2018-08-29 01:27:40 -0400
Reece if you’d take your hand off that wankin end of your life – you mite realize that most Canadians around you are workin overtime trying to pay for your knobin POS PM TruDope & all your Libtarded BS that we are getting sick & tired of Libtarded BS – to the point of poking you hard in the nose!!

You still haven’t stopped by for coffee -you piece of chicken poop!