March 20, 2019

Trudeau’s new budget reveals bizarre details about $595M media bail-out

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


Yesterday Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau brought in their annual budget.

The main thing to know is that it no Canadian government has ever spent more; Canadians have never paid more taxes; and the national debt has never been higher.

This budget finally reveals a few details about the massive $595 million media bail-out that Trudeau promised last fall. You know: The money that will only go to journalists that Trudeau can "trust"?

Among other things, Trudeau is promising:

"[A] new refundable tax credit for journalism organizations; a new non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news; and access to charitable tax incentives for not-for-profit journalism.”

Do you get nervous when you hear that the government is going to help the media be better?

Can you think of any situation where government involvement would make journalism more accurate, more independent, more anything — other than more controlled?

(Instead, this week the Liberals served notice that they are looking to revive the censorship powers of the Canadian Human Rights Commission — the ones used to prosecute Maclean’s Magazine and Mark Steyn, and me and the Western Standard.)

I was just in the UK last week, and a judge asked all the journalists in the room to produce their licenses. I’m not kidding. And they whipped out their little journalism licences so quickly, so proudly, as if to say, I’m part of the chosen elite! I told the judge, yeah, I’m from Canada, we don’t have to register with the government to be journalists here. And they were all confused, and almost angry, that I didn’t have to bend the knee to the establishment, in the way that they had to do.

Well, I guess I won’t be able to do that for much longer, because the Liberals also want to bring in something called "Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO) status."

But my favourite part of this section of the budget is what I call the Ban The Rebel clause, which I'm sure was included as a poison pill to bring us down.

Don’t take my word for it; Here’s Kent Driscoll, a reporter with APTN:

Tax credits are a decent way to help support media. Go buy a @TorontoStar subscription and get it counted against your taxes. Sticky wicket is going to be when Ezra and his ilk come looking to get on the eligible list. Panel needs to be really strong.

Here’s Andrew Potter, of the Ottawa Citizen:

Who is Ezra you ask, and why should we be worried? If you don't know the answer to that, then that's part of the problem.

Here’s an article on the budget by Paul Wells, who is personal friends with Trudeau. Writing about the "panel of experts" the Liberals want formed, Wells writes:

One suspects this line is designed to keep the kitty out of the hands of anyone named Ezra.

The good news for Paul Wells, and Kent Driscoll, who I actually never heard of before today, and Althia Raj, and that funny looking guy Andrew Potter, is:

I’m not coming to take any money.

And to Trudeau, and the hand-picked panel of “experts” who will come up with the list of approved QCJOs:

Just like I would never degrade myself by trying to get one of those UK journalism licenses, I’m not really interested in bending the knee for some washed up hacks to “approve” of me as a journalist.

I get that approval every single day, from hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Being able to say that we’re the last, free, independent, trustworthy journalists in the country, who aren’t certified and inspected and funded by Trudeau?

That’s worth a lot more to me than my share at the $595 million trough, don’t you think?

NEXT: We keep hearing that, somehow, President Trump is "responsible" for a rise in "hateful rhetoric" and, therefore, "hate crimes."

However, as my guest Joel Pollak of Breitbart explains, even the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League is reporting that "extremist killings" are down dramatically under Trump (a fact the ADL actually buried in its own report!)

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

 

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commented 2019-03-22 20:14:00 -0400
ALBERTA MAGA commented 1 day ago
John Wick we have proof of Corruption and abuse of power , now Justin has picked Anne Mclellan to look into it! LMAO! I suppose you are such a useful idiot that you see nothing wrong with that?

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If Anne Mclellan’s dead sister’s ruby slippers fit she can bloddy well wear them on the return trip to Oz.
commented 2019-03-22 16:52:50 -0400
What Trudeau has done in subsidizing the “media” is discriminatory in so many ways. Boomers are not all wealthy, many have, or will be thrown into poverty incomes, certainly with insufficient funds to pay for a subscription to any fake newspaper. Also with his unjustified payout to the press, who wants to read a newspaper put out by the government???! But hey his “special” for people past retirement age is that he’s increased the amount of money you can earn while on subsidized income. The next election needs to not be fixed and we need to get rid of Justin Trudeau who has violated the law and is not fit for purpose.
commented 2019-03-22 14:39:00 -0400
/Gerry K.
Wow, so now I’m a paid up member of the Ezra ilk fraternity. I guess anyone who can post on Rebel forums are also fellow ilk’s. US has deplorables and Canada has ilk’s. So now the BAPF (bought and paid for) press are so blind they cannot see through their thick slathered bias, to realize by accepting Peter Pan’s bribes, they are compromised! These panderers are disgusting. Oh yeah, and I’m from BC, and I know of a bunch of Rebel ilk’s out here! the Libs and the CBC must go.
Go Ilk’s Go!!!
commented 2019-03-22 09:43:34 -0400
Wow…hard to believe we live in a free and democratic society with a Charter of Rights and Freedoms when the Government of the day gets to determine who will, and will not be a “qualified journalist”?
commented 2019-03-22 02:48:09 -0400
John Wick i do take back my Subjugated comment as it does not apply to a sheep like you anyways as you will just happily do as they say freely.
commented 2019-03-22 02:45:56 -0400
John Wick will you feel the same if a conservative government uses the crap the Libs are putting in place? And ask Linda Gibbons how free she is halfwit.
commented 2019-03-22 02:43:32 -0400
John Wick go publicly criticize Islam and see what happens. And let me know when the Sun gets any money, and i was referring to your BS about them being far right , but you are too dense to get that as usual. Now go read some FAR LEFT propaganda like a good sheep. The Star is the same as Pravda.
commented 2019-03-22 01:34:28 -0400
This is from the MacLean’s article. More disconcerting items, like 89m to the prosecutor’s office? For what? Bribes?

Dubai-bound: Did you know Dubai is hosting a World Expo in 2020? The feds are planning to spend $40 million over four years to use the occasion to “showcase Canada as a destination for trade, investment, tourism and culture to a large international audience.”

Prosecutorial dependence: As the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) asserts its independence in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the embattled government response was to commit $89 million to the PPSC to “support the continued fulfillment of its responsibilities to carry out the prosecution of criminal offences under federal law.” There, that should fix it.

Show, not tell: On page 296, a table reveals $1.9 billion over six years the government intends to spend—but on what, the document’s authors won’t say. The only hint is the measures “would include provisions for anticipated Cabinet decisions not yet made and funding decisions related to national security, commercial sensitivity, collective bargaining and litigation issues.” Stay tuned.
commented 2019-03-22 01:26:08 -0400
This is the guy that interfered in 5 CRA cases to help his buddies. This is the guy that invented upstream / downstream emission fees to thwart Energy East to appease his Quebec voters. This is the guy that has interfered in the SNC Lavalin case to appease Quebec voters.This is the guy that selected a super-partisan to ‘investigate’ the SNC case, but I’m sure he won’t interfere in the committee selection or journalists that get ‘qualified’. I’m sure of it!! I am, I swear. I’m sure of it!!!
commented 2019-03-22 01:18:36 -0400
When reviewed in conjunction with the Migration Compact, that calls for ‘training journalists’, it’s particularly gross. So basically, they’ll be expected to go along with
that too, if they want to stay a QCJO.

Now that that info is out there, will we see a sudden shift on the SNC file amongst journalists? Something to watch for.

Hey Ezra, here’s a question. Trudeau said previously they’d monitor the media. What happens when they step out of line? No this is important. Do they get a letter informing them they’ve lost their status? Do they get a partial tax break to the point of termination?What will that letter say . . . we suddenly find your journalism untrustworthy? Won’t that be the point of absolute proof they must tow the line? I mean, right now, he can pretend they’re independent, and the Justin Journo’s can play along. But once a letter goes out b/c of some article, is that proof beyond shadow of doubt?
commented 2019-03-22 00:52:21 -0400
Trudeau’s budget amounts to election rigging.
commented 2019-03-21 21:55:45 -0400
Should have been called The QTJW (Qualified Trudeau Journalistic Whores).
commented 2019-03-21 21:46:31 -0400
In true tyrant style, Trudeau wants total control on the media. Any one who admires Chinese communism needs to be given a check up from the neck up. That includes the socialist murderer of 50 New Zealand Muslims in Christchurch.
commented 2019-03-21 21:06:50 -0400
Remember, if the world hates you it hated Me first. Jesus Christ. Follow me Good show
commented 2019-03-21 18:56:54 -0400
Hey, now I’m a ILK and very proud to be an ILK!
commented 2019-03-21 18:35:22 -0400
JOHN WICK commented 5 hours ago
Alberta Maga,

Let me know when we will be bowing down to our overlords or as you said: “subjugated”.

LOL.

Fear mongering works so well on your tiny little brain.
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Yeah and it worked well in Cuba, too, didn’t it?

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commented 2019-03-21 18:31:32 -0400
1232 days with no sign of the budget balancing itself.
commented 2019-03-21 16:34:37 -0400
Jaroslav Ovtsyn commented 2 hours ago
Actually, Ezra should be the first in line to claim the “Justin Journo” status and take them to the court if they refuse.
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Jaroslav, good comment, something like this scheme of rewarding or penalizing Journalists depending if they say nice things about the Government that runs a country cannot be legal. It could land in the OECD Jurisdiction.

If Rempel isn’t going to talk about Immigration & Refugees, she should have time to look into this. Any other Opposition Party would be tearing it apart.
commented 2019-03-21 14:11:30 -0400
Actually, Ezra should be the first in line to claim the “Justin Journo” status and take them to the court if they refuse. Maybe if the Rebel starts getting the money the Liberals will scrap the idea of giving our hard-earned money to court lackeys altogether?
commented 2019-03-21 13:47:38 -0400
As I have said time and time again, Trudeau inherited his mother’s brains and Fidel’s looks and politics.

Keeping the press in line was very much a Castro tactic. You must not criticize the leader or the government. If you do, expect problems. At least we don’t have the state owned broadcaster dispensing three hour long harangues by our wannabe-a-dictator PM. Fortunately, he can’t stammer through a ten minute written speech, never mind hours long off the cuff word salad babble.
commented 2019-03-21 13:40:53 -0400
Alberta Maga,

Let me know when we will be bowing down to our overlords or as you said: “subjugated”.

LOL.

Fear mongering works so well on your tiny little brain.
commented 2019-03-21 13:36:42 -0400
Alberta Maga,

How is it bullshit exactly – PostMedia who own The Toronto Sun, qualify for funding per the requirements specified.

It would do you a lot of good to actually research things before you make stupid comments on here.
commented 2019-03-21 12:41:21 -0400
- It’s my understanding that with this media bailout (bribe) there’s no obligation on the part of those organizations that receive it to produce more “journalism” or hire more people. In other words the owners of those outlets can simply pocket the money & continue to downsize. So the Liberals are giving a huge taxpayer handouts to millionaire/billionaire owners.

- As the far left in the West tries their best to use the New Zealand mosque shootings to further push their socialist agenda, they ignore the mass executions of Christians (& others) in places like Nigeria & in Europe for that matter. They could care less about human lives. They care only about power.
commented 2019-03-21 12:27:17 -0400
A few years ago Canada Revenue Agency considered controlling Tax Prepares. At the time I wrote a short article/post titled “Canada Revenue Agency’s Power Grab”. Luckily they eventually dropped the idea, hopefully for good, but who knows. Here is a link my short article/post: http://heinzegroup.com/insight.htm#5

As for the press, even our puppies get it. Here is a short less than 1 minute video starring April and her Great Grand Daughter Cari where April explains how it works and Cari keeps fighting for freedom: http://heinzegroup.com/pm.mp4
commented 2019-03-21 11:12:58 -0400
Rebel should fight (in court?) for QCJO status to prevent Justin from refusing access and answering questions from Rebel reporters. The monetary benefit, if there must be one, can be directed towards a charity or other entity. However, tax credit status will allow growth of subscribers w/o compromising the Rebel.Media journalistic standards.
Fighting for a QCJO will also push Scheer into either supporting a free press or not (if “not” a believer in a free press, the CPC will lose my vote, donations, and volunteer hours).
commented 2019-03-21 11:02:43 -0400
What is a DIME worth? Well it will buy 2 bags at the grocery store. You won’t even notice it on you bank or hydro or you cell phone bill.

HERE IS WHAT 1O CENTS IS WORTH!

Take the REBEL MEDIA for example. They have 1.1 million subscribers. Let’s say you send a 10 cent payment to the REBEL every month from your bank account, you won’t even miss it.
How much would the REBEL receive each month? Here’s the math.
1,100,000.00 X 10 CENTS = 110,000.00 A MONTH But let’s say only half would do this that would mean the REBEL would get $55,000.00 a month. NOW! Just think what the REBEL could do with that money coming in, maybe higher 3 or 4 new employees or open more news offices let say in the U.S.A. or South America or the Middle East or Asia or India. JUST THINK!
commented 2019-03-21 10:26:16 -0400
The NZ shooter has won, he is a self proclaimed far left eco-fascist out to promote gun control. The NZ PM is not going to let this tragedy go to waste.
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commented 2019-03-21 09:44:58 -0400
Maybe Junior is just doing his Clark Kent schtick.
commented 2019-03-21 09:31:53 -0400
Morneau is peddling the same old tired Liberal message, we will grow the economy and the budget will balance itself. Even the left stream media is no longer buying it. There was a time when it was difficult to find a single negative headline with respect to our hapless PM and his corrupt government, now such negative articles are legion.
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