June 21, 2019

CBC's climate change doomsday cure-all sets tone for the 2019 election

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(Sheila Gunn Reid guests hosts for Ezra Levant, who will be back on Wednesday June 26).

The CBC seems more CBC than CBC normally is these days, if that's even possible.

Much of my work with The Rebel is to do with hard journalism. Ordering access to information and freedom of information requests. Reading government documents. Browsing the latest order paper questions.

It's honest work, and I like to know what the government is doing when they think nobody's watching. But sometimes it's fun to take the same magnifying glass to the competition.

And I don't mean by riffling through the CBC's salaries and expenses, although that would be fun. Instead I'll be fact-checking my own bias.

Is the CBC as bad as I think it is?

Tooling around on the website for different phrases gives me some interesting results. Let's start with climate emergency, a phrase which I've heard far too often of late.

How about climate refugees? And how often does the CBC write about Trump? How much coverage did they dedicate to the “paper-like drink box water bottles sort of things” fiasco?

Now if you take a look at these returns and start comparing them to the CBC's recent push to get us all on a vegetarian diet, you'll start to see the parallels between their messaging and how the green voter-vying Liberals want you to live.

NEXT: Alex Newman of Liberty Sentinel talks to me about climate emergencies, public school indoctrination and transgender ideology.

FINALLY: Your messages to us... including some hate!

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commented 2019-06-25 13:09:21 -0400
Everyone has “lfe experience”.

Ezra’s position is hard to place. I’d argue it’s more sensationalist-right than anything else, a sort of Trumpish bluster that politically flaps in the wind to wherever is currently convenient.
commented 2019-06-25 02:36:46 -0400
Andrew Stephenson you are the one that lives in a bubble. We speak form actual life experience.
commented 2019-06-25 02:35:49 -0400
Andrew Stephenson you said Ezra was far-right, he has always been center right.
commented 2019-06-24 12:37:18 -0400
HYACINTH commented 1 day ago
“I have not “rewritten history””

Yes you have on several occasions Andrew, "

Such as?
commented 2019-06-24 12:33:49 -0400
JILL WARD commented 1 day ago
Andrew Stephenson,
I have read many of your comments and to be perfectly blunt, YOU ARE COMPLETELY ‘OUT OF TOUCH’ with all which is happening!”

How often do you peek outside your circle of vocal conservatives? Yes, they think the border crossers are an issue, but they’re outnumbered about 3:2 by lefties who don’t.
commented 2019-06-24 11:47:11 -0400
The number of climate skeptics is growing so the liberals have upped the DEFCON to “climate emergency.” What an insane bunch of manipulating sociopaths . They have no conscience and completely avoid acknowledging any clean data or facts that are free from political manipulation. If you believe the horseshit these people are selling, please at least read the research done by some of the most brilliant climate scientists on the planet. You Tube has tons of videos on the subject. Stop bowing down to the ridiculous rantings of Lord Suzuki who is not a climate scientist but rather a hypocritical fraud who simply mouths the liberal narrative which people seem to treat as some sermon from the mount. Open up your minds to the truth..
commented 2019-06-24 00:51:36 -0400
Fantastic show tonight!
commented 2019-06-23 17:11:43 -0400
Keith: Goebbels,Climate Barbie,Climate Mutt,Old Yeller-she looked like she was going to cry in that vid!! Notice how she tried to dance around the question as usual.What a farce the climate hag is!!
commented 2019-06-23 13:36:22 -0400
commented 2019-06-23 12:03:57 -0400
DAN MANCUSO commented 27 mins ago.
KEITH BARNES, I’m glad I watched that video you posted! It gives one…hope. […..] The left are a bunch of clueless, fascist assholes!………….

Have to disagree with you on that, Dan, “assholes” are useful.
commented 2019-06-23 11:30:16 -0400
KEITH BARNES, I’m glad I watched that video you posted! It gives one…hope.

It is also very telling that Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson had to have a ring of big burly men locked arm in arm around her to protect her from the violent, irrational lefties that definitely would attack her…and shut down her free speech! Our free speech!

And then there was that pushy, ugly-freak-in-a-dress Ronan Ogre, inappropriately pushing his way through the crowd thinking he had some right to take the mic and spew his deranged, degenerate and depraved BS.
The left are a bunch of clueless, fascist assholes!
commented 2019-06-23 11:14:19 -0400
JILL WARD commented 33 mins ago
Andrew Stephenson,
I have read many of your comments…………………

I think that the object that You refer to is only worried about the self induced gratification he/she receives from seeing peoples reaction to their words. They are, in truth, a brick short of a load.
commented 2019-06-23 10:28:55 -0400
Andrew Stephenson,
I have read many of your comments and to be perfectly blunt, YOU ARE COMPLETELYOUT OF TOUCH’ with all which is happening!
“As the number of border-crossers has fallen off, so has the sensationalism. Even the huge backlog of unprocessed claimants is declining now. Whether or not you think they had valid reason to flee the US, the political tenseness driving it seems to have abated as it became clear Trump wouldn’t actually have them deported. "
Seriously??
WHERE do you get your info?
Needless to say, EVERYTHING YOU SAID IS NOT FACT BUT RATHER COMPLETELY OPPOSITE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING!
PLease, if you are going to comment, make certain you have the FACTS first!
you truly are a brainwashed liberal and have not a clue what is going on here in canukistan and the FACT WE WILL NOT SURVIVE TRUDEAU OR HIS INVADERS/ISLAMIC CABINET!
commented 2019-06-23 10:24:50 -0400
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slvWcjMeI54
MACRON AND TRUDEAU ANNOUNCE SWEEPING CHANGES TO THE WAY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS FILTER CONTENT!!!!!

Any thing but the Troll.
commented 2019-06-22 23:31:04 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, Legal migration might be an issue but the Left is mostly in favor of current levels, and the Right knows business needs them.
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If you meant Legal Immigration, most People on the Right are all for it. Most of us here wouldn’t mind a working Accountant or Carpenter moving next door.
I personally wouldn’t mind 10,000 Filipino women brought in to help the boomers out in their old age.
The Left thinks the Right hates Immigration, no, just illegal Immigration like most of Trudeau’s.
Here is a newer link where the UN thanks Canada for taking more than their share of Refugees while other Countries cut back. This comes out of my taxes.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-resettled-most-refugees-un-1.5182621
commented 2019-06-22 22:31:24 -0400
May I add… a Trudeau robot to boot!…
commented 2019-06-22 22:19:33 -0400
commented 2019-06-22 21:51:46 -0400
IMHO.. Andrew Stephenson sounds like a friggin robot! Something out of the stepford wives kind of robot!
commented 2019-06-22 21:21:38 -0400
Ron Joseph
“Andrew, that’s what it looks like, however I just don’t think Canadians East of Vancouver Island are dumb enough to waste their vote on Elizabeth May. The only thing she knows about Finance is that she still probably owes on her student loan. Even Jody and Jane were horrified when they saw her platform. NDP has a plan, but it’s already rejected.

The big subject is still about illegal Immigration and Out of Control Refugee numbers; Joe Canuck is too afraid to talk about it until he gets to the voting box."

I like May, and she’ll probably win a smattering of ridings in the East – in the Maritimes and maybe one or two ridings in Ontario university towns such as Guelph. That being said, polling does seem to overstate Green support. How that plays out is anyone’s’ guess, but the lack of strong Left wing alternatives is why Trudeau is polling as well as he is.

The Refugee issue peaked too soon. Had it been a year later, then yes, very likely it would have been a defining election issue. As the number of border-crossers has fallen off, so has the sensationalism. Even the huge backlog of unprocessed claimants is declining now. Whether or not you think they had valid reason to flee the US, the political tenseness driving it seems to have abated as it became clear Trump wouldn’t actually have them deported.

Legal migration might be an issue but the Left is mostly in favour of current levels, and the Right knows business needs them.
commented 2019-06-22 21:15:20 -0400
“I have not “rewritten history””

Yes you have on several occasions Andrew, just as you are currently, you continually espouse the political BS created by the Marxists then claim you do no such thing. Arguing with you is beyond a waste of time for you always claim to be correct in all matters period.
commented 2019-06-22 21:10:04 -0400
“it is the propensity of bombastic articulation and speculation that destroys any and all true analysis”

Which is merely a verbose way of saying that I have successfully refuted his argument?

You’ve put a lot of effort into explaining where my argument doesn’t work, but not why. Do you have a specific counter-argument which you find particularly offensive? I have not “rewritten history”, In fact, I’d love for you to tell me exactly where i did that. I have, in fact, admitted that socialism can slip into fascism, although it’s hard to find examples where it did. Most current examples saw the onset of “communism” and fascism at the same time, often as part of a revolution. North Korea is a current example. Cuba, China, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union also were, but have since liberalized to various degrees.

I do, however, posit that socialism is not the only approach. The path from populist election to autocracy to full fascism is also possible and not rare. It’s happened in Europe most notably with Hitler, and is happening again with Orban and Putin. In these cases, fascism arises without socialism; as long as you’re not the inevitable scapegoat (originally Jews, now Muslims), or a specific political enemy, the ruling party mostly leaves you alone. They’re fully aware that an economically prosperous proletariat is unlikely to rise against them and use that, rather than simple Kim-style fear, to stay in power. This latter scenario is also where the comparisons to Trump arise, although the American government is structured in a way that makes it very difficult to go too far down that road, particularly for a man as reactive and emotional as Trump.

Remind me again, though, why we’re even talking about fascism? All I said was that centre-right and far-right were very different things, which doesn’t seem an unfair claim. None of the present Canadian parties are fascist, nor even in anyones’ wildest imaginations even remotely close. Or maybe it is, you never actually responded.
commented 2019-06-22 20:49:25 -0400
Andrew Stephenson commented 6 hours ago
“RON, I agree with you in as far as Ezra has appeared to be a little reserved lately and I am sure that he has had some flack from the Left side of politics. "
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Andrew, when you agree with me around here , it is like the kiss of death as opinions on this page are restricted to only one person.

" Legault, another product of the Blue Wave, opposes pipelines."
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As a Conservative I consider this guy as soft and mushy as Scheer and now Ford. The only reason he went ahead on the Secular Ban was it was his whole campaign.

“As much as they want this election to be about immigration, Joe Canuck is more excited in the environment. It’s about climate change and whether the carbon tax is the best way to handle it.”
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Andrew, that’s what it looks like, however I just don’t think Canadians East of Vancouver Island are dumb enough to waste their vote on Elizabeth May. The only thing she knows about Finance is that she still probably owes on her student loan. Even Jody and Jane were horrified when they saw her platform. NDP has a plan, but it’s already rejected.

The big subject is still about illegal Immigration and Out of Control Refugee numbers; Joe Canuck is too afraid to talk about it until he gets to the voting box.
Surprises coming up!
commented 2019-06-22 18:53:21 -0400
“Your links are interesting, but fall prey to the superficial analysis inherent in oversimplification.”

LOL interesting comment Andrew, it is deflection at its finest, however in reality it is the propensity of bombastic articulation and speculation that destroys any and all true analysis.

Andrew regarding your query but basing it on your certitudes espoused on previous threads (and this one), you have shown an inclination towards the continual distaste of any and all traditional values preferring the rewriting of historical events and of terminology to suit the left’s and your agenda. It is rather amusing to read a posting by a leftie writing about what they think conservatism is about, all they can do is parrot someone they may or may not admire from the [higher] halls of academia to cite examples or use as credibility. While this tactic works in the halls of higher academia (as they have set the standard) it simply doesn’t wash for most, for students yes as they want that high mark which is achieved by regurgitating precisely what the professor has stated.
commented 2019-06-22 18:11:12 -0400
commented 2019-06-22 17:50:57 -0400
HYACINTH commented 2 mins ago
LOL so predictable and expected.”

I don’t fault you for being unsurprised at receiving a response on a discussion thread.

I’m curious, though. Do you disagree with what I wrote? Do you think Larson’s arbitrary dismissal of social conservatism is actually reasonable?
commented 2019-06-22 17:48:16 -0400
one wonderful thing when the planet is dead-cbc will be dead too. problem of course the climate is fine and god forbid the cbc lives on for millions of years. now that is calamity, castrophic, and a terrible emergency. UGH.
commented 2019-06-22 17:47:46 -0400
I wish there was an edit feature.

The distinction between social conservatism and libertarianism is the big one here. Your links argue that Libertarianism is the true conservatism, defining Left vs Right in terms of social rather than economic terms. In most of the real world it’s the other way around, Left vs Right is economic rather than social, high tax high service vs low tax low service, with very little change in social attitudes between parties. Canada will elect a government that is implicitly or explicitly pro-choice, a position of government non-interference, for example.

If you do examine it from a social perspective, though, it also doesn’t work. To do so requires governments that differ on social policies, and that essentially doesn’t happen unless an overtly social conservative platform is brought out. Then, the Religious Right has far more authoritarian tendencies than the social left does. The government telling you who you can marry, who you can worship without stigma, or what you can do with your own body is the antithesis of personal freedom. Anarchy, here argued as the ultimate conservative value, is completely the opposite of social conservatism. From a social perspective, Scheer is a truer conservative in that he’s somewhat religious-minded, than Bernier, who is not religious and personally socially very liberal (although neither is willing to defend those values within their respective party)
commented 2019-06-22 17:45:55 -0400
LOL so predictable and expected.
commented 2019-06-22 17:21:58 -0400
Given the number of accusations of Scheer being “liberal light” etc, my guess is that most of the Rebel’s readers would agree with me (albeit perhaps reluctantly, because “lefty” or something).

I tend to prefer the political models that plot left-right two dimensionally, with social vs economic policies perpendicular and independent – the simple linear model misses a lot, such as the very critical distinction between Libertarian Right ans SoCon Right – very different ideologies. Similarly fascism lies outside the one-dimensional graph.

High social and economic freedom, minimal government in any role;,increases from classical liberalism to libertarianism to full out anarchy.
High social, low economic freedom, social democracies (including Canada and some parts of the US such as California), verging into socialism or even communism, which classically is purely an economic structure and doesn’t necessarily infringe upon religious or sexual rights, for example.
Low social, high economic freedoms: Pretty rare, free markets but government institutionalizes religious mores theocratic kingdoms such as Dubai or Saudi Arabia often verge into this. The American south is a milder version.
Low social, low economic freedom: Totalitarianism, fascism. Think of North Korea.

The reason for the confusion over fascism’s placement is that both American-style conservatism, and heavy-handed socialism, both offer routes to full fascism, one from the right and one from the left. Your links are interesting, but fall prey to the superficial analysis inherent in oversimplification.