November 09, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Docs uncover why Grande Prairie banned free speech rally

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


Concerned Canadians for Canadian Values planned to hold what they called a free speech rally opposing the federal government's M-103 anti-Islamophobia motion, in a public park in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Then just days before the rally, their permit was denied by city manager Robert Nicolay.

Nicolay sent the group's organizer, Michael Carriere, an email on August 24 that read in part:

In light of recent conflicts around similar gatherings across Canada and in the US, it is not unreasonable to foresee that the proposed August 26th event may increase risk for participants, other users of the park and the general public. In order to eliminate this particular risk the city is choosing not to approve the park use permit…

The city manager and, by extension, the City of Grande Prairie, were holding this group of innocent people responsible for the actions of completely unrelated people in other cities and even other countries.

We filed a Freedom of Information request with the City of Grande Prairie to find out what really happened.

We found out the city manager, after originally approving the rally, personally intervened to put a stop to it on the very same day, just two hours later.

In other words, the very censorship that Concerned Canadians for Canadian Values wanted to protest against was happening to them behind the scenes. The government was censoring their free speech in a public place, and using “safety concerns” to do it.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of peaceful assembly, and it’s the government's job to protect this right for all.

If this violation of a fundamental human right can happen in a place as conservative as Grande Prairie, Alberta, it can happen anywhere.

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commented 2017-11-10 20:42:16 -0500
It seems that Robert Nicolay possibly knew of threats to free speech and assembly as guaranteed in Canadian Law. Is he antifa? Was he acting with the support and approval of City Council or did he make the decision to ban free speech on his own? His actions indicate he either supports M-103 or is afraid of Trudeau and Islam. Could he be a radical Islamist?

In siting “safety concerns”, he is clearly saying he has no confidence and trust in the police to do their jobs. The GP Chief of Police and the City Lawyer should sit this jerk down and teach him a thing about Law and the Charter. His actions and decisions are EXACTLY why so many Canadians hate the entire concept of M-103. My opinion? Charges should be laid by the Human Rights people and charges laid by The Justice minister, Judy Wilson-Raybould. For some reason I doubt if either will take any action.
commented 2017-11-10 16:48:49 -0500
The middle class should by now know to keep their mouth shut, stop thinking, pay all your ever increasing taxes and do not pray as there is no God.
The next step is to cancel all our voting privileges as we are not apt to do so intelligently. (I think that in many cases voters have already given proof that that is in fact the case.)

Good bless.
commented 2017-11-10 10:44:56 -0500
Who in our society would disapprove of a free speech gathering? Hmm. Let me guess…
commented 2017-11-10 03:40:10 -0500
- Free speech is part of Canadian values. Censorship is part of globalist “values”. This is the battle going on now.
commented 2017-11-09 23:15:35 -0500
Glen Craig—You are correct in this case that we cannot go through the very expensive Legal Process, however there is an" inexpensive" legal process for claims under $10,000. Usually its something small like suing you neighbor,and may well include damages from City Hall. No Lawyers necessary.
commented 2017-11-09 21:56:55 -0500
I am so sick of the government stepping on Canadians RIGHT to free speech and RIGHT to peaceful assembly. We are already living under a fascist regime. What is happening to my country!

@ Glenn Craig, "And the sad thing is that you cannot change this through the electoral system…you HAVE to go through the very expensive legal process…which will support them unless the cultural narrative changes. "

That is so true, until the cultural narrative can be changed we are in a spin cycle. Culture does precede politics. It has never been more evident. This is a cultural war and an info war. America has Trump to help them do that, we have no one.
commented 2017-11-09 21:33:44 -0500
Excellent report Sheila.
commented 2017-11-09 20:10:56 -0500
“In light of recent conflicts around similar gatherings across Canada and in the US,<…>the proposed August 26th event may increase risk for participants, other users of the park and the general public. "

The risk to the public comes from government officials denying basic charter rights.

My Gawd, talk about zero self awareness. This mindless drone tosses off a glaring oxymoron as justifiable logic. I know the type – the tunnel visioned middle management geek from podunkville gets an ISO primer in risk management and all of a sudden liabilities and risks leap out of every request that pass though his cubicle – Dilbert had years of lampooning this type of management doofus.

I hope he’s sued for expenses and charged with carter violations, then booted to the curb in the next municipal elections. His management ability is more suited to running a burger franchise – not in charge of protecting public rights. – go risk manage the burger flippers, that’s more your speed.
commented 2017-11-09 19:32:59 -0500
I know this from experience….the government of Canada is in court every working day dealing with people who are sueing them….that is the primary activity of the Department of Justice…each and every department of the federal government has a satalite office of the DOJ for tis reason and purpose….I know this because I was a project officer on the files were people were sueing VAC.

I would naturally assume that the same is true at the provivcial and municipal level…that is a safe assumption.

The problem is that we are dealing with people who have no fear of consequence nor acountability. They cannot imagine a day when they no longer have power over those they are screwing. They think that their appointment to beauracracy mandarin made them the bones of the law and legal policy continuity.

And the sad thing is that you cannot change this through the electoral system…you HAVE to go through the very expensive legal process…which will support them unless the cultural narrative changes.

That takes creativity…courage…and effort.
commented 2017-11-09 18:49:47 -0500
Smell like a law suit to me . Isn’t that why Trudeau paid 10 and 31 million because someone Canadian rights had be violated .
commented 2017-11-09 18:47:53 -0500
They’re putting us in the same basket as left wingers, Antifa, etc who create havoc & destruction. The City of Grande Prairies is using a lame excuse because they hate the right & in this case are discriminating & using a double standard to keep us from voicing our concerns. This so bloody maddening & undemocratic & how can this be tolerated. Our rights are being trampled on more & more & do we just play dead. The City Mgr is a coward, afraid to hear the truth.
commented 2017-11-09 18:34:02 -0500
Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Peaceful assembly. They should of had it anyway,it’s their right. If we don’t fight back we’ll lose these freedoms. They must be enforced by the people.
commented 2017-11-09 18:25:03 -0500
With the growing population of new Canadians in G.P. that follow a 4th century way of life, i"m sure one complaint was all it took. Some cowardly politician thought risking a few votes was enough to get the event banned. Or some parasitic NDP following bureaucrat thought that this should not be allowed and lobbied the city manager who is obviously a coward as well. That city is being over run by these cockroach immigrants, crime is rampant and no female is safe alone in a taxi. I spent four years working and living there, one of these parasites tried to charge me 40 bucks for a taxi ride from the Casino to the air port. I promptly tossed 15 bucks as i got out and said phone the cops.
commented 2017-11-09 18:19:43 -0500
Remember the left is now in total control of everything. And will be forever