August 03, 2016

Ezra in Montreal: Mayor’s billboard ban backfires — We take the ethical oil message to the STREETS (literally)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I’m reporting from Montreal to follow up on a stunning story we told you about recently: the billboard company that turned down our latest pro-ethical oil campaign.

Remember the background? After Montreal mayor Denis Coderre vowed to stop the Energy East pipeline, we started our campaign, sending him a blunt, simple message:

If you don’t want ethical oil from Alberta, fine — then no more equalization payments for Quebec.

Then we doubled down with a new billboard, right across from Montreal City Hall, reminding everyone that Coderre was the one who’d released billions of litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

These billboards caused a ruckus, but we didn’t expect what happened next:

The billboard company we’d been working with turned down our third design, which criticized Coderre for favouring OPEC “sharia” oil over Canadian oil.

The company said they received veiled threats from City Hall and couldn’t accept our business.

That’s why I’m in Montreal today:

To get this new billboard seen by Montrealers, by another means.

A man named Ronald Bérubé of Euromobile Canada refused to be bulled by the mayor.

He contacted me after our last report and offered to drive us and our billboard around Montreal.

So we did just that.

While we were at it, we talked directly to ordinary folks about Coderre's anti-Energy East stance. Did they agree with it? Did they think our message deserved to be banned?

WATCH and see -- and thank YOU for making this free speech, pro-Canada campaign possible!

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commented 2016-08-04 22:25:40 -0400
commented 2016-08-04 22:15:27 -0400
Edward Jobin: The late (great) Rob Ford would NEVER have used undue pressure trying to limit free speech, so it is a moot question.
However, the Toronto Star news rag and the Toronto police certainly did their level best to twist and curtail any speech from Rob Ford and all of Canada saw how cruelly he was treated.
May his soul rest in peace.
commented 2016-08-04 17:17:04 -0400
another waste billboard sure does sound like ponzi scheme
commented 2016-08-04 12:55:10 -0400
I can’t seem to get that old Doobie Brothers song “Takin’ It To the Streets” out of my head, since watching your show. Maybe Michael McDonald will allow the Rebel to use it, while driving around your billboard. I know this wasn’t the original message of the lyrics, but I think it would a great song for this purpose!
commented 2016-08-04 12:33:16 -0400
I am particularly concerned about over reaching government officials trying to flex their muscles and intimidate people into towing it’s politically correct line. I find myself cynically asking myself whenever I see someone trying to exert this kind of influence on this issue “I wonder whose payroll they are on”? I also wonder how the late Rob Ford would have been treated if he had used this kind of undue pressure trying to limit free speech?
commented 2016-08-04 12:22:04 -0400
Ezra – frankly, if you are offending a racist, sexist supremacist like the King of Saudi Arabia, you are doing the world a HUGE service and the Liberals like Denis Coderre should applaud you and not muzzle you.

Staggering hypocrisy on the left.
commented 2016-08-04 12:07:15 -0400
@jay . . . what is “Far Fetched” is YOU trying to appear intelligent !
commented 2016-08-04 12:05:45 -0400
- Great to see the billboard on display & great to see there are some good businesspeople still exist.
commented 2016-08-04 11:28:28 -0400
It’s a sad day when people are more worried about offending foreign oil Sheiks and countries than they are about offending our own oil suppliers and countrymen and their jobs. I loved when you parked out in front of the government building and it looked like you got an appearance from “Smithers” (Montgomery Burns bum boy on the Simpsons). I also noticed people running from the camera view when you were out in front of the CBC building. Next stop Ottawa Parliament? Any how great show and a great victory for free speech. Take that Goliath!
commented 2016-08-04 10:57:43 -0400
I really wish Ezra had a think tank he can present emerging problems to and get idea support and other supports to come come up with creative solutions like this when and where possible.
commented 2016-08-04 10:42:54 -0400
Jay Kelly: Please stop with the distortion. I am not discounting the effect of “The Rebel” and of course they try to bring issues to the public the mainstream media doesn’t want to cover. This is the second time you have tried to completely reverse what I was saying. Cut the crap or get the wiring in your brain fixed.
commented 2016-08-04 09:57:57 -0400
Ezra – you are getting around in more good ways than you might think! I went to a dinner for my husband’s hockey team and low and behold several people knew about the Rebel. Keep up the great work and thank you for fighting for our freedoms.
commented 2016-08-04 09:49:04 -0400
Ezra – not only are you getting the truth out to the public, who are being lied to and manipulated by the MSM, but you are giving a voice to the people! If I could I give the Nobel prize I would. You deserve the highest honour for your service to the public, though it will never happen, because liberals only like to give awards to themselves and their minions.
commented 2016-08-04 09:27:33 -0400
Love it! Love it! Love it! Pie in the face for Mr. Coderre.. Too bad it wasn’t some Albertan cow pie!
commented 2016-08-04 09:19:07 -0400
When the billboard is done its run, go throw it in the St Lawrence River, maybe it will soak up some of the shit he dumped in there….
Loved the show, love the fact you ended up with a way to run the billboard which is even better than a stationary one…. how about a mobile “Fire Notley” billboard in Alberta !!!
commented 2016-08-04 07:48:58 -0400
Pretty poignant stuff, parking the truck outside that behemoth CBC building (which WE ALL paid for), for the closing scene. Well done.
commented 2016-08-04 07:32:05 -0400
I live in Alberta and if you want me to drive around with a sign on y vehicle I’ll do it for free.

Peter has a great idea. All the unemployed oil patch workers with a truck deck can maybe pick up some advertising money. Construct a sign for the truck deck. Maybe begin with a sign like “Unemployed oil patch worker due to NDP policies. This advertising space for rent”

With the millions of dollars Notley is spending on advertising maybe she will buy some advertising spots.

And whenever Justin flies into town a convoy of advertising truck can escort around the Trudeau entourage.
commented 2016-08-04 07:15:30 -0400
Well Jay I’d say that if the Rebel billboard and its message was so “lukewarm and far fetched” to Montrealers, the billboard company would never have received political pressure not to display it.
commented 2016-08-04 03:26:22 -0400
commented 2016-08-04 02:41:05 -0400
It is true, and readers of The Rebel should believe it.

We are not just some source of political opinion.

If you are a follower you may be asked to reject the main stream media, including the CBC. You are not rejecting knowledge, but rather are rejecting a certain political view. You are not “sheeple”.
commented 2016-08-04 02:32:41 -0400
Egil Lomeland – the Rebel media is not just a news agency. It is a movement – not unlike the Trump Train, or the Le Penn & Wilders’ movement. The Rebel, I consider – to be the sum of all of us people that are fed right up with the blatant disregard for the freedoms and rights which we as Canadians & Americans have as God given. This movement is yes, lead by Ezra and all the great Conservative people who are part of the Our most blatant enemy being the MSM such as the CBC who are made up of a colossal bunch of subversives and politically correct SJWs – who are on Soro’s itinerary of “useful” idiots! These people will never defend our freedom and are championing the NWO.
Yes, Canada has way too many “sheeple” on their roster – but they really have no idea of how many of us Rebel patriots are really here!
commented 2016-08-04 02:10:17 -0400
As a response to Montreal’s luke-warm reaction to The Rebel’s public statement, Ezra Levant hires a bus to go up and down the streets with a banner proclaiming that Alberta Oil is somehow the polar opposite of Sharia Law.

For all Montrealers know, Sharia Law is as evil as anything.

Do Montrealers have to know that The Rebel is not yet a national force?
commented 2016-08-04 02:04:57 -0400
I do not live in Montreal, but I suppose this advertising strategy looks pretty sad.

The proposed billboards, proposed to highlight Montreal’s rejection of the Energy East pipeline that would have brought Alberta oil through Quebec to the East Coast, then contrasted the mayor of Montreal approving sewage being allowed into the Saint Lawrence. The billboards seemed far-fetched to Montrealers.
commented 2016-08-04 01:34:03 -0400
It is a sad reflection on Canada where a news agency has to do this proactive information presentation.

One would have thought an Alberta and Saskatchewan based association would have taken this upon themselves to fund-raise and actively present an alternative to the negative resource attacks funded by the ‘environmental’ groups.

Thanks Ezra, your actions make it easy for me to continue supporting The Rebel.
commented 2016-08-04 01:33:59 -0400
Right on Ezra! That Coderre is nothing more than a nose-thumbing mobster that needs to be brought down like other buddies of his in Quebec.
This definitely is worth at least a case of beer. Now we need to do something like that, that will impact the way Alberta is being destroyed by by that lunatic Nutley and her band of clueless idiots. The subversive nature of all of Nutleys’ actions are really pissing a whole lot of people off – but being pissed off ain’t going to do shit! We need positive action.
Why is it that normal, tax paying individuals are held accountable for every action they deal in – yet these subversive treasonous traitors can come in and totally destroy economies and lives and there is no recourse for the people -other than to vote in “rigged” elections??
Militant reasoning is beginning to grow in the West and politicians & police are not going to be capable of dealing with the outcome (there are more of us than them!!) – unless there is some reasonable improvement in the way these traitors are dealt with.
How is it that the RCMP are allowed to make laws which criminalize people without any debate or over site
Their, the RCMP, actions are becoming as tyrannical as the Islamist jihadists. This is not going to be tolerated and everyone concerned needs to make up their minds to NOT comply with this bullshit.
Why are Canadian tax payers’ $$ being spent to build mosques?? This is absolutely unacceptable and will become a fatally grievous issue should it continue!
commented 2016-08-04 00:35:09 -0400
Edward Jobin, The Rebel does try “to bring issues to the public that the mainstream media refuses to cover.”

Do not discount the effect of The Rebel.

Here you have a voice.
commented 2016-08-04 00:34:16 -0400
Ezra I enjoy your time in Montreal until you stopped in front of the CBC (Pravda North) building.
commented 2016-08-04 00:08:04 -0400
I’m really glad you found a way to bypass the attempt at free speech censorship that not only defeats the government’s bullying tactics but actually increases the potential audience viewers that a standing sign would be limited to. Perhaps a similar idea can be used to bring issues to the public that the mainstream media refuses to cover.
commented 2016-08-03 23:55:27 -0400
Sick of wanker Mayors like Coderre (Montreal) and Gregor Robertson (Vancouver) who think they are the Kings and Monarchs of their Municipalities rather than the chief local public servants of everyone trying to do business, live safely and speak freely. Its common knowledge corruption in Quebec is more common than elsewhere in Canada. Its just sad to see even the so called progressives in Quebec are still living in the 70’s, though I’m sure the threats are more veiled than in the bad old days. Way to go Ronald Berube! Entrepreneurism helps free speach and vice versa! Ethical Oil no doubt.
commented 2016-08-03 23:31:46 -0400
Ezra Levant and The Rebel are getting some recognition around the country, and in the past few days I have seen two references to The Rebel in left-leaning news outlets.