August 29, 2016

“Internet police” target conservatives, PLUS: guest Brian Jean

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Last week was a terrible week for Hillary Clinton. So she collected a list of mean things said by people who liked Trump and gave a speech about them.

Canada’s Liberals are trying the same thing against conservative critics too. In January, Maclean’s did a long, boring story about “the angry radical right,” about some random people on Facebook saying mean things about Trudeau.

A month ago, the left-wing magazine The Walrus wrote about the “mean” comments left on the Conservative Party’s Facebook page, and even here at the Rebel. (Remember: The Walrus’s editor in chief, Jonathan Kay, was also Trudeau’s ghostwriter.)

The timing in Canada is not surprising, because Trudeau had his worst week since being elected Prime Minister: three scandals in a week.

Two days after Gerald Butts tweeted, “The Conservative Party is allowing death threats against the Prime Minister of Canada to be posted on their website,” the Toronto Star wrote a story about these “death threats.” The similarity in Butts’s tweet and the Star’s headline is noticeable.

At, we try to clean up truly obscene or seriously threatening comments on our comments section. But we love freedom of speech, and accept a certain level of rudeness from our public commenters.

Compare that to many of the big news media in Canada now: they’re banning comments from their articles altogether. Maybe it’s for staffing or legal reasons.

But I doubt it. It’s because they don’t believe in letting ordinary people push back against the official government narrative.

NEXT: An in-depth interview with Brian Jean, the leader of Alberta's Wildrose Party.

We talk about the NDP war on Albertans, the economy, the Fort McMurray wildfire — and his thoughts on uniting the right.

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commented 2016-08-31 19:26:34 -0400
Brian Jean sounded a lot like a politician…he really didn’t answer the tough questions, and turned them all into “vote for me and my party” answers….Not terribly impressed…..But I suppose anything would be better than the NDP
commented 2016-08-31 16:56:39 -0400
@cameron Robock

Space and time… oh boy.

See, there’s a little something you may want to know. As far as I know, smart and educated people tend to NOT follow people or ‘leaders’ who are less intelligent than them. Pretty much, generally speaking, you can only be as intelligent and educated as your leader. Now there is my little hypothesis for you. What would this tell you, if I was right?
commented 2016-08-31 16:53:31 -0400
“Just because the conservatives has the largest uneducated group in Canada”, Cameron Robock thinks conservatives are the ill and mis informed party. I assume that’s what she means.
I would disagre, to say the least. Not to nitpick Cameron, but your grammar could use a little tuning up. It’s rather difficult to understand your posts.
commented 2016-08-31 14:54:41 -0400
No they not targeting conservatives… They targeting dumb people with bery bad post. Just because the conservatives has the largest uneducated group in Canada does not mean your targeted. Just because conservatives vote and post against the betterment of themselves…. Hmm….
commented 2016-08-31 02:58:26 -0400
I thought Trudeau’s worst week was the elbow incident.
commented 2016-08-30 13:34:53 -0400
MacLeans Magazine liked Omar Khadar so much they put him on the cover. Oh sorry, I forgot liberal media like Omar, so much so one of the writers of the Toronto Star wanted him to have The Order of Canada.
I guess as long as you are a liberal you have the right to believe and say and support anything you want. It is just us evil Conservatives that need to be silenced.
commented 2016-08-30 13:27:14 -0400
Bob Levant…( Im guessing another coward hiding behind a fake name )
Welcome to the rebel you leftist regressive fucktard and please continue to post. Most here like to read the rhetoric of the warped minds on the left, it is a good reminder of what we are up against. I don’t remember the origin of this quote but here it is: It is hard to win an argument with a smart person but it is impossible to win one against an idiot. Also. here is a little read for you….enjoy
commented 2016-08-30 12:28:11 -0400
I’ve looked at everyone’s comments and the alarm bells are going off. I know we all agree the NDP must be voted out in the next election and never run Alberta again. Judging by the comments, people are split between Brian and Jason. That’s how the horrible NDP got in last time. This is scary people. There is no way the people of Alberta will survive a second term of the NDP!!!!!!
commented 2016-08-30 12:15:17 -0400
Sorry for the bad link below.
commented 2016-08-30 12:06:42 -0400
Of course Bob, I don’t have daddy’s coat tails to ride.
commented 2016-08-30 11:25:56 -0400
Considering that Rick McIvor and the PC’s voted against recall legislation, I would definitely vote for Brian, as I did in the last election, if Jason is not successful in his leadership bid. I think Rick likes to be the leader, but I don’t trust him, given the vote for recall. I think if Jason is unsuccessful in taking over the PC party, I’d love to see him run for the mayor of Calgary, and unseat that narcissistic spendaholic Nenshi. That guy has to go, or Calgary business will vanish, and our property taxes will go through the roof!
commented 2016-08-30 10:45:16 -0400
The best solution is to have Kenny and like minded conservatives cross the floor. The slime of the pc party would be left behind. These people know who the rats are and I don’t think there would be any significant infiltration of Wildrose. If this was only half of the pc party the first hurdle would be done. The phony Janssens, Lukasics and Gills could fight their own LOSING battle then, and lead what would be a fringe bunch of posers that could scratch out but a few seats. Leadership and pecking order of power in Wildrose would be sorted out. This would happen because of the obvious severity of the mess we are in. This is my wet dream anyway.

RON VOSS makes a valid point and one of concern.Where are Widrose on carbon tax and long term energy policy? Are they going to retract the position they adopted in 2013 when they weakly bowed to the man made climate change mantra, a total capitulation to media and political pressure? I hear a lot of support for Wildrose here, where were you when RON needed a few signatures to advance some policy recommendations for the upcoming policy meeting? PLEASE DON’T TELL ME YOU WANT A CARBON TAX and for Wildrose to promote man made climate change lies. WHERE WERE YOU??

commented 2016-08-30 10:23:17 -0400
Deborah, once a party is infiltrated it never goes back. Keep the Wildrose and give the PCs the old heave ho. Take out the trash. Hearts and minds first, election win second.
commented 2016-08-30 09:24:29 -0400
The PC party needs to be taken back by the right, because it is loaded with liberals. This party is still a threat to the WR, and could potentially split the vote again. I liken it to playing chess. Jason sees the big picture, and I don’t think Brian does. He’s basking in the positive signs of increased membership. But how many of those members are plants? I would pick Jason as the leader, should the parties combine. I’m still angry at Brian trying to sideline Derek Fildebrandt, when he should have backed him for speaking the truth.
commented 2016-08-30 09:10:51 -0400
I think it’s evident that the NDP want to keep Fort McMurray down. Their actions since being elected have all been against what is best for the people of AB, and have everything to do with their Marxist agenda. They are envious of what AB has accomplished in a capitalist market. They want to control others, so that they can fill their own pockets with other peoples money. I believe that the cut in the fire budget was the back drop, for the fire that I believe was deliberately set.
As much as I like Brian Jean, I think Jason Kenney is very comfortable as a leader. I like his style. I hope that Jason takes the PC leadership, and sends the rats in the party scurrying for cover. And then I hope they combine the parties. We don’t want the right to split the vote again, and let the snakes back in.
commented 2016-08-30 08:37:57 -0400
A formal merger between the Wildrose and the PC parties will mean that those who joined the PC party as the path to power will transfer over to the Wildrose and ruin it as well. I joined Wildrose to get away from people like that, not to enable them.
commented 2016-08-30 08:26:41 -0400
JACK PALLANCE commented 8 hours ago
The shiny pony ain’t even worth the bullet. He is a no nothing child king.

You must be worth even less?
commented 2016-08-30 08:25:06 -0400

And the WR is labeled as bigots and ignorants. What needs to be done is the social cons need to form their own party and let the chips fall where they may.
commented 2016-08-30 03:52:24 -0400
OK so here is the unspoken elephant in the room….and if takes this down….I am out….

Stephan Harper just stepped down…God love him…..

He occupied the seat in the conservative stronghold of a Reform Party candidate who surrendered it to him for the greater good….now that seat is vacant….now there is a power vacuum….

There will soon be a bi-election in Ezra Levant’s riding.

I will support Ezra in whatever role he chooses….but I hope he chooses to run as a libertarian wildcard.
commented 2016-08-30 03:16:59 -0400
Poor Justin has death threats against him. That is so sad to hear, he just can’t handle the thought of people thinking that way. How about if he was accidentally killed in a plane or car crash, or perhaps a Snow Boarding accident. Most Canadians would think, well now he won’t be able spend anymore taxpayers money with his extravagant holidays or so called business trips, and his poor wife might have to look after her children without nannies. That would be so sad, but it isn’t a death treat, as yet anyway.
commented 2016-08-30 02:17:21 -0400
Excellent’! My Hope & Belief that the Wild Rose Party would win in ’19 without the suspicious Pc merger; has been encouraged by the poll numbers quoted.
commented 2016-08-30 01:40:34 -0400
OK…in the spirit of this topic and thread……

From the loudspeakers of the mosque minaret come s the voice of Mohammed ben Jovi…….;-)


commented 2016-08-30 01:08:18 -0400
Ezra, hope that you will bring Brian Jean back to ask some of the tough questions you asked Kenney, such as what would you with the carbon tax? Was that a condition of your interview not to ask such questions?
commented 2016-08-30 01:05:05 -0400
Time for the silent/and ignorant majority to wake the F up … stop watching YouTube on your F’ ing devices and start informing yourselves. It may not affect your life now but I guarantee the world your kids live in will not be free.
commented 2016-08-30 01:04:37 -0400
Less than a 30 second phone call and a 20 minute chat constitute the time Kenney and Jean have spent discussing the best way to make darn sure the NDP don’t get in again. I must say I am rather disappointed in both of them. Jean clearly has his heels dug in, he’s here already and the Wildrose is very popular, so what in heavens name does Kenney hope to achieve for Alberta? At this point I think if Kenney were not in the picture it would be a slam dunk for Wildrose. I just don’t get it.

At first when Kenney announced I thought it was a good idea, but now I think it will only complicate things.
Jean can represent Alberta just fine, and he is already the people’s choice.
If I still lived in Alberta I would buy membership to the Wildrose party.
The cons are too reviled in Alberta to get in again.
commented 2016-08-30 00:49:40 -0400
The shiny pony ain’t even worth the bullet. He is a no nothing child king.
commented 2016-08-30 00:46:40 -0400
Wow the left really hates what average people have to say. Where was Macleans when Harper had hateful posts directed to him?
commented 2016-08-30 00:30:31 -0400
Rural areas should be able to manage their own affairs and not have them dictated by population centers.