Today is budget day in Quebec, which is governed by the Liberals. And they’re going to give $40 million (taxpayers dollars) to newspapers. As a gift.
If you are a businessman — an owner, a publisher, a producer — and you take ten million dollars from the Quebec Liberals, are you going to be more friendly to the Quebec Liberals? Of course you are.
As you know, here at The Rebel we live completely off the support of our viewers: our ads from millions of views on YouTube, hundreds of thousands of views behind our paywall, thousands of donors to our crowdfunding.
There is not a single donor who comes close to providing even one per cent of our revenues. So we can be neutral.
But if someone were to give me a million or ten million bucks, I think it would be psychologically impossible not to consider them as a partner, or even an owner.
And that’s exactly what the Quebec Liberals want:
The de facto nationalization of the province’s newspapers.
NEXT: It might not be long before we’re the only independent voice in Quebec, like we’re becoming in English Canada.
That’s because a few weeks ago, we started doing the occasional video en francais, led by Eric Duhaime — who’s also one of my guests on tonight’s show. We talk about the state of Quebec media and how these newspaper grants will alter the landscape.
THEN: Author and activist Raheel Raza, President of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, joins me.
We talk about her weekend summit of Muslim reformists from the U.S. and Canada, some of whom have lost family and friends over their activism.
We also discuss my idea that the Rebel should help spread the messages of these reformist Muslims.
FINALLY: I read your messages to me!