March 28, 2017

Quebec Liberals grab more control over media with $40M newspaper handout

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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!


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commented 2017-03-30 12:16:46 -0400
The problem is where you draw the line on radical.I’m tired of Islam.Take it back where it came from period.
commented 2017-03-29 16:18:23 -0400
Peter said, “It all comes down to ignoring certain portions of the Quran.
Personally, I cannot understand the dichotomy or intellectual schism that would be necessary to divorce oneself from the violence, hate and pure evil of the other parts of the Quran, but I guess some people can do that.”

…And on that basis we are supposed to put all our trust and the outcome of our freedoms in the hands of moderates? Because they tell us they are working on it? Just ignore the threats read out every Friday at prayer ?
Of course I don’t believe Raza or even the average Muslim wishes us death, some do but most don’t. That however does not mean that they don’t think they know better than we do for us, and if we’d just accept Islam into our hearts and minds we will all live in peace. Accepting and accommodating Islam means Muslims will run this country. Reformation would be good, then maybe they wouldn’t all be killing one another, but all it means to me is that they will take over with a smile instead of screaming Alluah Akbar at me. It is not possible for Muslims to not want to be on top. Islam teaches supremacy and you cannot get around that. The most important thing to me is numbers. We already have so many that they are making demands and have infiltrated out institutions.

Nope, just can’t feel warm and fuzzy about Islam reformation.
No time to waste being side tracked on that unlikely long shot.
commented 2017-03-29 12:28:27 -0400
- Liberal priority – control the media & censor critics. Just like any 3rd world banana republic. We aren’t there yet but if we keep going down this road we’ll get there. This will kill newspapers as people realize that they are nothing but government stooges.

- I’m all for reforming Islam. If that can be made to happen it would be world changing.
commented 2017-03-29 11:11:03 -0400
Carol Massé said, “I do not understand how one can consider oneself a moderate muslim with what the religion of islam profess.”

It all comes down to ignoring certain portions of the Quran.

Personally, I cannot understand the dichotomy or intellectual schism that would be necessary to divorce oneself from the violence, hate and pure evil of the other parts of the Quran, but I guess some people can do that.
commented 2017-03-29 11:03:14 -0400
Raheel Raza is the type of Canadian that I grew up with. Call her secular, moderate, modern, reformed, or whatever. The fact is she believes in western values, as all Canadians should.
Some people will opine about Muslim taqiyya, and it’s okay to have that opinion (while Trudeau does his best to restrict freedom of speech). Just as I refuse to believe that my Muslim friends ever wanted to kill me or that Raheel wants to kill Ezra. My freedom of opinion.
Muslims need to unite and become more pro-active in reformation and condemnation of radical Islam. Those like Raheel are brave. Those who don’t stand up to the radical Imams are the cowards.
commented 2017-03-29 10:38:31 -0400
Daryl Herman, that has happened to me in the past. Clear your history, log out of your tablet/computer, then resign in & it should work for you.
commented 2017-03-29 10:09:31 -0400
CAROLE MASSÉ commented, “Ezra, how does Ms. Razza reconcile the extremely offensive and violent words and orders of her god Allah written in the Koran with being moderate?”
Simply, she can’t! Even the Koran itself says the words of Allah recited to Muhammad can not be altered. To rely upon such ‘reform’ is dangerous, giving people a false sense that it can be achieved after 1400 years of same old, same old. Here’s the test for Reza and her reformers, derail the outcome of M-103.
commented 2017-03-29 09:21:21 -0400
Actually the media in kebec should be thanking the Albertan transfer payments for that money.
commented 2017-03-29 09:15:55 -0400
World governments are called beasts in the Holy Bible, and for obvious reasons. The final beast of this world is forming right now in Turkey. Erdogan is resurrecting the Ottoman empire on Easter Sunday of this year. He has removed all opposition in the media, and he has removed thousands of judges from the benches of Turkey. Anyone who disagrees with him is being punished. He is supposed to be the Mahdi that the Muslims are waiting for to lead the caliphate against the Jews, Christians and anyone who doesn’t bow down to the devil. Keep an eye on this madman because all Muslims in the world will follow him, including the madman in our PM’s chair in Ottawa. Liberals all wear the same stripes, and will one day be judged for their actions. Do not put your faith in any government, because all are corrupted and are evil.
commented 2017-03-29 06:56:10 -0400
Jill and John Ward, Sometimes , and more often now than before , I question if we actually do live in a true democracy.
PMO-Leftist uber- liberal socialist
Legislature- Controlled by leftist uber liberal socialists
Leftist liberal socialists
Constitution- Protects rights like freedom of speech (REALLY)
Media- Totally compromised and co-opted ,now part of government
I would say that Canada has taken a precipitous dive in all the parameters that are the basis of freedom of speech and liberty
commented 2017-03-29 06:34:07 -0400
At least the government here in Canada is being civil and responsible in taking over the media . In Venezuela, Chavez just had a few of his thugs fire bomb the local TV and newspaper outlets that ran stories contrary to his Revolucion .
The result is the same , just the methods are different.
commented 2017-03-29 06:26:10 -0400
as I keep saying, SHUT OFF THE TAPS TO THE LIBERALS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM THE FEDS ON DOWN!!! We literally are paying to be brainwashed, ignored, lied to, abused, exploited , denied the truth and silenced!!!!!!!!!!! Is this what governing is supposed to be?? I thought this was what one would find in third world dictatorships, NOT IN A FREE, DEMOCRATIC, COUNTRY LIKE CANADA!!
commented 2017-03-29 05:20:19 -0400
The Liberals have been using the C.B.C.s advertising budget to buy the silence of the MSM for decades. I used to read the National Post for their weekly column on waste in the C.B.C. . until they started receiving advertising dollars from the C.B.C. and poof, no more column. Just more of the same old BULLSHIT.
commented 2017-03-29 03:32:16 -0400
Quebec is in turmoil because of actions like these and that is not all bad!… It helps to focus the mind of THINKING individuals and reminds them, and especially those old enough to remember, the Soviet days of BOUGHT MEDIA when “There was no Pravda in Izvestia, and no Izvestia in Pravda”… (There is no “Truth” in “The News”, and no “News” in “The Truth”)… The more things change the more they stay the same…
commented 2017-03-29 01:50:34 -0400
Ezra, how does Ms. Razza reconcile the extremely offensive and violent words and orders of her god Allah written in the Koran with being moderate? I do not understand how one can consider oneself a moderate muslim with what the religion of islam profess. It seems to me that for someone to consider himself moderate, he must have never read the supposedly holy book of islam. I would refer you to the video of Father Pagès posted on your site today, which I found very true and I tend to agree with him that our society can never accept islam, because its values are against humanity.
commented 2017-03-29 01:47:33 -0400
All of Eric’s videos should be in English as well. Not just some of them.
commented 2017-03-29 01:37:20 -0400
“The battle against Islamism is a common battle, we have a common enemy …” It’s not a battle we had to deal with to any extent even 5 or 10 years ago in our country. It is an imported problem we have let into our country from Islamic countries. It is not a battle we should even have to be fighting in Canada. We have been ‘infected’ with a ‘disease’ imported into our existence which we never asked for, Islam.

I cannot trust Islam. Why do we allow Islam to be such a big problem? If we don’t control Islam in Canada it will control us. We need to control numbers, and make no special accommodations. Islam needs to stay out of our foundational institutions.
Just because we have to find a way to live with the Muslims that are already here doesn’t mean we have to bring in any more or make concessions for them that we don’t make for anyone else.

I have to agree with Maurice. The Koran says what it says. how can there be reform if the Koran is followed? Islam hasn’t been able to make any gains toward modernity or meaningful reform in 1400 years. Why should it be our problem in the first place. Since it IS now our problem we should be able to set the ground rules. First we need a leader to make some.

Good luck on that reformation. Sorry I can’t get too excited about its success.
I don’t think we can afford the time to become too sidetracked waiting for the reformation of Islam. Tempus fuget.
commented 2017-03-29 01:17:18 -0400
The Tree are you saying other media people do it for free?
commented 2017-03-29 01:16:46 -0400
The Tree i doubt you work for free. Now tell em about all the volunteering you do LMAO!
commented 2017-03-29 00:32:41 -0400
The Federal Gov’t is also doing a study as to whether or not to subsidize large newspaper chains to the tune of $400 Million. Then Trudeau would own TV, Radio and Newspapers. I do not argue that the Newspapers need help, but that’s because they are incompetent and filled with fake news
commented 2017-03-29 00:08:09 -0400
The Tree doesn’t post any comments here if it doesn’t insult someone. Irritable fucking prick.
commented 2017-03-28 23:52:52 -0400
Ezra Levant doesn’t do anything if it does not make money for him.
commented 2017-03-28 23:48:58 -0400
I used to think Islam was one of the world’s great religions. Since Islam has been in the news non-stop since 2001 or before that, and for all the wrong reasons, I have learned more about Islam than I ever ordinarily would have wanted to know.

Over the ages, non-Muslims have not been especially complimentary towards Islam. For one example, Saint John of Damascus in the 8th century said that Islam was heresy, that it was a forerunner to the Antichrist. I can not say that I disagree with him. I also have to agree with what Maurice Potvin wrote here earlier.

People can entertain the idea of reforming Islam, but orthodox Islam will not likely allow such a move. Good luck to those who try.
commented 2017-03-28 23:01:32 -0400
Quebec Liberals might want to be thinking about increasing the security budget for Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport.
commented 2017-03-28 22:14:19 -0400
With respect to the Quebec Liberals handout to the newspapers, as the saying goes, ‘he who pays the piper calls the tune’. Probably an opportune time as the story on the Quebec mosque attack is still not complete.
commented 2017-03-28 21:55:31 -0400
What Albertans & Western Canada needs to know is that Queerbec gets major funding from Alberta’s equalization payments – so this 40 mill is Alberta $$! …and the bastards can’t even allow ETHICAL OIL from Alberta??
Time to expunge the Lieberals from Canada completely – we have had enough treasonous bullshit already!
commented 2017-03-28 21:43:36 -0400
DARYL HERMAN Works fine for me.

Hey, Ezra, where’s Tiffany and Lauren? Miss their shows!
commented 2017-03-28 21:39:48 -0400
What is going on at the REBEL???
I have been a supporter & subscriber from Day 1! Yet this is nwhat I got today trying to watch the Ezra Levent show:
We apologize…

You do not have permission to play this video.

and nothing I do changes that! Rebel get your website working! – or I’m outta here!
With all the bullshit going on here in this NEW 3rd world country – my patience is at an all time LOW!
commented 2017-03-28 21:34:26 -0400
i’m not a premium member yet… but the idea of the gov’t paying the media is scary. Is it all newspapers across canada? Is it just newspapers, or other media too?
commented 2017-03-28 21:27:52 -0400
“objective truth”??? Mo’s bio written 150 or 250 years after he died, that’s like you writing a bio of say abraham lincoln or leonard tilley. And also they say mo was illiterate, it’s not he who wrote down the koran and most absolutely had nothing to do with the hadiths. Anything can be reformed…where there’s a strong will.