March 21, 2019

Justin Trudeau's media bail-out includes a “ban The Rebel clause”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I reported on the details of Justin Trudeau's media bailout.

Yesterday Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau brought in their annual budget.

The main thing to know is that it no Canadian government has ever spent more; Canadians have never paid more taxes; and the national debt has never been higher.

This budget finally reveals a few details about the massive $595 million media bail-out that Trudeau promised last fall. You know: The money that will only go to journalists that Trudeau can "trust"?

Among other things, Trudeau is promising:

"[A] new refundable tax credit for journalism organizations; a new non-refundable tax credit for subscriptions to Canadian digital news; and access to charitable tax incentives for not-for-profit journalism.”

Do you get nervous when you hear that the government is going to help the media be better?

My favourite part of this section of the budget is what I call the Ban The Rebel clause, which I'm sure was included as a poison pill to bring us down.

Don’t take my word for it; Here’s Kent Driscoll, a reporter with APTN:

Tax credits are a decent way to help support media. Go buy a @TorontoStar subscription and get it counted against your taxes. Sticky wicket is going to be when Ezra and his ilk come looking to get on the eligible list. Panel needs to be really strong.

Here’s Andrew Potter, of the Ottawa Citizen:

Who is Ezra you ask, and why should we be worried? If you don't know the answer to that, then that's part of the problem.

Here’s an article on the budget by Paul Wells, who is personal friends with Trudeau. Writing about the "panel of experts" the Liberals want formed, Wells writes:

One suspects this line is designed to keep the kitty out of the hands of anyone named Ezra.

The good news for Paul Wells, and Kent Driscoll, who I actually never heard of before today, and Althia Raj, and that funny looking guy Andrew Potter, is:

I’m not coming to take any money.

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commented 2019-03-24 11:27:13 -0400
Alberta,

You do realize that the Mueller report has said nothing about no collusion. You also haven’t read it. Like other morons online, you are making assumptions just because they are not arresting Trump right now. There are other investigations going on as well with Trump like in New York. He’s not home free.
commented 2019-03-24 11:24:20 -0400
Alberta Maga,

No one wanted Sun News TV. When it was first announced, Canadians were groaning at the idea of Fox News North. The facts speak for themselves – Sun News TV was in 5 MILLION HOMES and NO ONE WAS WATCHING.

Again, Sun News TV didn’t want financial help or CRTC help – until they realized that they drowning.

I have explained this to you more than once. Even though The Toronto Star and CBC have millions of people that read their online content – it’s free for the most part and there is huge overhead that The Rebel doesn’t remotely have. Ezra doesn’t pay his contributors well, production value is a joke and it’s run out of a shithole office.

Do you understand the difference between running a little cute blog vs running a media source that covers the world and has thousands of employees? Canada’s model is also like the UK’s with the BBC, etc.

What stated rules are you talking about specifically – show me.
commented 2019-03-24 02:37:48 -0400
John Wick how did all those REAL JOURNALISTS get burnt by the Russia probe so easily? LMAO! Oh yeah they were full of sh*t in their phony reporting like everyone with a brain knew.
commented 2019-03-24 02:35:33 -0400
John Wick according to the stated rules people should be able to claim a subscription to the Rebel then. LMAO! I know that will not happen.
commented 2019-03-24 02:33:58 -0400
John Wick being liberal does not mean far left like the Liberal party and the MSM. They are anything but liberal. They are far left and they lie like carpets. Once again if Canadians want that so much then why the handouts?? You say one thing that contradicts another.
commented 2019-03-24 02:32:05 -0400
John Wick they are not trusted media halfwit, did you read that part? And Sun TV wanted what everyone else got. No one wants the CBC ,PRAVDA CANADA! Of course you are too ignorant to know many wanted Sun TV and could not get it. If you are so sure then why do we have the CRTC? Let people choose freely and without being forced. I know the left would not allow that as they would lose many viewers. Spare me your hogwash!!
commented 2019-03-23 09:21:50 -0400
Alberta Maga,

Sun TV didn’t want any financial assistance or help from the CRTC – until they realized that no one gave a shit about them and then they started complaining about how the CRTC was so unfair. Sun TV made their bed – so they had to lie in it and realize that Canadians didn’t want Fox News North.
commented 2019-03-23 09:14:59 -0400
Alberta,

Post Media own the Toronto Sun – they will be getting the money and qualify per the qualifications required to receive the money. Have you actually read the requirements needed to receive the money? What am I saying – of course you haven’t.

No, the MSM is just slanted left for the most part – because Canada is primarily liberal – we are to the left of America. It’s all about supply and demand. It’s why CBC and The Toronto Star have an audience that The Rebel would kill for. It’s why no one wanted to watch Sun News TV, even though it was in 5 million homes. It’s why no one wants Fox News in Canada.
commented 2019-03-23 03:35:44 -0400
John Wick show me proof Sun TV got tax handouts!!
commented 2019-03-23 03:34:50 -0400
John Wick i knew the MSM was bad before the Rebel existed, i knew the CBC was a Liberal propaganda channel many years ago. Anyone with a brain could see it.
commented 2019-03-23 03:33:45 -0400
John Wick sorry but they have not and have not reported on multiple facets. And how do you know the Sun will get money? It will be National Post getting it , not the SUN. Now go be uninformed. Oh what happened to that Hammer? LMAO!
commented 2019-03-23 02:44:49 -0400
C’mon Trudeau… Be transparent…who are you picking a fight with?
Straight forward Question… Can you give a straight forward answer?

Here’s your chance…
commented 2019-03-22 18:57:56 -0400
Alberta Maga,

Sorry, but you are wrong.

They have been very critical of Justin and SNC/Lavalin specifically. I doubt you actually read the Star to any great degree – you are just making assumptions, because you buy into the MSM is evil mantra that Ezra spews.

I am not talking about cable money at all.

The Toronto Sun will be getting money – there are far right and don’t support Justin at all. You are wrong yet again. What a shocker.

Seriously do some research before you spew your idiocy. BE INFORMED.
commented 2019-03-22 18:18:30 -0400
John Wick sorry but i see little criticism of Justin at the Star right now. And cable money from CRTC is not taxes. And nothing at this level has been handed out and before it was to ALL , not just who Justin can control , go be a good little sheep and bend over for our dictator.
commented 2019-03-22 17:22:14 -0400
Alberta Maga,

ALL Media and entertainment in Canada has been receiving tax money in one form or another since the 70’s. This is nothing new. You don’t know what you are talking about and think this is some new Justin Trudeau thing.

By the way, The Toronto Star have been among the most critical of Trudeau and SNC/Lavalin, so what the fuck are you talking about?

Seriously – you are an uninformed, ignorant and clueless human being, who has The Rebel doing the thinking for you?
commented 2019-03-22 17:00:23 -0400
John Wick thinks the parrots from the Star saying the SNC/Lavalin scandal is not a cocern are actual journalists LMAO! Hey John where are those soldiers in the streets under Harper LMAO! Now go be a good Media party sheep and be misinformed about the world.
commented 2019-03-22 16:58:04 -0400
John Wick the Star is a joke, their entity in Edmonton is just as clueless as you are.
commented 2019-03-22 16:57:36 -0400
John Wick you are the clueless one, taxpayer funding of these media make them an agent of the state.
commented 2019-03-22 16:52:24 -0400
Doug,

You couldn’t be more wrong.

The Toronto Star still employs actual legitimate journalists – including many that have been with the paper for years.

PostMedia and The Toronto Sun actually fired all the journalists that they did have and just have columnists working there giving their opinions with little to no facts, which is why the Toronto Sun was penalized recently for the blatant lying by Sue Anne Levy.

Only Fox tells the truth? You are delusional. They just suck on Trump’s balls no matter what.

The bottom line is that every media source on the planet has a bias one way or the other and even within that bias – left and right leaning sources can be factual and accurate, but to suggest that Fox News or The Rebel is the only truth teller is quite frankly naïve and laughable.

There are reputable conservative media sources, but Fox News and The Rebel sure as shit are not them.
commented 2019-03-22 14:33:49 -0400
John Wick, your earlier description of the Toronto Sun was “a paper where they don’t have journalists there—they have people who spew opinion”. What you have just described is all the MSM including The Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and in the U.S. the New York Times and the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and ABC. Only Fox tells the truth.

Reporters don’t want to report anymore, they want to be part of the story so they suck up to politicians and become part of the story. Ezra Levant is one of very few JOURNALISTS who has the balls to tell the truth so LIARS like Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley HATE him. Donald Trump is dead on when he refers to the MSM as ‘fake news’. That is all that we will get for $595 million. It is for that reason that we have to ignore all the red election signs, and all the lies that will come out of the mouths of Liberals.

John Wick, do you recall that before the last election that lying piece of crap, Justin Trudeau said he would run three “small” deficits of about $10 billion and then run a surplus of $1 billion THIS YEAR? Guess what dummy. Those three deficits total $56 billion, and it was all vote buying (yours too it seems), and we are running a deficit well over $10 billion this year. How can ANYONE believe a lyiny Liberal?

Oh, and did I mention that Justin Trudeau has highhandedly destroyed the Alberta economy. Believe me Rachel Notley could not have made that mess without JT.
commented 2019-03-22 13:54:05 -0400
Peter Netterville,

Translation – “I need The Rebel to tell me what to think and say and I can’t be objective or critical about the far right at all”.
commented 2019-03-22 12:45:58 -0400
There is no point in arguing with John Wick (a.k.a Jimmy Duh Silva). He is not intelligent enough to be a conservative … too much into lying to ever recognize the truth anymore. A fool.
commented 2019-03-22 11:50:13 -0400
Joe Boudreault,

You are wrong. It’s just what you personally believe and support politically and socially. In other words, you are being told what you want to hear and so you believe that to be the truth.

The Toronto Sun just had to apologize for literally making shit up as that is what they do to sell papers. They don’t have journalists there – they have people who spew opinion.
commented 2019-03-22 11:46:30 -0400
Jay Kelly,

Countless blogs, social media personalities and YouTube channels are getting funded by their supporters via Patreon, etc. The Rebel isn’t remotely special in this regard.

It also doesn’t make you legitimate as there are people who will believe anything when it comes to conspiracy theories, fear mongering and supposed journalism. Hell, there is a Rebel supporter on here that believes the Earth is flat. That’s crazy, but see what I mean?
commented 2019-03-22 11:16:44 -0400
Strange how so many of you gentlemen are actually debating on whether the Rebel is news journalism as much as the mess of the mainstream, which are not. The Liberals will always feed the best CBC because they invented it. Many of my friends and relatives from the Maritimes are rebel fans, even though my Alberta friends are the more numerous ones. Nothing wrong with that. Fans come from wherever fans come from. The rebel is still the best source of news in Canada so far in online media. AS for left or right, Jay Kelly, there is really only Left (as in ‘they left reasoning behind’) and right (as in ‘correct’). The Rebel and Sun newspapers are correct. Not radical in any way, just correct and honest.
commented 2019-03-22 11:07:44 -0400
Say it ain’t so! I think of therebel.media as being a media outlet. Do you claim it is a little blog on the outskirts of social conversation? Many Rebel readers send their hard-earned cash to bail it out when it gets into trouble. That speaks to a loyalty to the brand. There are many, many readers who are faithful to the Rebel and consider it a source of information.

Call it “alternative information” if you want, but is the Rebel really just a blog?
commented 2019-03-22 11:04:03 -0400
I suppose the Panel on all that is righteous and good in the media will post a list of qualified organizations who DO meet the criteria. I’d love to see in Huffpo and The Tyee, Al-jazeera, are on the list.

What a chickenshit bunch is the government in Ottawa,of course they’re lead by a guy whose daddy was too chickenshit to join the fray in WW2, so we shouldn’t expect better.
commented 2019-03-22 10:35:22 -0400
John Wick / Jay Kelly …stop talking to yourself your disassociation with reality is showing.
commented 2019-03-22 10:31:53 -0400
WHY HAS HELL NOT BEEN RAISED OVER 51 LIBERAL MPS VOTING AFTER CURFEW

THAT MAKES THE BUDGET REAL VOTE A NON-CONFIDENCE VOTE

THE WOMEN OF THE NDP AND CONSERVATIVES ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR FENDING OFF THAT MANY ELBOWS WITH THEIR TITS