March 21, 2019

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

Rebel Staff

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 2019-03-22 10:31:06 -0400
commented 2019-03-22 10:23:10 -0400
Pravda lives in Canada as a well-financed wing of the Liberal Party of Canada and it represents the evils that Joe Howe tried to defeat in his Freedom of the press speech.
commented 2019-03-22 10:11:52 -0400
The Lefty Jihadi Justine supporting mass media is surely more at risk because of these financial rules or am I missing something ?
commented 2019-03-22 09:39:57 -0400
Jay Kelly,

The business model of The Rebel doesn’t qualify for anything unlike The Toronto Sun, which is also far right. The Rebel and other similar blogs are not viewed as legitimate news.

But yes, The Rebel’s primary fanbase is (was – due to past contributors like Gavin) American and the UK with parts of the West like Alberta, Manitoba and Sask being the rest of The Rebel’s Canadian primary fanbase for the most part. The rest of Canada couldn’t care less about The Rebel.
commented 2019-03-22 09:28:35 -0400
Alberta Maga,

I already explained the “Canadian” aspect. The focus of The Rebel has been more the UK/Tommy Robinson and American news over Canadian news for the most part with the exception of Alberta politics.

The Rebel’s audience was also primarily American due to Gavin McInnes who was the biggest star here and who got the most YouTube views. Once he was gone, The Rebel tanked in video views.

If The Rebel didn’t cover Alberta (and other parts of the west) so extensively – The Rebel wouldn’t have much Canadian support at all.
commented 2019-03-22 09:23:25 -0400
Alberta Maga,

Are you really that clueless? Apparently so.

Traditional media is dying all over the world, but having said that – The Rebel would kill puppies to have the MILLIONS audience that the CBC and Toronto Star have. The difference is that those media source have expenses and overhead that a little blog run out of shithole office don’t have. I can’t believe that this has to be explained to you.
commented 2019-03-22 03:43:07 -0400
And once again John Wick – SO SHOW ME! or stop farting in the wind…
commented 2019-03-22 03:26:36 -0400
I always think of as a legitimate Canadian media outlet. Is it true that the majority of subscribers live outside of Canada? Is that why it is not eligible for tax benefits and incentives?
Maybe if the Rebel focused on its roots in Canada it could get some financial benefit. A lot of independent small rural newspapers are rightly being helped by the federal government. Doesn’t the Rebel deserve some of that?
commented 2019-03-22 02:36:08 -0400
Funny how progressives want to live on their knees. And funny how the media presstitutes assume that Ezra wants the money they grovel for.
commented 2019-03-22 02:32:26 -0400
John Wick how does that make the Rebel NOT CANADIAN?? AND last i checked Alberta and Manitoba and rural Ontario are part of Canada??
commented 2019-03-22 02:31:00 -0400
John Wick once again i ask why these so called beloved by Canadians media drones you spout off about are so in need of tax money and other incentives at the cost of taxpayers? Why can they not survive without this? OH RIGHT ,BECAUSE THEY ARE GARBAGE THAT INTELLIGENT PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY ENOUGH TO MAKE THEM PROFITABLE!!
commented 2019-03-22 02:28:58 -0400
Allow me to imitate a typical Toronto resident-Tell me what to think Liberal media, i am too dumb to make my own conclusions about how Justin is a Dictator in the making, so you need to distract me with BS.
commented 2019-03-22 02:27:17 -0400
John Wick thanks for the compliment, people from Alberta and other western provinces are not stupid enough to buy propaganda from paid off media whores like they do in the east. We tend to think for ourselves and do not need government to tell us what to think like the east since they are too weak minded to think for themselves. And once again WE WERE RIGHT ABOUT JUSTIN!! LMAO!
commented 2019-03-22 02:25:00 -0400
John Wick Canada would be out of business without West Money.
commented 2019-03-21 23:04:52 -0400
Al Peterson,

Manitoba is pretty much like saying Alberta. Nonetheless, The Rebel’s biggest fan base is in Alberta, Manitoba and Sask with a negligible smattering in other provinces. The Rebel would be out of business if not for West money (outside of BC).
commented 2019-03-21 23:01:43 -0400
Andy Neimers,

Are you new to the concept of website tracking, ranking and traffic? It’s available for all to see.
commented 2019-03-21 21:45:31 -0400
He is going to finance this garbage with the carbon tax. We are screwed
commented 2019-03-21 21:37:24 -0400
It’s almost impossible to see how the fake news CBC media party could be more pro Trudeau.
commented 2019-03-21 21:13:38 -0400
With a few exceptions ( Wente , Blatchford ) ……There was more objective truth in Soviet Pravda than 95% our fake news MSM
commented 2019-03-21 18:25:36 -0400
1232 days with no sign of the budget balancing itself.
From Manitoba.
commented 2019-03-21 18:25:29 -0400
Gee John Wick.. Can you offer any proof for your claim? Any at all?…
commented 2019-03-21 18:21:52 -0400


commented 2019-03-21 13:58:52 -0400
I find it interesting that Ezra calls The Rebel “more Canadian”, when the majority of Rebel’s audience is from the America and UK, due to the coverage you do there and the actual Canadian support and demographic is very small. Primarily in Alberta.
commented 2019-03-21 13:06:58 -0400
The media are nothing more than paid off whores.
commented 2019-03-21 12:25:25 -0400
A few years ago Canada Revenue Agency considered controlling Tax Prepares. At the time I wrote a short article/post titled “Canada Revenue Agency’s Power Grab”. Luckily they eventually dropped the idea, hopefully for good, but who knows. Here is a link my short article/post:

As for the press, even our puppies get it. Here is a short less than 1 minute video starring April and her Great Grand Daughter Cari where April explains how it works and Cari keeps fighting for freedom: