August 05, 2015

Leadnow admits getting US funding to interfere in Canadian election

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I just got a campaign email, but not from one of the three major parties. It came from Leadnow, a US funded lobby group interfering in Canada's federal election.

This angry email bashes PM Harper, and brags about making "4300 phone calls into Conservative swing ridings."

Isn't there a law against foreign interference in Canadian elections?

(Remember when the CBC found out that the NRA was simply observing Canada's gun control debate?)

I tried to find out exactly who was funding Leadnow.

See what happened next...

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commented 2017-03-18 18:02:04 -0400
i actually called them out on this i asked why they were interfeering in our federal election since they were getting donations from the usa. they said they did but it was from canadians from over seas . i told them that b.s and that they were getting funded by george sorros
commented 2015-08-08 02:20:27 -0400
Brad C. ……Graham Mitchell is no longer an anti oil activist but in a new job with Notley’s NDP as Chief of Staff for the Energy Minister…is this ironic or what?….well not if it’s with the NDP. As for the ridings, Leadnow Vote Together has 11 of them listed. Google the latter & click on the Huffington website.
From what Eileen has posted, Leadnow is defying every Elections Canada rule, so why has nothing been done about this. Those ingrates have no problem taking foreign money to lure clueless voters & radicalize them into their thinking that the Conservatives are evil & they must not vote for them. Sounds like a cult.
commented 2015-08-07 19:25:27 -0400
Terry Rudden, no one ever said that Ezra doesn’t have a bias. No one ever said that Ezra doesn’t present information in a way that frames his perspective in a favorable light. I’m sure he also over-emphasizes and exaggerates the negative aspects of positions he doesn’t agree with. We all do that. You do that and I do that. We all have our bias. Try as we might, none of us are ever completely successful in jettisoning our preconceived beliefs when evaluating a issue. I wasn’t referring to that. My point was that, in your original statement, that’s not what you pointed out. You made an equivalency comparison that simply wasn’t valid. It was equivalent to comparing a television set with a hippopotamus. It was just plain silly. If you want to point out Ezra’s hypocrisy, then do that, and include valid examples. I have no problem with that…. point out my hypocrisy as well if you like. But when you make comparisons that are logically incoherent, I’m going to point them out. As far as who is funding Ezra’s series of Alberta political rallies, we are I suppose… those who financially support this site. If you’re a paid up member, then you help fund those political rallies as well, whether you like it or not. Everybody has to make a living and is funded solely by its members. They’ve never been anything but completely up front about that. They don’t have advertisers… how else do you think they can do this full time?
commented 2015-08-07 11:47:45 -0400
This story tells more about the mainstream media than it does about foreign interference in Canadian elections. That is sad.
commented 2015-08-07 08:10:08 -0400
I didn’t attribute the view you are quoting to you at all, and I have no idea how you feel about oil companies. I was commenting on the link between corporate funding and journalistic objectivity.
But if I misunderstood your views on that link, I apologize. So let’s be specific, and you can correct.
be clear: DO you feel that the source of funding for a documentary segment on the impact of oil development on a community is relevant? Should it be disclosed to viewers?
commented 2015-08-06 19:30:21 -0400
“on how swell oil companies are” Terry Rudden. I would caution on attributing words or attitudes to my person. It is dishonest and deceiving!
commented 2015-08-06 19:19:02 -0400
Rick, if you DON’T feel it’s relevant whether or not an oil company is funding propaganda on how swell oil companies are, no problem. I do.
commented 2015-08-06 19:17:46 -0400
Eileen, thanks. And your evidence that Leadnow received money from an American source for this campaign is…?
commented 2015-08-06 17:14:51 -0400
“The question of who paid for the anti-government, pro-development rallies and coverage is very much relevant.” Back to private entity. The CBC promotes Justin and the Liberals consistently, and disses the Harper Gov’t at every opportunity. Why is it that where their monies come from not relevant? One would not care if their operations were not funded by taxpayers!
commented 2015-08-06 16:53:45 -0400
Some research into Leadnow’s plan for the 2015 campaign can be found at: “For more frequently asked questions about the Vote Together campaign, visit ”">" Also, an interesting statement from the Liberals’ national director, Jeremy Broadhurst, said the Grits don’t always agree with Leadnow on every issue, but “we’re supportive of any Canadian organization that works to get people, especially young people, involved in public affairs.” (taken from Huffpost Canada posted in April, 2015.
From the Elections Act: “Non-interference by Foreigners”
Marginal note: Prohibition — inducements by non-residents
331. No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is
(a) a Canadian citizen; or(b) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Prohibition — use of foreign contributions
358. No third party shall use a contribution for election advertising purposes if the contribution is from
(a) a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
(b) a corporation or an association that does not carry on business in Canada;
© a trade union that does not hold bargaining rights for employees in Canada;
(d) a foreign political party; or
(e) a foreign government or an agent of one.
commented 2015-08-06 14:30:24 -0400
And if we’re speaking “accurate”, care to reflect for a moment on the phrasing of that headline – the one that says ‘Leadnow admits getting US funding to interfere in Canadian election’?
Given the actual substance of the story, an accurate headline would be: "Leadnow received 20% offshore contributions one year prior to Canadian election. "
commented 2015-08-06 14:04:07 -0400
Rick: the Rebel is a private business presenting itself as a source of honest, accurate journalism. The question of who paid for the anti-government, pro-development rallies and coverage is very much relevant.
commented 2015-08-06 13:56:41 -0400
“You and Ezra are free to speculate about funding sources for the current campaign. I certainly asked this site directly who was funding Ezra’s series of Alberta political rallies against the NDP Government, and never received a response.” A moot point given the NDP is already well ensconced into power in Alberta. Aside from that, The Rebel is a private entity NOT supported by public funds. Therefore, where they receive their financing from is really no one’s business, unless that “one” is only attempting to “stir the pot” as it were! Leadnow and all these other nutbar Socialist outfits all claim charitable status… other words, subsidized by taxpayers.
commented 2015-08-06 13:25:39 -0400
No, Maurice, I don’t “admit” it.
Ezra’s selective range about offshore funding for lobby groups he hates is an old story. The mock outrage about “Canadian Elections” will be his spin for the next two months, but this is one of his regular shticks.
The Tides foundation contribution in 2013 (did you WATCH the clip? Did you read the form?) to which Ezra is referring has nothing to do with this election.
You and Ezra are free to speculate about funding sources for the current campaign. I certainly asked this site directly who was funding Ezra’s series of Alberta political rallies against the NDP Government, and never received a response.
commented 2015-08-05 20:05:41 -0400
commented 2015-08-05 17:55:45 -0400
@maurice Potvin, @terry Rudden – not to mention that the Fraser Institute is a registered charity, and as a registered charity they have certain rules of conduct during election time… Oh, and they have to disclose their donation list as well (when asked by the appropriate authority).
commented 2015-08-05 17:52:47 -0400
As much as someone or “some group” (Leadnow, in this case) interfering in a Canadian election is wrong and needs to shouted out on the rooftops… I think the larger picture here, mentioned not quite as prominently as I’d like, is the mainstream media completely missing this – namely the CBC. You can’t tell me their crack staff of journalists (most of whom I think actually ARE on crack) hadn’t gotten a wiff of this information (and a lesser extent CTV news channel, too). The CBC constantly portrays the sitting government in a bad light, often eluding to worse things (which they can’t prove but none the less slant it that way). Ever notice, whenever a panel of some sort is discussing the politics of the day, the Liberal pundit is flamboyantly stupid or dull as a spoon, the Conservative pundit is informed by soft-spoken, and the NDP pundit is very witty, sharp and loud. And usually, the host of these panel discussion gives the easy questions to the NDP pundit and the tougher questions to the other pundits – allowing the NDP pundit to shout out everyone else. It’s bullshit! (can I say that here? I hope so, because I’m not changing it). Be happy to discuss this elsewhere… I feel if I continued, the subject would veer off the topic of Ezra’s fine commentary.
commented 2015-08-05 17:39:04 -0400
Terry Rudden, be honest. You’re more intelligent than that. I know I’m coming into this conversation a bit late, but the Fraser Institute is a think tank, not a lobby group. They take positions on issues based on research analysis. Whether you or I agree with their methodology is irrelevant. When it comes to politics, they neither support nor endorse any political party. I’m sure individual members of the Fraser Institute have their political preferences, and I assume most of them probably vote conservative, but that’s purely an assumption on my part. The Fraser Institute itself a non-political entity, so there is no equivalency or direct comparison to be made with Leadnow. I know that and you know that. So be honest. Your attempt at a direct comparison in order to expose imaginary right wing hypocrisy was disingenuous and therefore somewhat hypocritical itself. Admit it. (Mind you, I’m not saying hypocrisy doesn’t also exist on the right, but you haven’t found it or exposed it here).
commented 2015-08-05 16:49:02 -0400
Wendy Parker – this is definitely a full on attack of pure evil, and this insidious evil is increasing globally. I am a Christian, and I know what is to come, but it is very painful and sad to watch.
commented 2015-08-05 16:21:12 -0400
Brad, I see what you mean now, I did misunderstand what you originally said. Again, my apologies.
commented 2015-08-05 16:18:01 -0400
Brain Kelly. Thank you for the apology. My point of the first post was that there is about zero degrees of separation from the provincial NDP of Alberta to Leadnow. I would go further and say that the Broadbent Institute is also complicit in Leadnow, the Federal NDP, and the provincial NDP governments of Ontario and Alberta.
That would be a heck of a story if it could be routed out.
commented 2015-08-05 16:04:51 -0400
Well Brad, when you start off your sentencing by saying – By Leadnow, then one would think you are a part of the organization. So if you are not part of the organization then I will apologize, but in the future you may want to start your sentence a little different by maybe stating this, According to Leadnow. I am a big person and ready to admit my mistakes, sorry Brad Culver.
commented 2015-08-05 15:34:37 -0400
Brian Kelly, under what basis do you have the right to call me a name or insinuate that I am somehow a part of the Leadnow organization?
A real man would apologize.
commented 2015-08-05 15:00:12 -0400
Ezra, E mail this to Conservative headquarters
commented 2015-08-05 14:43:21 -0400
Foreign funded anonymous donators? GEE I WONDER ? Canada! It is NOT about “parties or platforms” it is about the “spirit of evil” that is trying to enter in! Remember Trudeau is in bed with Islam!
commented 2015-08-05 14:40:50 -0400
This is horrible foreign outsiders working to run our country for their interests it’s people like George Soros and the like that do this they want to pull us into domination under a NWO and who are they supporting? NDP/Liberals !

This illegal activity needs to be stopped will elections Canada stop this carnage?
commented 2015-08-05 14:30:09 -0400
Brad Culver, I have sent emails to Elections Canada and many other government departments in regards to your illegal activities. What you are doing is illegal and most of all immoral, how can somebody in their own country take foreign money to over throw a legitimate governing party, I call this treason myself. I am also hoping more will email these government institutions in order to hopefully get your organization charged for interfering in an election. So please everyone, email Elections Canada and your MP about this, as a veteran that protects this country I am sickened that some would rather ruin it with foreign money. And Brad, I hope your organization gets fined a lot more than you got from your American buddies and hopefully someone will see jail time, to me you are a commie that does not like a democractic country.
commented 2015-08-05 14:21:00 -0400
My god we are ignorant people…drinking left-wing kool-aid..accepting money from foreign lobby groups to over-throw a democratically elected government…Here’s a quote from a person interviewed in an article from today’s Ajax-Pickering News Advertiser when asked about the upcoming election: " I think it’s time for a change," she said. “I think Mr. Harper and his government have done some very good things leading the country and making people feel stable and secure but it’s a changing world and it will be very interesting to see what happens.” WTF? You admit that we are stable and secure and you want to turn the country over to someone new, with no experience at all? Are you CRAZY?
commented 2015-08-05 14:19:19 -0400
They tried this in Israel too, and look what happened there. I pray the same thing happens here. Those that accepted money are traitors to our country.