February 08, 2019

Jagmeet Singh wants government to fix “fake news” — and he's not alone

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Today, the CBC reports

NDP asks elections watchdog to investigate 'slanderous' ads targeting Singh

My first thought when seeing that was: as a publisher, I know a bit about slander. There are a lot of defences — truth, obviously; but also fair comment. And if the slanderer was malicious or not; and of course it matters if there were any actual damages.

So my first thought was: How on earth could an “elections watchdog” handle a technical legal matter like a defamation lawsuit? And what does that have to do with running an election?

Technically, defamation means anything that would lower your reputation in the eyes of the public — which is about 85 per cent of all political messaging. And we generally don’t sue each other for that.

You could say that any election campaign is a massive, 35-day trial, where every single voter is on the jury.

But it gets weirder. What exactly was the defamation here? 

Ads claim NDP leader owns a multi-million dollar mansion

How is that defamatory? Singh is running in a by-election in Burnaby, which is a suburb of Vancouver. It’s part of the Greater Vancouver area. The average price for detached houses there is $1.6 million

Jagmeet Singh cultivates an image of wealth and luxury. He does glamour-style photo shoots, featuring his handsome self, around Canada and around the world, wearing bespoke luxury suits. He’s a helluva socialist this guy...

As the Tyee first reported, an ad claiming Singh owns a $5.5 million mansion ran below a story in the Vancouver Courier, a community paper. That link took readers to an article titled "13 Super Luxurious Celebrity Houses – They Surely Know How to Spend Their Fortune" on the website Attorney Cocktail.

Oh. Now we’re getting somewhere.

This isn’t a political ad. It’s just some clickbait, so people could look at a pretty house.

Late last year another story — which has been shared more than 5,700 times on Facebook — accused Singh of having links to Sikh militants.

Yeah, that’s not actually fake news. He does have links to Sikh militants

And by the way, so is Justin Trudeau: 

Trudeau literally brought a convicted Sikh terrorist named Jaspal Atwal with him on his scandalous trip to India last year.

The NDP sent CBC News screen capture images that show the ad that appeared in the Courier also appeared on the History Channel website and the U.K.-based site for the Independent newspaper. Clicking on the link brings the reader to a photo gallery of more than 145 celebrities with mansions, including Alex Rodriguez, the Obamas and Rihanna.

It’s like you’re complaining about the National Enquirer saying that Bill Clinton lives on Mars, or the Hillary Clinton is really Elvis Presley. Those are entertainments. You don’t sue them, unless you have more money than brains.

Now this is obviously a really dumb story.

But that’s the point:

They’re using a really dumb complaint to ask for a really powerful remedy — government regulation of the Internet.

In fact, Trudeau’s Liberal candidate in Burnaby, at a candidates' debate for the by-election there (where Jagmeet Singh is running too) called for the United Nations to regulate the Internet.

At he actually got booed, even at a left-wing event, in a liberal city.

But so what? The fancy people want to regulate the Internet, and they will...

NEXT: Andrew Lawton, a fellow with the True North Institute, joins me to talk more about the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-02-11 08:53:47 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 16 mins ago.
Many of you are talking about Kenny vs. Fildebrandt and Scheer vs. Bernier………….. Peter, in my opinion, it makes no difference who people vote for, the next election has already been decided and Trudeau is going to win. He will become what is probably the last Prime Minister of Canada and he will be the first Puppet who has open relationship with the NWO Marxist. The NWO are becoming a little nervous, they know that people are becoming aware of what really is happening and they need to grab the North American Continent before it is to late. Keep an eye on the actions of the Democrats in the USA. Canada’s war is with big money despots pulling the strings of clowns……..Something Drastic needs to happen, if we are to survive
commented 2019-02-11 08:12:34 -0500
Many of you are talking about Kenny vs. Fildebrandt and Scheer vs. Bernier.

Fildebrandt (FCPA) and Bernier (PPC) are obviously the best Conservatives we have here in Canada that are currently nearing an election.

Of that there is no doubt, but both have created new parties. A new party has little chance of even becoming the official opposition party, which means that in the case of federal politics the incumbent will win.

In the case of Alberta, Notley is hated so much that Kenny will probably take office. Maybe the FCPA will be the official opposition. That would be an okay situation.

But Alberta is not really the concern, is it? Ottawa is.

I am more worried about the federal election. As much as many of you hate to hear it, split vote is a real thing. You can’t wish it away.

I like Maxime’s politics. I really do. But the truth of the matter is that he will not even become the official opposition (not this time, not yet) and will just take away from the seats the CPC could win.

Sure, I get it, spineless Scheer is just a Liberal Lite, but is it not better to have spineless Scheer in office than Trudeau? No, really, think about it! Trudeau in for another four years. That is a horrible outcome!
commented 2019-02-11 01:49:11 -0500
Am I the only one?? From the comments of regular posters to The Rebel, it seems that a “switch” has been thrown in the last few days to spread distrust and “misrepresentation” and character “slings” among them….
commented 2019-02-11 01:17:28 -0500
commented 2019-02-11 00:26:38 -0500
I never claimed any educational background beyond street smarts.
Fine. Think what you want.
Make me a juggernaught troll.
commented 2019-02-11 00:18:28 -0500
Karen, how many PhDs do you have?
Trump won because he called out fake news, held them up to be seen for what they are, fake, like you and your PhDs.
commented 2019-02-10 23:53:59 -0500
4 Years! 4 years of the Rebel informing and entertaining a part of my day with solid evidence, style and humor. The Rebel goes where few media dare. Thanks Rebel. Heres to many more years.
commented 2019-02-10 23:45:12 -0500
Fake News and choreographered outcomes of debate is how Trump won.
You can’t cancel out critical thought decades in the making within a few years.
Never mind its inate for many people.
Knowing too much? The only thing the elites know is knowing too little to survive Liza Rosie.
Thank a friend for fueling what the elities want.
Our asses are not for sale. Period.
commented 2019-02-10 21:12:46 -0500
Charred, welcome to the world of knowing too much. The numbers are growing. This is why fake news and choreographed narratives are so important to them. They must have their outcomes. They will have their outcomes. These people are playing for keeps.
commented 2019-02-10 19:28:41 -0500


commented 2019-02-10 19:06:29 -0500
Nancy Pelosie explains step by step how unscrupulous politicians create fake news. Its called the “Wrap up smear”.

People are getting wise to this tactic and as they do, the more the politicians talk about the ‘fake news’ crackdown. They are scared and losing control. Things are about to become a whole lot more totalitarian in this country, because the left have outcomes they have to guarantee. Put on your armour.
commented 2019-02-10 17:59:48 -0500
Any politician who thinks that the government should regulate the media is playing some form of identity politics or other. Singh has to play the fake news card, he can’t compete on his abilities. He showed that clearly in the debate. He has to use all his identity cards, and he has a few. Problem is, that people are getting wise to it and tired of empty headed politicians, no matter how young, well dressed, preferred colour or religion. Everyone knows that you cannot trust a politician who advocates for government regulation of the information that gets out or doesn’t get out to the people.
commented 2019-02-10 16:47:33 -0500
I honestly couldn’t care less about Mr. Singh’s ethnicity/religion or any of the physical accoutrements that go along with that. And I can even put aside my dislike of socialism long enough to listen to what he has to say.
And whether he lives in a 5 million dollar mansion or a 1950s two-bedroom bungalow is neither here nor there with me.
But when the chosen leader of an important Canadian federal political party repeatedly becomes confused when confronted by reporters with simple questions about his party’s policies?
That’s, as the kids like to say, ‘problematic,’ and I suspect that a few currently serving NDP members of Parliament feel the same way.
commented 2019-02-09 23:00:58 -0500
“I still believe in Liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh there was a happy time when I believed in Liberals…”
G.K. Chesterton
commented 2019-02-09 18:33:33 -0500
The globalists require 1 more world conflict……………….

Charred Remains, I agree with You but I think the next time around there will be another agenda added, they will concentrate on the extermination of the white race. these Marxist do not like workers who are capable of logical thought and demand high wages, They want only brain dead simpletons who don’t ask questions. The white mega rich will not be affected, fools that they are………For a while.
commented 2019-02-09 15:06:39 -0500
Wlliam Kay….Why such disdain for the Rebel? You are also assuming that the supporters of this site will just parrot that of what is just an opinion of some that put reports on The Rebel. A great majority here are not those type, like the weak minded pro(re)gressives that just regurgitate the talking points of the msm.
Personally, I do not support Scheer nor Kenney and will not be voting for either party in the upcoming elections. Federaly, I’m “Canada to the Max”™ and provincially, I’m undecided but most definately not ucp.
commented 2019-02-09 14:56:20 -0500
Justin Trudeau in a turban.
Who can spew out the most scripted worthless brainless PC cliches in one sentence ?
I bet it’s a photo finish !
commented 2019-02-09 13:22:49 -0500
Jagmeat who?
At the 20 minute mark:
‘Uh, you’re ah, uh a dirty, uh er um a dirty stinkin’ uh er ah, you are a dirty stinkin liar Jihadi-Justin-Groper!’
And you’re caught like a rat in a trap! SNAP!
Ha ha!
Great point Ezra, about the ‘cultural/moral differences between the “Anglo-American way of thinking”, and the “Latin-American, European and Quebec…way of operating”!
An excellent illustration of the difference between pre-Pierre Trudeau Canada, where we followed British Common Law, where no man or government could give you rights or take them away, because they were God-given and unalienable under the British system – and post Pierre Trudeau, with a ’patriated’ Constitution and a so-called Charter of Rights and Freedoms foisted on us, where we now have statute law, or the French system, and the government, or a man, can give us rights and take them away…‘legally’!
Compelled speech laws, Anti-Islamophobia laws, anti-self defence laws, open borders laws, anyone…
commented 2019-02-09 12:51:25 -0500
Let’s cut to the chase. The real issue here is whether or not to support the Conservatives under Sheer and Kenney and the UCP OR whether to seek alternatives; and I’m not talking about the NDP and Liberals.

If one comes to the conclusion that Kenney and Sheer are merely part of a grander “uniparty” that includes the Liberals and NDP then it becomes entirely irrational to get emotionally worked up about Notley and Trudeau – if that only leads one back into the fold of the “uniparty.”

We face a false choice; an illusion of democracy; a corporatist one-party state.

The Rebel is at a crossroads. Right now they are pandering to the conservatives; promising to steer the populist uprising their way. Wannabe controlled oppositionists – how sorry-ass is that.
That’s enough for now. I’m off to the Yellow Vest rally!
commented 2019-02-09 11:43:43 -0500
Interesting to note, more leftwingers trying to influence the populace, but they got caught.


A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong

…The erroneous report has been cited 45 times, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science. … Brad Verhulst, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher and a co-author of the paper, said he was not sure who was to blame.

“I don’t know where it happened. All I know is it happened,” he told Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks corrections in academic papers. “It’s our fault for not figuring it out before.”

The journal said the error doesn’t change the main conclusions of the paper, which found that “personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes.”

But professor Steven Ludeke of the University of Southern Denmark, who pointed out the errors, told Retraction Watch that they “matter quite a lot.”
commented 2019-02-09 10:53:41 -0500
Hyacinth, they gave the country just enough rope to hang themselves.
commented 2019-02-09 10:43:19 -0500
Read the link you posted Al Peterson.
LMAO, truly comical, nothing but Red Tent propaganda at its finest.
What planet do the Liberals come from and live in? It certainly isn’t earth.
commented 2019-02-09 10:31:35 -0500
It’s funny, normally the Left Stream Media looks the other way when Junior steps in it. This time the antics of our hapless PM are front page news and the facts are actually being reported. It will be interesting to see if the RCMP does anything on the obstruction of justice issue.
commented 2019-02-09 10:29:00 -0500
I will not make a cynical promise to enact reforms that everyone knows are impossible.

Canadians are justifiably
skeptical about whether it
will ever change. Let’s face it:
Harper’s Conservatives have
brought things to a new low,
but Canadians know that
this is not a problem with just
one political party. We have
seen too many members of all
political parties – including my
own – behave deplorably over the years, and now wonder if their vote can possibly make a difference.

At its heart is a simple idea: transparent government is good government. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians. For me, open government is effective government.

Our plan will deliver better public services and MORE EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SERVANTS for Canadians.

People know that Ottawa is broken. We have a comprehensive plan to fix it.
That’s real change.

Justin Trudeau 2015
commented 2019-02-09 10:03:50 -0500
Karen, the presence of home grown traitors does not militate against not allowing newcomers to hold office. In fact this has been going on for many decades and has influenced the Libranos to import more of the same to vote them in over and over again. They have sold themselves to foreigners for a temporary hold on power- the definition of traitor.

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts, absolutely.”
commented 2019-02-09 09:59:15 -0500

It also makes me wonder about the timing of the Libranos buying MSM silence. Might they have known that Raybould’s “hammer was going to fall” ( to borrow an oft used phrase) so they paid off the media? Who knows what goes on behind the scenes?

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?”