February 08, 2019

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

Rebel Staff

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 2019-02-09 02:51:34 -0500
Wut? Andrew Coyne of the National Socialist Post agrees with Ezra again? This could be habit forming.
I’ve been thinking about the 595 million media bailout dough. Could it be that the Dauphin had to pay the money to the private media because the taxpayer funded state broadcaster is putting these guys out of business?
Junior doesn’t want a hostile media during an election, so he paid them a little hush money to temporarily smooth things over.
Interesting the Mop and Pail and National Socialist Post are hammering the Boy Blunder on the SNC scandal, it’s almost like they know the money is a one time payment then it will be back to promoting one single state broadcaster.
Maybe the Canadian media has seen what the corporate US media’s blind partisanship has done to it’s credibility and doesn’t want to make the same mistake?
Nah, I don’t believe that one either.
commented 2019-02-09 02:31:34 -0500
Singh has turned out to be a real dud for the Dippers. Too bad, the right needs him to do well in the next election so that Junior doesn’t eat the Dipper’s lunch again in the next election.
commented 2019-02-09 00:29:14 -0500
Politics has become nothing more than a rich mans party game in these days of enlightenment. Trudeau has dragged it down to the level of Snakes and Adders, Snap and Blind Mans Bluff with a touch of Monopoly added on.
commented 2019-02-09 00:19:30 -0500
Karen Macleod commented 1 hour ago
“Canadians with no long term heritage want to take away freedoms, eh?
What generation is Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould, McKenna, Freeland, Bennet, etc? "

Questionable heritage on one side of his [Trudeau’s] family’s tree.

commented 2019-02-08 23:18:49 -0500
Canadians with no long term heritage want to take away freedoms, eh?
What generation is Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould, McKenna, Freeland, Bennet, etc?
commented 2019-02-08 23:18:46 -0500
Canadians with no long term heritage want to take away freedoms, eh?
What generation is Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould, McKenna, Freeland, Bennet, etc?
commented 2019-02-08 23:18:43 -0500
Canadians with no long term heritage want to take away freedoms, eh?
What generation is Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould, McKenna, Freeland, Bennet, etc?
commented 2019-02-08 23:18:05 -0500
I want you to crucify the liberals for corruption and obstruction of justice. Isn’t that why we started this project? Amongst other things
commented 2019-02-08 23:17:02 -0500
Ron I think its a protest in support of BREXIT
It should be on the net
Here in Hamilton Ontario we’re having a YELLOW VEST protest temp will be -5
I’m bringing my camp stove to make coffee and donuts for the group I expect about 60 or so people. We have a lot of fun and the passing car honk their horns in support we got to get rid of Trudeau.
commented 2019-02-08 22:26:23 -0500
Fraser Mcburney—-I was informed that an all out protest is going to take place in London tomorrow. Our MSM doesn’t like to report on this, so if you hear anything in your Eastern Circles please let me know on this page. thanks
commented 2019-02-08 22:04:23 -0500
While Max is at it he should add that to his platform before it is too late, since Trudeau is importing undocumented Liberals.
commented 2019-02-08 22:03:02 -0500
MUTA WEEN commented 2 mins ago

And isn’t it interesting that those Canadians that have no long term heritage with respect to freedom and liberty are the first to take ours away.
Indeed, it is interesting and more so, even significant. Those who have no long term engagement with our traditions are quick to disparage and dispense with them. That is why no one should be allowed to run for office who was not born here.
commented 2019-02-08 22:00:28 -0500
PAUL MCCULLOUGH commented 1 hour ago
Maybe he can sue someone for definition of character.
Paul, I assume that was a typo and you intended to write “defamation” but then again maybe not. I love the potential of “definition of character”. They would hate that worse than “defamation”.
commented 2019-02-08 21:58:39 -0500
Just what are we standing on guard for if they continue to take away our rights to free speech ?
Going , going ,gone is a great play by play call for a home run in baseball but it’s a pretty sad commentary when applied to our free speech and basic liberties .
And isn’t it interesting that those Canadians that have no long term heritage with respect to freedom and liberty are the first to take ours away.
commented 2019-02-08 21:55:24 -0500
Inside every Lefty is a tyrant screaming to get out.
commented 2019-02-08 21:50:39 -0500
I just have one question. How is Singh not hearing impaired?
Gov. or UN regulation of what is fake news? They have no business anywhere near it since they are the biggest source OF it.
commented 2019-02-08 21:49:33 -0500
Libranos… Liberlieu for the French mafia, “Milieu”.
I’m really glad we have 3 playboys against a boring family dude.
Do you know why Hollywood doesn’t cast cute kids most of the time?
Nobody identifies with being a cute kid.
Everyone feels like the tempered, exhausted family guy in a world full of fakes just trying to get by and get some work done.
The split will be between the play boys and Scheer will benefit from it.
Good game plan.
commented 2019-02-08 21:32:33 -0500
No sane person wants the Internet policed by some unaccountable agency. The trouble is that not every person, especially in power, is sane.
commented 2019-02-08 21:31:19 -0500
We meed to keep calling those folks Libranos. It hints at how they really operate. And favouring Quebec companies is just a part of it.
commented 2019-02-08 21:28:41 -0500
“The similarities between Trudeau and Singh are striking.”

Of course, there are far more similarities than differences, like Coke and Pepsi – slight taste difference but essentially the same. Pierre Trudeau crossed the floor just before getting elected as a Liberal.

… In 1963, as you will remember, Trudeau had campaigned for the Marxist New Democrats, and had called the Liberals “idiots” and “a spineless herd.” Two years later, in 1965, Trudeau, Gérard Pelletier and Jean Marchand, of Cité Libre, decided to run for Parliament themselves – as Liberals. In an article in Le Devoir, Trudeau and Pelletier explained to the dumbfounded N.D.P. that, “we are pursuing the same objectives and adhering to the same political ideas we have been espousing for so long in Cité Libre…” Among these ideas was “a politics open to the left.”
It should be understood, they explained, that “a political party is not an end, but a means.” Trudeau, in other words, was still working for Communism. He had become a Liberal simply because the Liberals could win and the N.D.P. couldn’t. …

“It’s a funny thing about the Liberals,” said Horwath. “They tend to steal our ideas and then really fumble the ball when it comes to implementation or getting it right. So they like to take our ideas and then mess around with them so that they don’t actually come out to be exactly what we would hope.”
commented 2019-02-08 21:17:12 -0500
That damn Trudeau.
He had one line when questioned and it was all “Uh, uh, uh, uh…”. 😖
commented 2019-02-08 21:15:39 -0500
This is the most transparently corrupt age we live in for over a century.
Also, with regards to the USA
It took free men to found it and needs a tyrant to fix it.
commented 2019-02-08 20:55:21 -0500
The similarities between Trudeau and Singh are striking. Neither one of them will answer legitimate questions that they’re asked. They both answer the questions they wish you had asked them, but didn’t, instead. Neither one of them wants to be called out or criticized about anything. Their solution to that problem is to regulate the internet, instead . Neither one of them knows a lot about international and sometimes national issues that they should have a handle on and you can see this by what little knowledge they do display when they’re talking about issues they should be able to go into depth on. If they don’t know anything about so many issues, how could they be expected to run a government?
commented 2019-02-08 20:50:39 -0500

commented 2019-02-08 20:45:24 -0500
- Singh has proven to be a failure of a leader. I guess he never heard of the Streisand effect. Maybe he can sue someone for definition of character. Want to eliminate fake news? Okay, lets start be defunding the CBC – home to half-truths, lies & news suppression,all on the taxpayer dime. Outright internet censorship will be political suicide for whoever does it which is why it’s being done slowly instead of all at once.

- One Liberal actually does their job & they get fired. Let that sink in. The media party will pretend to do their job for a while & then let it go. There are too many people walking around half asleep, who are allowing the media party to determine what’s a big deal & what’s not & will not wake up until they feel enough pain. We look the other way & say “they’re all the same” & end up with a corrupt & incompetent government. History shows that some people never wake up. Many were singing the praises of Stalin right up to the time that they got a bullet in the back of the head. If we don’t stop the slide into oblivion at some point we will eventually be doomed.

- Side note. If Scheer botches the coming election I predict that there will be a mass defection from the CPC to the PCC. How big that will be depends on how badly Scheer does & how well Bernier makes his case.
commented 2019-02-08 20:41:35 -0500
Hey REBELS did you see the TOMMY ROBINSON post today? WHOW!! On February the twenty third he is broadcasting his video on FAKE NEWS on the BBC. The gathering will be in Manchester England with a showing of the facts He has sent this movie to other nations so that the corrupt government agents can’t stop the showing. This is massive news he has the FAKE NEWS plotting on tape, heads will roll and it’s about time. To bad I can’t afford to go FEB 23 2019 MANCHESTER
commented 2019-02-08 20:40:50 -0500
I’m guilty of fighting online, sure.
But I have 2 questions,
If Trudeau parties at work, what work does he do on his “time off” if everything is off record?
Secondly, Is Trump’s “Buy American” steel do to SC-Lavalin or Chinese dumping into that engineering firm?
Jagmeet Sigh, I wonder if I can comment in him without gov’t intervention. Not for much longer w any thing, I presume.
That’s okay, you can’t regulate coffee shop conversations so far.
commented 2019-02-08 20:20:26 -0500
Funny start to Ezra’s show where he talks about and shows his cartoon about stuff being wrong on the internet.
Look at his heading: NDP MP JAGMEET SINGH want Gov’t to fix Fake News.
Singh is not an MP, that is what he is trying to be, so the heading is Fake News.