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 2019-02-09 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?”
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 01:43:17 -0500
They are homegrown idiots that’s what they are… Doesn’t mean we have to import any.!!
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.