More crazy news today about Rachel Notley’s attempt to silence The Rebel, to clear the way for her election campaign.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?
Last week, the Government of Alberta wrote us a bizarre letter, declaring that we here at The Rebel are legally not journalists. Because some of our work criticized Rachel Notley, the desperate, failing premier of Alberta, she says we are actually a political campaign group, and have to register with her government, and be regulated by them, like they do in Iran.
And because we won't register with the government, they propose to fine us $5,500. If we don’t comply, they can fine us up to $100,000, per story they don’t like.
They decided this at a secret trial that they didn’t even tell us about, until after we were convicted.
So, of course, we’re not going to stop criticizing Notley or her bullies and we’re not going to pay their $5,500 fine. We’re going to fight back.
HOW WE ARE FIGHTING BACK:
Our lawyer filed an appeal in a real court, first thing on the morning of Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
In fact, we’re challenging the constitutionality of this censorship law. It violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which gives everyone, even conservatives, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
We’re asking the courts to strike down this illegal law, for everyone — even for left-wing media.
NOTLEY'S COMMISSIONERS RESPONSE:
It's obvious that the Notley government is in full damage control mode now that their campaign against us has gone viral and been covered in the mainstream media. But the last thing Notley wants is for a real court to review their misconduct.
So Notley’s commissioner wrote back to us just hours after we filed our appeal, asking us to call it off.
The latest letter to us reads in part:
“This is an opportunity to provide input and not the final decision as to findings and penalty. As such, there is nothing to appeal at this stage. To be perfectly clear, there has been no decision at this point.”
That's a lie.
First of all, in the original letter they sent us, after their secret hearing, the subject line is “Notice of Adverse Finding”. As in, they have made their legal decision against us, and they’re telling us about it after the fact. They convicted us. That's what "adverse finding" means.
One section of their conviction letter is called “Findings of the investigation”. In other words, there's already been an investigation into us, and it's over.
And they sat on that conviction letter and didn’t send it to us right away. Instead, they immediately contacted our billboard vendor first, and started harassing them:
"The billboard has been in contravention since November 2018…” (...) "Elections Alberta is not willing to allow the contravention to continue."
So not only does she say twice that we have been convicted, but she is acting on that already, and demanding that our business partners rip up their contracts with us. And we didn’t even know about any of this, until our vendor told us.
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
It’s terrible news, but it's also great news.
It’s terrible news in that Rachel Notley’s NDP government is out of control. They’ll do anything to silence criticism as they head into an election.
But the great news is that they let their rage get the best of them. They didn’t want to wait for a fair trial. They just “knew” we were guilty. So they cut corners; they broke the law themselves — and we’ve caught them, and they know it, so they’re begging us not to appeal to a real court.
So, of course, we’re going to proceed with our appeal.
Notley has put at least seven staff on this. We have one senior lawyer, Fred Kozak, and his junior associate. So it’s seven people from the government against our two lawyers.
But I like our odds.
I really think we’re going to win this legal battle — not just for ourselves, but we’re going to get this law struck down for everybody.
But I do need your help.
I promise you, if you help cover our legal bills, I’ll fight this all the way, as hard and as smart as we can.
Please click here to donate.
At that link you can also see the conviction letter, Fred Kozak’s letter in response, our appeal, and the commissioner’s weird attempt to ask us not to appeal.
If you agree with me that we have to fight, then please help. Because it’s about to get really serious now. If you can help with $10 or $100 or even more, please do. I think Notley wants to just out-spend us — because she’s using tax dollars, and we rely 100 per cent on viewer donations.
But I believe we can win, with your help!
Please go to StandWithTheRebel.com and help us fight for freedom. Thank you.
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