February 17, 2016

THE BULLY BLINKS! Notley abandons her attempt to blacklist The Rebel — for now.

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Faced with a national storm of outrage, an embarrassed Rachel Notley backed away from her illegal blacklist of journalists. That blacklist had a single name on it: TheRebel.media — and anyone even “connected” to us. 

The only problem is, that’s illegal. Governments in Canada can’t regulate journalists, or restrict who is allowed to enter public buildings like the Legislature, based on political vendettas. 

Notley’s blacklist wasn’t a casual or thoughtless decision. It was carefully considered, lawyered and surely approved by the Premier herself. She even had the temerity to order a Department of Justice to send it to us:

Well, that’s un-Canadian, and Canada overwhelmingly told her so. Notley’s shocking attempt to ban journalists she doesn’t like dominated national news, trended on Twitter and Facebook, and even made international headlines.

So today, a Notley spin-doctor issued this statement:

"We’ve heard a lot of feedback from Albertans and media over the course of the last two days and it’s clear we made a mistake. The government has appointed former Western Canadian Bureau Chief for Canadian Press, Heather Boyd to consult and give us recommendations on what the government’s media policies should be. In the meantime, no one will be excluded from government media events."

Translation: Notley was fine with being a bully, when she thought she could roll over us, like she rolled over farmers and oilmen.

So, it’s a partial victory. But pay attention to that last line: Notley has hired an “expert” to advise her on how to handle troublesome journalists. The lifting of the blacklist is only “in the meantime”. Notley may well revert to a policy of government-regulated journalism, if her hand-picked advisor can find a way to spin it.

But the law is clear: we have freedom of the press in Canada. No matter what Notley or her hand-picked advisors say. Governments do not have the power to regulate journalists. And any blacklist barring journalists from public events based on political vendettas is obviously illegal discrimination.

So: it’s a partial win — a win for freedom, and for Albertans who want independent journalism. But there’s a massive loophole built right into it, for Notley to come back and regulate later.

Rachel Notley is a bully. She just couldn’t get away with it this time. But she’s not done trying. She’s taken no personal responsibility for this illegal blacklist. The unsigned statement’s passive tone  — mistakes were made — shows Notley is genetically incapable of saying “sorry”. Not to our reporters Sheila Gunn Reid and Holly Nicholas — Notley never would, and it worthless to us. But saying sorry to Albertans, for sacrificing their culture of freedom to “get even” with her critics.

As to The Rebel, we’re going to keep doing our unique brand of journalism — news, opinion and activism. We obviously are covering it in a way that no-one else is — a way that Albertans love, and Notley hates. That’s a pretty good form of media accreditation, don’t you think?

We're going to keep reporting the truth about Notley. Because Albertans love it, and she hates it.

Ezra Levant
Rebel Commander

P.S. We will be demanding that the Department of Justice officially confirm that the illegal blacklist is removed, and is removed permanently. If Notley tries to weasel her way back to another blacklist, we’ll just have to do this all over again — until she accepts freedom of the press on her own, or a judge tells her to.

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commented 2016-02-17 15:32:36 -0500
I also want to extend thanks to other journalists and reporters and citizens who gave their support even if they may not be fans. It would seem there is enough people who still value freedom and are willing to take a stand.
commented 2016-02-17 15:28:28 -0500
Yesterday, Michael Mann was on here backing the Notely NDP and saying the Rebel staff weren’t journalists. I posted a comment pointing out that Michael Mann was a left wing Liberal hack. He replied that the government was on his side and would decide who were journalists and who weren’t.

Hey, Mikey, looks like I was right and you were wrong. By the way, I know you’re reading these comments so where are your ill informed, Liberal/NDP sycophant, smug comments today?

As for Notely appointing another political hack to determine journalist credentials I hope she does. I actually hope she tries this same stunt again to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt how stupid she and her NDP minions are. Limiting information may have worked in the distant past , but now we have all manner of electronic means by which communicate. Those old NDP strong arm tactics won’t work anymore.

Hey , Ezra, why don’t you invite Notely for an interview on your show ? You know, no hard feelings and all that, right ? Just give her a chance to say her piece before you verbally slice and dice her to pieces on your show over her abysmal record during the short time she has been in office. Then ask her what her plans are for Alberta’s future. That should be good for another on air trouncing !
commented 2016-02-17 15:26:32 -0500
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to all the rebel staff and supporters and viewers. Keep growing and keep fearlessly telling the truth.
commented 2016-02-17 15:21:21 -0500
@russell Turner…actually that is a common misconception …I learned this from the late Doug Christie who researched the matter well in defence of one of his former camp guard clients.

Early in the implementation of the “final solution” the task was assigned to German firing squads…there was an alarming rate of suicide noted among those who did it and Himmler attended a mass firing squad and got some brains splattered on his clothing and he vomited.

About the same time there was widspread refusal among Whermact (regular army not SS) troops to summarily kill Jewish POWs.

When presented with this Hitler ordered the process to be delegated to loyal Nazis and like minded collaborators in eastern Europe who had no problem with it.

Since it could not be demonstrated or proven at Nuremberg that anyone who refused the order ever suffered grievous consequence for doing so….I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING ORDERS…was not accepted as a defence.

Mr Christie got the Ukranian gard off by pointing out that whereas that might have been the case in post war post Nazi Germany….Canadians will normally follow orders without question and assume that there will be consequences if they do not….the trial was in a Canadian jurisdiction…and for as much as it makes me want to vomit…can you say that he was wrong.
commented 2016-02-17 15:15:41 -0500
I am very concerned that Jason Fung, Lawyer, on behalf of the Alberta Solicitor Generals office, taxpayer funded, could respond to the Rebel’s Lawyer with a non-legal opinion from the Premier’s office.
In this case Politics has attempted to trump Law and failed. Shame on all Government employees involved.
Continue the good work Rebel Team
commented 2016-02-17 15:11:53 -0500
I am a Holder of a CD, it used to make me proud but after
reading this is depressing, some us Canadian’s believed in these rights and personally shed our own blood, for our your free press rights. I think our fearful leader should serve and with that learn a bit about the cost, before stomping on the rights we paid for, and slapping every veteran that lives in this province in the face.
commented 2016-02-17 15:09:58 -0500
This b***h needs to go. Like now. She got lucky when the conservative vote was split. She has less than 1/3 support from Albertans and she’s acting like Joseph Stalin. Trying to silence the media? She’s gone too far. It’s time for her to leave. I want a new election.
commented 2016-02-17 15:08:30 -0500
I am confused about why the Solicitor General, an employee of the government, would refer to the government as a “client”
commented 2016-02-17 15:01:53 -0500
‘Mistakes were made’ is the typical excuse cheaters make when caught cheating on their spouses when they are unrepentant.
commented 2016-02-17 15:00:32 -0500
Great wars are won through a long series of small victories.

Well done!
commented 2016-02-17 14:58:19 -0500
I am definitely curious what Heather Boyd will report back to the government regarding this. Heather Boyd was the one asked by the Alberta government to review its accreditation guidelines.
commented 2016-02-17 14:55:02 -0500
Farmers will be unionized over my dead body. Who are these sleazes that think, by the turn of a switch, one can change 100 of years of farming by introducing their governments unionized life styles. Idiots all.
commented 2016-02-17 14:53:24 -0500
Mitch Dineen – the MSM have sold their collective souls to the devil, that being the UN. They have been bought and paid for. The results of our federal election speak volumes about the UN’s Agenda 21 plan. Controlling the media is part of the plan. Rachel was just testing the waters. Justine is going to attack our freedoms, and give control to the rapefugees. Our Muslim convert hates Canadians with a passion!
commented 2016-02-17 14:44:01 -0500
when obama tried to do the same thing to foxnews all the media,even the liberal media refused to go to the press conference unless everyone was allowed. too bad our liberal media has fewer morals than the american liberal media.
commented 2016-02-17 14:42:56 -0500
It was declared in courts, in the late 1940’s, that an employee cannot use a defense for “going along”, such as “I was only following orders, doing my job”. Now, some spokespersons, lawyers, and others did what they must have known was wrong, also acting against society’s best interests. Should they be allowed to continue in the employ of the people, the ones they acted against? And especially for lawyers I ask: do we want law schools to train lawyers to “go along”? How do they answer now? I don’t like any of it.
commented 2016-02-17 14:41:10 -0500
A ban on free speech and reporting is something we would expect to see from countries like North Korea who have brutal totalitarian regimes. Canadians have rightly objected to this kind of censorship and stifling of free speech and free thought. Freedom of speech is essential in a democracy and it is what keeps totalitarianism in check and what gives us perspective. Canada has championed free speech around the world and to suppress it here would give an excuse for totalitarian regimes everywhere to justify suppressing their own journalists as they could point out that even Canada allows it.
commented 2016-02-17 14:37:17 -0500
JERRY PASTERNAK, are you trying to misdirect people? The website is therebel.media
commented 2016-02-17 14:33:31 -0500
P.S. We will be demanding that the Department of Justice officially confirm that the illegal blacklist is removed, and is removed permanently. If Notley tries to weasel her way back to another blacklist, we’ll just have to do this all over again — until she accepts freedom of the press on her own, or a judge tells her to.

Nice. A DOJ written opinion is the only way to handle and smack down this disgusting filth Notley and that runt lawyer of her’s Brian Topp.
commented 2016-02-17 14:32:07 -0500
Bruce Kirk – anytime they slap a committee in place they are stalling. The NDP can never really apologize and mean it, hence another delay tactic that will just cost more money for nothing. It’s just lip service for these useless tools. Rachel is just trying to find another way to keep the truthers out. Her petty government seems to want to keep the public away, and it seems that the only media that she can’t control, is aptly named TheRebel. The fact that she was slapped down so quickly was the icing on the cake. But this battle is just beginning!
commented 2016-02-17 14:30:18 -0500
LMFAO!!!! Hey Notley you nazi pig – go fk yourself!!!
commented 2016-02-17 14:29:54 -0500
Every time I see “Notley”, I think “Knotthead”
commented 2016-02-17 14:28:43 -0500
commented 2016-02-17 14:21:26 -0500
“government’s media policies”
notley and co. have NO RIGHT to impose their parties “policies” on ALBERTANS GOVERNMENT. We already have a government media policy in place, it is the same policy that notley just attempted to ignore, and that got her resoundingly slapped back into line. There is NO grounds to implement ANY policy beyond what is already in place.
commented 2016-02-17 14:20:39 -0500
All of you guys at The Rebel are amazing!!!
commented 2016-02-17 14:01:33 -0500
Seeing how fast Notley has backed down, is proof of how effective The Rebel is. It was also a good sign to see the “media parties” for the most part, support The Rebel journalists in defending free speech.
The Rebel: 1. Notley: 0
commented 2016-02-17 14:01:10 -0500
Alberta sure could use someone like the late Doug Christie to separate Alberta away from all this political stupidity.
Also, It is time to stop the equalization payments to the East, so that the West can prosper once again.
commented 2016-02-17 13:54:14 -0500
Rachel Erdogan.
commented 2016-02-17 13:52:49 -0500
Great job Ezra. Keep up the good job of real journalism unlike our MSM
commented 2016-02-17 13:46:27 -0500
I think Rachel herself should step up and publicly apologize to Ezra and TheRebel. Let’s see if that gloating smile is still pasted on her two faces.