The United We Roll Convoy arrived in Vancouver this weekend, the very same one that traveled to Ottawa earlier this year. It arrived with a similar message, although Alberta's Carbon Tax has been scrapped since the first journey, bills C-48 and C-69 still pose an existential threat to many of these convoyers way of life.
Two speakers were slated to speak at the rally, Aaron Gunn of BC Proud and journalist Vivian Krause. Upon arrival, the former greeted everyone in the crowd with smiles and a handshake, the latter, not so much.
When Vivian Krause arrived on the scene, people started approaching her. Naturally, as The Rebel was the only media outlet covering the public event, I was in the vicinity.
Krause shook hands with the convoy organizers Glen Carritt and Haley Wile, introduced her father and brother, and I went about my job, live tweeting the event, and taking pictures to tweet out to everyone who was keenly interested what was happening on the other side of the Rockies.
What happened next left me flabbergasted. I'm used to verbal and emotional explosions from communists like Anne McGrath, who want to shut down effective, right-wing news media. I didn't expect it from Vivian Krause, someone who is usually desperate for cameras.
Krause lost it, accusing me of filming her without her permission (I wasn't videotaping her prior to what you'll see in the video, even though it would have been totally legal and even expected for me to do so). Normally I introduce myself to folks I expect to be non-hostile, and ask if I could "ask them a few questions". Before I could say as much as "Hello," Krause went on a tirade about how awful I was, and how she is too good to do "media with The Rebel".
I was speechless, and the convoy organizers were too.
"If you're covering this rally, I'm leaving right now," Krause said. She was true to her word, she stormed off after I remained on the harbourfront, doing my job. It seemed to me like Krause was looking for an excuse to leave, had she forgotten to prepare a speech? Did she want to go for brunch with Dad? If so, just say so, don't use me or my employer as a scapegoat.
I stood my ground, I couldn't leave even if I wanted to; after all, this convoy was my first big story back in February. It's a story our viewers were very interested in, and this convoy of Albertans was not the "Vivian Krause Show". It was a story of Albertan struggle and determination.
Now, why was Krause acting so indignant? She loves attention, we know that. She is also asking Albertans to cough up $160,000 so she can film a documentary for which the bulk of the work has already been done. Who needs that much dough for a niche documentary? Heck, The Rebel researched, filmed, produced, and published a comprehensive documentary on another continent all on a shoestring budget. Krause has had multiple GoFundMe fundraisers to underwrite her speaking circuit, flying around the country like a celebrity talking about foreign funded environmentalists. (For the record, who hasn't exposed at least a dozen foreign-funded eco-radicals?)
Watch Krause's outburst for yourself. It does not bring me joy to out a fellow conservative as an egomaniac, but truth be told, there are bad eggs that need to be exposed on both the left and the right. It was only a matter of time that we found the right-wing version of Anne McGrath.