The Rebel is under attack by Alberta’s far left-wing NDP Premier Rachel Notley, and she’s using her newly created elections commissioner bureaucrat as her mercenary to convict us of illegal criticism of the government.
In our absence, we were fined $5,500 by the Premier’s hired gun for a billboard placed on the highway asking Notley to fire the failing education minister, David Eggen. It’s our editorial opinion that Eggen is a failure — a disaster that needs to go, just like any other editorial opinion, in any other publication in the province.
But only our editorial opinion and the views of a few other conservative groups, were deemed illegal.
Today, I’ll provide a little history of media censorship going back 81 years to the Aberhart government.
The Accurate News and Information Act law levied fines and gave government the power to stop publication of papers that failed to comply. It ordered journalists to reveal their sources to an unelected, partisan panel and forced media outlets to publish government rebuttals.
Back in 1938, the Edmonton Journal fought the Aberhart law all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and won. The paper was honoured by the Pulitzer committee, one of the first non-American publications to ever receive the honour, which still hangs in their office.
All this brings me to the silence of Alberta’s newest independent Liberal senator, Paula Simons, who for years, was an opinion journalist for the Edmonton Journal.
This past May, not long before her patronage appointment, she penned a column recounting the history of the paper’s successful fight, writing that “any suggestion that a government should ‘encourage’ or direct reporters to report in a certain way starts us down a perilous path. Anyone unhappy with our coverage has every right to complain, to lobby us to change. But demanding the government get involved? That summons the ghost of Aberhart’s Press Act from the grave.”
Rachel Notley’s government, just like Aberhart’s, is using the strong arm of revamped government policies to silence its media critics.
The ghost of Aberhart is indeed summoned and now Simons is hiding under the blankets.
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