January 21, 2019

UPDATE: Once a press freedom champion, Alberta Senator Simons silent as Notley tries to kill The Rebel Media

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

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.

And Alberta’s newest Senator is silent about this attack on the Rebel, just as she’s silent about her boss Trudeau offering carrots to the press for favourable coverage of Liberal policies.

The ghost of Aberhart is indeed summoned and now Simons is hiding under the blankets.

P.S. If you agree that this is a fight worth fighting, please visit StandWithTheRebel.com to find out how you can help.

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commented 2019-01-21 21:23:25 -0500

A class action lawsuit needs to be filed on behalf of ALL Canadians, against Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada, to recover the cost of Trudeau’s Tweet. The money should be repaid by first exhausting the Trudeau Foundation of all assets and then dissolving the foundation. Second, the total funds in the Liberal Party of Canada’s “campaign war chest” needs to be seized and then returned to the Canadian Treasury.

Does that fool still have that damned tweet up, or has it been taken down?

Trudeau should be banned from Twitter, due to the harm that he has brought upon an entire nation through its use. Others get banned from Twitter for far less, and you know it!

If Infowars can be banned from YouTube and Twitter, then so can that traitor to Canada, Justin Trudeau FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE.

commented 2019-01-21 21:09:52 -0500
Everyone is ignoring the Elephant Skin Rug in the room. Nuttly is gone come election time.

Once adults retake control, they can start to reverse all the hateful anti Alberta policies of the accidental one hit wonder.
commented 2019-01-21 20:49:55 -0500
William Key they never actually do anything to unions who are openly political which violates tax free status. They are filthy hypocrites.
commented 2019-01-21 20:43:23 -0500
William Kay when they go after Tides funded nonsense your comment will mean more.
commented 2019-01-21 20:35:13 -0500
Craig James who cares? What makes a billboard so evil?? Billboards are used by all types of politically motivated and funded groups, so spare me the BS!
commented 2019-01-21 20:32:09 -0500
Notley, I am sure that the mummified body of your hero Joe Stalin has an erection for you…Enjoy.
commented 2019-01-21 20:31:56 -0500
William Kay yes it is a threat and they are allowed to make billboards. Sorry but censoring is not the same as monitoring. They did not even ask for contribution records, the Rebel was not hiding anything. This is tyranny , if you cannot see that you are blind.
commented 2019-01-21 20:26:47 -0500
Alberta’s Election Finances & Contribution Disclosure Act is a boilerplate law found in every province, indeed, in every Western democracy. The general scheme creates transparency regarding political campaign contributions. Without such laws the Chinese Ministry of State Security or the Hell’s Angels could pour millions of dollars into our elections. Citizens have a right to know whose bankrolling parties and candidates.

The existing Act distinguishes between:
a) regular news, journalism, and personal YouTube posts etc; and,
b) paid political advertisements like billboards, radio commercials etc.
Journalism is exempt. Paid-for ads and billboards are not.

Third Party Advertising is monitored to prevent invisible parties from doing an end-run around financial disclosure laws and undertaking massive ad campaigns dovetailing the media efforts of parties and candidates.

The Rebel’s regular journalism is NOT threatened. Their billboards are. To imply otherwise, as Sheila does here, is to LIE to The Rebel viewers.

Ezra should appeal the Commissioner’s fine at Queen’s Bench and no further. He should get the fine reduced to something fair ($500 to 1,000) then pay it. He is being baited.
commented 2019-01-21 20:21:28 -0500
This goes to show that when money talks, ethics walks. Paula Simons should be ashamed of herself. She could be doing so much for free speech but she’s caved in to patronage.
commented 2019-01-21 20:03:09 -0500
We need to make Alberta commie rat free again!!! If you see a commie kick em in the ass!!!
commented 2019-01-21 19:52:14 -0500
Charred Remains, good point, and depressing.
commented 2019-01-21 19:50:51 -0500
The last gasps of a dying Commie government.
commented 2019-01-21 19:49:59 -0500
Damn socialists! There is only one reason Notely wants to muzzle the Rebel, and that’s to keep the truth from reaching Albertan’s ears.
Its already too late Rachel.

The Rebel may have to function on a shoe string, but their professionalism, fairness, honesty and civility is proven. People come to the Rebel for the unvarnished truth. Notely will be remembered for her dictatorial revenge on the citizens who hoped she wouldn’t screw things up too badly and voted her in. She has been full on bulldoze from the moment she slimed her way into power.

It is a sad thing to see Alberta fall so far.
commented 2019-01-21 19:21:55 -0500
I think everybody is turning your back on you for 2 reasons.
Perhaps you are a bit vulgar behind the scenes. That’s just my assumption.
Perhaps the Left want the power to take down right wing activists and the Right want the same right. Through a law.
You gotta survive this one without friends. Be independent like you say you are and give it all you got.
That would add to your impressive battle scars as it is.
commented 2019-01-21 19:12:33 -0500
Lefties love talking about freedom of speech. But once they have it no one else is allowed to have it.
commented 2019-01-21 19:10:54 -0500
It sounds like an authoritarian regime who only wants government media and wants to get rid of any opposition media.Typical Rachel notley.