Today we are going to take one piece of the Alberta NDP and discuss it. Actually, we aren’t unless you decide to comment below. Until someone comments below, this will be more of an opinion piece than a discussion for sure although I am ready and willing to open it up.
The fact that Alberta’s premier acts like she has a job for life and can do whatever she wants is more than insane. She was elected into power and that election is feeling more and more like 1930’s Germany every day. Unlike Germany, Rachel and her NDP will be gone in 3 years or less if someone can find someway to get rid of her earlier.
How has she crossed the line now?
We aren’t going to discuss her crushing the economy to bury Alberta’s energy industry (largest in Canada by over 50%).
We are not going to discuss the way she pushes things through the legislature without discussing the idea with people that it affects or professionals that know infinitely more about the topic than she does.
We are not going to discuss her blatant disregard for unemployment, budgets, deficits, security, due process or any other topics of interest to the people by pushing back the spring sitting of the legislature when she should be calling for an emergency session.
Today we are going to talk about how she thinks that she is above the law. Rachel Notley (I went out of my way to spell her real name correctly because I want to make a point about how absolutely crazy this move is on her part) and her NDP party have done the unthinkable and countermanded centuries of freedoms that the press have had in civilized Western societies.
She actually believes that she is Alberta’s own little dictator and the laws granted to us as Canadians don’t matter.
I know that you have heard about how the NDP party run by Rachel has banned all journalists working for The Rebel from all government events. She has banned all of the reporters, columnists and pundits that The Rebel pays for journalistic services because she doesn’t like them. That is basically what it comes down to and that is illegal. There is no grey area. It was illegal for Nixon to think he was above the law and it is illegal for Rachel Nutley.
I can’t believe that she is not being charged or at least investigated by the police for this but here at the facts…
- The NDP have banned The Rebel from 3 events
- They have stated that no member of The Rebel organization will be allowed to report on anything from the public government facilities that they control
- They seem to think that this is okay because they do not feel that the owner of The Rebel is a “reporter”.
If you agree with these three facts, then you need to speak up. Let your MLA know how wrong you feel this is that the government is trying to stop journalists from reporting on alternative political opinions.
If you disagree with one of these facts, educate yourself and then re-read the previous paragraph. There is simply no grey area here.
1 The NDP banned journalists
This is not some conspiracy theory, it is a fact. You can check out the whole thing on their website or just watch the video of them being kicked out.
2 The NDP have banned all members of The Rebel
The NDP response to The Rebel came from Alberta Justice with only one sentence (Letter_to_Fred_Kozak__Q.C._re_Rebel_Media__Feb_12__2016)…
Our client’s position remains that your client and those who identify as being connected to your client are not journalists and are not entitled to access media lock-ups or other such events.
~ Jason Fung (Alberta Justice)
Another indisputable fact.
3 The NDP justify this with circular illogic
I know that “circular illogic” isn’t a word and is not actually grammatically even readable, but it gets my point across that the NDP are using an illogical argument to create a statement fraught with circular logic.
Our rationale on this is very simple and it comes down to one thing: It’s the fact that Ezra Levant himself has testified under oath that he is not a reporter and so we don’t consider him a reporter
~ Cheryl Oates (Rachel Nutley’s director of communications)
So let us look at the time that Ezra Levant, a founder of The Rebel, claimed under oath, that he was not a reporter…
I’m a commentator, I’m a pundit, I don’t think in my entire life I’ve ever called myself a reporter.
Of course I’m a journalist. I have been for more than 20 years, opinion journalists are journalists, and are naturally allowed to cover the government. Is Oates claiming otherwise?
~ Ezra Levant
I am assuming that people reading my blog have enough mental capacity to understand the difference between a journalist and a reporter. If not, you are smart enough to click on a link to figure it out rather than allow a liberal social justice warrior to just tell you what to think.
I am going to steal this from Dave Hnatiuk’s FaceBook post because it is faster than typing it myself…
Commentator: a person who delivers a live commentary on an event or performance. Synonyms: narrator, announcer, presenter, anchor, anchorman, anchorwoman; AKA: A Journalist
Pundit: an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public.
“a globe-trotting financial pundit” Synonyms: expert, authority, specialist, doyen(ne), master, guru, sage, savant, maven; AKA: A Journalist
Reporter: a person who reports, especially one employed to report news or conduct interviews for newspapers or broadcasts. Synonyms: journalist, correspondent, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newsman, newswoman, columnist, pressman; AKA: A Journalist
Journalist: A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information. A journalist’s work is called journalism. AKA: A Reporter, A Pundit, A Comentator.
~ Dave Hnatiuk (FaceBook) <does this make Dave a Pundit now?>
Is back-pedaling enough?
So the government had immediately realized that maybe this push was a little much as a myriad of journalists from across the country have come out in support of Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media. Many of those stepping up are lesser fans of Ezra than even Nutley is as you can see by the socialist comments from Alberta’s Liberal party.
Only a liberal could put the word “probably” into that tweet but what else would you expect?
You could virtually find limitless chastisings online of Nutley’s decision from almost every municipal newspaper you can think of as well as the Globe and Mail, Warren Kinsella, the National Post and even Paul Wells from Maclean’s.
I immediately signed up with The Rebel to back their lawsuit against Rachel Nutley and her NDP, and I asked Ezra to not ask me to help fund his legal action. On one had I applaud him for not going after money but on the other, if a government that is brazenly throwing money at every socialist in the country to come offer consulting to teach them how to run Alberta, they might as well pay you for legal fees plus a little for obscenely breaking a law.
But my biggest problem is not that they did this, but what the NDP did to respond.
In light of the controversy around this issue, we’ve asked Heather Boyd … to consult with media and give us recommendations on a media policy for the Alberta government.
~Cheryl Oates (Rachel Nutley’s director of communications)
Heather Boyd, former Western Canada bureau chief for Canadian Press, has reported back and this is the NDP stance now…
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.
Let us be clear here
Let’s be clear here that the NDP did not make a mistake, they broke the law. Everyone seems to know it except the NDP. They still don’t understand because they have issued this policy as a temporary un-banning of media rather than outright apologizing and moving on.
For some bizarre reason, Rachel thinks it is a good idea to continue giving Ezra something to talk about on their website.
My big issue with this insanity
My biggest problem with this is that Rachel Nutley decided to break the law, pushed a guy with a nickname Ezra ‘LeRANT’ into a corner, came out beaten up and is now charging the Alberta taxpayers for it. That’s right, you and I, more so the ones of us that can stay employed in this economy, are paying some obscene consulting fees to Heather Boyd for what appears to be a search to bend the law in Rachel’s favor without actually breaking anything.
Is there anyone else out there wondering how we can exist without a recall option in our political system? What if the premier breaks the law, I am not talking about lying and cheating and stealing, because we expect that from our politicians, but when they blatantly defy our constitution and ban press from reporting on events, can’t we just have her charged in a criminal proceeding and use that as a cause for a new election?
I will even start a kick starter to pay for the election because the burden should not be on the shoulders of all Albert citizens just because we made a mistake last year…
Shayne (the journalist)