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Helping Support an Alternative to Traditional Left-Wing Media Coverage in Canada: The Rebel


Whether your political views are left-wing, right-wing, mainstream or a mix of all three, it has always puzzled me that Canada’s main news came from left-leaning institutions (and why institutions of higher-learning teach from the left as well – but this is a different issue altogether).

I’m not interested in getting into an argument as to the pro’s and con’s of left vs right, or to have people comment and stereotypically align the right with guns, anti-abortion and anti-immigration policies, much as I would not expect anyone to point fingers at the left for their union-loving, Robin Hood – take from the rich and give to the poor – approach.   There is a lot of every side to appreciate and to admonish.

Heck, in this Canadian election we have a very fiscally conservative approach from the NDP which has many voters confused as to where the parties lie across the political spectrum.

That aside, with the recent embarrassing treatment of SunTV – the CRTC refused to give SunTV a guaranteed spot on basic cable thus denying them the same exposure as provided to news channels operated by the CBC and CTV, and placed the channel very high up in the middle of nowhere making it very difficult to find – Canada is left without an opposing view on news stories of the day.

Heck, the mainstream media has referred to Prime Minister Steven Harper as the “Conservative Leader” and not as the “Prime Minister” regularly though out the Federal Election Campaign.

With the recent successful launch of The Rebel, Ezra Levant has taken the Sun TV staff, added, subtracted and tweaked the group to become an online powerhouse with regular reports posted on YouTube and the Rebel website.  Ezra, whom I know personally, believes in options for Canadians and he is passionate about presenting the news in the same way that folks at the CBC and CTV do on a daily basis.

The Ezra you see on TV is the Ezra who wants to attract viewers, bring attention to the station and do so through controversy.  If The Rebel were allowed to play on the same field as the other media outlets, you would see more of the Ezra who is deeply knowledgeable about all things Canadian, who worries about how Canadians can sustain a healthy, equitable life in Canada and who wants the best Canada possible.

With that, I have chosen to donate to The Rebel crowdfunding campaign to get them set up with a studio so they can begin to compete with stations which receive billions of dollars of Taxpayer money to operate.

I hope that you will share this, or consider supporting regardless of where your political views lie.

After all, its equality that the folks at the Rebel are looking for, for all Canadians, so let’s return the favour and help them get back into the game.

The link to their Crowd Funding page is hyperlinked above and I have included the link below:

http://www.therebel.media/buildthedream?utm_campaign=builddream_rr&utm_medium=email&utm_source=therebel

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One thought on “Helping Support an Alternative to Traditional Left-Wing Media Coverage in Canada: The Rebel

  1. Actually during an election campaign it is standard practice and in the rules somewhere that the leader of the government heading into an election is referred to as the leader of the party and not PM or Premier. The same is true with people seeking re-election. They are the candidates and not the MP or MPP/MLAs. Once the election is called, they are no longer the elected representatives, they are people seeking re-election. The cabinet is technically the cabinet, but they are not supposed to be doing anything ministerial unless there is a crisis. A case-in-point is when Chris Alexander left the campaign trail to return to his role as a minister to address the Syrian refugee crisis. The current cabinet has been stretching the role a caretaker government is supposed to play during an election, but they have more or less stuck to the rules.
    So while Harper is technically still the PM, it is not appropriate in an election to refer to him as such in the context of the campaign. It gives an unfair advantage to the incumbent to refer to them by their role as it will impact how people think about the individual.

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