With all of the recent coverage of Trudeau’s 600 million dollar media bailout, it bears a look back at how the stage was set for this – and of course, the convenient timing of this new and improved bailout in the 2019 election year budget.
One of the biggest controversies surrounding this bailout was the inclusion of UNIFOR in the list of “approved” organizations that decides who is entitled to this bailout money, especially after UNIFOR president Jerry Dias declared war on Andrew Scheer, saying that he and his 12,000 strong media union members would take down Scheer in the upcoming election.
A little background:
Back in 2015, there was much chatter about the so-called “third party advertisers” that aimed to defeat Stephen Harper. The number of these parties registered during the 2015 general election more than doubled, to 114 compared with 55, in the 2011 election.
There was the “ABC” Veteran’s group that was affiliated with LeadNow, and many other groups from various walks of life – from aboriginal to church groups to environmental activists than came out in full force to defeat the Harper government. After Mr. Harper’s defeat, LeadNow – the Tides Foundation funded activist group openly bragged that their organization “defeated 25 Conservative incumbents.”
After the 2015 election, Elections Canada released their third party election spending report. It’s a goldmine of information that sheds light on these third party advertisers who shelled out big bucks to defeat Stephen Harper. If you follow the money in the entries, you see many familiar names that have been exposed by researcher Vivian Krause and Senator Linda Frum.
Here’s an example from the Elections Canada report: The Canadian Media Guild – who made a large 3rd party donation in 2015 is now a part of the CWA which is affiliated with UNIFOR.
Even before the 2015 election, red flags were being raised about UNIFOR and its growing influence in policy and politics.
A 2013 article in the Financial Post said this: “The merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers has created Unifor, Canada’s newest and largest union, though one could be forgiven for mistakenly assuming this new entity is actually a political party.”
And this: “Politics was also front and centre at Unifor’s founding convention when avowed socialist Naomi Klein was trotted out to speak to members. The opening lines of her speech revealed a clear political intent: “It feels like this could be the beginning of the fight back we have all been waiting for, the one that will chase Harper from power … So welcome to the world of Unifor.”
Also in 2013, a Globe and Mail article said that “Organized labour is now a Super PAC”, noting that in 2000, Jean Chrétien’s Liberals brought in legislation to restrict paid advertising in federal election campaigns by “third parties,” i.e., groups other than registered political parties.” The article also noted that in Ontario, organized labour has hijacked the electoral process, making itself the kingmaker of provincial governments.
The calls for a media bailout began back in 2016 when, according to Sun columnist Anthony Furey “a report coming later this year from MPs on the Canadian heritage committee, will probe the issue of media in smaller markets. Whatever the report concludes, odds are the recommendations will lean towards more government say in the media. Not less. Going back to the 1970 Davey Report and the 1980 Kent Commission, the government has been trying to wade into the affairs of the private sector press.”
By 2018, the Globe and Mail bleated that the media crisis “called for a public inquiry” while other outlets demanded government help to help ailing local newspapers. The “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting “ – the “citizens’ advocate for CBC and all Canadian journalism and storytelling”, got involved and in 2018, lobbied all Premiers to change the Income Tax Act to make media outlets “non-profit.”
Journalists-turned politicians became involved in the 2017 media study – namely, Liberal MP Seamus O’Reagan and Conservative MP Kevin Waugh, both of whom were former TV personalities before becoming politicians. The drumbeats toward a “nationalized” media grew stronger as Heritage Minister Melanie Joly “called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry.”
Budget 2018 saw “The Liberal government proposing $50 million over five years to support “independent, non-governmental organizations who will spur on local journalism in underserved communities” but nothing more….that is, until February, 2019, when the SNC Lavalin scandal, along with the Vice Admiral Norman story broke and all hell broke loose for the Trudeau government.
With 2019 being an election year and the Trudeau brand plummeting, something had to be done to rein in both the legacy media and social media, which turned on Trudeau in spades. Out of that, came the media bailout as we know it today.
Along with the media bailout, the 2019 massacre in Christchurch New Zealand played a pivotal role in the Trudeau government’s strategy to keep opposing views from being put out on social media. Never one to let a good crisis go to waste, Trudeau signed Canada on to the “Digital Charter” where he claimed that social media platforms “must be held accountable for the hate speech and disinformation we see online,” and threatened “meaningful financial consequences” if they don’t step up.”
Here’s where we are now, four months before the federal election.
We have a 600 million dollar taxpayer funded media bailout overseen by a committee of “A-list of newspapers and websites deemed reliable under a multi-million dollar subsidy program.”
This list will be determined by federal agencies according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
One of these “approved” groups is UNIFOR, led by Jerry Dias, who has repeatedly told the media that he will “bring down” Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives , saying this: “I’m probably going to make it worse. He’s really irritating me the last few days,” said Dias.
Combine that with the digital charter and new third party spending laws the Liberals brought in for the 2019 election – laws that will benefit Liberals while restricting the opposition and the Liberals are stacking the deck with no end in sight.
This will be done by ” leaving open some loopholes that could be used by foreign organizations to give money to groups in Canada in an attempt to sway the election and increase the amount that so-called ‘third-party’ groups can advertise. The bill cuts the amount that parties can spend during the campaign, something that will hurt the Conservatives the most.”
And the latest from Elections Canada – the purported arm’s length agency that oversees Canada’s elections.
“Elections Canada is launching a $650,000 campaign that will enlist 13 “influencers,” including YouTubers, social media stars and a gamer, to help get out the youth vote in this fall’s federal election. As an independent agency, Elections Canada has taken steps to ensure that the influencers aren’t sharing partisan views. A series of rules are in place that prohibit the influencers from being involved in a political campaign or “be linked to people or issues of any political party for the duration of the campaign.”
Don’t forget that the Liberals have also stacked the deck when it comes to election debates with a federal plan to create a “Leaders’ Debate Commission” charged with organizing every aspect of the federal election debates.
“So far the Liberals have publicly identified two members of the commission: the commissioner himself, former Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and a former CBC executive director, Michel Cormier. Quite the pair. While the Liberals ensure us that the commission will be “independent”, members of the opposition disagree.”
This is what 600 million dollars gets you – headlines like this featured today on Canada’s news aggregator – National Newswatch that is run by Bruce Anderson– chairman of Abacus Data and father of Trudeau’s Communications director Kate Purchase.
National Newswatch June 7 2019
What does that mean for Canadians? The Liberals know they are in serious trouble with the Canadian electorate and in order to achieve another victory, they change the rules to favour them. This has been proven in so many of the controversies that have enveloped them from LAVSCAM to the Vice Admiral Norman case.
It’s up to Canadians to see through the media fog the Liberals have enveloped Canada in and to see what a dangerous era the Liberals have catapulted Canada into.
Spencer Fernando – an independent journalist – one who is not part of the mainstream media says it best:
“Justin Trudeau is realizing that the more he angers Canadians, the more people are donating to his political opponents in an effort to defeat him. So, rather than listen to the Canadian people and make some changes, he’s rigging the political system to hurt his opponents and benefit himself. It’s the latest manifestation of Justin Trudeau’s anti-democratic attitude, and Canadians across the political spectrum should by disturbed by it.”
Truth has no agenda, but the Liberals do and it’s to win at any cost.