Given his longstanding appreciation for the inimitable, if frequently ineffable political style of U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that Rebel Media commander Ezra Levant was quick to side with Team USA in the diplomatic dust-up that broke out on the margins of the now-wrapped NATO summit in London.
“Just like at the G7 meeting last year, Justin Trudeau was meek and obedient to Donald Trump when they were face to face,” Levant tweeted, only to be caught on camera later that same day “mocking Canada’s greatest NATO ally,” which, of course, prompted the president to publicly call him out for being “two-faced,” an assessment with which Levant seems to emphatically agree.
“Not only is Justin Trudeau not apologizing for his diplomatic gaffe, he’s actually trying to justify and reiterate his insults about Trump all over again. He stands by every word of them. He’d rather antagonize our chief ally than lose face,” he noted.
The now notorious pool video of Trudeau’s huddle with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and French President Emmanuel Macron proceeded to go viral, eventually ending up in a pre-campaign ad for Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, which, “can’t be good for Canada-U.S. relations,” Levant pointed out.
In former prime minister Stephen Harper’s “nine years” in his office, Levant wondered, did he “ever have a diplomatic incident with a foreign leader — other than when he sternly but calmly stared down Putin?”
Even before the off-mic hostilities broke out, Levant was lavishing praise on the president for “grilling” Trudeau over Canada’s planned defence budget during a pre-meeting photo op.
“Today we found out that it takes less than two minutes with the Negotiator-in-Chief Donald Trump for the Liberal government to agree to spending the billions where it’s needed,” Levant told his nightly Youtube audience, to whom he also provided on-the-spot analysis of “the body language and slippery math used by the schoolboy Trudeau in his fancy socks and how it all falls apart when he comes face to face with Trump.”
Levant has also been signal-boosting his ongoing call for a “ban” on Chinese-owned telco giant Huawei, given the company’s capacity to conduct “mass surveillance for the communists,” making the case that “between the hostages and the legal bribes” — which, in his view, includes “advertising with the NHL” and “giving research money to universities” — Canada “has to make a stand … to protect our country.”
Also keeping a close eye on the re-elected Liberals’ foreign policy plotting: Alberta-based Rebel Sheila Gunn Reid, who lambastes the government for “wasting your precious tax dollars asking questions any thinking person would already know the answer to: Do people like photos of happy people more than pictures of crying kids,” as first revealed by Blacklocks Reporter.
Her conclusion: “People have fallen completely out of love with Justin Trudeau’s foreign aid budget,” which is why the government is now obliged to fork out millions of dollars “to try to convince us to keep spending $6.1 billion to help people outside of Canada.”
She also turned her spotlight on a new example of Team Trudeau refusing to comply with the federal access to information laws after “some sleuthly individual out there” — not, she notes, the Rebel itself — requested a full breakdown of PMO employees who have received severance or separation payments since the Liberals took office in 2015.
“Presumably, the filer was asking about Gerry Butts, the former principal secretary to Trudeau who left under a cloud of scandal in February, right in the middle of the SNC-Lavalin ethics investigation,” she notes.
“However, in a shock to no one paying attention to how Trudeau operates, the Prime Minister’s Office refused to disclose the individual amounts and individual names. Everything was redacted except two line items indicating the PMO paid out $118,000 in severance and $119,000 in separation pay to up to 14 people.”
Those redactions, she contends, are not in line with “what used to be standard practice,” and the names themselves “are not private” according to a previous ruling from the information commissioner.
“It’s not personal if the taxpayer is footing the bill.”
She and her Rebel colleagues have also launched a new campaign to identify the “NDP union thug” who “violently shoved” Gunn Reid during a protest outside the United Conservative Party’s convention in Calgary last week, and are promising a “CASH REWARD of $1,000” for information that will help them “bring this thug to justice.”
Also at the UCP convention: Rebel correspondent-at-large Keean Bexte, who surveyed exiting attendees on the performance of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Scheer, as Bexte reports, addressed the crowd on Saturday as part of an “in-and-out mission to shore up support for his leadership,” which triggered “about a dozen members” to walk out in protest.
According to Bexte’s highlight reel, it’s fair to say views on whether Scheer should remain are distinctly mixed, with some delegates offering a strong endorsement of Scheer’s performance while others dismissed him as a “poor leader” who “lost a very winnable election to a prime minister in blackface.”
Over at the similarly right-of-centre-leaning Post Millennial, however, contributor David Parker concludes that the embattled federal Conservative leader “must go.”
“Scheer is first leader of a major political party in modern Canadian history to lose personal popularity during an election,” he notes.
“Now he is claiming that Justin Trudeau is scared of him and that any challenge to his leadership helps the Liberals” — a position Parker calls “absurd.”
“The truth is that the only people who are afraid of Andy are his staff and caucus. I don’t know a single Liberal who isn’t giddy at the idea of running another campaign against him. In fact, behind closed doors they all tell me they hope we fail to get rid of him.”
His suggestion to those who “doubt” his take: “The next time Andrew Scheer is giving a speech on TV, or your mobile phone, or computer screen. Turn off the sound. Simply watch his delivery. You’ll quickly come to realize why Canadians will never connect with him. He just doesn’t have what it takes.”
Finally, here’s a sampling of what’s trending on the progressive side of the Canadian activist media spectrum:
That’s all for this week — check back next Friday for all the latest coverage from the fringes of Canada’s political opinion ecosystem!