Every week Justin Trudeau and his Liberals infringe on our freedom of speech a little bit more. From pressuring social media companies to censor conservatives, to slowly turning “Islamophobia” into a crime, to bringing back the section 13 censorship provision of the Canadian Human Rights Act, it just keeps getting worse.
So I nearly spat out my coffee when I learned that Chrystia Freeland, part of Trudeau’s cabinet, was co-hosting a media freedom conference this week in London, England, along with her UK counterpart, Jeremy Hunt.
What a laugh! Hunt is part of the UK government that is throwing a citizen journalist named Tommy Robinson into prison this very week, for the “crime” of reporting outside a rape trial.
As you know, free speech has been a central issue for us at The Rebel. So when we heard about this conference, Sheila Gunn Reid and I applied to attend as accredited journalists.
Would we be allowed in? Both the Canadian and UK governments hate us — and Chrystia Freeland really hates us. Her office literally asked the United Nations to refuse to allow us to attend big UN conferences on global warming and immigration, just to punish us for having the wrong point of view.
So would they refuse to let us in to this conference? Of course, they would want to. But at a conference on media freedom? How bad would that look?!
To our surprise, Sheila and I were both accredited — they let us know at the last minute! So we’ll both be in the conference, starting tomorrow, along with a cameraman. I think we might be the only independent media they let in — I see stories in the UK press today about other reporters who were banned!
I don’t know what to expect — but I do know that the conference organizers promised a chance to ask Freeland some questions.
What do you think — do you think Freeland will actually let us ask her questions? And will she answer?
We’re about to find out!