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Rebel Media staffers assaulted by protesters at the UCP conference

Rebel reporters Shelia Gunn-Reid and Keean Bexte were physically and verbally assaulted by protesters at the United Conservative’s Party convention on Saturday.

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By Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean

Rebel reporters Shelia Gunn-Reid and Keean Bexte were physically and verbally assaulted by protesters at the United Conservative’s Party convention on Saturday.

Police said 600 people with signs and a few AUPE flags gathered at the Westin Calgary Airport to protest job cuts planned by the Jason Kenney government that would see more than 6,400 people lose their jobs.  

Gunn-Reid and Bexte said they approached the group after NDP Edmonton-Glenora MLA Sarah Hoffman had given a speech.

“We were handing out copies of (Stop Notley booklet) – trying to teach them about freedom and six credit downgrades,” said Gunn-Reid.

“We had given out about three of them when someone pushed a book into (Bexte’s) throat,” she said pointing out a bright red line across his throat.

After that, Bexte started to film the group and captured Gunn-Reid being shoved from behind by a man with a sign. 

The protester who allegedly shoved Rebel reporter Sheila Gunn-Reid. Frame grab courtesy Rebel Media.

“It was over in less than five minutes,” Bexte said.

Protesters have been kept to a boundary outside of the parking area and security monitors all doors and verifies identification via convention badges. 

“(The protesters) are not interested in having a dialogue,” Bexte said.

“Violence is option number one for them.”

Ezra Levant, Rebel Media’s founder, offered a $1,000 reward for information identifying the person who shoved Gunn-Reid. Another individual offered to double the reward for a successful identification. 

“As God as my witness, we will go after him with the full force of the law”, Levant wrote on Twitter.  

Gunn-Reid has contacted local police and will be making a formal complaint against the individual. 

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3 Comments

  1. Leanna

    December 1, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Glad Sheila is taking the next step. This is wrong. The union protestors are me me me me Me. And to hell with the dream concerns and workload of anyone else. Thank you Sheila for sticking up for truth

  2. Jim

    December 2, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Why not walk into a Vegan potluck and extol the benefits of eating meat, and hand out some meatballs while your at it. Peoples livelihoods are being threatened.

  3. Stuart Heimbuch

    December 12, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Spot on with this write-up, I really assume this web site needs way more consideration. I’ll in all probability be once more to learn much more, thanks for that info.

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New Brunswick breaks ranks with Alberta on carbon tax

New Brunswick is breaking ranks for Alberta and fully complying with Ottawa’s carbon tax

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New Brunswick is the latest province to present a carbon tax plan on fossil fuels with its Gasoline and Motive Fuel Tax Act introduced in the Legislature Thursday.

“For us and for New Brunswickers, climate change is real, man-made, and worthy of action,” said Finance and Treasury Minister Ernie Steeves.

“One of our key priorities is to energize the private sector. With our made-in-New Brunswick carbon tax plan, we will protect New Brunswickers and ensure the sustainability of our environment, as well as that of our communities and our economy.”

The “made-in-New Brunswick” carbon tax on fossil fuels will go into effect April 1, 2020

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister introduced the new Ministry of Conservation and Climate Change when his government was sworn in on October 23, 2019.

Sarah Guillemard, MLA for Fort Richmond was appointed to lead the Ministry.

“(T)he new Department of Conservation and Climate (is) a single department charged with environmental and climate stewardship,” according to a news release on the Manitoba government’s website.

“The department is responsible for ensuring responsible growth including delivery of the made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, and Efficiency Manitoba.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Alberta received federal approval of his TIER program, which maintains a carbon tax on about 50 per cent of Alberta’s emissions, on December 6th.

Kenney repealed the NDP’s “made-in-Alberta” carbon tax plan in May and eliminated programs through Efficiency Alberta that had been funded by the carbon tax.

“Albertans made it clear over the course of the election that they have no interest in taxpayer-subsidized home renovations schemes,” Jess Sinclair, spokesperson for Environment Minister Jason Nixon told the Calgary Herald in an email at the end of October.

Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan are still moving forward with their carbon tax challenge in a three-day hearing at Alberta’s Court of Appeal next week. New Brunswick officials have not said whether they are still intervening in the challenge.

Ontario and Saskatchewan appeal courts have both upheld the federal government’s jurisdiction.  

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Alberta premier’s approval rating plummets

Jason Kenney’s approval rating has gone from being in the top three of Canada’s premiers to bottom three in less than a year.

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Jason Kenney’s approval rating has gone from being in the top three of Canada’s premiers to bottom three in less than a year.

The Edmonton Journal commissioned poll of approval ratings show Kenney has a 40 per cent approval rate, a notable decline from his pre-election approval rating of 55 per cent.

An earlier Leger poll reported Kenney’s approval rating at 42 per cent at the beginning of December.

Former NDP Premier Rachel Notley had 40 per cent approval as well – pre-election.

The poll showed Quebec Premier Francois Legaut was the most popular and Ontario leader Doug Ford the least.

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Bernier rules out another Tory run

The second-place finisher in the last Conservative leadership race says there is “zero chance” he will run again.

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The second-place finisher in the last Conservative leadership race says there is “zero chance” he will run again.

Maxime Bernier, who went on to the form the People’s Party of Canada, made the statement shortly after Andrew Scheer resigned the leadership on Thursday.

“The party is morally and intellectually corrupt. Scheer was a weak leader who pushed it to the centre. The next leader will do the same,” his tweet read.

“I started a principled conservative alternative. I’m sticking to it.”

Bernier, who served as a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, came a close second to Scheer in the 2017 leadership race.

He lost by less than 2 per cent.

Shortly after that Bernier started the People’s Party of Canada but didn’t meet with any election success in October, failing to win his own Quebec riding.

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