Ezra Levant, head of Canadian conservative news outlet Rebel News, has reported that the Trudeau administration may soon require journalists in Canada to obtain a license if they want to keep doing business. Back with us to report on this is freelance writer and software engineer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com). It's not yet illegal to report on stories without a license in Canada, but you don't receive subsidies and/or preferential treatment unless you have one. And with the government issuing these licenses, it's pretty clear which journalists will end up receiving them. Producer Steve finishes things out today playing some clips from Ezra Levant himself describing his experience.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked this week the Emergencies Act in an effort to defeat the trucker Freedom Convoy – a rally that has occupied parts of Ottawa for three weeks to protest Trudeau's stifling Covid mandates. John and Producer Steve discuss the implications of the Emergencies Act and compare it to Hitler and the leadup to Nazi rule in the 1930s. Anyone who opposes the government's – whether it be in Canada or the U.S. – official position will be branded a terrorist and once that happens, the government's actions against those people, no matter how egregious and anti-freedom, will be deemed justified. It's a dangerous precedent to set.
John flies solo on today's podcast, looking at the dysfunctional government messaging about the trucker protests in Canada and about our media in this country. For years, progressives and leftists have shouted praise for protests, occupation of buildings, and disruption of schools – all in the name of democracy. But now, when their ideological foes are protesting, it's a threat and must be stopped. It becomes nearly impossible to march in lockstep with a group of people that keeps changing directions and doesn't bother to tell you. The only thing constant in this are the double standards. Or massive flippage, as John calls it.
We have covered the story this past year of Artur Pawlowski (streetchurch.ca), the embattled pastor from Calgary, who has fought the pandemic lockdowns in his province and has been arrested for it. He joins us today to give an update on his court case, the judgment handed down, and what he plans to do going forward. Like Martin Luther 500 years ago, Pastor Pawlowski has vowed not to be silenced. He was fitted for a muzzle but it was one that he immediately removed.