Last week, the left-wing Government of Alberta wrote us a bizarre letter, declaring that we at The Rebel are legally not journalists.
They said that because our journalism criticizes Rachel Notley and the NDP, we’re a political campaign group and we have to register with the government and be regulated by them — like they have to do in places like Iran and Venezuela.
Incredibly, they convicted us in a secret trial — they never even told us about it — and to this day we still haven’t even been shown the actual complaint against us, or who it’s from!
The government wants to fine us $5,500 — and if we don’t comply, fines can jump to as much as $100,000 per news story.
Obviously, we’re not going to pay. So, we’ve decided to fight back.
On Tuesday, we filed a ten-page appeal to the courts. You can see that full document here.
But mere hours after we filed our appeal, things got really crazy — here, click on the image below and I’ll show you the shocking details:
Immediately after we appealed to a real court, Notley’s election commissioner wrote to us in a panic, begging us not to appeal, and claiming that he didn’t really mean to convict us, and that he was just musing out loud about it!
Here’s what they said:
“This is an opportunity to provide input and not the final decision as to findings and penalty. As such, there is nothing to appeal at this stage. To be perfectly clear, there has been no decision at this point.”
That’s obviously not true.
They convicted us on Jan. 14th. The first four words of their conviction letter to us were: “Notice of Adverse Finding”. As in, they made their legal decision against us. You can see the letter for yourself, here.
They said their investigation was closed — they said they had already made their “findings of the investigation”, without even talking to us. In fact, they had started contacting our vendors, and telling them that we had “been in contravention since November 2018…” and that “Elections Alberta is not willing to allow the contravention to continue.”
So, why would they convict us last week, tell us they want to fine us $5,500, start harassing our business partners — and then suddenly say “just kidding!”
Well, it’s obvious. They don’t want real judges to review their kangaroo court. They don’t want to have to explain themselves to real judges — about why we’ve never been shown the complaint against us; why we weren’t told we were on trial; why we weren’t given proper reasons for being convicted, why we’ve never had the chance to tell our side of the story.
And why journalists have to put up this kind of government regulation in a free country.
They are desperate that we abandon our appeal, so they can clean up their mess, and take a better shot at us.
But we’re not going to allow that to happen! We’re going to proceed with our appeal.
Because we want the whole world to learn the truth about Notley and her censors. And we want a real judge, not a Notley operative, in charge of the review.
Unfortunately, that’s going to cost us a lot more in legal fees than the $5,500 fine. And Notley has put at least seven lawyers and bureaucrats on this project — that’s how many names I’ve seen in all of their e-mails to us. All on the taxpayer’s dime.
But I like our odds — our lawyer, Fred Kozak, is calm and smart, and Notley’s people are obviously blinded by their rage and are panicking about their election polls. I really think we’re going to win this legal battle — not just for ourselves, but we’re going to get this law struck down for everybody.
But I do need your help.
Notley is going to throw everything at us — because she has nothing to lose in her last few months as premier. It’s do or die for her. They’re going to prosecute us again, I predict, as soon as next week. They’re going to harass our vendors again, they’re going to try to get our appeal thrown out. They might even try to get our website blocked — they have that power under Notley’s illegal law.
I promise you, if you help cover our legal bills, I’ll fight this all the way, as hard and as smart as we can.
We have a good case, and I really think we can win. But we really do need your help.
Will you please stand with us, stand up to Rachel Notley, and stand for free speech?
Please do — everything depends on it. Please click here to help with whatever you can — whether it’s $5 or $500 everything helps.
Yours very gratefully,
P.S. I’ve never seen anything like it — Notley’s commissioner convicting us, and then panicking when we filed our appeal. I think that’s a sign we absolutely have to proceed with the appeal. Imagine what they’re hiding that they’re afraid will come out!
P.P.S. Unlike Notley and her NDP bullies, we don’t take a dime of tax dollars, so we have to pay our legal fees ourselves. Can you please help? Please click here.
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