22 October 2017

Jason Kenney Doubles Down on Outing Gay Students

I believe last time ARC mentioned Jason Kenney on the blog was in relation to a story about Andrew Benson and his then friendship with a supporter of Mr. Kenney's Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta aspirations. As everyone knows Kenney went on to win the leadership of the moribund party on a platform of uniting with the Wildrose Party then in opposition to the governing NDP.

Now he's running to lead the newly formed United Conservative Party and, using similar methods that won him leadership of the PCs, seems likely to become the new party's leader. Many of those methods have been described as of questionable ethics. He's also running in large part on an overtly social conservative platform attacking the provincial education system currently undergoing a curriculum redesign which is sort of a page right out of the American culture war playbook. Perhaps his most controversial proposal, and of special interest to ARC, would basically out LGBTQ youths who wished to join a GSA in their schools:

Kenney has been traveling around the province giving speeches in urban, suburban, and rural
communities. On Sunday he was in the small city of Strathmore where he gave a speech that was full of conservative raw meat; impugning the intelligence of the current prime minister, referring to the NDP government at an, "accidental socialist government," attacking the curriculum redesign and the Alberta Teachers' Association which he refers to simply as a "union," promising to shut off natural gas to British Columbia if the province gets in the way of Alberta oil pipelines, stopping further increases to the provinces minimum wage, taking pot shots at Quebec, and of course focusing on LGBTQ issues and once again promising that students who join GSAs would be outed to their parents under a Jason Kenney regime. Kenney uses half-truths and clipped quotes taken out of context, however he wishes to be a "facts" premier.

By coincidence, I was able to find a video of the speech followed by Q and A on Facebook posted by a Kenney supporter. I will post the entire video at the end however here are a few clips that I considered significant (I'll continue to update the article with clips as they are added):

1. Kenney comments on the changes to the Alberta K - 12 curriculum implying the NDP is using the process as a means of indoctrinating children into icky socialism:

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2. He then comments on gender being taught in the class room, gets a lot wrong when discussing the ATA's PRISM guidelines, and goes on to confirm that parents would be informed about what is going on regarding any discussion of human sexuality, including students who join GSAs:

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3. Discusses his heroic role in unifying the right. He first describes winning the PC leadership despite the backroom people breaking rules to keep him from winning.... again, a rather awkward thing for him to bring up:
He also compares the unification vote of 95% to numbers that would be found in North Korea, but in a GOOD way:

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4. The NDP are described as an "accidental socialist government" that will be "one and done" and that Alberta needs a premier who will defend the province against the attacks by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Kenney humbly submits that he is that person and that he feels he's been preparing for the day all his life. Soooo, I guess suggesting he feels (divine?) providence is leading him to the premiership is Kenney's idea of humble:

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5. Time to beat up on Quebec! Also, he plans on changing equalization payments by a Supreme Court challenge. Regarding BC and the difficulties of getting an oil pipeline from the oil sands to the west coast, Kenney suggests he will start charging a toll for natural gas passing through Alberta from BC and that he will turn off the oil currently going into the province: "The mayor of Vancouver says he wants a carbon free Vancouver by 2040. I'm prepared to give him one by 2020.":

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By the way, the shoutout to the Peter Lougheed, a man who's memory is still wildly admired and respected in the province? Mr. Kenney should have a word with the jerk who referred to Lougheed's legacy as neo-Stalinist:


Opps.

6. I didn't get the first part of the speech where he introduced Kenney, but Derek Fildebrandt appears to be acting as a surrogate and at one point talks about "our party." This is of interest in that (a) Fildebrandt's endorsement of Kenney seems very low key which is odd since every other MLA endorsement of Kenney has been accompanied by a press release and (b) Fildebrandt  is not currently a member of the UCP:


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Then again....
Anyways, Fildebrandt believes the motto of the UCP should be, "just say no" which is even less inspiring than when Nancy Reagan first started using the phrase in 1982. Kenney tries to save it in the next video.

7. Q and A time! First question relates to Trudeau. Kenney questions Trudeau's intelligence by saying that "if you don't think he's very bright you've over-estimated him." So then a blithering idiot kicked your ass in 2015? That's got to be a bit emasculating Jason. Also, and I'm sure it is completely coincidental, Kenney has with him a number of quotes he attributes to Trudeau that he just happens to have on him that are absolutely not taken out of context and intended to agitate a rural Alberta crowd against a Québécois politician with the name "Trudeau."

What? Cynical? Naw! But what does he mean by, "there will be consequences?":

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7. Mostly policy discussion, Kenney lays out an ambitious three month program of which stopping any rise in the provincial minimum wage is a key plank:

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8. Ah, back to education. Kenney learns that while it is one thing to deal with the curriculum changes under the NDP government, there has been nefarious indoctrination of students for a long time. But don't worry. Jason will help the good teachers fight the ATA who seems to have been built up in Kenney's mind into some sort of Orwellesque Ministry of Truth:

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Those are all the clips I found interesting. The entire video, aside from the start when Mr. Fildebrandt introduces Mr. Kenney, can be found here at ARC's YouTube channel:

Family Feud: Former "Rebel" Personalities Lauren Southern and Laura Loomer Attack Each Other

Alternative title 1: "The Kids Are Not Alright (But Are Alt-right)"

Admittedly, the bigger story regarding Ezra Levant's alt-right "Rebel Media" is the revelation that despite claiming the Conservative Party of Canada was cutting ties with "The Rebel," party leader Andrew Scheer has in fact tasked former corporate executive Hamish Marshall with running the Conservative election campaign and that he had been involved in Scheer's campaign for party leader while still working at "The Rebel":


However while this is going on, a minor drama is going on between two of "The Rebel's" former journalists correspondents reporters propagandists:


Lauren Southern left "The Rebel" suddenly and under rather mysterious circumstances. Little was known until another former personality for the website, Caolan Robertson, posted a video allegedly exposing Levant's efforts to essentially buy his silence. In the audio of the meeting with Levant, Robertson's partner also recorded Levant talking about how Southern was being smart by not causing waves after her departure suggesting that despite how it looked publicly, she didn't leave "The Rebel" on the best of terms.

This revelation came about at a rather difficult time for Levant as the events in Charlottesville and then "Rebel" personality Faith Goldy's association with the tragedy resulted in an exodus from the alt-right vehicle:
Around this time this screen shot also started floating around:


ARC didn't post this then (or the one purporting to be from Levant which was also critical of Southern) because it didn't pass the smell test. I mean, I just can't see Gavin McInnes being worked up against someone who held antisemitic views because.... well.... he sort of has a bit of a recent history of that accusation being leveled against himself:
The other reason why it didn't, and still doesn't, seem to be legitimate is because of the really ugly sexual slur directed at Southern. Now, I'm not suggesting that McInnes wouldn't use that word to describe women, because I have a feeling he would (you know, free speech and all that). But as Southern had been a recent member of "The Rebel" family it didn't seem like something a then personality for the website would say about a former colleague no matter what the nature of her departure might have been.

Hold that thought for a moment.

There's another former "Rebel Media" correspondent who we need to take a look at now:


Laura Loomer's most infamous publicity stunt while working in for "Rebel Media" was when she arrested for rushing the stage during a (for some reason) controversial adaptation of "Julius Caesar" (another now former "Rebel Media" employee, Jack Posobiec of "#pizzagate fame, filmed the incident). The thing is though, the whole thing appears to have been pre-planned:

Things began to sour between Levant and Loomer when the former ordered her to stop stalking Hilary Clinton at her book signings. Under normal circumstances I think that Levant would be happy with the controversy Loomer's actions would generate as it is red meat for the American right-wing audience he craves. However, as already mentioned earlier, Levant had become a little gun shy. Unlike Southern who was shown the door, Loomer quit in a huff:

I didn’t want to stay in a situation that was aggravating me and pissing me off, so I resigned. I’m not going to play the victim. I didn’t agree with what they were telling me to do, and I don’t agree with the policy.
Since then Loomer has continued to harass Ms. Clinton at book signings as well as claiming to investigating the horrible tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas (hint: it was a conspiracy with more than one shooter and no doubt she will determine the Clintons, Obama,  "deep state" false flag operators, Muslims, George Soros, or a combination of all of these were culprits). And no, I'm not kidding:
However prior to all this and while still working for Ezra she was also getting caught in transparent lies:
I mean, come on! Who you think you're fooling with THAT?

Now that I have set the table and introduced the guests, it appears that should one day there be a "Rebel Media" family reunion, Ezra might not want to use the good china as Ms. Southern and Ms. Loomer might start throwing plates at each other:

This is Cassandra Fairbanks, fyi.

21 October 2017

October 21, 2017: Toronto Anti-Government/White Nationalist Protest and Counter-Protest Updates

Today is Ronny Cameron's big (remains to be seen) "Trudeau Must Go" rally which also serves as a cover for an anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rally. Hate groups such as the Northern Guard from Ottawa and Quebec are on their way to attend and will arrive at around 2:30 (half an hour after the event starts):



Hmmm, I thought according to these people that only, "antifa cowards" wore masks. 


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Isn't it cute how Myatt likes to play soldier while still in his mid 20s?

There is a planned counter rally opposing these groups.

As of this moment (2:26 Central Time), and numbers may very well change, there are around 15 - 20 fascist supporters surrounded by 175 counter protesters. Seems like there may have been a scuffle and one arrest.

ARC will do our (yep, I can say "our" again) best to provide information as it becomes available.

UPDATE 1: While Ronny is currently live videoing the event from his perspective, this is the reaction from at least one individual.


He's also claiming that they are "winning" because they are showing how brave they are to be standing up to a larger group all the while complaining to the police about the counter protesters.

By the way, the fascist side is chanting the following at the counter protesters:
You can't run. You can't ride. You get a helicopter ride.

You know, because they totally aren't fascists.


In an earlier, briefer, live video update, Ronny appeared pretty salty about people not showing up:

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Currently there appear to be a handful of Son's of Odin, Proud Boys, III%ers, and assorted bigots.


UPDATE 2: Well, it seems Myatt, Massaad, and the small contingent of Northern Guard members have joined the party.

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UPDATE 3: Ronny having a hissy fit that Ron Banerjee might be showing up. Warning Northern Guard member that he might be showing up for.... reasons:

Ronny letting Northern Guard member that Banerjee is not permitted to come.
UPDATE 4: The numbers have evened out it seems. Though the fascist are still outnumbered, they are sitting at maybe 150. The counter protesters are about 200. Massaad interviewing people who talk about counter protesters not being informed and that they are, "faggots."
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By the way, while Ronny continues to complain about counter protesters who, "don't realize this is an anti-Trudeau rally" it seems he did a poor job of communicating to his supporters that they need to hide their agenda a bit better:

Again, I thought only "cowardly antifa" wore masks?
Well it's sure a good thing these people oppose the injection of religion into politics, amirite?

UPDATE 5: Things seem to be winding down as of 5:00 pm.


UPDATE 6: And at 5:18 pm, this is where the crowd was at....


.... and 8 minutes after that:


I'll write a more detailed summary later, but for now it looks like the anti-racists at the height of their numbers was in the 175-200 range while the fascists were around 150 at their height.

Massaad posted a video of the fascist side leaving the area which provides a decent look at some of their numbers:

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Cameron posted a live video feed. I may eventually publish it, however in the mean time here are a few of the comments which range from the usual "George Soros pays antifa" to calls to commit acts of violence:










I'll finish this up with some links from the msn:

20 October 2017

Ronny Cameron's October 21 Rally Polarizes Toronto Far Right

Islamophobe and "I-can't-be-racist-because-some-of-my-best-friends-are-Black" bigot Ronny Cameron has been promoting himself as a leader of men for some time now, however he hasn't really done much himself other than bother people at progressive events by engaging in poorly argued "gotcha" interviews with attendees after which he declares himself the winner. Most of the time the people he's interviewing let him natter on and then leave him to bask in his own sense of self-importance, a little befuddled and somewhat bemused by the odd figure who accosted them.

Tomorrow though will be Ronny's first significant attempt to show that he is a person to be taken seriously by the fringe movement he wishes to be a player in:

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Since there will be a counter rally, some in the media has expressed concern about the possibility of violence, however it should be noted that only one side is really looking forward to such encounters:



She seems nice.

Thus far a little over 130 people claim they will be attending the "Trudeau Must Go" anti-government rally in Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, though I can't help noticing that some are from places such as British Columbia and New Brunswick which suggests their presence might be more inspirt than in person. There are also several 100 who claim to be interested in attending. Those groups who plan on attending include the Northern Guard, Soldiers of Odin, Canadian Combat Coalition, and members of the Proud Boys:


The video posted by Steven Alexander Harald Helga Hildegard Helmut Holdine Hedwig Heidrun Gregory Myatt featuring Georges Massaad as well as Eric Brazeau of the Northern Guard goes on for some time and includes plans for a new council of patriots called the Order which TOTALLY doesn't sound like a fascist wet dream at all. But for all the talk of unity, they can't help themselves from throwing shade on other groups.

Toronto resident misanthrope Ron Banerjee seems less than pleased:

19 October 2017

Guest Article: What’s Going on in Québec? (Part 1)

As we saw on September 30, many far-right groups across Canada tried to rally against “illegal” immigration but ended up gathering only a handful of protesters, largely outnumbered by anti-racist activists. Everywhere except in Québec. In Québec, the groups gathered at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, at the border between Canada and the US, and managed to attract over 200 people protesting the influx of immigrants that had come to Canada over the past months. There were around the same number of counter-protesters and also a large police presence there, and the organizing group, Storm Alliance, considered the Québec rally a big success, which was not the case in the rest of Canada.

Most of the groups active today started in late 2015, following the Syrian civil war and subsequent refugee crisis in the Western world. Some of them are chapters of other groups, like the Soldiers of Odin and PEGIDA, but most of the big groups of the moment were founded in Québec, starting with La Meute:


La Meute (French for Wolf Pack) first started as a Facebook-based group created by Éric “Corvus”
Venne and Patrick “Ptrk” Beaudry, two Canadian army veterans:



The bulk of their activism is anti-Muslim as they are afraid of Canada and Québec in particular becoming “like France,” which they see as having been taken over by “Islamists.” They are managed in a militarized way, with different ranks having different colour wolf paws on their Facebook profile photos and with 17 different sub-groups, or Clans (lol), one for each administrative region of Québec. They also have an English section (formerly managed by Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald, of Charlottesville fame) as well as a France chapter. They started having rallies in the spring of 2017, when they gathered in Montreal against M-103. They believe that the anti-fascists who come to oppose them are pro-government and pro-Sharia because they can’t fathom being against Islamophobia and against authoritarian governments at the same time. They rallied again on August 20 in Québec City, where they gathered in an underground parking lot that was surrounded by anti-protesters. They had to wait for hours for the opposition to leave so they could walk silently around the block for a while. They still claimed the moral victory (which the media also gave to them) because they didn’t break anything or hit anyone, unlike “antifa” who had to run around and organize against police and actual Nazis protecting the perimeter:


They have also been known for organizing against a small town’s proposal of a Muslim cemetery, to harass government employees to try to get the right to wear their Meute hat on their RAMQ card’s photo, to joke about killing MPs, and various other things. They claim to have 60, 000 members but they count members from the general Facebook group plus all the small regional groups together even though there are clearly duplicates (even better, the administrators are in every group, so this is clearly an inflated number).

Since the beginning of September, La Meute has been plagued by a lot of internal infighting. Corvus had already left some months prior, and then Stéphane Roch, Sylvain “Maikan” Brouillette and some others changed the passwords, kicked Beaudry out and formed a for-profit company called Nous sommes la meute (we are La Meute). They were angry at Ptrk for using his personal company to sell their merch and for the money not being accounted for. Some members remained loyal to the former leader and we also saw members move on to another group with the same values, Storm Alliance.

Storm Alliance was created by Dave “Treg” Tregget, former Soldier of Odin Québec leader, and
fellow “patriot” Colin O’Leary from New-Brunswick:


They are also divided by regions, with presidents and vice-presidents but they try to have a better public image than La Meute by saying they stand for Canadian values and the Charter of Rights, instead of against Islam. They organized 2 events at the Québec-US border, one on July 1 and one on September 30, against refugees. They were hoping for a coast-to-coast rally all over the border in most provinces, but as you know, it only really worked in Québec. La Meute was also part of that last rally, even though there had been some beef between the two groups in the past months. Storm Alliance also invited themselves to an environmental rally in Québec City in an effort to become more mainstream (no one seemed to care about the cause, they just wanted to clash with "antifa"):


After telling his members that it was cancelled, Treg went with only a few select SA members that he calls DFSA for Defense Force Storm Alliance and/or Don't Fuck with Storm Alliance. They stayed on the margin of the march, with their SA clothes covered, and then went to a restaurant and took a photo together, wondering where the "antifa" even were:






Now they are planning a rally in Québec City together on November to protest the government commission on systemic racism: