Jason Kenney takes the words right out of Ezra Levant's mouth - 2019-09-17

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F253.png Jason Kenney takes the words right out of Ezra Levant's mouth September 17, 2019, Max Fawcett, Macleans

It's been a tough few years for Ezra Levant. Rebel Media, his far-right website that trades predominantly in anti-Muslim content and attacks on progressive politics and politicians, nearly collapsed in 2017 after one of its biggest stars, Faith Goldy, got conspicuously chummy with neo-Nazis and white nationalists at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. One of his co-founders quit, along with a handful of mainstream contributors, and the conservative politicans (like Andrew Scheer) that had once been happy to talk to Levant and other Rebel Media personalities were suddenly disavowing him publicly. Levant tried to revive the brand by hitching his wagon to British anti-Islam activists like Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and Katie Hopkins, but his brand remains toxic among conservative politicians in Canada.

His ideas, on the other hand, are a whole different story. "Ethical Oil," his 2010 paean to Canada's energy sector, has always been popular in certain circles in Calgary. But it's never before been given the official sanction of the Premier's office—at least, until Jason Kenney took control of it. And while Kenney and Levant have disavowed each other publicly, Alberta's Premier has been enthusiastically breathing new life into Ethical Oil's core argument, which is that Alberta's oil and gas resources deserve preferential treatment in global markets because of Canada's superior environmental and human rights record when compared to places like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Russia.

Premier Kenney's five-page open letter to the Canadian head of Amnesty International represents perhaps the highest profile example of Ethical Oil's renewed prominence. In it, he chastises the organization for its own open letter in which it raised concerns about the impact of Alberta's new "fight back strategy" on human rights in the province, and suggests it was giving comfort to the real enemies of freedom. "There was a reason I singled Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela for comparison," Kenney writes. "They–along with Iran–would be major beneficiaries of a moratorium on Canadian oil production. No one will cheer your letter harder than Vladimir Putin, the Houses of Saud and Al Thani, the caudillo Nicolás Maduro, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."

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{{cite news | first = Max | last = Fawcett | title = Jason Kenney takes the words right out of Ezra Levant's mouth | url = https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/jason-kenney-takes-the-words-right-out-of-ezra-levants-mouth/ | work = Macleans | date = September 17, 2019 | accessdate = May 20, 2020 }}