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