Rebel News founder Ezra Levant is under investigation and was interrogated by former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, that specialized in terrorism cases, over his best-selling book on Justin Trudeau’s corruption.
The officers, Paul Couture and Timothy Mackin, who are now under contract as investigators with the Commissioner of Canada Elections, didn’t know it at the time, but Levant filmed the entire interrogation, which took place at the high security headquarters of Elections Canada in Ottawa.
Levant is currently under investigation in Canada for his book “The Libranos: What the media won’t tell you about Justin Trudeau’s corruption.”
Rebel Media reports that Levant received a letter shortly after Christmas which accused him of breaking the law by publishing his book during the election and because he refused to “register” his book with the government. The letter demanded that he meet with investigators or potentially face harsher penalties.
“This is Trudeau’s latest attempt to censor his toughest critics, Rebel News. Remember, Trudeau’s hand-picked election debates commission banned our journalists from covering the election debates. We had to go Federal Court, and a judge ordered Trudeau’s commission to let us in. That victory cost us $18,000 in legal fees,” Levant explained on Rebel Media.
In the hidden camera footage, the officers say that they are there to speak with him about Rebel News. Levant asks them to confirm that none of the other authors who wrote books about Trudeau during the election, which there are 23, are under investigation.
🚨PLEASE RETWEET, PLEASE HELP 🚨
I wrote a book criticizing Justin Trudeau.
Now police are investigating me.
I was interrogated for an hour by two federal agents.
BUT I SECRETLY RECORDED MY INTERROGATION ON VIDEO: https://t.co/F0uNmR7Izq .
— Ezra Levant 🍁🚛 (@ezralevant) January 30, 2020
“You call in authors to grill them about a book criticizing your boss — think about who you are,” Levant is heard saying in the footage. “I think there’s going to be a chapter about you two fellas in the next edition.”
Levant says that a senior investigator told him that by publishing his book during an election season he had committed an illegal campaign activity.
“You did a blurb online that I watched, and you speak about, of course, that it was released in time for the election. Which, if that’s your position today, that wouldn’t allow you to have the exemption for advertising for a book,” the interrogator, Couture, is heard saying in the hidden camera footage.
Couture is also heard telling Levant that no recording would be allowed during the interview “because of security features.” Instructions that Levant clearly did not follow.
When Levant asked if he could see the complaint against him, the officers refused.
“To keep the integrity of the investigation right now — you’ll understand that we can’t share everything we have,” the officer says.
“How can I possibly respond to something that you won’t show me?” Levant asks.
Levant also asked who filed the complaint and if it came from someone within the election commission or an outside party. The officer confirmed that the complaint came from an external party.
They would not tell him who made the complaint.
The investigators also asked Levant, who runs a right-wing website, why he hires people who are critical of Trudeau.
“So, for the book, you seek volunteers that, without going back to the tape to get the exact quote, that have certain views on Trudeau and Gerald Butts — and believed in free speech and that were embarrassed by the Prime Minister Trudeau in blackface. You sought that specific type of person, is that correct?” they asked.
The investigators continued to ask why Levant did not register his book with the government, and the author’s response was priceless.
“I thought, the day I register with the government to write a book is the day we are no longer the true north strong and free,” Levant replied, “and if Elections Canada commissioners are stupid enough to prosecute me for writing, publishing and promoting a book about an election during an election — that’s an important fight to have because we need to roll back these pencilneck bureaucrats and their blackface boss. We need to remind them that we are still a free country.”
Levant says that he filmed over an hour of footage and will be releasing it in multiple parts.