Senator David Tkachuk used taxpayer money to expense a year-long subscription to Rebel Media, a far-right media outlet that engages in anti-Muslim attacks and employs the founder of an organization designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Twitter user Chris Johnston discovered the payment at the Senate of Canada expenses website.

This story follows the release of a troubling video of Senator Tkachuk speaking at the far-right Yellow Vests convoy in Ottawa. In the video he called on attendees to engage in political violence, saying they should “roll over” their political opponents.

Tkachuk has so far refused to apologize and Andrew Scheer has yet to issue any response about the threat.

Rebel Media is an alt-right media outlet run by former Conservative Ezra Levant that trafficks in anti-Muslim hate. They recently re-hired Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes. Proud Boys was designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and an extremist group by the FBI. Rebel Media also previously employed white nationalist Faith Goldy.

The outlet is is consistently cited as a platform favoured by far-right extremists everywhere. The Fredericton shooter Matthew Vincent Raymond, who murdered four people including two police officers, said he got his news from Rebel Media. Vice news reported that far-right terrorist David Osborne, who killed one man after driving his van into a group of Muslims, was “brainwashed” by far-right propaganda from sites like Rebel Media.

The outlet has interviewed many extremist figures, including Milo Yiannopoulos who made headlines for seemingly endorsing sexual relationships between older men and “younger boys”, claiming specifically that relationships “between younger boys and older men … can be hugely positive experiences.”

Rebel Media personality John Cardillo, who hosts Off The Cuff, defended Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore who allegedly pursued relationships with teenage girls.

The outlet is closely connected to Canada’s Conservative Party. Rebel Media co-founder Hamish Marshall is now Andrew Scheer’s campaign director and 25% of Conservative MPs have appeared on the network.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was previously interviewed by Ezra Levant and former Rebel host Faith Goldy.


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