Ezra Levant of Canadian conservative media Rebel News said the Royal Bank of Canada denied him a commercial mortgage for a new office because of his website policies.
Levant told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday that his mortgage application was “financially sound,” but was ultimately turned down by the same bank he had personally used for decades.
After inquiring further, Levant said a bank “whistleblower” told him head office had denied his request, despite his local banker defending his cause.
âI only understood this because this local branch banker really wanted to give me the mortgage,â Levant said. “He said he was fighting head office.”
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Levant posted a recording of a conversation he allegedly had with the bank clerk in Calgary, Alta., Which can be heard explaining to him that Canada’s largest bank, which also has more than 35 branches in United States, wanted to avoid dealing with the media of its kind.
âHe said that was our views because Rebel News, the site I run, has conservative views and the Royal Bankâ¦ they do a lot of business with Communist China,â he said. . âI wonder if they brought this social credit approach to Canada that they have to use in China.
Levant believes the bank’s ties to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are to blame, calling the deal a “political quid pro quo.”
“There is a revolving door between Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and the Royal Bank,” he said. âTrudeau’s first ambassador to China was a senior RBC executiveâ¦ Trudeau just appointed another senior RBC executive to the Senate, so I think it’s a ‘I’m scratching your bank, you’re scratching mine.’ Rebel News is hated by Justin Trudeauâ¦ Trudeau made it clear. It wouldn’t surprise me if the bank did him a favor given the number of favors he does them. Canadian banks have received huge bailouts over the years. They get even more privileges. that the American banks get, and I think that’s a political quid pro quo. “
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âYou don’t want your banks to have political criteria when it comes to mortgages,â Levant continued. âEven convicted murderers who get out of jail are allowed to open a bank account. I think it’s a scandal. I found out by accident because I had an honest local banker. I bet it’s more widespread than you might think. ”