Tom Broadbeck pays own way to friend Ezra Levant’s Freedom Weekend getaway, awkwardly wants to talk to Ezra about friendship during group snow shoe.

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Ezra Levant’s Sun News Network Freedom Weekend getaway weekend is a real who’s who of the Sun News Network. All the big stars from SNN will be there, and there happens to be a resort in the middle of Ontario’s cottage country, the Muskokas. That’s why, for Winnipeg resident Tom Broadbeck, it was a no brainer. “I took a few vacation days at work, dipped into the saving account for the couple thou’ I needed to cover the weekend plus a bus ticket to Parry Sound, and a cab from there to the resort. That easy.” He added, “I think of it as an investment, really.”

For a guy like Tom, it might prove to be money well spent. The way he sees it, he’s “paying for three things at once, and that’s a great value.”

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Tom, who it turns out, is no media slouch himself, is also a long-time friend of Ezra, though he admits they haven’t talked much as of late. So the weekend is a chance to rub elbows with some of the greats at SNN, to catch up with an old friend, and do it all over some frank talk about politics, current events and the media, as well as some just plain fun winter activities.

More than anything though, for Tom, it’s the informal get-togethers that will offer the most precious moments. In particular, says Tom, he would love a little one-on-one time with Ezra.

Tom says he wants to catch up, hear about his career and stuff. “As a fellow employee of SNN, we rarely talk. I can’t even remember the last time Ezra had me on his show.”

This weekend should change all that. “I’m hoping he’s true to his word, and chooses the snow shoeing activity on Saturday afternoon just like he said he would on his show last weekend.” Once there out on the ice, together, and away from that zany world of journalism, they can finally just talk.

“I want to ask him something. I mean, I just want to know.” Tom trails off a little bit, then recovers. “I just want to know what happened to us. I think he’s such a cool guy. Like, you know, he’s got his own tv show, with really cool guests, and he hangs out with other Sun tv journalists, like Krista, and Mikey, and Chuck. They just seem like such a cool bunch.

“And it’s so expensive and I don’t have the vacation time anyways, to always knock off work to come and hang with them in Tdot, or Cowtown or wherever, whenever they’re trying to raise funds for the station. So I got to find out what happened, you know. Where it went wrong between us.

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