With federal elections slated for this fall, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) is already spreading his party’s message.
After stops in Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Maxime Bernier brings what he calls his “Mad Max Freedom Tour” to Cottage Country. He was in Huntsville and Port Carling on Sunday and stopped at Gravenhurst on Monday afternoon. He also hosted a campaign style rally in North Bay over the weekend.
“We are the only national political party that is against these draconian closures, these stay-at-home orders and these curfews,” Bernier said at the rally. “I now understand that this summer we won some of our freedoms, but we know this fall it will come back and we have to end it.”
Bernier says this is the first time in “the history of the world” that blockages have been used to fight a virus. “There are other ways to do it, the most important, as some other experts say, is that we have to protect the elders, we have to protect the most vulnerable and maybe lock them up, but not the population, not the economy, ”he said. went on to say.
Bernier’s message against the lockdowns is also linked to his party’s post-pandemic economic stimulus plan. “The Trudeau government strongly encouraged the provinces to proceed with these blockages by financing their economic loss,” he declared. “We will stop this, we will stop all these programs and we will reopen the economy. These blockages are an experiment and a failed experiment. “
Bernier added that he is also fighting for “the values of Western civilization” and is against Bill C-36 and social media censorship. “We have to be able to say what we want to say on social media,” he said. “Cancel culture and political correctness, we are against that. I say what needs to be said openly with passion and conviction. There is no taboo subject for us.
Bernier mentions the Criminal Code when it comes to dealing with hate crime and speech. “Justin Trudeau uses hate speech to control who we are on social media,” he said. Bernier says the bill will give Ottawa bureaucrats the power to determine what people can and cannot say online. “Maybe if you say something that a person doesn’t like, that person can complain to a big department in Ottawa and they’ll look at what they said and come up with a new definition of hate speech.” , did he declare.
During his tour, Bernier said people told him they were afraid of the future of this country with all “radical left ideology”, adding that the PPC would be ready for the next election. The PPC was unable to field a candidate in Parry Sound-Muskoka in the last election. This time around, James Tole – who was present when Bernier visited – will show up in the constituency for the party. Bernier says that in the next election he expects the PPC to have a full list of candidates.
The PPC fielded candidates in 315 of Canada’s 338 ridings and Benier lost his seat in the electoral district of Beauce, located in Quebec. It was the only seat of the PPC before the elections. The party did not win any in the election.
“I believe in this election we can beat the Green Party,” said Bernier, adding that he believed the party would continue to grow. “Nothing can stop us,” he finished.
With files from Richard Coffin