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Maxime Bernier says he will not be taking the Covid-19 vaccine. He is the only political party leader in Canada to do so.
An initial Google search of Maxime Bernier directed me to an article about his arrest in 2021 for attending a protest against the nation’s Covid-19 policies and a shiesty story about his not taking the vaccine. I was also directed to the website for the People’s Party of Canada–which Mr. Bernier founded.
On the website is a page with the heading “Aren’t You Tired of Lockdowns?” The article cites the increased joblessness and declining mental health of Canadians, specifically Canadian youth, while asking the question we have all been asking, “Do lockdowns even work?” Bernier wishes to institute a more “compassionate and effective approach” by protecting the elderly and allowing everyone else to return to a level of normalcy.
What stands out to me the most on this particular page is the critique of Canada’s Conservative Party. (Do you think they call it the “CCP?”)
“Conservative Party politicians are so scared of criticism, they refuse to act as a check on the approach Justin Trudeau is taking,” says Bernier. “Experts are opposed to the direction the Federal Government is giving the provinces, but Erin O’Toole is nowhere to be found, even though he leads the official opposition.”
Indeed, since the beginning of the pandemic, the Conservative Party has been unwilling or unable to hold the government accountable, not just for their response to the Pandemic, but for silencing critics and suffocating dissent.
“The Liberals want to keep us locked up while they use the crisis created by their own measures as an excuse to expand the welfare state and explode the deficit, and the Conservative Party is happy to march along with them,” says Bernier.
I was intrigued at this point, so I continued to explore the website. Here is the party platform:
- FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Protecting Canadians from Censorship and Discrimination
- PUBLIC FINANCE: Balancing the Budget in Two Years and Cutting Taxes
- ECONOMY: Encouraging Investment and Productivity Growth
- INDIGENOUS ISSUES: A New Relationship Based on Mutual Respect
- VETERANS: Standing behind the men and women who sacrificed for our country
- CANADIAN IDENTITY: Ending Official Multiculturalism and Preserving Canadian Values and Culture
- REFUGEES: Ending Open Borders Policies and Prioritizing Persecuted Groups
- IMMIGRATION: Reducing Overall Levels and Prioritizing Skilled Immigrants
- PIPELINES: Allowing our Oil and Gas Industry to Grow
- FOREIGN POLICY: Focusing on the Security and Prosperity of Canadians
- GLOBAL WARMING & ENVIRONMENT: Rejecting Alarmism and Focusing on Concrete Improvements
- SUPPLY MANAGEMENT: Making Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs More Affordable
- INTERNAL TRADE: Getting Rid of Interprovincial Trade Barriers
- HEALTH CARE: Giving Provinces the Incentives to Deal with Wait Times and Rising Costs
- FIREARMS: Respecting Legal Firearms Owners and Targeting Criminals
- EQUALIZATION: Fairness For All Provinces
I am not going to sit here and pretend I am some kind of Canada expert. I went to Niagara Falls once when I was 16. I had one Canadian friend in college who told me that Canadians call their currency “Loonies and Toonies,” which seem to fall perfectly in line with every Canadian stereotype I had ever heard. But at first glance at the platform, I was feeling refreshed. If the People’s Party can “walk the talk,” then they may have my hypothetical “vote.”
I have always thought of Canada as the country of happy syrup makers who never go to war and have to wear big jackets, but as of late it has been deemed the “woke capital.”
In 2018 the government tried to deny summer job funding (a program that subsidizes businesses to hire summer employees) to “anti-choice” organizations–protecting abortion as a “human right.” Apparently, they changed the language but the Founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada described the changes saying, “It still achieves the same aim of ensuring that groups that are primarily against human rights, like anti-choice groups, are not going to be eligible for funding still, and it appears to satisfy the concerns of religious groups and churches.”
In 2017, the government passed C-16 — a bill adding “gender identity and expression” to the Human Rights Code and to the hate crime section of the Criminal Code. The passing of this bill opened up the possibility of fines, “sensitivity training,” even jail time for “misgendering” someone. Jared Brown of Brown Litigation did not feel the bill clearly leads to jail time but admitted, “The path to prison is not straightforward. It’s not easy. But, it’s there.”
The Equality Act anyone?
American Progressives have good cause to gaze longingly at the nation of Canada as the Canadian government redistributes wealth, cracks down on “misinformation,” and prioritizes climate change policies.
Should Maxime Brenier come to power, it seems we can kiss the world’s Progressive utopia goodbye. The People’s Party promises to remove the country from the Paris Accord, abolish the carbon tax, expand the oil and gas industry, repeal C-16, reduce Canada’s UN presence to a minimum, secure their borders, and, dare I say, put “Canada First.”
I can anticipate a few comments to this post:
“If you like Canada so much, move there.”
“I guess I’m moving to Canada.”
Slow down, my fellow Patriots.
If anything, the People’s Party of Canada is the promising cousin of American ideas. Should they be true to their promises, I wish them quite well.
But back to America. If Canada can do it, we can do it.
We can surely relate to an establishment party sitting on its hands as basic freedoms are eroded. Just this week Mayor de Blasio of NYC established our nation’s first vaccine passport — ”The Key to NYC.” As of August 4, 55 percent of NYC residents have been vaccinated. Everyone else can’t eat indoors or go to the gym, thanks to Mayor de Blasio.
Where are our political leaders willing to get arrested for this overt government overreach? Since when have Canadians had more guts than we do? (No offense Canadians. I have only known one Canadian in real life, and he was awesome. Also, Jordan Peterson is Canadian, so “mad respect” for Canada, as the kids say.)
But seriously, how is the People’s Party of Canada sounding more American than America?Published in