Leader of the People's Party of Canada (PPC) and former member of the Canadian Parliament Maxime Bernier issued a stern warning to Americans regarding the government's "overbreadth " in putting restrictions on the daily lives of citizens in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic .
Addressing Fox News Digital, Bernier shared an edifying account of his arrest as he attempted to denounce the "authoritarian " Canadian government led by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Party of C anada Justin Trudeau . He sought to warn the Americanss not to take their freedoms for granted, lest they end up with the same "draconian " measures that already rule his home country.
Asked what some described as a severe response from the governments of countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Bernier detailed the restrictions that he and his fellow Quebecers were forced to endure throughout the pandemic, including curfews between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., stay-at-home orders and an economic lockdown.
The chef of the People's Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, speaks to Fox News 'Brandon Gillespie about coronavirus restrictions across Canada. (Brandon Gillespie)
"Now, after over a year and a half, it's still the same, " Bernier, 58, said before declaring that he chose not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus because he felt his chances of d ying from her were low. "Here in Quebec at the moment you have a vaccination passport. So for me… I cannot participate in civil society, I cannot go to restaurants, I cannotgo to a baseball or hockey game. "
" This is discrimination that is happening in Quebec right now. This is also happening in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba "he added, adding that the implementation of passport requirements for travel would begin at the end of October. " The vaccination passport is mandatory . And for me, I will not be able to travel across the country within Canada, by plane or by train because I do not have the vaccine passport. "
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According to Travelweek , a Canadian travel news outlet, the planned deployment by the Canadian government of a national passport forThe vaccines are scheduled for fall, but may be delayed after October.
Bernier told the story of his Arrested in June in the central Canadian province of Manitoba while he was trying to organize rallies against coronavirus restrictions across the country.
He claimed this because the PPC was the only political party in Canada to speak out against the coronavirus restrictions, he said. felt it necessary to start campaigning before the start of the official campaign season before September fede. electoral election, which lasts between 36 to 50 days before polling day.
People's Day supporters of Canada (PPC) protest after Leader Maxime Bernier was not invited to the two federal election debates held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, September 9, 2021. REUTERS / Patrick Doyle (REUTERS / Patrick Doyle)
"I was arrested, mbogged down and put in jail for a non-crime after a political rally of about 12 hours, "said Bernier. " It was political repression, and the Manitoba government didn't want me to do it. a rally there in Winnipeg and speaks out against these draconian measures. "
He said at the time the number of people allowed to meet in the parks where he The rallies that held were limited, which led to his rally breaking the imposed rule. The rule was lifted a few weeks after his arrest.
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" I was having a meeting in a park because the rules were that we couldn't have a meeting indoors, and I 've had a meeting in a park. was arrested because we weremore than five people in a socially distanced park outside on a beautiful summer day, ”Bernier said. "I was the only one who got a ticket and the only one who got jailed for it and not the other people there. That 's why I said it was political repression. "
Bernier has said he is due to appear in court next month, but his court date has already been delayed more than once. He claimed that the reason for the delay was because "the government knows they are going to win " and the reason he was cited was unconstitutional.
Leader of the People's Party of Canada (PPC) Maxime Bernier speaks after the announcement of the federation's election results in Beauceville, Quebec, Canada, October 21, 2019. REUTERS / Mathieu Belanger (REUTERS / Mathieu Belanger)
He also expressed his concern about how he would surrender on his hearing date since he would not be able to take a train or plane to Canada once the government puts in place a national vaccination passport requirement.
"I don't I don't know what's going to happen. It ismy right as a politician to be able to travel and meet people, and that's what I want to do. So it will be a bit difficult for me if this rule is in place. It would be a huge discrimination "he said.
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Bernier explained that his party focuses on the September federal election was aimed at opposing restrictions such as lockdown and vaccine passports, as this amounted to " discrimination "and "a kind of segregation.
The Liberal Party remained the party in power , and TrudeauPrime Minister, with 32.6% of the vote, but Bernier was quick to point out the gains made by the PPC. The party, which was formed in 2018, has gone from 1.6% of the vote in the 2019 election to 4.9% this year, overtaking the much older Green Party at 2.3%.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he attends a bi-weekly press conference at Le Chalet Rideau in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press via AP)
He quoted his anti-authoritarian message that resonates with Canadians and convinces them to turn away from the Conservatives, Liberals and the New Democratic Party (NDP) to justify the gains. He also cited a large number of people who went to the polls and who did not normally show up at the polls.
Bernier placed any potential for future success on the ability to win the battle of public opinion over how Canadians perceive government restrictions. He explained that there was majority support for the liberal government restrictions among the population, and admitted that one would have to convince the public that the best idea was to have a countrymore free before seeing a stop of their implementation.
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Bernier asserted that the Canadian media has not been neutral when it comes to covering government efforts to implement restrictions on coronaviruses, and that 'they essentially amounted to "propaganda " from the government.
"The media were not neutral. They did not show the other point of view. It was very difficult for me as a party leader national to be in the big national media because they don "t like what I was saying, " he said. "The media weren't fair and they had only one point of view, and they didn 't want to hear the other point of sight, and they gave us no visibility. "
He supported his argument by referring to the Rescue of 600 million Canadian dollars from the " struggling media " "in 2019, as well as their supply of CA $ 1.2 billion for the government - funded by the Societe Radio-Canada (CBC).
Right-wing People's Party of Canada (PPC) supporters attend a protest rally outside the headquarters of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 16, 2021. REUTERS / Chris Helgren (REUTERS / Chris Helgren)
Bernier turned to the United States and called on Americans to fight for their rights and to follow the lead of those who oppose the implementation by the Biden administration of a vaccine warrant.
"I believe in America. Like the debate in Canada right now, you can no longer take your freedoms for granted in America. My advice would be to read it.tter, "he said." All of these measures are not constitutional, against your rights and freedoms, and I hope you will fight too. We have to do it. "
"We are in the same boat. We have authoritarian governments in Canada right now with Trudeau, and Biden is heading in the same direction for you in the United States. What happened in Canada with the vaccine passport, mandatory vaccine passports in Quebec, Ontario and other provinces, different states, "added Bernier. " Just fight and protest and write to your representative. We must stand up and stand up for our convictions. "