People’s Party of Canada leader spends final days campaigning in Alberta
The leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, spent the last days before the federal election in Alberta.
Hundreds of Albertans flocked to an empty field behind a Strathmore company on Friday to support the People’s Party of Canada, and on Saturday Bernier attended a rally in Memorial Park, attended by about 1,000 people.
Bernier and other speakers have opposed vaccines, as fourth wave of COVID-19 cases in Alberta rises and surgeries cut by 75%, including surgeries for children at Alberta Children’s Hospital .
As of Friday, 2,523 people had died from COVID-19 in Alberta. The rally was followed by a march through the city’s Beltline area.
[Alberta] seemed like a space where this anger could really be exploited by the PPC.– Barbara Perry, hate and extremism researcher
“People understand that they don’t want a ‘show me your papers’ company, they don’t want a vaccine passport. It’s illegal, unconstitutional, immoral and unfair,” Bernier said on Saturday. Legal experts said vaccine passports would likely stand up to a Charter challenge.
Barbara Perry, director of the Center on Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tech University, says she believes Bernier chose to end his campaign in Alberta because it is one of the provinces where his party has received the most support.
It also comes days after Alberta Premier Jason Kenney introduced tougher health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
“It obviously caused a lot of consternation among those who were already against vaccines and blockades and everything,” Perry said.
“It seemed like a space where that anger could really be harnessed by the PPC.”
When Bernier took the microphone on Saturday, among the first words he spoke were “when tyranny becomes law, revolution becomes our duty”, which was greeted by the crowd.
It’s based on the playbook of the far-right militia group the Three Percent, Perry says. The Three Percent is a neo-Nazi group on Canada’s terrorist list.
The People’s Party of Canada is in the polls at 6.7 percent nationally and 10.2 percent in Alberta, CBC Polls Tracking suggests.
“This is the party that speaks what a very small but noisy minority wants to hear. It is the party that speaks loudest against vaccination passports, against lockdowns, against all these COVID restrictions,” he said. Perry said.
Canadians go to the polls on Monday
With one day ahead of election day, CBC poll tracking suggests the Liberals are close to three for a favorite to win the most seats, although a Liberal or Conservative-led minority government remains much more likely. than a majority government formed by one or the other party.
On Sunday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spoke in King – Vaughan riding, a rural suburb of the Greater Toronto Area, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole hosted two events, one in Markham and one in Toronto, the leader NDP Jagmeet Singh is in Burnaby, British Columbia. and Green Party leader Annamie Paul ends campaign in downtown Toronto.
Canadians will go to the polls on Monday, September 20.