Leader of new People’s Party of Canada says his party is the only one willing to discuss the “Islamist menace”

People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier, along with PPC candidates and supporters, attended the party’s first national conference in Gatineau, Quebec on Sunday. A little background: the PPC was launched in September of last year after Bernier resigned from Canada’s official opposition Conservative Party. Bernier is also a former cabinet minister with the Conservatives. His new PPC has managed in less than a year to form electoral district associations in all of Canada’s 338 ridings.

His split inevitably divides the right in the country on key issues affecting the conservative base. In his resignation speech, Bernier stated:

 “I’ve come to realize this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed…I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government.”

Bernier has been disqualified from upcoming official election debates scheduled on October 7 and October 10, on the grounds that his new party did not meet certain criteria established by the federal government:

Any party wishing to participate had to meet two of three conditions, which include having one sitting MP elected under the party banner, as well as candidates running in 90 per cent of the 338 federal ridings in the Oct. 21 election.

Although “the PPC plans to run a full slate,” the problem is that Bernier was elected as a Conservative. Still, he argues that to be excluded from the debates means “excluding the only political party leader who has anything different to say.” He is correct in this, specifically on the important matters of multiculturalism, immigration, the freedom of speech and the constitution. Bernier stands out as unique among his counterparts of the Liberal Party (Justin Trudeau), the New Democratic Party (Jagmeet Singh), and the Conservative Party (Andrew Scheer). Benjamin Dichter, a founding member of the group LGBTory.ca, the Rainbow Conservatives of Canada, who ran for the Conservative party in downtown Toronto in 2015, exemplified a cohesion that undergirds support for the PPC when he “pumped up the crowd” at the national conference by stating that “Canada is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to how it is dealing with Islamic extremism.” He continued: “Canada is ill and suffering, and it is suffering from the stench of cultural relativism and political Islam.” Dichter switched his support from the Conservative party to the PPC.

When reporters asked Bernier whether he agreed with Dichter’s assessment, he replied that he was “glad Dichter was raising the question,” and that “it connects to his policy on immigration, which would require everyone wishing to immigrate to Canada to undergo an in-person interview about whether their views align with Canadian ‘societal norms.’”

It is important to note here that whether one agrees or disagrees with Dichter that Canada has a problem with “cultural relativism” and “political Islam” — the latter of which Jihad Watch has covered quite extensively HERE, and also about its disastrous “anti-Islamophobia” Motion M-103 HERE — debate about these issues has been all but shut down in Canada. Any thinking individual with respect for Canada as a free society and its long tradition of freedom of speech should realize that issues of Islamic supremacism, the global jihad, open-door immigration, and multiculturalism are and need to be addressed in open dialogue and debate for the good of the whole people, in pursuit of a united Canada. So Bernier answered well in stating the importance of having this discussion.

The word “dialogue” in Canada has been hijacked by charlatans and manipulators of identity politics, along with Islamic supremacists. Together they have had a great impact upon those leaders who are inclined to political correctness and pandering to special interest groups. Sitting  around a table and socializing with ethnic and religious groups does not constitute dialogue. It is an insult to the real meaning of diversity. Real dialogue requires open, intelligent debate and diversity of opinion; it includes all faiths, views and races, not just one faith and set of beliefs, Islam.

In reference to whether or not Bernier will be allowed to participate in the pre-election debates, he proclaimed that “it won’t be a real debate if I’m not there.” He hopes that the head of the Leaders’ Debates Commission will change his mind and allow him to participate. A petition has now been launched, calling on the commission to include him.

Beyond politicking and partisanship, a much bigger issue is at play: democratic values. Even the Toronto Star published an article defending Bernier’s right to be included in the debates. The article “Maxime Bernier should be allowed to participate in the leaders’ election debates” argues that “rules for participation are too restrictive, and the process of eligibility isn’t completely democratic.” Given the void in leadership that Canada has experienced under the Trudeau government, which has an Islamic supremacist entryist problem and a propensity for corruption, not to mention plans to “massively ramp up” refugee intake and roll out the welcome mat for Islamic State jihadists and their families, never before has it been more urgent for Canadians to be informed and weigh evidence before casting their ballot on October 21. After all, what’s to hide?

“Bernier Claims ‘Islamist Extremists’ Have Infiltrated Canadian Politics,” by Althia Raj, Huffington Post, August 19, 2019:

GATINEAU, Que. — Islamic extremists are infiltrating Canadian political parties, Maxime Bernier told reporters Sunday, alleging that political party leaders are playing footsie with them to get votes.

The leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was responding to questions about whether he shares views espoused by the guest speaker at his party’s inaugural conference. Benjamin Dichter contended that the Liberal Party of Canada is “infested with Islamiscists” and that Canada is suffering from “the stench of cultural relativeness and political Islam.”

Standing shoulder to shoulder with Dichter, a last-minute 2015 Conservative candidate stand-in in Toronto–Danforth, Bernier offered some of his own views.

“If we don’t talk about this now, and we don’t talk about immigration at the same time, our country risks become something it isn’t, in 25 or 50 years,” he said, in French.

“Look at Andrew Scheer. He went out of his way to meet Islamist extremists to get their votes,” Bernier asserted, offering little evidence.

“You reproached me for having my picture taken with someone at a public event that I didn’t know,” Bernier told journalists, referring to pictures he has posed for with a white nationalist and members of an alleged hate group. “But Andrew Scheer, he went to meet an Islamist extremist who tells people how it is good to beat your wife, and how to beat them.”

Bernier, the party said, was referring to Omar Subedar, a Toronto-area imam who has been the subject of controversial conservative Rebel Media videos as well as a recent posting in Jihad Watch.

Subedar told HuffPost Canada Monday that Bernier’s allegations are untrue and he is just waiting for “the right moment to use the Canadian system against him” and bring him to court.

The Rebel’s videos, Subedar said, distorted the message he was sharing. “Am I teaching men to go out there and beat their wives? No!,” said the imam.

Subedar was explaining the prophet’s teaching and contextualizing them, he said. “Almost every major imam who is in Canada has been found saying something with respect to this particular verse, because it is something that you do have to deal with,” he said, explaining a Qur’an passage that appears to suggest men may beat their wives lightly.

The Muslim cleric said he has no idea what Bernier is talking about regarding Islamist extremists infiltrating political parties, calling the suggestion “completely ludicrous and unjustified.”

“My personal opinion is he is trying to create a base that is hostile to people of colour,” Subedar said, of Bernier.

The imam said the first attack against him on the Rebel came when he posted a picture with then Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in 2014. The second happened this spring after he was photographed with Scheer. Subedar said he spoke with the Tory leader about the party’s relationship with the community and white supremacy.

He wanted to know how Scheer planned to treat Muslims, adding that the community did not begin to organize until after former prime minister Stephen Harper “started targeting” them and using them as “scapegoats,” pointing to the ban on niqabs during citizenship ceremonies as an example.

The Conservative party did not return a request for comment.

Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley called Bernier’s comments “another disappointing example of today’s conservative politicians doubling down on divisive politics and completely ignoring the facts.”…

In his speech, Bernier noted his is the only party willing to talk openly about the “Islamist menace.”

To reporters, he said the People’s Party of Canada welcomes Muslims and those of all other faiths who want to live according to Canadian values: separation of church and state, the equality of women and men. The PPC wants fewer immigrants and a stop to irregular refugees.

“We are against mass immigration, but we are for immigration,” Bernier said, noting his party wants to increase the percentage of economic immigrants. Pointing to social cohesion problems in Europe and in Britain, Bernier said he doesn’t want the same issues replicated in Canada because of new immigrants who don’t share the same values. The PPC wants face-to-face interviews with all would-be newcomers to gauge their potential for integration.

“It’s time to have that debate.”….

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