OTTAWA – Barely touching the 2% vote, Maxime Bernier chose Wednesday night to hit the nail of immigration again.
The leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) delivered a speech to supporters gathered in Mississauga early Wednesday evening.
He has pledged to reduce the number of immigrants admitted to Canada every year to 100,000, or 150,000 at most, if he comes to power on October 21, an unlikely prospect according to polls.
According to the text of his speech, the head of the CPP said he wanted to break taboos and debate without censorship of immigration.
A fence to block Roxham Road
It wants to reduce the number of refugees accepted in Canada, build a fence to block Roxham Road and eliminate the program that allows reunification with parents and grandparents of immigrants.
“We can not be the welfare state of the planet,” he said.
He denounced “mass immigration” and “extreme multiculturalism”, saying that these policies will lead to “social conflicts and potentially violence”.
He identified “Islamism or political Islam” as a threat to “our values and way of life”.
Interview “face to face”
Mr. Bernier promised to submit each immigration candidate to a “face-to-face” interview with a Canadian official to judge the candidate’s values and his acceptance of Canadian “societal norms”. A promise that recalls Caquist’s test of values.
He said he wanted to “protect Western values”.
He cited one of his nominees in Ontario, Salim Mansur, who writes that official multiculturalism is a “lie”.
“The biggest seller of this lie in Canada is of course Justin Trudeau,” said Bernier. “A lie based on the idea that all cultures are equal,” he denounced.
Mr. Mansur, whom the Conservative Party of Andrew Scheer did not want, was in Mississauga to introduce his leader. In an interview last week on YouTube, the London North Center candidate said that Canada is becoming “more and more Sharia-compliant.”
To close this loop, Mr. Bernier proposes to accept as refugees in Canada not the families referred by the UN agencies, but rather the religious minorities “persecuted” in “Muslim-majority countries” as, “for example, Christians, Yazidis (…) members of the Ahmadi community “.
Journalists as target
Moreover, Mr. Bernier, in an impetus perhaps inspired by Donald Trump, has, on a few occasions, targeted journalists in his speech. “Journalists (…) who always come back with questions about sectarianism can go elsewhere,” he said.
Since he posted six tweets on Twitter last August, denouncing “extreme multiculturalism,” Bernier says he is accused of racism, “a false and ridiculous accusation.”