Canadian Media Is Very Politely Covering a Far-Right Party - 2019-09-27
Multiple recent incidents on the election trail show how Canadian media and civil society struggle with how to deal with politicians and bad actors on the far-right.
Earlier this week, the debate over whether to deplatform such figures intensified when the Toronto Star's editorial board's invited People's Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxime Bernier in for a live chat. The paper has a tradition of inviting the main party leaders to discuss their politics before endorsing one ahead of an election. The PPC is currently polling nationally at about 3.1 per cent.
The invitation split the newsroom, according to Star columnist Shree Paradkar, who said the invitation helped "legitimize" and amplify Bernier's far-right ideas, which include eliminating "official" multiculturalism in Canada and stopping immigration from being used to "forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada."