Extreme right-wing narratives gain momentum in federal election, despite parties struggling in polls - 2019-10-12

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F0.png Extreme right-wing narratives gain momentum in federal election, despite parties struggling in polls October 12, 2019, Alex Cosh, rabble.ca

In the first round of questions, CTV's Lisa Laflamme read out some of the most divisive tweets authored by People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier:

"You called diversity in Canada a cult and extreme multiculturalism. You've used the words ghetto and tribes to describe newcomers whom you say bring distrust and potential violence. On Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist, you called her, quote, clearly mentally unstable. Are these the words of someone with the character and integrity to lead all Canadians and represent us on the world stage?"

By way of a response, Bernier labelled all the other party leaders "globalist," (a term that carries anti-Semitic undertones) and said he wanted to stop Canada from becoming "like other countries in Europe," where, he claimed, "they have a huge difficulty to integrate their immigrants." After being called out by Jagmeet Singh, Bernier fumed against what he described as the NDP leader's "socialist policy."

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