Maxime Bernier defends right-hand man after accusations of 'antisemitism, misogyny, and racism' - 2019-02-07
OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier, leader of the nascent People's Party of Canada, is defending his right-hand man Martin Masse amid accusations the top party official fomented "antisemitism, misogyny, and racism" in his past writings.
Jewish-Canadian group B'nai Brith Canada released findings from their "independent investigation" of Masse on Wednesday, based on a review of his work for a defunct online media outlet Le Québécois Libre, which published libertarian commentary until 2016. The views Masse expressed in his articles, most of them from more than 15 years ago, include concerns about the actions of Israel and American interventionism in the Middle East, and defences of figures such as France's controversial Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Less than an hour after the group published a press release, linking to more than a dozen articles from the outlet, the Conservative Party was accusing Bernier of "pandering" to people with hateful prejudices. Both Bernier and Masse, meanwhile, speculated B'nai Brith may have had political motivations.