Maxime Bernier says pundit Warren Kinsella branded him a racist, sues for defamation - 2020-02-05
Bernier founded the People's Party shortly after narrowly losing the Conservative party leadership race to Andrew Scheer in 2017. He said a right-wing alternative was necessary, declaring the Conservatives to be "intellectually and morally corrupt" and lacking in true conservative principles.
While campaigning as People's Party leader, Bernier spoke out against what he called "extreme multiculturalism," promising to cut immigration levels and ensure new arrivals respond to Canada's economic needs.
He faced criticism from his rivals for not doing enough to weed out alleged racists from his party and for denying there's a scientific consensus that humans are responsible for climate change.