People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier, who was arrested in June for speaking out against government policies, is now warning Americans to beware of the government’s attempt to implement unconstitutional restrictions.
In an interview with Fox News, Bernier intimated that he is gravely concerned about what he calls the “massive overreach” of government in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. His arrest in Manitoba last June resulted from speaking against COVID-19 shutdowns, restrictions, mask mandates, and coming vaccination requirements.
Bernier spoke of his arrest and the ramifications of “authoritarian” Canadian government policies heralded by Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
CBC Canada News reported that Bernier was arrested for speaking out against COVID-19 restrictions at a “sparsely attended rally” in St-Pierre-Jolys, located about 57 kilometers south of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The report noted that “no more than 15 people were in attendance.”
Bernier laments the loss of freedoms in his homeland and is on a mission to warn Americans not to take their liberty for granted.
Australia and New Zealand have topped headlines with their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The activation of the military, arrests, beating of protestors, monitoring of citizen movement, shutdowns, and vaccine passports are among the grievances of the citizens of those free nations.
Bernier warns that if Americans do not speak out against the government’s encroachment of freedom, equally restrictive measures are not so far away. In his Fox News interview, he spoke of “draconian” policies in Manitoba and Quebec, citing 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. curfews, stay-at-home orders, the economic lockdown a few months ago, current vaccine mandates, and a coming nationwide vaccine passport.
Bernier, 58, indicated that he chose not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus because he did not feel at risk of dying from the disease. He noted that, in Canada, everyone must be vaccinated, despite personal convictions or health history.
“Here in Quebec right now, you have a vaccine passport. So for me…I cannot participate in civil society, I cannot go to a restaurant, I cannot go to a baseball game or hockey game,” he said.
Noting that restrictions are increasing even as death rates are decreasing, Bernier noted, “It’s discrimination that’s happening right now in Quebec. It’s happening also in Ontario, in B.C., in Manitoba.”
Bernier added that the implementation of passport requirements to travel would begin soon, perhaps by the end of October.
“And for me, I won’t be able to travel across the country inside Canada, by plane or by train because I don’t have the vaccine passport,” he said.
Travelweek, a Canadian travel news source, confirmed the rollout of a national vaccine passport. The source noted the national passport is planned for the fall but may be delayed past October.
Bernier speaks often against the loss of freedom. “I was arrested, handcuffed, and put in jail for a non-crime after a political gathering for about 12 hours,” he said. “That was political repression, and the government in Manitoba didn’t want me to do a rally over there in Winnipeg and speak against these draconian measures.”
Bernier’s plan is to use his case as a platform to shine a spotlight on government overreach. His court date is set for November, but Bernier stated that his court date had already been delayed more than once, claiming that the reason for the delays is because “the government knows that he will win.”
Bernier claimed his PPC group was the only political party in Canada speaking out against coronavirus restrictions. His pushback against anti-authoritarianism resonates with Canadians, convincing many to become politically active. He notes the PPC party made significant gains in September’s election.
Bernier projects an increase in restrictions in the days to come. He warns Americans, who enjoy a government that is a step or two behind Canada and Australia in implementing strict mandates and restrictive measures, to fight for their rights.
In the Fox News interview, he urged Americans to oppose any attempt by the Biden administration to implement a vaccine mandate.
“We are in the same boat,” he said. “We have authoritarian governments in Canada right now with Trudeau, and Biden is going in the same direction for you in the U.S.”
“What happened in Canada with the vaccine passport, mandatory vaccine passports in Quebec, in Ontario and in other provinces, can also happen in different states,” Bernier added. “Just fight and protest and write to your representative. We need to stand up and speak out for what we believe.”
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