Interview with Burnaby South PPC candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson
It’s a new year and the Burnaby South byelection is off to a running start. The finishing line is on February 25th and the prize is a temporary seat in the House of Commons as a sitting member of parliament.
The outcome of the British Columbia seat, along with two other ridings in Ontario and Quebec will provide valuable insight for how the October 2019 federal election might turn out.
“We’re going to see a shifting of the nation” in Burnaby South
A sample of voters from Canada’s three most populated provinces will be casting judgement on the performance of the Trudeau government and who they might favor as a replacement.
It will also be the very first time that Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada will run a candidate and compete for another seat in parliament. Currently the only PPC member sitting in the house is the party leader himself, who had a dramatic split from the Conservative Party of Canada in 2018.
That PPC candidate is Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson who joins us here today at The Post Millennial.
Thompson is a former television host at The 700 Club Canada where she presented faith-based programming. She is also an author of several books and has ran for a school trustee seat in Burnaby in 2018, where she lost with 15,622 votes.
“I believe what we’re going to see in Burnaby south is a shifting of the nation, we’re going to see things that begin to come into alignment,” she said.
“First of all they’ve never had a leader in Burnaby South, a leader of one of the four parties come and become a candidate here. They’ve also never had a vocal person like myself who really stands behind freedom.”
The People’s Party of Canada has replaced the Greens as the fourth party to compete against the NDP, Liberals and CPC. Green Party leader Elizabeth May announced that her party won’t run a candidate in the riding as a courtesy to party leader Jagmeet Singh.
Jagmeet Singh’s greatest weakness
Thompson seems to believe that Jagmeet Singh’s greatest weakness will be his lack of connections to the community. Jagmeet—the only party leader to currently not hold a seat—was parachuted into Burnaby South in the hopes that he would secure a place as an MP before October 2019.
“His numbers are sinking, his own people are not too happy, I’ve already heard that there’s just not interest in his bid for this seat. He’s not local to here and so yeah it’s kind of a surprise that he would choose Burnaby South,” said Thompson about the NDP leader.
Being pitted against a party leader will be a profile boost, not just for Thompson, but for the other two candidates as well.
A potential win by the PPC against a national party leader would indicate to competitors that the fledgling party needs to be taken seriously in 2019.
“The left has made it a lot easier for us”
The byelection will also signal to the provincial and federal NDP how satisfied B.C. locals are with its leadership. For the last few federal elections Burnaby South has consistently voted left-wing, and since 2011, the NDP have consistently secured the riding.
“I think that the left has made it a lot easier for us, we have Trudeau making terrible decisions for this last year and a half where we keep seeing all kinds of things happening that are very offensive to Canadians,” said Thompson when asked about the riding’s electoral history.
Among the mistakes Thompson attributed to the Trudeau administration she mentioned the unpopular Canada Summer Jobs attestation and the signing of the UN migration pact in December.
“Burnaby south is already looking at the liberal party sideways because you have a very strong Chinese community who are very conservative here.”
When asked about why the byelection was delayed for so long, Thompson seemed to believe that Justin Trudeau did it for his opponent, Jagmeet Singh’s, benefit.
“He’s moved into a riding, he’s renting an apartment so he can run here and try to be a part of the community but this is not his home town. He wants to get into the house of commons and he wants to make that run for the member of parliament position so I think that Justin Trudeau has withheld it showing some political gaming has been going on. And frankly I just soar above it,” said Thompson about the byelection timing.
Working alongside Maxime Bernier
As I spoke to Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson it became clear that she had a bigger picture view of the election. When speaking about the party, her candidacy and PPC leader Maxime Bernier her language almost bordered on the religious.
If Thompson were to secure the Burnaby South riding for the PPC, she would be working directly alongside party leader Maxime Bernier in parliament.
“My very first desire is to support Maxime Bernier’s plan for Canada, he is the one who has stood tall and strong with courage and I know that I will need to learn a lot from him and I will need to learn a lot about what goes on in the house of commons.”
Maxime Bernier has announced his support for Thompson, alongside Jennifer M. Clarke who will be running in another B.C. byelection in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.
When asked about Bernier, Thompson spoke very highly of her party leader and said she was encouraged to run for the PPC by his opposition to political correctness.
“There’s no one else like him. He is the one who literally declared political correctness dead in Canada. And that was the tweet that really let me know that there was something different about him,” said Thompson.
“When I read that tweet I actually felt an electrical charge go up my back as if something was spoken over Canada as if Canadians have been waiting for somebody to speak. They’ve been waiting for somebody to say that we are not going to live in fear of ideologies being set up in the nation, of political correctness ruling the day.”
Anti-SOGI activism and moving onto federal politics
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was known to most people as an ardent anti-SOGI activist. SOGI is the sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum being adopted by British Columbia schools.
While most of the mainstream coverage focused around her views regarding gender ideology, it’s important to note that education curriculum is a provincial matter.
“That’s a provincial matter and I am now going onto federal politics so my focus has been shifted. I have already been labelled with some media outlets as being anti trans agenda and I actually support freedom, I love Canada,” she said on the issue.
“With that issue taking a back seat in my life, I’m onward and upward to the federal issues.”
In a recent interview PPC Leader Maxime Bernier said that “She has the right of her own religious beliefs and that’s OK, we’re in a free country.” He also made sure to mention that social issues won’t be a part of the PPC party platform.
“I’m pretty excited about the platform, I really believe that it will be supportive to a great economy. I think that the corporate tax cuts that Maxime Bernier is proposing and the way that he would like to lower taxes for all Canadian families,” said Thompson.
Beleaguered history with the Conservative Party of Canada
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson has sought the nomination of the CPC in the past to no avail.
Currently the CPC is running candidate Jay Shin for the Burnaby South riding.
“I was in the meeting with Jay Shin who is now running for the CPC in Burnaby South. But once again it was the higher ups who rejected me and so I now have several of the EDA members from Burnaby south CPC that are now serving with me for the PPC and that says a lot,” she said about her latest run in with the CPC.
“This has been a tough year to actually come to the understanding that the CPC does not have courage, is not in touch with the grassroots people of this nation.”
Thompson seemed to echo some of Bernier’s own reasons for why he had left the CPC but from a particularly social conservative perspective.
CPC has abandoned social conservatives
Despite the PPC’s refusal to make a stand on social issues, Thompson represents herself as a voice for the social conservative faction on the right.
“I began to hear all kinds of stories about other social conservatives being treated badly and being iced out of the conservative party nomination process. I believe that there’s corruption in the nomination process that now goes very deeply and it is becoming an alarming and much talked about in the background issue,” said Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.
Social conservatives have become more vocal in Canada and many feel that the CPC is ignoring their views. Whether this will translate into an exodus from the Conservative Party and support for the PPC is yet to be seen.
“I think that we have to stand strong and that the silent majority in Canada needs to become emboldened to live out with dignity and with courage what their values and what their beliefs are,” said Thompson.
Throughout our interview it became clear that Thompson was willing and intending to use populist language to engage voters. It is likely that running against three “establishment” parties, Thompson’s strength will lie in painting herself as a political outsider who isn’t willing to play traditional political games.
“You see I’ve already been called an awful lot of names, I’ve been mischaracterized and spoken of in a very bad way, I’ve already been through that. I could not care less who calls me names,” she said about her recent run ins with the media.
“I can be a bit polarizing in some respects because I really believe in standing up for what we believe in and this is going to be important.”
The race to be MP is well underway
The Burnaby South byelection is turning out to be a contested race that will likely have national implications for federal politics.
Like all things in the political world nothing is certain and the country will have to wait until February to speak about any real and tangible results.
After our conversation it became clear to me that Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson is committed to PPC principles and the leadership of Maxime Bernier but it is still too soon to tell how committed voters will be to her brand of politics.
Three people have been arrested and charged by Hamilton police in relation to protests held at a speaking event with political commentator Dave Rubin and People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier last month, report Hamilton Police.
Of those arrested were Alaa Al Soufi, 27, the son of owners of the popular Soufi’s restaurant in Toronto. Also arrested was Kevin Metcalf, 33, who allegedly attacked a man at an anti-M-103 rally in Toronto last year, and Maximiliano Herrera, 30, each for incidents that took place outside of the Mohawk College speaking event.
Metcalf, a former employee of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, had originally posted about his arrest in a lengthy Facebook post on September 30th:
The event gained international attention after a video emerged of three protestors blocking the path of an elderly woman attempting to enter the event. Soufi can be seen in the video wearing a balaclava.
The owners of the restaurant, Husam and Shahnaz Al-Soufi confirmed their son was at the protest, with Husam telling TPM he had no prior knowledge of antifa’s brutish activity, stating: “I was so ignorant about what was happening. I thought antifa was anti-fascist—[that’s] anti-Hitler, anti-terrorist. I had no idea it happened in Hamilton. I had no idea about Mr. Maxime’s speech.”
He went on to say he prays that his son will one day have the opportunity to apologize to the elderly woman who was blocked by his son. “I pray it will happen. And when I say pray, I usually look at a beautiful thing and make a wish. Usually, this beautiful thing is my wife… She is a lovely senior lady and my son blocked her way. Wearing a scary mask is not something we should accept. It is legal but immoral.”
Police say the September 29 event was met with a large group of “more than 100 protestors.”
Four people at the event were arrested and later released unconditionally, according to officers.
Police say that arrests were made after reviewing video footage in the days following the event. Several suspects were identified.
Police say they arrested one male suspect on October 22, with two male suspects turning themselves in the next day.
Soufi has been charged with two counts of intimidation with intent, with one count of causing a disturbance.
Metcalf has been charged with obstructing to police.
Herrera has been charged with intimidation and assault.
Maxime Bernier, former Conservative Party member and founder of the People’s Party of Canada, has lost his position as MP for the Beauce riding.
The controversial MP and federal leader, who also served in Stephen Harper’s cabinet as the minister of Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture, had served as Beauce’s Member of Parliament since 2006, having won convincingly as a conservative in four prior elections.
Bernier famously started the People’s Party of Canada following an unsuccessful bid for Conservative Party Leadership, losing to Andrew Scheer by only 645 votes in the 13th round of voting.
Victory for Bernier in Beauce would have meant that the PPC had its first elected Member of Parliament.
Pollsters showed that Bernier’s PPC had a 71 percent chance of winning the riding, with 338 showing a 3.9% lead over Conservative candidate, Richard Lehoux.
Lehoux formerly served as president of the Quebec federation of municipalities (FQM), as well as mayor of Saint-Elzéar, Que., for nearly twenty years before retiring in 2017.
A former dairy farmer, Lehoux was given high praise by Scheer, who called Lehoux a “remarkable” candidate.
In response to Lehoux’s selection to run as a Conservative in his riding, Bernier took to Twitter to criticize Scheer and Lehoux, calling the former mayor a “dairy cartel candidate,” going so far as to demand that Scheer explain to voters in Beauce why they continue to pay “hundreds of dollars more” to “maintain a socialist system adopted by Pierre Trudeau in the 70s.”
The Lehoux victory marks the second time since 1984 that the riding was not represented by someone with the last name “Bernier.” Maxime’s father, Gilles, was MP between 1984 and 1997.
New questions raised in PPC riding association's resignations in light of CPC allegedly hiring Kinsella to attack party
In the wake of the bombshell revelations that Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party of Canada hired Warren Kinsella to “seek and destroy” Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party, new questions have come to the surface about the July 2019 mass resignation of the Elmwood-Transcona PPC board.
Taking place the day Maxime Bernier was in Winnipeg campaigning, the resignation of all five People’s Party riding executives in the Elmwood-Transcona riding was a massive blow for Benier and received widespread coverage.
Shaun Martin, Willow Christopher, Andrey Kovalchuk, Michael Brunette, and Jason Gudmundson released a letter on the Elmwood-Transcona PPC Facebook stating the resignation was due to concerns about the party encouraging and harbouring racists without condemnation.
In the media, very few questions were raised of the board members and the circumstances surrounding their departure. As it turns out–it was incredibly rapid. The men cited in the letter had only formed the board on March 8, 2019, never having any previous donation or volunteer history with the PPC. They issued their mass resignation on July 18, a little over four months later, when Maxime Bernier was in Winnipeg campaigning.
According to PPC executive director Johanne Mennie, none of them had been members prior to March 8. Mennie went on to state that Willows Christopher, mentioned in this CBC article as the prospective candidate who had “finished his paperwork and campaign video,” dropping out due to alleged racism he witnessed, was never a member of the PPC, and had never completed or submitted any paperwork related to the candidacy.
Noel Gautron, current candidate for the People’s Party in Elmwood-Transcona told The Post Millennial that once he took over control of the Facebook and Twitter for the riding, he noticed direct messages abandoned by the resigned board members that suggested the resignation was premeditated.
Gautron says he called Shaun Martin, resigned president, to question him over his claims of racism in the party. “He couldn’t give me a straight answer… He was only able to give me the example of what happened in Winnipeg centre with Kinnarath, that antifa guy, being called a terrorist.”
Martin, who had no social media presence prior to allegedly joining “#BernierNation”, retracted his support with a link to his resignation letter on July 16, 2019.
Attempts to reach Martin were unsuccessful. His pro-Bernier Facebook page was established in Sept. 2018, but according to the PPC, Martin did not join the party until March 2019 and never donated. According to the resigned board’s statement, the members were “libertarians and small-c conservatives.”
Michael Brunette, who had been the vice-president, shows a similar pattern of social media creation and then radio silence. His social media account, created in December of 2018, only posted and retweeted Maxime Bernier and PPC-related content, and went dark on May 18.
Though it was difficult to track down PPC Edmonton-Transcona volunteers who had met the resigned board members in person, those who had presented a very different story of the board members and their alleged experiences. While the letter released by the resigned members charged local PPC supporters with inexcusable racism, one member that spoke to The Post Millennial, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated she never heard any negative sentiments expressed by any of the board members about the party, policies or other members.
Former Minister of State and current PPC Candidate for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley Steven Fletcher believes what happened in Elmwood-Transcona was “a complete set-up” and commenting on the widespread controversy that broke Friday, “The dirty tricks that Warren Kinsella and certain elements of the federal Conservative Party were no doubt involved in, with dozens of false stories or manufactured stories, including making outrageous claims with no evidence, and with all due respect to the media, they fell for it.”
The Post Millennial reached out to Martin, Christopher and Brunette through social media accounts and emails but none replied to requests for comment. Attempts to find Kovalchuk’s and Gudmundson’s contacts were unsuccessful.
While what happened in Elmwood-Transcona still remains unclear, these new details, alongside the news of Kinsella’s alleged union with the CPC, have thrown gas on the fire of an already volatile election.
First off, I’d like to thank The Post Millennial for the opportunity to share my opinion. Freedom of speech is under attack in our country, and many other media corporations and media outlets are promoting this infringement of our basic rights.
I will preface my position by saying I have many traditional liberal values, I care about others, and I tell the truth.
I want to clean up our local environment. I want the overdose crisis to end.
I want housing to be affordable. I want single moms who have been victims of domestic abuse to have a place to go.
I want people who are disabled to have disability insurance that truly covers the cost of a care home. I want civics, personal finance and economics taught in high school. I want a prosperous, debt-free Canada. I want equal opportunity for all, not equal, unsatisfactory outcomes.
My name is Elliot Mashford, I am a business owner who has lived in Vancouver for over 15 years.
I employ a diverse group of people, and I am an active contributor to my community. Recently, I have become concerned with the proliferation of disinformation in the mainstream media and its impact on public policy in Canada.
I am also concerned with the direction of Canadian politics and the Canadian economy.
Our polity has degenerated into a game of identity politics, whereas established political parties eagerly pander to the whims of the ethnic groups who support them.
In turn, they engage in patronage politics by granting tax credits or offering other benefits in return for votes. Canada’s leading journalists and scholars eagerly provide accurate descriptions of such activities in other countries, yet they balk at calling things by their proper name in our own country. The time for euphemisms and political correctness is over: these practices are immoral and should be seen for what they are. This country is full of graft, corruption and abuses of the public trust.
The complacent political establishment in Canada is intensely self-interested and is eager to advance their political agenda at the expense of economic prosperity, social solidarity and all other relevant aspects of the public good.
Our mainstream federal party options consist of venal political parties who see little distinction between their personal finances and the nation’s financial resources.
As such, they have no moral qualms about using tax dollars to buy votes.
What they do not want us to know is that their profligacy is the cause of our national debt, not the solution thereof. In other words, they are holding us hostage in a vicious cycle of problems that they have created in the first place.
Naturally, most Canadians feel sympathetic to their rhetoric and cannot imagine an alternative to business as usual. After all, it may seem, an abusive relationship with our overlords seems to be a less frightening prospect than the blind terror of the unknown. Yet, psychologists are aware of this psychological malaise and it has a well-documented name: Stockholm Syndrome.
Before I dive in, I believe every Canadian has a personal responsibility to vote for the candidate they believe is most qualified to run the government.
Andrew Scheer is a fake insurance broker, and Justin Trudeau is a drama teacher.
These are the resumes of our front-runners?
For God’s sakes, I am more qualified to be the prime minister.
I cannot imagine how anyone in their right mind could entrust either of those two charlatans to be in charge of the most pressing affairs in our nation.
If this is not conclusive evidence of how the majority of our country suffers from Stockholm syndrome and a comprehensive failure of rationality, I don’t know what is.
The People’s Party of Canada had an interesting beginning.
Maxime Bernier, a long-time Conservative Party member, split off about one year ago, to establish the PPC. His departure was based on his unwillingness to sponsor the Dairy Cartel, in exchange for the Conservative leadership. Hence, he was dealt with accordingly and received a stern admonition: hit the ball back or else.
In response to standing up for Canadians’ financial interests, he was defeated as a candidate for the CPC leadership position, and this was handed to Andrew Scheer. Instead of operating within this framework, Max renounced all allegiance to mainstream politics and did the only morally admirable thing he could have done: he established his own party. The PPC is based on personal responsibility, equal opportunity and putting Canadians first.
The People’s Party of Canada understands the importance of balancing our budget, putting more money in the pocket of the individual, and maintaining the strength of our export-based economy. Furthermore, Maxime Bernier understands the ridiculous environment of virtue signalling, identity politics and tumultuous dishonesty that is being spewed by the status-quo politicians and has spoken out aggressively against this.
Everyone has good ideas, but not everyone has good solutions. For example, climate change, global warming and pollution are three completely different things and need to be addressed accordingly. For those “protesting” in the name of “fighting climate change” in Vancouver: you are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods of all time, the public policies you support would cripple our economy, and you ignore environmental and financial issues in our own backyard.
For those who think it’s okay to perpetually run a government deficit: it’s not okay, and will put all of us at extreme risk in the event of a recession or sudden shifts in the global market. Those two factors should be communicated to the NDP, Green and Liberal voters in our country. Unfortunately our taxpayer-funded media are illiterate in understanding economics and finance, so they don’t inform the public properly.
I will touch on a few policies that all status quo parties support, but the PPC does not: Corporate welfare (giving taxpayer dollars to multi-billion dollar corporations), foreign aid (give hundreds of millions of dollars to foreign governments, which is well documented to be misused by corrupt governments) and maintaining the equalization payment structure in Canada–which makes absolutely zero sense other than to some inept, corrupt provincial governments. The current EP system fails to incentivize provincial economies and robs Western Canada.
Only the People’s Party of Canada advocates personal responsibility. The PPC want to shrink government and reduce our taxes, versus creating a welfare state environment which eliminates personal incentive and equal treatment of Canadians.
The best way to grow as a person is to stop blaming your problems on others. Blaming others for your problems is a complete waste of time: you don’t learn anything, you can’t grow, and you can’t mature. However, it is also true that some diseases are better to have when you’re young.
Our institutional sclerosis that is tainted by the legacy of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the chicanery of Mr. Scheer may be a case of measles or acne. Yet, we must grow up and do so quickly before these pathogens morph into deadly viruses. We need to overcome our collective Stockholm Syndrome and there is only one way to do it: terminate our relationship with our abusers.
A young person grows up only when they stop expecting adults to solve all of their problems and the cycle of abuse ends only when we begin taking matters into our own hands. No, we are not promising a munificent welfare state or a neo-Marxist utopia (minus the secret police, the gulags and complete censorship).
We are calling upon all Canadians to acknowledge that liberty is a universal value that can thrive in all cultures and societies: ours is not an exception. It is a paradox of freedom that liberties come with responsibilities, so we must accept our obligations and the risks that come with them in order to be truly free. Freedom is the foundation of a prosperous and truly just society. We must not allow our fellow Canadians to forget this timeless truism.
It was discovered a few days ago that the Conservative Party of Canada paid for a smear campaign to “seek and destroy” the People’s Party of Canada, while portraying Maxime Bernier and his supporters (including myself) as racists.
I have been falsely accused of being a racist countless times since I started advocating for the People’s Party of Canada.
This is a distinctive example of our current political establishment, and what they are willing to do to secure votes. It is a moral catastrophe and will not go unnoticed unless we take our stand now, we don’t need a “fake news” culture in Canada.
We cannot and will not accomplish these goals with the current political establishment. Don’t vote out of fear, vote for your values and vote for what you believe in. It’s the only way to eventually get real change.
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