Petition against Compact on Migration passes 58,000 signatures
Maxime Bernier’s petition against the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration has officially surpassed 58,000 signatures with over one month still left for Canadians to sign.
You can read the full petition by clicking here.
To provide some perspective, 58,000 signatures makes the petition the fourth most signed on the commons website.
The government of Canada now must provide an official response as the petition has far surpassed the required 500 signatures.
Compact called out by Canadians
The petition specifically calls on the government of Canada to ensure the rights and well-being of Canadians and to maintain our borders and limited merit-based immigration system.
It also demands that Canada pull away from the 160 nations which have agreed to the document and instead follow the lead of the United States Poland, Japan, Russia, Israel and Brazil among others, by pulling out.
The sheer number of Canadian signatures is rather unsurprising given the intense discussion which occurred around the document at the time of signing.
At that time the True North Initiative’s Candice Malcolm, described the document by stating:
“This dystopian UN plan seeks to erase borders, destroy the concept of citizenship, undermine the rule of law and circumvent state sovereignty. It would change what it means to be Canadian and prevent the media from criticizing these fundamental changes.”
While Alex Neve the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada and Aditya Rao, published in
In their piece they state an almost polar opposite view to Malcolm noting:
This is an opportunity for Canada to show leadership in the vital global effort to protect the rights and dignity of those on the move, seeking to lead better lives. International guidelines on how to manage human mobility are precisely what we need as a first step in acknowledging that migration is a global challenge too big for any one nation to tackle on its own.
With so much distance, it’s no wonder many Canadians
Is this an opportunity for Canada to show leadership in the vital global effort to protect the rights and dignity of those on the move, or a method for the UN to erase borders?
Well the government of Canada will have its chance to respond once the document finishes its signing period on February 21st.
This is even more likely given the extreme difference between the Liberal and Conservative views on the topic.
Justin Trudeau is decidedly supportive of these international agreements, while both Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier have made it clear they oppose the non-binding UN deal.
While it is extremely likely that the topic will make headlines as we approach October 2019, I wonder if it will significantly impact the election when Canada’s economy is also struggling, and almost half of Canadians are within $200 of bankruptcy.
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The former Daisy Group employee accused of leaking Warren Kinsella’s Project Cactus smear campaign against Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada, has settled out of court and will not pay one penny of the $1-million lawsuit filed against her.
“Daisy and Aziza Mohammed have resolved all disputes between them. None of the allegations of either side has been proven in court, and on some things – like the various allegations of discriminatory attitudes in the workplace – they have simply agreed to disagree,” said Mohammed’s lawyer Mark Bourrie in a statement.
“But they do agree on the following. Daisy acknowledges that Ms. Mohammed’s actions with respect to Daisy were informed by a desire to do what she believed was right… (and she) advises that no other Daisy clients need be concerned in that regard.”
Kinsella sued Mohammed after the Globe and Mail reported on October 18, 2019 that the Conservative party hired Daisy Group for a “seek and destroy” mission against the PPC and its leader Bernier.
A day before the settlement, CBC News published related audio recordings and excerpts of Kinsella firing up his staff for Project Cactus.
“I want the hatred you have for Maxime Bernier to wash over you as a purifying force,” Kinsella informs his staff in a recording CBC says was made at a May 16 meeting.
“We actually have a white supremacist trying to become prime minister of Canada. I’ve run campaigns depicting Preston Manning, Stockwell Day, Kim Campbell, depicting them as racists,” Kinsella boasts.
“None of them were. But I was successful at depicting them as racists. This guy actually is a racist. Okay? So it’s low-hanging fruit.”
According to Kinsella’s statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court two weeks after the Globe story, he was suing Mohammed for breach of contract and breach of confidentiality for alleged going to the media with the scheme.
To this date, neither Kinsella has acknowledged that his Project Cactus client was the Conservative Party nor has party leader Andrew Scheer or any of his associates admitted to hiring Daisy Group for the job.
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.