PPC candidate ousted for asking Maxime Bernier to denounce racism in the party
On September 10, having struggled with allegations of being a Nazi himself, the People’s Party of Canada Port Coquitlam candidate, Brian Misera, made a series of videos posted on Twitter that called on the party, and its leader, to disavow racists in its party and white supremacy more generally.
“I don’t want anything to do with that crap. If you can’t be adamantly clear about that, I don’t know how the hell you expect me to campaign for you. You’re putting the onus on me to show that we don’t do this,” said Misera.
Senator André Pratte formally announced his resignation from the senate while election results are being broadcasted.
He made his announcement public in a letter published to Twitter.
In his letter, Pratte says that he specifically chose this time to resign, rather than earlier, because he did not want his resignation to impact the election in anyway and so that he did not distract from the campaign
He also says that his 3 ½ years on Senate have shown him that he lacks both the skills and motivation to follow through with the task Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau had given him when he was appointed in 2016.
He says that it is saddening to betray the trust Trudeau had in him, but that it would be a greater betrayal to continue on in a position for which he is unfit.
Andre Pratte is announcing his resignation from the Senate as the federal election results are rolling in.
The Independent senator from Quebec posted his resignation letter on Twitter to explain his decision.
“In any professional journey, there can come a time when we realize that we simply do not have the skills and motivation required to accomplish the task we have been entrusted with,” writes Pratte. “After three and a half years in the Senate of Canada, I have come to this conclusion.
“It saddens me to betray the trust that you [the Right Honourable Julie Payette] and the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, had placed in me. But it would be even more of a betrayal to continue performing a task that I cannot accomplish to the level of excellence expected.”
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.
It’s been nearly 100 years since a party that lost a federal election formed the government.
Since then, the clear political norm in Canada has been that the party with the most seats forms the government. And in most cases, when a leader of a party who was Prime Minister loses power, that leader resigns.
While minority governments often don’t last long, once again the convention has been that the party with the most seats remains in government until they lose a confidence vote, at which case there is a new federal election.
For nearly 100 years, that’s how we’ve done things here in Canada.
But now, the Trudeau Liberals and their media enablers are laying the groundwork for the destruction of those democratic norms, in a bid to remain in power even if they lose.
Let me say this as clear as possible: If the Liberals win fewer seats than the Conservatives, it would be insane, unacceptable, and anti-democratic for the Liberals to remain in power.
Just think about it:
The Liberals went into the election with a majority government. If they not only lose their majority but also lose so many seats that the Conservatives surpass them, then it will be an unmistakable message from the Canadian People that they want Trudeau gone.
For Trudeau to remain in power despite such a rejection from the Canadian People would be a disgrace, and would devastate any remaining faith Canadians have in our national democracy. After all, people would think “what difference does a vote make if you can defeat a government, and then that government stays in power anyway?”
Clearly, there is something very disturbing going on here as the results approach. As pointed out by J.J. McCullough on Twitter, the attempt to normalize the potential of Trudeau’s violation of Canada’s norms is crazy:
“These journalists are all “it’s normal, it’s normal!!” It is absolutely NOT normal. In 150 years of Canadian history, exactly ONE prime minister tried pulling this stunt (in 1925)—and it caused one of the single biggest democratic crises in Canadian political history.”
“I’m sorry—the media’s reporting on this idea that Trudeau doesn’t have to give up power if Scheer wins a minority has been pure propaganda. They never mention what a radical break with 94 years of precedent it would be. They just try to spin something deeply abnormal as normal.”
McCullough is 100 percent correct here. It is not at all normal for Trudeau (or any PM) to try and stay in power after being defeated.
If Trudeau loses and tries to stay in power, it will be anti-democratic, anti-Canadian, and all of us must speak out against it.
A 40-year-old hunting guide, photographer and IT manager posted a monologue video on Twitter this weekend to respond to People’s Party of Canada supporters angered by the news that political operative Warren Kinsella was hired by the CPC to “seek and destroy” the PPC via a campaign smear the party as full of racists.
DJ Sumanik is just one of many Canadians who have taken to social media to become pundits and political influencers online.
“I watched Bernier’s statement on it and he says that he thinks it went further, that they planted evidence to set him up to paint him as a racist,” explains Sumanik in his latest video.
“Welcome to the big show PPC. You’re going to be painted as a racist no matter what. Anyone that is not firmly far-left progressive in this country is painted as a racist by the media.”
Sumanik continues in his monologue to explain how this is just some of the dirty tactics used in politics.
“If [Kinsella] was just hired to dig up dirt, I don’t know, sorry guys, every candidate out there is facing that same scrutiny. There are teams digging up dirt on whoever they can, however they can, wherever they can. So that’s the name of the game now.”
He then goes onto explain he’s not a huge fan of CPC’s Scheer but that he is voting for him in the hopes it ousts the Liberals.
“Finally, I think a lot of you are operating under the assumption that I’m some sort of Andrew Scheer acolyte, who just believes anything he says. I’m a Canada first guy, but Scheer is the only guy with a chance of beating Trudeau. He’s the card were dealt, like him or not, get with the program, okay? Everything else is pie in the sky for now. We gotta start change with what we can, it’s gonna take time.”
In an interview with The Post Millennial Sumanik explained why he got involved in political commentary online.
“What activated me politically on social media was primarily the systematic attempts by Trudeau’s Liberals to undermine free speech, firearm ownership and hunting rights in this country,” said Sumanik.
“I’m not really a politics expert though, I just say what I think.”
Sumanik’s family has a long history living in the Yukon.
“My grandfather was a major player in the 80s, he brought the cross country skiing world cup to Whitehorse, and they named a nearby mountain after him. My grandma was a world competitor cross-country skier and in my younger days I also competed professionally in MMA and kickboxing.”
“I spent several years in Thailand and my best result was bronze medal at IFMA world cup, heavyweight division in 2011. But my roots are here, a born and raised Yukon boy. My father ran a trapline which I helped on as a kid, he also started a fox, lynx and martin farm for fur exports, and also live exports and breeding for zoos.”
The one seat in the Yukon is a close race between the Conservatives and Liberals–according to 338Canada.com–and Sumanik is concerned the PPC could split the right-wing vote just enough to help the Liberals eke out a win, something he worries could happen across the country.
Sumanik posts his video on Twitter under the name Yukon Strong, where he also shares other everyday-citizens-turned-pundit’s videos.