On June 15, 2022, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader, Maxime Bernier, met with his supporters at the Dynasty Cafe & Bar in Ottawa. The unvaccinated leader delivered a powerful speech on his party’s fight and commitment to protect Canadian freedoms and preserve Western values.
Despite Canada’s totalitarian propaganda and measures to strip those who have not received the experimental mRNA injections of their freedoms, e Bernier has remained ‘unvaccinated.” Since the introduction of Covid vaccines, the leader has continually fought against Canada’s federal and provincial vaccination mandates. He has even launched a federal court challenge against the mandate that bars unvaccinated travelers over 12 from boarding commercial aircraft.
The anti-establishment leader stressed the need to put Canadians first instead of trying to please other countries and globalist left-wing organizations. The leader condemned Canada’s World Economic Forum-controlled Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the corrupt establishment parties, “which rely on pandering and vote-buying schemes to further their interests and those of lobbyists, rather than those of the people.” The leader stated:
We don’t share their philosophy. They want to tell every country what to do. They want to impose their philosophy. Justin Trudeau is worse than the World Health Organization because if you go on their website today, they are not promoting vaccine passports anymore. And Trudeau has been promoting that since the beginning of the pandemic.
Trudeau is worse than these International Organizations. He believes in the World Economic Forum and in the UN [United Nations], he is a globalist, and he is proud to be a globalist.
He said Canada is not a nation-state anymore. That’s not true. We know that. We are proud, we are a nation, and we need to fight to keep our sovereignty and to have our country back. And that’s what we are doing.
Bernier hopes for a united country to pursue common goals instead of being divided by identity politics. He is one of the few brave leaders who has not censored his beliefs or speech out of fear of the new “woke” racist mob leading a war against our culture and values. Nevertheless, the leader spoke out during his speech, stating:
But also, we are in a war right now. And I’ll call that the cultural war. Wokeism. It’s everywhere. Now, you know, maybe your little girl is not a girl or your little boy, he’s not a boy. Boy, that’s crazy. That’s against common sense.
So we have that war in our country. And right now, Wokeism is everywhere. So and, you know, if you are men, if you’re white, if you’re heterosexual, sure. But, oh, my God, you’re a big loser. So they want to put us in a group.
That’s the new politics; you’re part of a group and part of the white man “racist.” And you know, you’re black, you’re part of a group. We don’t do politics like that. Identity Politics, the name, the traditional establishment bodies are doing that. So for me, you are not part of a group. I’m looking at you as an individual, as a Canadian.
The PPC is Canada’s only party that combines common sense, populism, classical conservatism, and libertarianism. Bernier believes in personal responsibility and freedom, which is at the heart of his political vision. In his statements, he expresses those values and his unwavering commitment to reducing the size of government.
Bernier was a former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister in Stephen Harper’s government. However, he formed the PPC in 2018 after realizing that the Conservative Party of Canada was too corrupt to reform, having abandoned conservative principles long ago.
In a now-expected tactic of the Liberal Party-run media in Canada, no media was present for the leader’s speech. However, RAIR Foundation USA had the honor of filming the powerful speech by PPC leader Maxine Bernier:
They are canceling us, the mainstream media; they canceled me at the last election. They didn’t want me to be on the stage to do the debate against these establishment leaders who are afraid. They’re afraid of the truth based on facts.
Bernier reminded the crowd that his party and fight are not about “Maxime Bernier; it’s about you. It’s about our country.” The leader hopes Canadians will support the PPC not because they are “voting against something” but “for something.” He continued, “I want you to vote for your values for what you believe for yourself. And if you’re doing that, I believe you will vote for the PPC.”
Transcript of Maxine Bernier’s speech
(We had a) little victory yesterday, and it’s only a little victory because Trudeau decided to end the vaccine mandate the vaccine passport, as you know, for certain; yeah, you’re right, that’s why it is a small victory. Because it can come back, and it May come back next fall. So we need to fight that. And like I did, since the beginning of all that COVID hysteria. We were there. And you were also there with us. And I want to thank you for that.
You know, we did many runnings across the country in 2020 and 2021. And we were here also in Ottawa, during the Freedom Convoy. That was a great event. And actually, I did an interview today, this morning with the mainstream media, the Le Droit, in Gatineau, a newspaper. And the first question that the journalist asked me was, Maxime, do you think the fact that you were there at the beginning against the mandates, and specifically at the freedom convoy in Ottawa, do you think that was hurting your image as a politician, because as you know, at that convoy, the odd couple of racists involved, and also he said Tamara, has been charged criminal charges against her. So that must be not so good for your image as a politician?
I said, No, that was good. That was good!
I said, you know, that’s propaganda. I was there. And people were happy to celebrate the beginning of the end of all that. So no, and as you know, I was there and other politicians, establishment politicians, like Yeah, Poilievre [Pierre Marcel Poilievre from the “Conservative” Party], for example, when the (Convoy was there) he was not there. He decided to take the cause of freedom only the last week when it was popular to speak for our rights and our freedoms. So I call that an unfortunate politician who is doing politics by survey and polling and a politician without any conviction.
That’s us; We are doing politics based on our convictions. We know that it may not be popular; what we were saying when we started, it was not that popular. But you know, it’s not because something is popular that it is just and true. And something does not become just and true because it’s popular. What we are saying we are speaking about facts. We are telling the truth based on facts. And we know when we speak about that openly with passion and conviction, it will become popular. And now that’s the case with freedom and ending the mandates.
Trudeau did it yesterday because now the majority of the population knows that it is not based on science. It was never based on science. It’s not logical. It’s against common sense. You know, I can deal on a bus with other people. But I wasn’t able to be on a plane. It’s a crazy policy.
And people are telling me, Maxime, what do you think about the World Health Organization? I said you know; we don’t…(Crowd boos). I said, Yeah, we don’t share their philosophy. They want to tell every country what to do. They want to impose their philosophy. And what I said, Justin Trudeau is worse than the World Health Organization because if you go on their website today, they are not promoting vaccine passports anymore. And Trudeau has been promoting that since the beginning of the pandemic. Trudeau is worse than these International Organizations. He believes in the World Economic Forum in the UN, he is a globalist, and he is proud to be a globalist. He said Canada is not a nation-state anymore. That’s not true. We know that. We are proud, we are a nation, and we need to fight to keep our sovereignty and to have our country back. And that’s what we are doing.
And I love it (Crowd cheers), and I want to thank you very much. It’s not about Maxime Bernier; it’s about you. It’s about our country. And we, since the beginning of March 2020, we were dead. I’m pretty sure they did some protest. And when we started that, in March 2020, that was not popular. The first protests that I did in Montreal, if we are 200 people there, that was huge. But you know, step by step together, we did these protests all across the country. We spoke to our friends and our family about the situation. We told them not to listen to mainstream media because they’re still the propaganda arms of the government.
And we did that step by step. Every month, we had the big [unclear] protests in Toronto and Calgary, and we built momentum. And the momentum was huge here in Ottawa last January with that freedom convoy. So now, more people understand that we must fight for our freedoms. We cannot take for granted our freedom.
And now, more Canadians are taking their news on social media. True North, Rebel News, and the independent media. And we had more good news today. In France, a mainstream newspaper La Presse did a survey and a study about Canada and Canadians’ confidence in the mainstream media. And before, 60% of our population had huge confidence in the mainstream media. But now, it’s less than that. It’s about 38%. So people understand right now that they cannot trust the mainstream media anymore. Then the confidence in mainstream media is going down. And people are looking at last to alternative media and independent media.
So there’s a future for us, the freedom fighters, and the more we speak to our friends and be out there and proudly speaking about our values and vision for this country, the more we will have support. At the last election, we had 40,000 people that voted for us. [applause] Each one of these voters, find ten more supporters. And actually, you have three years to do that; we will be at 8 million votes. And we’ll be at 20% in the poll. So yes, we can grow. And that’s why I’m telling you. What is the goal, to have the best ideas, the best vision for this country. If we keep that for ourselves, If we keep that for ourselves, what is the goal?
We want to achieve our goal to promote our way of life to promote our vision of a three-year and […] prosperous country. That’s why we must stand up and speak up about what we believe, to our friends and family, step by step. It was very difficult at the beginning of that pandemic because the fear the propaganda was very efficient. Now it’s a little bit easier.
There really is another point of view. So that’s why I’m asking you. Please be proud to be Canadian. Like I am like you are. I’m pretty sure that’s why you are here today. But also, don’t be scared to speak about what you believe in your vision of this country like me. Because you know, you cannot stop, you can stop an army of soldiers, but you cannot stop an army (of ideas), and we are the army promoting our vision and what we believe. Ideas are very powerful. And we know that we have the best ideas because they are based on western civilization values. That’s why we are able to be a rich country, a prosperous country. That’s why we are about to attract people coming from other countries. They came here to celebrate freedom; they came here to have a better life. And that was our country, we want our country back, and you can count on us, you can count on the PPC; we won’t change. If you like our platform, if you like what I’m saying, I won’t change; it will be the same of that form that when we created the party in 2018, the electoral platform was the same one at the last election and will be the same one as the next election.
We’re not doing politics by survey or polling. Oh, God, if it doesn’t matter, if people don’t share your point of view, it’s a challenge for us. It’s a nice challenge. And we know, because we have to write an idea for this country, we know that we’ll be able to convince and to have more support, and our support will grow. Like, you know that freedom combined and our fight against these mandates. Now, you know, a mainstream politician, an establishment politician, will speak about freedom and, indeed, the mandate. It’s because of you. It’s because you show them that there’s a tendency, a trend; more people are coming on our side now. And don’t forget, if they want to impose their vaccine passport next fall, if they want to say to Canadians to be fully vaccinated, you will need three shots.
More people will come on our site because we know that many Canadians decided to have the two shots because they wanted to be able to go to a restaurant, to be able to go to their church and to be able to participate in our society. They didn’t take the two shots because they were afraid of that virus. He took it because he wanted to have a life. But they will try to impose a third one for their vaccine passport to be enforced, to be valid. And I believe that if they do that, that will be a mistake, and more people will understand common sense. So that’s important to you that fight. But actually, we are doing two fights, the one to change the public opinion, and that’s an important one. That’s a political fight. And we are doing that; that’s why the PPC is growing from 0% to 1% 1.5% to 5%. And at the next election, we will grow, and you will surely have a freedom voice in Parliament. That’s the political fight that we are doing as a political party. The other fight is in the court. And actually, I have a case with the Justice Center for constitutional freedoms. [Human rights law firm]
They’re an independent organization. They don’t receive any money from the government. And they are receiving money from you, from Canadians, and only go; the only mission is to fight for our rights and our freedoms. So they are helping me. And they are also helping Brian Bedford, the former Premier of Newfoundland, fight that vaccine passport for Canadian travelers. Because, as you know, I was unable to travel freely across our country. And that’s my Constitutional right.
And that is your constitutional right also. So what is happening right now? The lawyers representing Justin Trudeau yesterday, they presented to the judge in our case that our procedure or case must end because now the vaccine mandates are lifted. So there’s no reason, there’s no reason to proceed with our case. But no, we said to the judge, he must proceed because these mandates are temporary. Temporarily lifted, and they can come back. And that will be important to have a decision from the court because we don’t want that to happen again in the near future. So the judge is taking that, and whatever decision about that motion maybe this week. But I strongly believe we’ll be able to proceed, and our day to be in front of the court is September 19 for five days.
And we may have a final decision from the court, maybe in December 2022. I said, and you said that all these mandates were unconstitutional, illegal, political, and it’s nice to say that. But I cannot stop the government when I’m saying that. In a court, we need to have a decision from the court saying the same thing, that these mandates were unconstitutional when we will have that decision. Just to know that other governments won’t be able to impose these mandates because we will have a decision, we will have a legal precedent. And like that, that will be official by a court that all that is unconstitutional.
That’s the only way and also with the political debate that we are doing. But that’s the reason why it’s so important to do that. So I’m doing the two battles, the one in court and the one to change public opinion. And we have three years altogether to be sure that the next time it won’t happen. But to be sure that we have a strong voice in Parliament. And I can tell you, we will have some PPC candidates that will be in Parliament and that will speak every day for our rights and freedoms. You can count on me. And I’m pretty sure that I can count on you on that. [Applause]
Let’s take the time to do that revolution. Yes, I’m saying revolution. And ideally, an ideological revolution, a common sense revolution, a freedom revolution, that takes time. But the time is on our side, we have time, and more people understand. And now, the challenge that we have has been canceled by the mainstream media. And now we have more censorship on social media. And the government, with Bill C-11, wants to have more censorship. We have Google, Facebook, and YouTube, which are censoring us.
But we have common sense, and I have you; nobody wouldn’t be able to stop you from speaking about what you believe. And that’s why it’s important to be out there. Like I said before, to be out there and be speaking about what you believe. The more you speak, the more we will be able, and the faster we will be able to win that battle. So that’s why we are a populist party, a real Populist Party. And I’m proud of that. When the journalist said over here, you are populist, and you know, it’s very bad for the country. I said, No, we are a smart Populist Party because we are doing politics differently. Our goal is not to have your support but to appeal to your intelligence. I don’t want to appeal to your emotion. You have to read our platform. You have to understand it. That’s why we’re doing politics differently.
You can go on our website, https://peoplespartofcanada.ca, and read our platform, know our platform, and you’d be able to speak about our platform, because our platform is I believe strongly that it is in line with your values, because we’re doing politics based on four principles. Individual freedom, personal responsibility, respect, and fairness. And our policies are in line with these principles. We won’t change; we will speak about it until we win that battle of ideas. And that being said, I just want to add something. Margaret Thatcher in the UK, and maybe you can Google that on YouTube, Margaret Thatcher, consensus versus conviction.
After politics, Margaret Thatcher was a strong politician. And she said, she did an interview, and they asked her what, you know, the thing that you didn’t like, in politics? And she said it’s very easy to answer that question. What I didn’t like in politics, that was in 1980, 1984, 86, She said, I didn’t like in politics, the word consensus. And I’ll tell you why. When you try to do a consensus on what you are doing, you are not fighting for what you believe. You are giving, giving to the left. And more and more to the left is to the radical leftists, and you are losing the debate. What I like in politics it’s conviction. I did politics based on my conviction. And I knew that I had the best ideas and the best vision for my country. And that’s why I always wanted to do the fight, to promote my ideas. And I didn’t do any consensus on my principle. And that’s why I believe, as a politician, I was successful. And you need to ask the things in our society to be able to expose your conviction. And I was very pleased to do a lot of debates. And that’s why I was able to be Prime Minister and always followed my principle.
What is the difference today?
Politicians are doing politics based on survey and poorly. They don’t believe in anything; you don’t know what they believe in. They want to tell you what you want to hear. And after that, they’ll do the opposite. They all decide they do focus groups and poling all the time. And so the goal is to have debates and doing politics based on conviction. But the challenge that we have today is that it’s very difficult to debate with the radical leftists. With the world. They don’t want us because they know that if we have a debate, we will win that debate. [Applause]
They are canceling us, the mainstream media; they canceled me at the last election. They didn’t want me to be on the stage to do the debate against these establishment leaders who are afraid. They’re afraid of the truth based on facts. So they said, Bernier, you’re a new political party. If you want to be part of the big guys and doing debates with them on TV, you need to have four percent of the vote. And direction before we add 1.6%. So we were not able to be there. But we had 5% at the last election.
Next time, next time, I’ll be on the stage, and we will do the debate. That will be fun.
I’m ready; I’m ready. I wouldn’t need to have a big briefing before, and looking with my team if there was a question, what was your answer? No, I’ve been saying the same thing since 2018. When we cater to that body, that will be the same at the next election from 2024 to 2020. So I’m ready. I don’t need to have practice or briefing or look at polling to know what to do? I would insert a question. And people would be able to look at all these establishment political parties that won’t answer the questions, and me, I will. And I will be there. And that will give us another opportunity to speak to people who are still, sadly, looking at CTV, watching CBC, and all these mainstream media. So that will be fun.
But also, we are in a war right now. And I’ll call that the cultural war. Wokeism. It’s everywhere. Now, you know, maybe your little girl is not a girl or your little boy, he’s not a boy. Boy, that’s crazy. That’s against common sense. So we have that war in our country. And right now, Wokeism is everywhere. So and, you know, if you are men, if you’re white, if you’re heterosexual, sure. Oh, my God, you’re a big loser. So they want to put us in a group. That’s the new politics; you’re part of a group and part of the white man “racist.” And you know, you’re black, you’re part of a group. We don’t do politics like that. Identity Politics, the name, the traditional establishment bodies are doing that. For me, you are not part of a group.
I’m looking at you as an individual, as a Canadian. And that’s the way to do it. And actually, I’ll give you an anecdote. During the last campaign, people, well, not people, journalists, call us at the beginning of the campaign. And they asked questions and said, “How many blacks do you have as candidates? How many Muslim candidates do you (have)? How many Jewish candidates do you have, and all these kinds of questions? So we didn’t answer the question. So the journalist contacted me after saying I want to publish my paper tomorrow. I asked that question to the other political parties, and I have their answer. So I’ll give you another chance. How many black? How many Jewish? How many LGBT? And as we said, we don’t know. And the journalist asks why. Because we don’t care about that. We don’t want to know.
We’re color blind; we don’t want (to see people that way) we are looking at people like individuals; you are looking at you and judging you by your character. That’s what we must do. Actually, right now, it’s not the case. So we are in a kind of a cultural war. They want to destroy Western civilization. They want to destroy our way of life. And we must end that. But the mainstream political parties are not speaking about that. Because it’s not popular. Wokeism is everywhere. I taught school, in journalists, in Parliament, everywhere. And now, it’s trendy. It’s trendy to be woke. We don’t follow any trends. I don’t; we are doing, as I said, politics based on what we believe is right for this country. And if you like it, I hope you support us, if you don’t like [applause] and if you don’t like it, please, please don’t vote for us.
That’s it. We don’t want your support; you are five traditional establishment political parties you can vote for. I want you to not vote against something. I want you to vote for something. I want you to vote for your values for what you believe for yourself. And if you’re doing that, I believe you will vote for the PPC.
So I just want to end and to thank you for being here. […] So I want to thank you, I’m not leaving. And here, I will mingle with you and take some of your questions. But that being said, you can be proud. Yesterday I met heroes. Before that, fighters for us, people who decided to take a very strong decision and difficult decision when the federal government imposed on them a bad choice, their job or their health, their job or the vax, the two shots, and some of them and a lot of them lost their job for that. And I’m very pleased for them that they’re going to be back and why, but what we must do, they must receive the full compensation, full compensation.
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