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CanadaDon’t be afraid of including Maxime Bernier in debates

08:35  18 september  2019
08:35  18 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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+ Maxime Bernier , the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, has been invited to take part in next month’s federal leaders’ debates after previously being shut out. The organization in charge of Canada‘s official leadership debates sent out invitations to the other party leaders last month but left

Muted Max: Maxime Bernier , leader of the People’s Party of Canada, didn' t qualify for the federal Reason then dictates that they are afraid of Maxime Bernier ! I just wrote to CTV News questioning their “curious” oversight of NOT including Maxime Bernier in their “flash promo pixs” of the party

Don’t be afraid of including Maxime Bernier in debates© Justin Tang People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

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Who’s afraid of Maxime Bernier? Plenty of people, judging from some of the over-the-top reaction to the decision to let him into the leaders’ debates.

They shouldn’t be. Objectionable as many of Bernier’s views on issues like immigration and multiculturalism are, they can’t be wished away. They need to be confronted, as no doubt they will be in the two “official” debates set for Oct. 7 and 10.

‘Take a chance, vote for both’: Satirical party runs own candidate named Maxime Bernier in PPC leader’s riding

‘Take a chance, vote for both’: Satirical party runs own candidate named Maxime Bernier in PPC leader’s riding Voters in Quebec’s Beauce federal electoral district will have two Maxime Berniers to choose from when they head to the polls this October. On Tuesday, the Rhinoceros Party, a federal satirical party, announced its plan to run a candidate of the same name as the People’s Party of Canada leader in the riding he currently holds. “There are many people who tell me: I want to vote for Maxime Bernier, and I want to vote Rhinoceros! Well, I offer them an option so that they can vote Rhino and Bernier!” said party leader Sébastien Corriveau.

We ’ re not fans of the fact the Trudeau government was instrumental in setting up the only two official leaders’ debates in the federal election. But we are pleased the commission decided Monday to allow People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier to participate in both the English debate on Oct.

Mad Max is heading to the debates . David Johnston, the man in charge of the official, government-sanctioned debates , has issued a formal invitation to Maxime Bernier , leader of the People’s Party of Canada.

The decision to include Bernier was made by David Johnston, the former governor general who is as near to being a straight shooter as anyone in Canadian public life. He now heads the Leaders’ Debates Commission set up last year by the Trudeau government after the great debates debacle of 2015.

Johnston was, after all, appointed GG by a Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper. At the time, some warned darkly that his previous record suggested he might be a Tory tool if he had to make crucial decisions in a minority Parliament.

That never happened, and now the same man is being effectively accused of being a Liberal tool. A spokesman for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blamed the decision to let Bernier into the debates on “Justin Trudeau’s hand-picked debate panel” that leaned on evidence from a “Liberal-friendly” pollster.

Rhino Party says its Maxime Bernier to run in same riding as PPC's Maxime Bernier

Rhino Party says its Maxime Bernier to run in same riding as PPC's Maxime Bernier The Rhinoceros Party, a federal satirical party, has plans to get Maxime Bernier elected. No, not that Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada. The other Maxime Bernier, a guy from Montreal whom Sébastien Corriveau, leader of the Rhinoceros Party, said will run in Beauce, the PPC leader’s current riding just south of Quebec City . “I think people in Beauce want a better Maxime Bernier,” Bernier 2.0 told the National Post. Rhino-Bernier works at a merchandising company that supplies Costco, but despite his lack of political experience, both he and Corriveau have confidence his name will be on the ballot.

Maxime Bernier (born January 18, 1963) is a Canadian businessman, lawyer and politician, currently serving as Member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Beauce, having been elected four times with a majority of the vote.

Music video by Robert Cray performing Don ' t Be Afraid Of The Dark. (C) 1991 The Island Def Jam Music Group.

In fact, Johnston made the decision himself, based on several criteria that he made public — including the number of candidates being fielded by Bernier’s People’s Party and polling evidence of sizable support in several ridings.

There can never be a perfectly objective decision in such cases, but this was certainly a reasonable one and there’s zero evidence it was taken for partisan reasons. Attacking the debates commission (and by extension Johnston himself) was a cheap shot.

It’s understandable that the Conservatives don’t like having Bernier in the debates; the People’s Party is likely to take votes from the Conservatives. And it’s understandable that others, such as NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, are objecting simply because they find Bernier’s views “hateful and divisive.”

It will be up to all the leaders, Singh and Scheer included, to demonstrate in the debates why Bernier is wrong on immigration, wrong on multiculturalism, wrong on climate change, and wrong on so many other key issues.

Far better to expose him publicly than to pretend he doesn’t exist. Canada’s democracy is stronger than that.

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