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Canada Bernier challenged over ‘extreme multiculturalism’ tweet during leaders’ debate

03:35  08 october  2019
03:35  08 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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2:51 Leaders ’ Debate : Singh, Bernier clash over views on immigration. People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was directly challenged during the federal leaders ’ debate over his past comments about “ extreme multiculturalism ” and the effects diversity has on Canada.

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a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier speaks to reporters at the PPC National Conference in Gatineau, Que. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Bernier secured an invitation Monday to two official leaders' debates in October.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier speaks to reporters at the PPC National Conference in Gatineau, Que. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Bernier secured an invitation Monday to two official leaders' debates in October.

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was directly challenged during the federal leaders' debate over his past comments about "extreme multiculturalism" and the effects diversity has on Canada.

Debate moderator Lisa LaFlamme read several of Bernier’s past tweets about immigration and diversity aloud, challenging the leader over his use of the words “ghettos” and “tribes” in describing new immigrants to Canada.

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LaFlamme also pressed Bernier over his concerns that newcomers bring with them “distrust” and “potential violence.”

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“Are these the words of someone with the character and integrity to lead all Canadians and represent us on the world stage?” LaFlamme asked.

“You must tell the truth to Canadians if you want to be the leader of this country,” Bernier said.

“What I’m saying about extreme multiculturalism, it is not the way to build this country. Yes, this country is a diverse country and we must be proud of that, but we don’t need legislation like the Multiculturalism Act to tell us who we are.”

Bernier has campaigned on a promise to significantly reduce immigration levels to Canada. He says the number of people allowed to enter the country as permanent residents should be cut in half — to about 150,000 new immigrants a year.

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1:21 Leaders ’ Debate : Singh tells Bernier he shouldn’t be welcomed on debate stage. Leaders ’ Debate : Scheer says Bernier making immigration policy based on retweets ‘from darkest parts of Earlier in the debate , moderator Lisa LaFlamme read out a list of tweets by Bernier , including ones

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“We must have fewer immigrants in this country to be sure for these people to participate in our society," he said.

Other leaders respond

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was quick to attack Bernier on his past positions regarding immigration, calling his tweets “pretty horrible.”

“It should come as no surpise to you that I believe a leader is not someone who tries to divide people or to pit people against each other. A true leader is someone who tries to find bridges, bring people together,” Singh said.

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also criticized Bernier.

“What Mr. Bernier fails to understand is that you can absolutely be proud of Canada’s history, you can be proud of our identity, be proud of the things we’ve done and accomplished in the world, while at the same time welcoming people from all around the world,” he said.

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The Leaders ' Debate Commission, the body organizing two major federal election debates , has invited the leaders of five political parties to participate with the notable exception of People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier . He has been left off the list, at least for now.

The debates give Bernier a national stage upon which to promote his ideas — many of which are at direct He also would do away with official multiculturalism . Bernier is alone among federal party leaders in saying he would eliminate all government subsidies to industry and kill supply management.

Scheer also said Bernier had changed from someone who used to believe in an immigration system that was fair, orderly and compassionate to someone who bases his policies on the number of likes and retweets he gets on social media from the “darkest parts of Twitter.”

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May also called Bernier’s past comments about immigration “completely appalling,” while Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet asked Bernier if he realized that his own family decended from immigrants.

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau said polarization and fear over immigration issues has become “easy currency for politicians who do want to strike up uncertainties in peoples hearts.”

He said Bernier is “playing a role” to make people more fearful about migration, globalization and what it means to be Canadian.

Bernier, meanwhile, defended himself against the other leaders, saying he’s not a “radical” because he believes in lower immigration levels.

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