(LifeSiteNews) – People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier blasted newly-elected Conservative Party (CPC) leader Pierre Poilievre for painting himself as anti-COVID mandate despite pushing the vaccines throughout the so-called pandemic.
“Pierre Poilievre still claims he opposed covid mandates from the beginning. That’s a lie,” Bernier wrote to his large Twitter following on Monday.
.@PierrePoilievre still claims he opposed covid mandates from the beginning. That’s a lie. Last year he agreed with the idea that we had to be jabbed or else confined. He was only criticizing Trudeau for not getting more Canadians vaccinated fast enough.
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) September 12, 2022
“Last year he agreed with the idea that we had to be jabbed or else confined. He was only criticizing Trudeau for not getting more Canadians vaccinated fast enough,” the politician added.
Accompanying the harshly worded tweet, Bernier attached a video from 2021 showing Poilievre in parliament criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not for pushing the experimental COVID jab on Canadians but for failing to procure a sufficient number of doses resulting in low vaccine uptake compared with other countries.
The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) failed spectacularly at resisting the initial COVID lockdowns and vaccine mandates that were imposed by the government on freedom-loving Canadians.
Most CPC MPs subserviently complied with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party in creating a police-state where our Charter Rights were regularly violated, but now Pierre Poilievre would have us believe they have turned a corner and nothing like it will ever happen again.
How can they rebuild our trust? Well, they can start by owning up to their terrible mistakes.
SIGN: The CPC must apologize for abandoning Canadians to Trudeau's COVID regime.
You will remember how freedom-loving Canadians were abandoned by the CPC, with Erin O'Toole calling for vaccine passports and most CPC MPs pearl-clutching about "vaccine hesitancy".
That was until the party realized how popular the Truckers' Convoy had become and got behind the movement.
It's quite possible the CPC would still be mute on vaccine mandates and lockdowns were it not for the heroic Freedom Convoy that converged on Ottawa.
Let's not forget the businesses, churches, schools and universities that were shuttered for months on end because of the COVID hysteria generated by politicians in Ottawa, and the CPC did nothing.
They did nothing when people started losing their livelihoods (with some Canadians even losing their lives to suicide) because of the government's deranged policy of locking people down.
The CPC must show they have learned a lesson from the COVID tyranny Canadians needlessly suffered and that they contributed to.
SIGN: Demand the CPC apologize for abandoning Canadians to Trudeau's COVID tyranny.
In yet another reminder of how disconnected from reality the CPC were, MPs like Leslyn Lewis, Marilyn Gladu and Rosemarie Falk were omitted from their "Shadow Cabinet" in November 2021 because they dared to question the COVID shots.
Canadians must still contend with vaccine mandates in some settings and the intrusive ArriveCAN system in order to re-enter the country, while we are among the last three countries in the world to continue discriminating against unvaccinated visitors who remain barred from entering.
As Pierre Poilievre takes the reigns of the CPC, conservative voters must demand an apology from the party that abandoned them during the COVID-hysteria of the past two years.
SIGN: The CPC can rebuild trust by apologizing for capitulating to Trudeau's COVID tyranny.
“What we need is vaccines, that was the one job he [Trudeau] had at this point in the crisis,” Poilievre remarked at the time.
“The reality is the rest of the world was being vaccinated in January and February. Vaccination rates in the U.S. and U.K. are twice what they are here in Canada,” he lamented. “The rest of the world is reopening while we are being confined to our basements because of the wave of the variants that this prime minister allowed … ”
While Bernier’s statement drew a mixed reaction, many did agree that Poilievre’s support of the novel injections and silence on government mandates for the majority of the COVID era has impacted their ability to trust him as the CPC’s new leader.
This is true Max, @PierrePoilievre accept that you did this and apologize. Humility is important in a leader.
— Rose Graham (@_rosegraham) September 12, 2022
@PierrePoilievre couldn’t get Canadians vaccinated fast enough. Never forget… https://t.co/Z9jorqEI7O
— Your Liberty Project 🇨🇦🇺🇸🌎 (@yourlibertyproj) September 13, 2022
As reported by LifeSiteNews, while Poilievre won the CPC leadership race with a whopping 68 percent of the vote on Saturday, pro-life candidate MP Leslyn Lewis placed third with nearly 10 percent of the vote, suggesting social conservatism is still relatively popular within the party.
Responding to Poilievre’s election, Jack Fonseca, director of political operations for Campaign Life Coalition, highlighted the importance of ensuring the new leader remembers past promises he has made to pro-life Canadians.
“It’s praiseworthy that Poilievre has promised to support pregnant women, providing them with resources to make choices other than abortion. A national awareness campaign by a Conservative government to promote the choice of adoption would save many lives. While Trudeau has vowed to strip our country’s pregnancy resource centers of their charitable status, Mr. Poilievre has promised to stand up for such centers.”
“Mr. Poilievre made these commitments to pro-life conservatives, and they expect him to follow through on his promises,” Fonseca added.