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Canadian political leader tells Tucker Carlson that his COVID arrest was a form of ‘political repression’
LifeSiteNews ^ | Jun 21, 2021 | Anthony Murdoch

Posted on 06/21/2021 7:52:15 AM PDT by george76

'In Canada, you cannot speak against the regime. It's like in China. I was in jail for eight hours a day – they handcuffed me, put me in jail and for a non-crime … it was a political repression,' Maxime Bernier told Carlson on Wednesday.

A well-known anti-lockdown Canadian political leader told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that his recent arrest for breaking COVID-19 rules was a form of “political repression,” and not because he broke health rules.

“In Canada, you cannot speak against the regime. It's like in China. I was in jail for eight hours a day – they handcuffed me, put me in jail and for a non-crime … it was a political repression,” Maxime Bernier, leader People’s Party of Canada (PPC) and former Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP and cabinet minister told Carlson on Wednesday.

Carlson responded by saying that “it's remarkable the government would arrest its political opponent for complaining about its policies.”

To this Bernier replied that he is the “only political leader in Canada who is speaking against (lockdowns).”

“So, it is scary that in Canada right now in 2021, you are like in China. Actually, I would always fight for what I believe. And like I said to the policeman, my weapon is my words and I will always use my words to fight for more freedom and a smaller government in Canada. I will be back in Manitoba.”

Last Friday, Bernier’s lawyers from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) were able to secure his release from prison after he was arrested for breaking COVID-19 health rules by speaking at a freedom rally in a small village in province of Manitoba.

Bernier was handcuffed by Manitoba RCMP and the incident was recorded on video. His lawyers said the rally had less than 15 people in attendance.

According to a CBC report, Manitoba RCMP said Bernier was charged under the province’s Public Health Act for failing to self-isolate upon arrival in Manitoba, as well as for taking part in an outdoor gathering.

When asked by the officer arresting him whether he had weapons on his person, Bernier replied that he had no weapons and “only my words, only my philosophy, only what I believe in.”

At the time of his arrest, Manitoba had barred all outdoor gatherings. It now allows only 5 people to gather outside, but still has a mandatory 14-day quarantine policy in place for all who visit the province.

Bernier has been a vocal opponent of COVID-19 lockdown measures in Canada. He was recently on a cross-Canada “Mad Max” tour, as he calls it, trying to gain support for the PPC while speaking at anti-lockdown rallies. His tour comes in anticipation of a possible fall federal election in Canada.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister warned Bernier before his arrival that should he break the local rules, “he’s going to be light in the pocket book.”

Bernier also spoke recently with Andrew Lawton of True North News. He told him that the PPC is the “only party against these draconian lockdowns.”

“That's crazy that no politician can speak in in a province of our country. It's like being in China,” Bernier said.

Bernier was asked by Lawton why even the Conservative Premiers of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan have gone along with the lockdown narrative.

“They are following the establishment medical experts and they don't want to have any other point of view,” Bernier told Lawton.

As a former MP for the CPC, Bernier said that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, whom he used to work with, is now not even recognizable as a “conservative.”

“I know personally Jason Kenney,” said Bernier.

“I was sitting with him around the cabinet table when I was a conservative minister, when he was a minister. He was a real conservative at that time. Now, I don't recognize.”

Bernier also said to Lawton that he does not understand why there are no “provincial parliaments or legislatures” that are opposing lockdowns.

“They're not doing their job… we are in a crazy world,” said Bernier.

Meanwhile Kenney announced that on July 1, Alberta will significantly reduce its COVID-19 restrictions, including the current ban on indoor social gatherings.

This comes in spite of the fact Kenney is the only Canadian premier to have jailed Christian pastors for breaking COVID rules, having jailed Paster James Coates and Pastor Artur Pawlowski and most recently, Pastor Tim Stephens, who is currently in jail.

TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arrest; canada; covid; covid19; covid19lockdown; covid19rules; covidarrest; covidlockdown; lockdown; lockdowns; rules; tyranny; tyrants

1 posted on 06/21/2021 7:52:15 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Alberta is on the verge of a major blowup.

They are lifting everything July 1st I guess to try to avoid that, but it’s been nuts.

2 posted on 06/21/2021 8:01:41 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: george76

The big nanny state with it’s centralized decision making ends up being like this.

Liberals in the West think that somehow “oppression” at the hand of a social democratic system is acceptable and different than “oppression” from a communist state. It’s still just “oppression.”

You cannot have it both ways.

You either have the big nanny state that protects you and provides safety in all aspects: physical, economic, social stability/security... or you have free citizens with limited government.

As government grows, the rights of citizens shrink. Eventually you end up with a oppressive system even if you have elections, even if you have a Constitution...

You end up with a technocracy, and if you challenge the decisions of said technocracy acting in the public best interest (supposedly), you end up being punished.

3 posted on 06/21/2021 8:03:52 AM PDT by Red6
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To: george76

In the province of New Brunswick there have been over 75 different orders signed by a cabinet minister under the “emergency” order clearly showing they are making up the rules on the fly.

4 posted on 06/21/2021 8:13:03 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Phlap

Not about a virus nor science - just tyrants grabbing power and control...

5 posted on 06/21/2021 8:24:08 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

It was hollywood and the rest of the democrat party that demonized taking a vaccine developed under Donald Trump just because they hated Trump. The democrat party made HCQ illegal and murdered thousands of people.

Brad Paisley says it’s ‘patriotic’ to get the coronavirus vaccine, blames ‘Hollywood elite’ for hesitancy

He was sitting next to Al Sharpton who started a riot and 7 people were burned to death in a store.

6 posted on 06/21/2021 8:40:07 AM PDT by minnesota_bound (I need more money. )
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To: george76

Th e Capitol arrests were political suppression too

7 posted on 06/21/2021 8:47:50 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: george76

Canada made weed legal and the government became the first drug dealers to lose money. Just sayin.

8 posted on 06/21/2021 9:05:11 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: george76

Premier Jason Kenney is no Conservative as I see it although in the past he was acting like one.

The old religious rural forces that embodied the once ruling Social Credit Party of Alberta were displaced by the Progressive Conservatives who took power in the 70’s led by Peter Lougheed.

Lougheed reflected a new Alberta driven by the energy industry.

Alberta once had a Premier some 80 years ago Bill Aberhart who preached on the radio and was a Conservative Protestant.

His nickname “Bible Bill”.

Alberta has gone from “Bible Bill” to “Comrade Kenney”.

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To: Bulwyf

Some Canadians are selling homes in AZ as its too much bother to deal with Canada.

10 posted on 06/21/2021 11:54:31 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Red6

Wonderfully succinct and true words - once again.

Thanks a lot :-)

11 posted on 06/22/2021 8:10:55 AM PDT by Menes
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