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News

Maxime Bernier Tweets Out Urgent Warning: ‘A Future World Government Will Destroy Canada’

The leader of the People’s Party of Canada is increasingly embracing wild, far-right conspiracy theories

January 9, 2019

Maxime Bernier says the destruction of Canada could be one consequence of a hypothetical “future world government.”

Bernier, leader of the far-right People’s Party of Canada and a sitting member of the Canadian Parliament, issued tweets Monday evening warning that “prominent” Canadians are trying to “set up a world government” run by the United Nations.

The People’s Party leader also questioned the “loyalty” of the Prime Minister of Canada. He pointed to the fact Canada provides foreign aid to impoverished countries as evidence Justin Trudeau may instead be “loyal to a future world government that will destroy Canada.”

Bernier’s declaration was typed entirely in caps lock.

Conspiracy theories revolving around a one-world government led by the United Nations are a common trope among far-right online communities, usually making reference to the “Bilderberg group” or a so-called “New World Order.”

Bernier’s talk of a “future world government” echoes conspiracies popularized by the likes of the John Birch Society or Infowars’ Alex Jones. Those trace their origins to older narratives about “cultural Marxism,” which imagine a secret “communist” or   “Jewish plot to rule the world.”

Bernier’s office did not respond to a request for comment from PressProgress.

If the People’s Party leader sounds more and more like a character out of the X-Files, it does appear to reflect a growing pattern:

In September, Bernier made a special appearance on “Press for Truth,” a website known for pushing 9/11 conspiracy theories – during the interview, Bernier was questioned about whether he would attend the Bilderberg Conference.

In October, a gas canister was set on fire in a Toronto-area hotel that was housing refugees. Before the attack, the hotel was featured in conspiratorial videos filmed by far-right YouTubers, including an avowed white nationalist and  supporters of Bernier’s People’s Party.

 In December, Bernier was announced as a speaker at an anti-refugee rally on Parliament Hill organized by far-right hate groups and attended by a contingent of followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory (without explanation, Bernier backed out of the event at the last minute).

 

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Analysis

Here Are All The Bozos, Bigots and Sketchy Characters Who Created Chaos for Jason Kenney’s UCP in 2018

Looking back at all the candidates who passed the United Conservative Party’s vetting process in 2018

December 30, 2018

2018 was a year of chaos for Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party.

From rigged nomination battles and grassroots anger directed at Kenney’s inner circle to allegations of fraud, bribery and dirty tricks, a casual observer might conclude the UCP is at war with itself.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg – behind-the-scenes, anti-abortion groups are stacking nomination meetings, white nationalists are