It is worth noting that the leader of the People’s Party of Canada will be holding a rally in Napanee on Sept 8.
Rarely is a new political party born onto the federal stage and this new party is still in it’s infancy.
Maxime Bernier, party leader, will not be participating in the official election debates this fall. Though there are constituents in nearly all of the 338 electoral ridings, he did not fulfill the criteria to participate in the debate.
Nonetheless, this new party has rapidly grown in popularity having brought in $760,000 in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Canadian Press. That’s only slightly less than the Green Party, which brought in $783,000 in the same timeframe but has been around for 36 years.
This could be cause for concern, given the most recent press received by this party due to billboards that displayed an anti-immigration slogan. The People’s Party aims to reduce Canada’s immigration from 350,000 to between 100,000 and 150,000.
Their platform states that Canada’s open door policy, or “the problem” as described on their party website, is that immigration is not only placing a hefty financial burden on Canadians, but is also fundamentally changing the cultural character and social fabric of this country. Bernier has yet to outline exactly which values are being infringed upon by immigrants.
Canada is a country home to swathes of boreal forest, plains, great lakes and oceans. But Canada is warming faster than any other country in the world, according to a press release made by the federal government in April 2019. From wildfire smoke clouding the skies in the west to floods in the east-ours is now a diverse region of disaster.
“It is an undisputed fact that the world’s climate has always changed and will continue to change. Until 12,000 years ago, much of Canada was under ice, and it is thanks to natural climate change that we can live here today,” according the People’s Party Platform.
Similarly, we can credit climate change for the eventually sinking of shorelines and even, in the U.S., sinking low lying states. If climate change continues without any impediments, certain parts of the world will be uninhabitable within the next century. And in Canada the environmental repercussions of climate change have only begun to be realized.
At a time when the United Nations is calling for greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced on a global scale, The People’s Party of Canada is essentially shutting the doors on our global village and pretending there isn’t a problem.
Though it is worth noting that the People’s Party of Canada will be holding a nearby rally on Sept. 8, it is also worth endeavouring to decipher fact from fiction, especially when the fate of the nation is up for debate.