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Haters gotta hate, hate, hate on Bernier

By Phil Gurski       

What is transpiring in Canada is not that different than what some other nations have seen. Whether it is the AfD in Germany, Fidesz in Hungary, the British National Party in the U.K. or, heck, even part of the Republican Party south of the border, we are witnessing a rise in far-right parties that are vying for, or even hold, power at the national level.

People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier's year-old party has a tendency to attract individuals who inhabit the spectrum we associate with the far right, or white supremacist, or neo-Nazi or anti-fill-in-the-blank crowd, writes columnist Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Pity poor Maxime Bernier. The leader of the People’s Party of Canada, who came within a hair’s breadth of becoming head honcho of the Conservative Party, cannot catch a break. At first he was not welcome at the commission’s leaders debates—even the Greens were invited! He later qualified. No one seems to give him a snowball’s chance in hell of winning even a single seat. Respect is wanting.

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