Pierre Poilievre would not let Stephen Harper be part of his government

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Stephen Harper would not be considered good enough to hold a cabinet position in a government led by Pierre Poilievre.

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In his latest pitch for fringe votes, the Conservative leadership candidate said he will not accept ministers attending the annual World Economic Forum summit.

Of course, Poilievre’s campaign co-chair, John Baird, should be fired since he attended and spoke for Canada at the WEF in 2014.

The World Economic Forum, founded 51 years ago by German academic Klaus Schwab, has held an annual summit bringing together government and business leaders from around the world. Lately, however, it has become the focus of legitimate concerns about its influence and the subject of various conspiracy theories.

Schwab’s call for a “Great Reset” in the economy as part of the recovery from COVID-19 has been the focus of those who see the WEF as an organization with too much power. There are regular claims that the WEF controls governments, including Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, and fixes elections.

None of this is true, but it is widely shared online, and it is the people who buy into these conspiracy theories that Poilievre is trying to attract in his bid to win the leadership of the Conservative Party. He posted a video clip of one of his recent speeches where he said that a Poilievre government would not allow participation in the annual summit.

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“And that is why I have made it clear that my ministers in my government will be banned from participating in the World Economic Forum,” Poilievre said to huge applause from the crowd.

“If you want to go to Davos, to that conference, make it a one-way ticket. But you cannot be part of our government and work for a political agenda that goes against the interests of our people.”

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This video, and Poilievre’s new “policy” on the World Economic Forum, is nothing but rubbish meant to absorb people who believe half-truths or outright lies.

When Stephen Harper or his ministers went to Davos, they were not working for a political agenda that was against the people of Canada, they were selling out Canada.

This is a conference that attracts top business leaders, the kind of people who make investment decisions about where to locate plants and offices. Being there helps attract new businesses, new investments and new jobs to Canada.

“Canada’s rock-solid economic fundamentals make our country a premier destination for global investors. At the World Economic Forum, we show this to the world once again,” said then-Foreign Minister John Baird after representing Canada at the World Economic Forum in 2014.

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Was Baird working against Canada’s interests when he left?

The people Poilievre addresses with this message truly believe that this shadowy organization has real power in Canada and that those who attended were indoctrinated by Schwab. I don’t think Stephen Harper was when he spoke at the forum about the need to control government debt, control spending, and make decisions for future economic growth and prosperity.

In his 2012 speech, Harper took his vision of where Western democratic countries should be heading directly to those business and government leaders. Harper talked about the investment climate that his government was creating, the need to be able to export our energy to Asia and beyond, the need to reform social programs so that they would have a solid foundation instead of following Europe’s path to fiscal instability.

Under a Poilievre government, Canada would not be sold out on one of the world’s biggest stages.

Poilievre is an intelligent man; he knows that what he is saying in this file is nothing more than gibberish. He doesn’t need to flirt and encourage acceptance of conspiracy theories to gain leadership, but that’s what he’s doing.

The Conservatives need a serious leader to challenge Trudeau and the Liberals. If Poilievre wants to be a leader, let him go ahead and leave this crap for internet trolls.

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