Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is once again lambasting what he sees as “extreme multiculturalism” and political correctness as other senior Tories appear to be distancing themselves from his views.
Bernier took to Twitter Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to comment on a Winnipeg park recently named in honour of Pakistan’s founder, as well as a possible new statutory holiday marking the shameful legacy of residential schools.
The comments come on the heels of earlier eyebrow-raising tweets in which the veteran Quebec MP accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of pushing “ever more diversity” that could divide Canadians into “little tribes that have less and less in common.”
‘Canada under extreme Liberal multiculturalism…’
On Tuesday, Bernier responded to a months-old post from Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, a backbencher best known as the sponsor of the M-103 motion condemning Islamophobia and all forms of religious discrimination. The motion became a flashpoint of debate last year.
Khalid tweeted in May to mark the inauguration of a Winnipeg park named after Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
“Canada under extreme Liberal multiculturalism: While a statue of our country’s founder is being removed in one city, a park was recently named after Pakistan’s founder in another, in the presence of M103 Liberal MP sponsor,” he wrote. “Pakistan independence from India led to 1M deaths.”
Bernier was referencing the City of Victoria’s recent move to take down a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald because of the role Canada’s first prime minister played in establishing residential schools.
Though the step was taken as part of a reconciliation campaign with local Indigenous communities, Tory Leader Andrew Scheer said it was an example of political correctness being used to “erase history.”
Bernier also shared his thoughts Wednesday on a report from The Globe and Mail that said the Trudeau government will declare a new statutory holiday marking the pain caused by residential schools, as recommended in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The MP called instead for something celebrating the “heritage and renewal” of Indigenous cultures.
“Cult of victimhood and obsession with past wrongs instead of focus on the progress made and to come are another sick characteristic of extreme PC and multiculturalism,” Bernier wrote.