Canada’s Pierre Poilievre has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party. Upon being elected, Poilievre has been called “dangerous” and reckless for holding conservative views. He has been compared to Donald Trump by Canadian mainstream media and fervently attacked and criticized by multiple news outlets. The Tyee ran the headline, “Pierre Poilievre Is a Symptom of the Conservative’s Sickness” and called the Conservative Party “authoritarian, undemocratic, and out of touch.”
The criticisms of Poilievre and his party come after Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, ended Canada’s stringent vaccine mandates that required people entering Canada to show a vaccine passport, among other restrictions. The heavy restraints were lifted on September 30. Trudeau’s ending of Covid-19 regulations comes in response to his many critics who saw the mandates as too authoritarian. It was also done to quell a rising tide of populist attitudes that have been becoming more popular in recent months.
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The populist movement in Canada is coinciding with a global turn towards populism. Italy elected right-wing Giorgia Meloni last month as its first female prime minister. Running on a platform that put God, country, and family first, Meloni won with a clear majority of the vote, despite EU Commision chief, Ursula von der Leyen threatening to bring the EU Commission against Italians if they elected Meloni.
The Czech Republic held its municpal elections two weeks ago and former Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš who led the populist ANO party narrowly lost the election. Babiš came in first in 8 of 13 regional capitals. Meanwhile, mainstream media polls consistently underestimate the performance of conservative candidates. In Brazil’s recent presidential election, conservative President Jair Bolsonaro was predicted to lose by a 14% margin to former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Instead, Lula only received 48.4% of the vote and the two candidates are headed to a run-off election on October 30.
While conservative, right-wing candidates might not be winning every election, they are certainly closing the gap on the globalist elites as the people are clearly indicating the desire for a return to populist values. Canada was just the most recent country to become fed up with technocrats and self-serving leadership. While it might be slow, global change seems to be coming.