A Very Interesting Candidate

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson argues that Bernier giving her a platform to express controversial views makes him more 'democratic' than other leaders.
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson argues that Bernier giving her a platform to express controversial views makes him more ‘democratic’ than other leaders.

OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier’s rejection of “political correctness” earns him plenty of criticism, but the first person chosen to officially represent his party in an election thinks that’s precisely what could attract “droves” of support.

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, the People’s Party of Canada candidate in the upcoming byelection in Burnaby South, is a self-described social conservative who has hosted Christian television shows and is an activist opposed to teaching sexual orientation and gender identity in B.C.’s sex education curriculum. But in an interview Thursday with the National Post, she argued that Bernier giving her a platform to express controversial views with which he doesn’t necessarily agree makes him more “democratic” than other political leaders.

She spoke effusively about a “silent majority” of Canadians she believes are worried that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal policies could constrain their freedoms. As examples, she recalled the “values attestation” for Canada Summer Jobs grants, which Liberals backed down from last year, and Bill C-16, the law that added “gender identity or expression” to a list of possible grounds for discrimination in the Criminal Code and Human Rights Act.

Social conservatives helped Scheer to victory over Bernier in the Conservative Party’s 2017 leadership race. Today, Tyler Thompson said, “droves” of them are leaving his side, seeing more opportunity in the PPC. Her own attempts to run as a Conservative had been rejected by the party, she said. “I believe that the Conservative Party is underestimating the groundswell of the grassroots people who feel they have been ignored.”

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