For the second time in less than a month, Maxime Bernier is being called out by Canadians for publically trash-talking Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. Following her impassioned speech to the United Nations on Monday, Bernier took to Twitter to retweet an article about Thunberg, suggesting that the 16-year-old “cannot possibly understand” climate change.
Speaking at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg took aim at the world’s leaders, accusing them of failing to take strong enough measures to combat climate change, and therefore threatening the future of the planet’s young people.
However, while Thunberg's passionate and powerful speech, which saw her physically choke-up with emotion, was applauded by many worldwide, it seems not everyone was so impressed with what the young activist had to say.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday morning, People’s Party of Canada leader, Maxime Bernier, retweeted an article that was heavily critical of Thunberg, and quoted a particular extract from the article.
The quote said, “Kids of all ages are growing up as anxious political activists, appearing in the media as representatives of causes and ideologies, participating in strikes, walkouts, speaking engagements, lectures and ideological battles over issues they cannot possibly understand.”
”People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinc… https://t.co/NATzTjhQFw— WIRED (@WIRED)1569254856.0
Following Bernier’s retweet, Canadians were quick to respond to the party leader, letting him know that they strongly disagreed with him and the article that he had shared.
One Canadian twitter user replied to the PPC leader to say, “What a sad little man you [are]. Greta Thunberg is inspiring people around the world. She does more good in one day than you will in a lifetime, and history will not be so kind to your memory as it will to hers.”
Another added a similarly scathing comment, tweeting, “It's sad that a child has more intelligence and wisdom than you. I understand why you are so envious of her.”
@MaximeBernier What a sad little man you. @GretaThunberg is inspiring people around the world. She does more good… https://t.co/wXBv5AqPiK— Robert Jensen (@Robert Jensen)1569324524.0
@MaximeBernier It's sad that a child has more intelligence and wisdom than you. I understand why you are so envious of her.— Strawmonster (@Strawmonster)1569323998.0
@MaximeBernier Little max picking in kids again.— Orko (@Orko)1569323979.0
@MaximeBernier She understands climate change better than you. I guess you don't care because it's only the future… https://t.co/1Rhx1o4WlD— Claudia the Doomer 🧦🇦🇺 (@Claudia the Doomer 🧦🇦🇺)1569325850.0
@MaximeBernier They are listening to 97% of adult scientists and are acting appropriately. You? #cdnpoli— Chris Harris (@Chris Harris)1569337674.0
This isn’t the first time that Bernier has launched a public attack on Thunberg. Earlier this month, the PPC leader was heavily criticized for referring to the teen as “mentally unstable” and “not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear.”
Although Bernier later went on to retract his comments and described Thunberg as “brave,” it seems his opinion of the activist is still unclear.
@MaximeBernier These are issues that Maxine clearly doesn’t understand, but @GretaThunberg absolutely does. #climatechangeisreal— Matt Campagna (@Matt Campagna)1569330391.0
@MaximeBernier Children who are not consumed of greed or hate. They are the voices and strength that we need and sh… https://t.co/r8bJEdU8R7— Toronto Stronger Together (@Toronto Stronger Together)1569331552.0
One Twitter user explained, “She understands very well Max. She's thinking of her future. Enlightening and telling that you and other climate deniers feel the need to attack this amazing young woman personally, rather than outline factually, the issues you have with her message."
Another added, "...You are coming unhinged Maxime...and undeserving to be a MP let alone PM."
@MaximeBernier She understands very well Max. She's thinking of her future. Enlightening and telling that you and… https://t.co/HXPNQqWSQI— Jeff (@Jeff)1569335934.0
@MaximeBernier Sorry but I encourage my young people at church to be activists and strong voices for the good like… https://t.co/aLTpBx8dKL— Rev. Jeff Doucette (@Rev. Jeff Doucette)1569323816.0
Bernier was not the only one who took aim at Thunberg’s United Nations Speech on Twitter. President Donald Trump was also heavily criticized for his unnecessary dig at the 16-year-old, sarcastically remarking that, “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
Narcity has reached out to the People's Party of Canada for comment on Bernier's tweet, but are yet to receive a response.
Climate change is expected to be a key issue for voters in the upcoming federal election. Canadians will head to the polls on October 21.