The People’s Party of Canada leader, Maxime Bernier, is certainly not afraid to have his opinion heard when it comes to matters of the climate. After publicly condemning 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on numerous occasions, and causing upset on Twitter for his climate opinions, Bernier has now made another bold statement: Canadians do not need to change their way of life to fight climate change.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, Maxime Bernier shared a link to a Government of Canada webpage, that explained how Canada’s "ice sheets" have changed over time. To accompany the link, Bernier stated, “Climate change is a fact that nobody denies. Only 15,000y ago, Canada was covered in ice.”
The PPC leader went on to add, “The climate always has and will continue to change. We don’t need to panic, kill our economy and transform our way of life to fight it.”
Bernier’s tweet comes just one week after hundreds of thousands of Canadians took to Canada’s streets to protest government inaction over the climate crisis, joined by famous 16-year-old climate-activist, Greta Thunberg.
The response from Canadians to Maxime Bernier’s tweet was mixed, with many of his Twitter followers responding to applaud the PPC leader for speaking his mind on the issue.
One Twitter user said, "One political leader with courage to stand against the media and climate panic activists and useful idiots who want to destroy our country in the name of false climate science. Biggest scam of our generation. It will crumble though. Just watch!"
Another added, "This alone is reason enough to vote for Maxime Bernier. Common sense approach and an antidote to climate hysteria."
That said, there was also a considerable number of responses that highly criticized Bernier’s tweet about the climate crisis, with one user calling him "unbelievably out of touch."
One Canadian responded, “It's a matter of how fast the climate changes. But of course, you know better than 90% of scientists. Your party will die on this climate change hill.”
Another simply said “Yikes.”
This isn’t the first time that Maxime Bernier has come under fire for his social media posts about the environment. Last month, Bernier was heavily criticized on several occasions, most notably for calling 16-year-old Greta Thunberg "seriously mentally unstable."
He was also called out for his opinions on climate change during the official federal leaders' debate on Monday evening, with Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet accusing Bernier of being a "climate change denier."
With the federal election now just mere days away, whether or not Maxime Bernier's climate comments have truly resonated with the Canadian public is soon to be seen!