Maxime Bernier has taken to Twitter to blast the prime minister’s mom. In a post on Sunday night, Bernier asked what Margaret Trudeau “has done in life,” other than be a mother and a wife. The political party leader’s comments have been described as “disgustingly sexist.”
People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier has taken to Twitter to drag Justin Trudeau’s mom, asking what qualifies the author, actress and mental health activist to give “pep talks to kids.”
In a tweet on Sunday, July 12, Bernier asked, “What has Margaret Trudeau achieved in life to warrant being paid $250k to give a few pep talks to kids, apart from marrying a prime minister and being the mother of another?”
He added, “Oh, right. That’s how things work in a banana republic.”
Bernier’s comments refer to the ongoing controversy that surrounds Justin Trudeau’s hiring of the WE charity, an organization which paid his brother and his mom thousands of dollars for speaking engagements.
In a statement, per CBC News, the charity confirmed that Margaret Trudeau had been paid $250,000 for 28 events across a four year period.
Alexandre Trudeau, the prime minister’s brother, received $32,000 for eight events.
What has Margaret Trudeau achieved in life to warrant being paid $250k to give a few pep talks to kids, apart from… https://t.co/jksViGFWzT— Maxime Bernier (@Maxime Bernier)1594604190.0
While the family’s involvement in the WE Charity controversy has been criticized by opposing political leaders, Bernier’s comments have been called-out for taking a more personal tone.
Advocate and CEO Lisa Kirbie responded to Bernier’s comments, calling them “disgustingly sexist.”
“Margaret Trudeau is an author, an actor, a photographer, an activist, and an outspoken mental health advocate,” she wrote.
Trudeau’s former Principal Secretary also responded, writing, “She used her experience to help others who were similarly afflicted. Margaret Trudeau is a good person.”
What a disgustingly sexist message this is. Women are more than the men to whom they are married, or the men they r… https://t.co/Bp5PueWGOg— Lisa Kirbie (@Lisa Kirbie)1594604501.0
This isn’t the first time Bernier has been criticized for his outspoken and controversial tweets.
Bernier is the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, a party founded in 2018.
During the 2019 federal election, the party failed to secure a single seat. Bernier also lost his own seat in the riding of Beauce.