Maxime Bernier: Who are you? This far-right politician could be compared with Trump and help Trudeau win the Canadian election.

Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada could take votes away from the center-right Conservative Party in the upcoming election. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

In recent years, Maxime Bernier has found himself on the fringes of Canadian politics. Once a foreign minister, the far-right politician, who has been compared to Donald Trump, lost his seat in the House of Commons in 2019. He is known internationally for insulting climate activist Greta Thunberg when she was 16 years old on Twitter.

But now Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada could play a big role as spoilers in the Sept. 20 federal election. In an attempt to capitalize on the Liberal government’s coronavirus handling, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the snap poll. However, he is facing a very tight race against Erin O’Toole’s Conservative Party. In the last week of campaigning, both largest parties remain neck-and-neck.

By splitting the right-of-center vote, Bernier could break the deadlock and give a boost to Trudeau, whom he recently derided as a “fascist psychopath.” (Trudeau has condemned Bernier’s rhetoric as irresponsible. )

What to know

  • Who is Maxime Bernier?
  • What is the platform of his People’s Party of Canada?
  • How did the coronavirus pandemic impact the election?
  • What does this mean for Trudeau’s Liberals in the election?

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