The political parties represented in the National Assembly have finally decided to disinvite ethno-nationalist Alexandre Cormier-Denis from the current consultation on immigration.
Prime Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette’s office confirmed this information to The Canadian Press.
On Wednesday morning – before this decision was taken – the presence of Mr Cormier-Denis’ name on the list of people invited to the immigration consultation had caused unrest among the various political parties.
When asked if this man had his place during the consultation, Prime Minister François Legault replied:
I do not think so.
Mr. Cormier-Denis is notably an apostle of the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, which claims that political elites are seeking to replace the white population through massive waves of immigration.
In his videos, which are broadcast particularly on X (formerly Twitter), he regularly and vehemently attacks newcomers.
He also directly attacked Solidarity MP Ruba Ghazal. Mr. Cormier-Denis also attacks indigenous peoples and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Mr Jolin-Barrette described Alexandre Cormier-Denis’ comments as
slippery but I wouldn’t say if they were hateful.
It’s the left-wing media pivot point who stressed that the name of this man with clearly defined right-wing positions is on the list of people who will speak during this immigration planning consultation late on Thursday.
I absolutely do not support Mr Cormier-Denis’ comments. We as a political party don’t want to hear it on ThursdayFor her part, reiterated the Minister of Immigration, Christine Fréchette.
In 2016, Mr. Cormier-Denis, as a member of the Parti Québécois, organized a meeting with Marine Le Pen, then president of the Front National, a French far-right party.
Who tells the truth?
At a press conference on Wednesday morning, the Parti Québécois (PQ) claimed it had told the government it did not want Mr Cormier-Denis to be invited to the National Assembly.
The government has asked us to reduce the number of speakers heard. We sent back a reduced list that did not include Alexandre Cormier-Denis and others. For some reason he and other groups still appear in the list of people being listened to. It is up to the government to explain thissupported the PQ Pascal Bérubé.
But in the press crowd a few moments later, the head of government had a different version.
When we made the subpoena, my office asked all the political groups if they wanted to hear the subpoena. [Alexandre Cormier-Denis]. And besides, the PQ agreed to hear it. We had reservationsargued Mr. Jolin-Barrette.
Pascal Bérubé does not tell the whole truth, as is the case in certain situationshe added.
Québec Solidaire also wanted Alexandre Cormier-Denis to be disinvited. When asked what he criticized this man for, Solidarity leader Alexandre Leduc replied:
Because I’m a white supremacist.
The Quebec Liberal Party remained more nuanced at news conferences before Mr. Cormier-Denis’ invitation was canceled.
Who am I to muzzle a group? I do not agree in any way, directly or indirectly, with this person’s comments, but we have adopted procedures. This is general advice on immigration, anyone can send a letterdeclared Liberal leader Monsef Derraji.
For his part, the conservative leader Éric Duhaime reiterated that the Legault government
continues to restrict freedom of expression in Quebec, without clear and democratic guidelines.
Mr. Cormier-Denis and I are ideological opponents. However, the manner in which he was just thrown out of the parliamentary committee is cavalier to say the least. On what basis do we accept or reject the testimony of a citizen or group? […] If this is still a case, the decision will be made at the discretion of the CAQ and his liberal, solidarity and PQ allies? he said in a written statement.
“The media system will not succeed in censoring our speech”
Quebec needs to have a serious discussion about immigration thresholds, and it is not by censoring the voices of critics of current policies that our society will be able to allay Quebecers’ legitimate fears about migration and demographic issues.wrote Alexandre Cormier-Denis on the social network.
He blames the media for being
used this story to put pressure on political parties to back off [sa] charge.
Mr. Cormier-Denis indicates that he will broadcast his speech to the National Assembly online.
The media system will not succeed in censoring our speechhe added.
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