Curator Leslyn Lewis (File photo)
The x27;implementation of certain programs could likely impose unacceptable and intrusive universal surveillance, violating the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Canadian Bill of Rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we continue.
The text also mentions that Canada's membership in the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies, such as the World Health Organization, has negative consequences for the population of Canada.
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What's more, the petition attacks some of the favorite targets of conspiracy theorists, such as the World Economic Forum or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Canada's ambassador to the UN, Bob Rae, strongly criticizes this initiative.
I don't take it seriously, because I believe it represents an extremist point of view of the political reality of the world, he declared in an interview with Radio-Canada.
When we read the petition, when we read the words, the ideas that are on that, it has nothing to do with the reality of our lives [at the UN].
A quote from Bob Rae, Canadian ambassador to the UN
Canadian Ambassador to the UN, Bob Rae (Archive photo)
According to David Morin, professor of applied politics at the University of Sherbrooke, legitimate criticism can be made of the United Nations, but this requires rational arguments.
The references which are presented here and which ultimately tend to suggest that the United Nations, the World Health Organization […] have some sort of immense secret agenda to control the planets , […] it does not respond to any argument that is even remotely rational, he emphasizes.
But what does Pierre Poilievre think of this petition and of his MP who supports it? Interview requests from Radio-Canada went unanswered. An unacceptable silence, according to the other opposition parties.
For the NDP MP, Alexandre Boulerice, it is a somewhat complicit silence. He should report. He should say he disagrees.
The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre (Archive photo)
On the Bloc Québécois side, MP Alain Therrien describes the petition as total madness.
Professor David Morin believes that the Conservative leader may have an interest to let this petition circulate in certain more right-wing circles.
I would say that this petition probably aims, to a certain extent, to consolidate a part of the conservative electorate, the part that is probably the most right-wing in the electorate which actually adheres to a certain number of conspiracy theories, explains Mr. Morin.
This is not the first time that conservatives have expressed criticism of the United Nations. Stephen Harper, when he was prime minister, repeatedly criticized the functioning of the UN without advocating Canada's withdrawal from the organization.
With information from Laurence Martin