Poilievre under fire for Jordan Peterson podcast comment

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Polievre’s use of the term “Anglo-Saxon” on a podcast drew the attention of some who thought the word was divisive, but the comment was also defended by supporters who said he was simply expressing his disapproval of more Preference for clear language.

“I believe in using simple Anglo-Saxon words that get right to what I’m trying to convey,” the Ottawa district councillor said in a podcast hosted by controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson, released Tuesday.

“So I say what people say, ‘Yeah, that actually makes sense.'”

Some conservatives believe that Poilievre refers to more accessible English words of Anglo-Saxon origin than “Latin” words derived from other languages.

“Anglo-Saxon words tend to be shorter and clearer than Latin words,” Alberta Conservative MP Garnett Genuis tweeted, who have not formally endorsed leadership candidates. “Many writers and speakers know this when thinking about words.”

But some have pointed out that the term has recently been used by the far right to distinguish whites, immigrants and people of color.

“It’s a way of basically distinguishing white Canadians, white Anglo-Saxons from everyone else, of course [from] The racialized part of society,” Farid Khan, founder of Canadians United Against Hate, told CTV News.

Last year, two Republican members of the U.S. Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, were linked to a leaked document calling for an “America First” pledge to return to “the Anglo-Saxon political tradition.” Backlash was quick, with even House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy calling for a “nativist dog whistle.”

Pat King, an organizer of the truckers protest in Ottawa, also used the term to warn of a conspiracy to replace white people — a common white supremacist lie often used to justify hostility to immigrants or Violence is justified.

“There’s an ending, and it’s called ‘Caucasian ethnicity or Anglo-Saxon depopulation,'” King said on the live broadcast. “That’s our goal, to reduce the population of the Anglo-Saxon race.”

Poilievre’s comments on economics also drew criticism.

At a Conservative leadership debate in Edmonton last week, Poilievre said he would “fire the central banker” if he became prime minister.

One Conservative MP said the remark was worrying.

“I am deeply disturbed by the suggestion that one of our leadership candidates is prepared to interfere with the independence of our central bank at this stage,” Edfast said on Wednesday.

Hours later, Fast resigned as the party’s financial commentator in favor of another leadership candidate, former Quebec premier Jean Charest.

Another potential hurdle is that Poilievre encourages Canadians to use volatile cryptocurrencies.

He has a vested interest in digital currencies, holding a bitcoin fund of about $10,000 that, like many crypto investments, has lost nearly 40% in value over the past six months.

The ethics commissioner told Poilievre he was free to promote cryptocurrencies, but the ethics watchdog said it could be a conflict.

“It’s clearly unethical for a member of Congress to make investments and then push for changes that will help those investments,” Duff Konacher of Toronto’s Democracy Watch told CTV News.

On Wednesday, Poilievre responded to a report that one of his supporters sent a racist email to another leadership campaign, issuing a statement saying: “If you’re racist, I don’t want your vote. ”


This story has been updated to correct that Garnett Genuis is an Alberta Conservative MP.


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