Big crowds gathered during two campaign stops in British Columbia yesterday for Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre.
Poilievre's first stop of the day was at the University of British Columbia, where more than 150 students gathered for a meet and greet. We spoke to the students who were lining up to meet Poilievre, asking them what it's like to be a young conservative in Canada and what they expect should Poilievre become the party's leader.
We also asked the Ottawa-area MP to elaborate on his goal to “make Canada the blockchain capital of the world,” if he supported a central bank digital currency and if that would include a social credit system.
Stay tuned for those answers in an upcoming report.
The second event of the day was held at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, where approximately 1,000 people packed the venue.
Poilievre spoke about his plans to defund the CBC, promising that he would “save a billion dollars by defunding” the state broadcaster.
While addressing the “outrageous politically correct woke culture” in Canada, the Conservative contender said “it's not about social justice, it's about dividing people.”
Poilievre wrapped up the event by sharing his vision for freedom.
A contentious issue for some surrounding the event was whether attendees were required to show vaccine passports upon entry.
We reached out to Poilievre, who told us that “the venue we rented made a decision to enforce the province's mandate,” adding that his “position on vaccine mandates has been crystal clear: Drop the mandates. Drop them all, and drop them now. Give people back their freedom.”
The statement from Poilievre continued, saying that he was looking “forward to being able to see everyone — including those who unfortunately had to miss out yesterday — at my future events in B.C. regardless of their personal health decisions.”
B.C.'s vaccine passport policy ended at midnight on April 8, and Poilievre has four more events scheduled in B.C. throughout April.
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