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Trudeau's policies will put Canada's food supply in peril and lead to higher prices - Maxime Bernier

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(Kitco News) - The Canadian government's plan to reduce fertilizer emissions will lead to "less food," and cause food prices "to go up," said Maxime Bernier, Founder and Leader of the People's Party of Canada.

"The goal for the government is to reduce emissions coming from farmers by 30 percent," he explained. "They will have to cut fertilizers, and we'll have less food and prices will go up."

Dutch farmers are currently protesting a similar fertilizer reduction policy in the Netherlands.

Bernier said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's fertilizer policy stems from climate change "ideology," and is grounded in a "philosophy that is socialism."

"Greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are less than 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions," he explained. "Canada won't save the world. This is a philosophy that is socialism, and we will fight that."

Bernier served as Minister of State (Small Business, Tourism, and Agriculture), Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Industry under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In 2018, after losing the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership race, he left to start the People's Party.

He spoke with Michelle Makori, Editor-in-Chief and Lead Anchor at Kitco News.

Climate Change 'Ideology'

Bernier's People's Party disputes the claim that man-made climate change is an emergency. Bernier stated that the "ideology" of climate change is being used to justify new taxes and restrictions.

"The People's Party of Canada is the only party in Canada that won't sign the Paris Accord and won't impose a carbon tax or any other goals to fight climate change," he said. "We must not impose more restrictions on people or more taxes."

The Paris Accord is an international treaty signed in 2015, agreeing to emission reduction targets, in an effort to stem climate change.

Bernier said that even the Conservative Party of Canada, of which he was once a member, subscribes to climate "ideology."

"It's the same thing with the Conservative Party of Canada," he said. "They agreed with the Paris Accord. They will fight climate change. They won't impose a carbon tax, but they will impose more regulations on businesses, and when they do, prices will go up."

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Socialism's Growing Popularity

Bernier confirmed that socialism is growing in popularity, making it more difficult to reach people with his party's libertarian message.

"We are living in a socialist era now, not only in Canada, but also in Europe and the U.S.," he said. "So, when I'm speaking about individual freedom and personal responsibility, it's not popular right now. But it is not because something is popular that it is true and just… The People's Party are doing politics by conviction."

He added that "people don't understand right now that there's no such thing as a free lunch. All that spending for COVID-19, when these government said they'll shut down the economy, you'll stay at home, and we'll give you money, and now we have more and more people that are dependent on the government for these programs. So they're used to that."

Bernier said that the message he has is one of independence and personal responsibility.

"I want people to be independent," he stated. "The government is the problem. The central bankers are the problem. That's why we are arguing for and promoting a smaller government that will give people more of their own money in their own pockets, and they will be able to do what they want with their money."

To find out Bernier's thoughts on tensions in Taiwan, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the 'woke' phenomenon, watch the video above.

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