Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is going viral again after sparring with a Canadian Press reporter trying to accuse him of spreading false information regarding the November 22 border explosion event.
Many media outlets in the US and Canada followed the lead of Fox News by reporting Wednesday’s Rainbow Bridge car explosion as a terrorist attack. The outlets later retracted and corrected the information, as the latest update to the ongoing investigation is that there are “no signs” the car explosion was terror-related, per the FBI.
Paola Loriggio of the Canadian Press (CP) asked Poilievre the morning after the car crash if he thought it was responsible of him to have said in the House of Commons that the incident was terror-related.
Poilievre retorted, “CP, just for everyone’s knowledge, did have to make three corrections for falsehoods that they put into a single article — I think that may be unprecedented.”
“I’m actually thinking of checking with the Guinness Book of World Records to see if there’s ever been a news agency that’s had to issue three corrections for patent falsehoods that they admit they had made in one single article, and now you’ve made yet another falsehood in your question.”
“Where you are wrong, is that CTV reported that the Government of Canada was presuming the incident was terrorist,” he said, adding, “And that’s what I said in my remarks, it was a media report.”
The car that exploded with two people inside was a Bentley from Western New York. The two people were reportedly a married couple who were attempting to enter Canada to attend a Kiss concert in Toronto.
Just before reaching the border the car went at an incredibly fast speed and went airborne after it hit a ramp, exploding as it landed near the border checkpoint at Rainbow Bridge.
“Based on what is happening in the world, everyone is on edge. This is an international border. I won’t call it an accident yet. All we know is there was a horrific incident, a crash, a loss of life – but at this time: no known terrorism activity,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
Poilievre vs. mainstream media journalists
Last month, Poilievre went viral internationally for taking down a slimy journalist from British Columbia media outlet Castanet, all while casually munching on an apple.
“In terms of your strategy currently, you’re obviously taking the populist pathway,” the reporter, Don Urqhuart, said to Poilievre.
“What does that mean?” Poilievre replied.
“Certainly you tap very strong ideological language quite frequently,” said Urquhart.
“Like what?” Poilievre asked.
Urquhart could not provide any examples and continued to ask nonsensical, ignorant questions.