The challenger to far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Pierre Poilievre, used basic “common sense” to shred a leftist reporter.
Video of the interview shows the journalist repeatedly trying to push baseless left-wing talking points.
However, the reporter continually fell flat when Poilievre simply asked him what his questions and statements meant.
Poilievre appeared relaxed as he ran rings around the reporter while casually eating an apple.
The conservative leader repeatedly challenged the journalist to explain the vague political terms he was using to broad-brush his candidacy.
“In terms of your sort of strategy currently, you’re obviously taking the populist pathway…” the reporter began.
Poilievre stopped him to ask, “What does that mean?”
“Well, appealing to people’s more emotional levels, I would guess,” the reporter replied.
“I mean, certainly you tap very strong ideological language quite frequently.”
“Like what?” Poilievre questioned, still eating the apple.
“Left-wing, you know, this and that, right-wing, you know, I mean, it’s that type of biological thing,” responded the reporter, clearly flustered.
Poilievre shot back, “I haven’t really talked about left or right.
“I don’t really believe in that.”
“A lot of people would say that you’re simply taking a page out of the Donald Trump book,” the journalist alleged.
“Which people would say that?” asked Poilievre.
“Well, I’m sure of a great many Canadians, but…,” the journalist attempted to say, before Poilievre again challenged him, asking, “Like who?”
“I don’t know who, but…,” the journalist admitted.
“Well, you’re the one who asked the question, so now you must know somebody,” the CPC leader told the leftist reporter.
At this point, the reporter attempted to rephrase his question, saying, “Okay.
“I’m sure there’s some out there, but anyways, the point of this question is, I mean, why should Canadians trust you with their vote, given, you know, not just the sort of ideological inclination in terms of taking the page of Donald Trump’s book, but also…”
“What page? What page?” Poilievre said, asking for an example.
“Can you give me a page?
“Give me the page. You keep saying that.”
Pierre Poilievre casually smacks down a left wing journalist while munching on an apple. pic.twitter.com/FeAcjCncvw
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 17, 2023
Finally, the journalist gave up his biased narrative and asked him point-blank: “Why should Canadians trust you with their vote?”
Poilievre took the opportunity to further elaborate on his broader campaign centered around a common sense approach toward addressing inflation.
Common sense for a change.
We’re gonna make common sense common in this country.
We don’t have any common sense in the current government.
You know, the guy [Trudeau] prints $600 billion, grows our money supply by 32% in three years.
That’s growing the money eight times faster than the economy.
No wonder we have the worst of inflation in four decades.
I’m gonna cap spending, cut waste, so that we can balance the budget and bring down inflation and interest rates.
You’ll want to be able to pay your mortgage again.
You want to be able to afford rent, then you have to vote for Pierre Poilievre because I am the only one with a common sense plan that will bring back the buying power of your paycheck.
How do you like them apples?
PART 1 pic.twitter.com/RkDBAn13nl
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) October 14, 2023
Poilievre’s manhandling of the journalist’s disingenuous questions is essentially a masterclass in how to handle hostile media.
According to the politician’s campaign page, “He also was one of the first voices to speak up against unscientific mandates and unacceptable limits on the freedoms of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pierre believes that freedom is critical for this country and has pressed the government to commit to ending its politicized and divisive response.”
Under Poilievre’s leadership, Canada would have a chance to reverse course from its socialist agenda and steer towards a path that effectively addresses the challenges of inflation.
The next election for the Canadian prime minister’s seat is set to take place on October 20, 2025.
However, Politico notes, “An election could come as early as next year, or as late as the fall of 2025, depending on the durability of a governing agreement between the Liberals and the New Democratic Party.”