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Conservative MPs welcome top figures from the convoy

Written by Javed Iqbal

Four months after the last truck left downtown Ottawa, top figures from the Freedom Convoy returned to Parliament Hill and met with nearly 20 percent of the Canadian Conservative Party, according to a video reviewed by CTV News.

On Wednesday, 23 Conservative members attended meetings with convoy spokesman Tom Marazzo, convoy director of security Daniel Bulford, adviser to former US President Donald Trump Paul Alexander, and Canadian soldier James Topp, who is currently marching through Canada protesting vaccine mandates.

The organizers held two presentations on Wednesday afternoon in a building located in the Parliament area. Alexander said in his presentation that Conservative MP Dean Allison helped the group gain access to the Valor Building. Groups planning to hold presentations on Parliament Hill are demanding that a Member of Parliament sponsor them to gain permission to access buildings on Parliament Hill and book a room.

Some MPs, like former leadership candidate Marilyn Gladu, only took a quick selfie with Topp, but others, including current leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis, stayed throughout the presentation.

The presentations included extensive anti-vaccine and anti-mandate speeches from Alexander, as well as a discussion from Topp about a group he has founded called the Canadian Citizens Coalition. The coalition’s stated mission is to “return to Canada to a free, just and just society by restoring a democratic, representative and responsible citizen and corporate government.” The coalition is linked to various anti-vaccine and anti-mandate groups, including those of which Marazzo and Bulford are members.

When the presentations were over, Ontario MP Cheryl Gallant and Saskatchewan MP Jeremy Patzer made statements to the room. Patzer said the group had “allies” in the Conservative Party, adding “you have support, you have had support all along.”

Many conservatives, including Ontario lawmakers Ryan Williams and Alex Ruff, lined up for photos with Topp and Marazzo at the end of the first presentation. Marazzo said they are not in line with any federal party, “but we are very aware of which members of which party participated today.”

Marazzo was routinely the public face of the convoy with the media, holding press conferences and broadcasting videos that relayed the messages from the convoy organizers. Feb. 8 Marazzo spoke in a video with the organizersincluding Tamara Lich, who proposes a meeting with the Governor-General to form a coalition government with the Conservative Party, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois, despite the fact that the proposal is widely seen as a non-start-up attempt to oust the current Liberal government. .

LIST OF CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE MEETING

  • Marilyn Gladu
  • Arnold Viersen
  • Dean Allison
  • James Bezan
  • Melissa Lantsman
  • Dan Muys
  • Ted Falk
  • Leslyn Lewis
  • Alex Ruff
  • Jeremy Pater
  • Jamie Schmale
  • Martin Shields
  • John Barlow
  • Ryan Williams
  • Warren Steinley
  • Damien Kurek
  • Gerald Soroka
  • Scott Davidson
  • Chris Warkentin
  • Corey Tochor
  • So van Popta
  • Cheryl Gallant
  • Kerry-Lynn Findlay

Temporary Conservative leader Candice Bergen’s office said they were aware of the event but were not involved in organizing it.

Topp is scheduled to return to Ottawa on June 30, where he will complete his march by touching the tomb of the unknown soldier. Topps return is expected to coincide with further protests against the government on Canada Day.

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