People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxime Bernier accused NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi of attempting to silence opposition to lockdowns after the two claimed anti-lockdown protests were tied to far-right extremism. “There is nothing new in attempts by the authoritarian far-left to deplatform and cancel people with whom they disagree. What’s new now is that there seems to be a concerted effort to silence opposition to lockdowns using the same old trick of calling people racist and white supremacists,” Bernier told True North. “Singh, Nenshi and other politicians and commentators are all of a sudden claiming that tens of thousands of ordinary Canadians who demonstrate against ineffective and disastrous lockdown policies are dangerous extremists. This is despicable.” Bernier has been a regular staple at anti-lockdown rallies across Canada. Most recently, the PPC leader travelled to Saskatchewan to attend a freedom rally in Regina where he and others were ticketed $2,800 for violating COVID-19 public health orders, according to the Western Standard.