Maxime Bernier leads protest against COVID-19 health measures and vaccination mandates

MONTREAL – People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier was among the thousands of Quebecers who braved the cold to condemn vaccine mandates and other health measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal’s old port on Saturday.

“There are no convincing arguments for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations,” Bernier wrote on Twitter. “Mandatory policies are a blunt tool that aims to cover up government inequality.”

The Quebec Pro Choice and Free Choice march and protest drew between 500 and 600 people with signs and beating drums as they walked up St. Laurent Blvd.

Demonstration against Quebec health measures

People take part in a demonstration against the Quebec government’s measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, January 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes

Bernier was one of those who spoke in Old Montreal about his opposition to vaccine passes and dining room closures.

“I’m voxed, she’s vxxed,” protester Alf Mayer said. “But the thing is, I’m against mandatory wax.”

Montreal police monitored the march, and a spokesman said there were no incidents or tickets issued.

The event lasted until around 4 p.m.

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