Tory MP Cheryl Gallant accused of peddling deranged conspiracy theories by Liberals
|CTVnews 19 Feb 2021 at 21:18|
OTTAWA -- Federal Liberals are accusing a Conservative MP of promoting "deranged conspiracy theories" akin to those promulgated by supporters of former U.S. president Donald Trump.
They ve pounced on video of a virtual meeting eastern Ontario MP Cheryl Gallant held earlier this month with a group of young Conservatives at Queen s University in Kingston.
In the video, Gallant says Liberals have become "radicals" who want "all illicit drugs to be legal" and "to normalize sexual activity with children."
Liberal MP Jennifer O Connell, who posted the video on Twitter, says Gallant is spreading "disgusting and dangerous lies" and asserts that her fearmongering is "a threat to our democracy."
Gallant says her comments were taken out of context.
Conservative Leader Erin O Toole, who has been attempting to put a more moderate face on his party, says the Liberals are trying to distract from their failure to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.
"Canadians have other priorities and so do I," he said in a brief statement late Friday.
In the video, Gallant talks about how Liberals used to have more common sense but have now become a bunch of "radicals."
"They want all illicit drugs to be legal. They want anything goes in every aspect of life. They want to normalize sexual activity with children," she says.
Gallant also asserts that "cultural Marxists" have "taken over every university administration" and are silencing free speech on campuses.
It s all part of a broader agenda, she says.
"The elites call it the great reset or build back better or green new deal. The names change but the goal remains the same: more power for the powerful and less freedom for everyone else."
The idea of a "great reset" was first floated by the widely respected World Economic Forum in calling for post-pandemic policies to reduce societal inequalities.
But it has since become code for conspiracy theorists who see it as a plot by global elites to replace capitalism with a new socialist world order. Some go so far as to assert that the elites deliberately unleashed COVID-19 in order to achieve world domination.