Pierre Poilievre Talks About Canadians “Camping” At Government Offices Just To Get Basic Services

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on June 23, 2022

Carlton MP and Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre released a humorous and informative video today showing how slow the delivery of government services in Canada has become, despite the bloated budget the federal Liberal government is operating with. 

Poilievre showed up at a Passports Canada office carrying a foldable lawn chair satirically advertising that Canadians get a “package deal” where they get to camp at a government building while waiting to apply for a passport.  

Before entering the building Poilievre, in a sarcastically energized tone, said “here the wait time is only six hours and forty-five minutes in Ottawa. Let’s go check it out!”

After Poilievre speaks to several people inside the government building waiting to be able to apply for a passport he notes that 11 out of 35 of the Passport Canada offices have wait times similar to the one he had visited.

Some individuals told Poilievre that they had been waiting since 6 am that morning and likely would still not be able to apply successfully that day and would have to come back even earlier the next day in order to have a good chance at speaking to a Passport Canada representative before the office closes. 

Poilievre uses the slow service rate at the Passports Canada office as a jumping-off point to highlight how government regulations and bureaucracy is crippling the delivery of services all over the country.

Poilievre states:

You see what’s happening here is the government is doing a lot of things poorly, rather than doing a few things well. They want to run your life but they can’t run their own government. 

They want to control what you put in your body. They want to run the internet to control what you see and say online. They want to control your money, rather than leaving it in your pocket and letting you control it for yourself. They want to control how you raise your kids or maybe even raise them for you. 

[The government] can’t even tie their own shoelaces, let alone raise someone else’s family. 

This recent video from Pierre Poilievre’s campaign demonstrates why he seems so far ahead of his other Conservative leadership competitors. 

Poilievre’s focus on promoting a culture of freedom, snappy delivery of detailed policy prescriptions, and the ease with which he connects with voters in real life and on social media shows he is a dangerous opponent for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is likely why the legacy media has been focusing so much rhetorical fire on Poilievre. 

(Photo from Macleans Magazine)

No doubt MP Leslyn Lewis, Jean Charest, Roman Baber, and Patrick Brown also have substantial support in the CPC leadership race, but Pierre Poilievre has a level of quality and stamina those other candidates need to prove they can match if they are to ever come close to scoring as many votes on the first ballot as he likely will.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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