Turnout For Pierre Poilievre’s Campaign Tour Remains Massive All Over The Country

Written By Dallas Genereux, Posted on April 11, 2022

Pierre Poilievre, Conservative MP for Carleton announced his run for leader of the CPC on February 5, 2022. Since then, he has been gaining unprecedented support during his tour of British Columbia. 

An event held at UBC on Thursday where he spoke to students swelled to over an estimated 1000. Then 2 days later on Saturday, April 9 in Kelowna at his event held at the Sunset Range Golf Course, his speech had to be delayed by 45min due to the high volume of traffic attending the event (an estimated 700 people). 

His event in Langley this Sunday continued this trend. Representing The National Telegraph, I had arrived 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the event and had to line up outside, and around the corner of 2 buildings on the block. The line never moved and we were eventually told the venue had reached capacity for the fire code. 

After over an hour of waiting there was still a steady stream of people walking by, adding to the lineup far behind us and every parking lot in sight was beyond full. We completely lost sight of the lineup behind us as it turned multiple corners, and had to ask someone to save our spot to get footage of how far it went. 

After returning to the line, we were told Poilievre was to come outside and hold 2 events. They had to setup speakers outside and from what we could estimate there were at least 300-400 people gathered around outside to hear his speech he was giving from inside the venue that were unable to enter the building due to capacity. There is no telling how large the crowd was inside from where we were situated. 

The crowd was very diverse in Ethnicity, Sex, age and fashion. In addition to Pierre Poilievre Campaign signs and his famous #Justinflation stop sign campaign signs we also saw some “f*ck Trudeau” hats, Ukraine flags, CPC hats dating from Andrew Sheer’s campaign, and of course plenty of Canadian flags in all shapes and sizes. 

He spoke for over half an hour, speaking about Inflation, his plans to get Canadian oil/gas to Europe and Asia, free speech, ending covid mandates, took shots at Charest for claiming that he should be disqualified for supporting truckers, and much more. There was a recurring theme of freedom and a focus on it being passed down to us over the centuries, evoking Former Prime ministers Diefenbaker and Laurier, famous enlightenment author Thomas Paine and the Magna Carta.

A pickup truck was brought into the middle of the crowd for the purpose of giving him a platform to stand on but they were unable to get power to the microphones in that area. After his speech inside he came outside and spoke to the crowd with a speech on a similar theme of freedom, quoting former Prime minister Diefenbaker once again: 

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.

A line was then set up for him to take pictures with each crowd member individually and he said he would stay many hours or until everyone who wanted a photo got one, which I then participated in.

After getting photos I asked Poilievre directly if he is against CBDCS (Central Bank Digital Currencies) because Trudeau had recently added an allotment for the chinses-style system in the Liberal’s 2022 budget, and we had yet to hear a conservative politician speak on the topic. His response was a resounding “Yes… Of Course”. 

The line remained long after we waited an hour for our turn and he continued to take photos, as volunteers went around making sure everyone in the line had a chance to signup for party membership if they hadn’t already. 

If the turnout of such a diverse crowd is any indication of where this campaign is going for Pierre Poilievre, he may end up getting quoted alongside his Canadian idols of Diefenbaker and Laurier at someone else’s future rally in the decades to come after becoming the next Prime Minister of Canada. 

Dallas Genereux

One response to “Turnout For Pierre Poilievre’s Campaign Tour Remains Massive All Over The Country”

  1. HGee says:

    Great article 👍

    Go Pierre!