Smith’s office confirmed that she will be attending the event with Carlson. “The premier participates in a variety of public and private events and does interviews with dozens of reporters, broadcasters and podcasters from across the political spectrum,” press secretary Sam Blackett said in an emailed statement to the Calgary Herald. “Obviously, she does not subscribe to every view of every interviewer or reporter she speaks with whether that’s the CBC, the Toronto Star, or Tucker Carlson,” he continued. “The premier aims to share Alberta’s message with as many people as possible whether they’re from Alberta, Canada, or around the world.” Carlson famously said earlier this year, while still a host on Fox News, that the United States should “liberate” Canada from Trudeau because he had effectively turned the country into a “dictatorship.”
Smith has restated her intent to meet with extremist Tucker Carlson.By appearing on stage beside a person with such hateful, harmful views, Smith shows a total disregard for the negative consequences this will have on Alberta’s reputation, and casts severe doubt on her own. pic.twitter.com/oAOlNFKOoJ — Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) November 7, 2023
“Why should we stand back and let our largest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border, and a great country — I’ve always loved Canada, because of its natural beauty, why should we let it become Cuba?” he asked. “Like, why don’t we liberate it? We’re spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And I mean it,” Carlson said. He referenced the Trudeau government’s crackdown on the February 2022 Canadian trucker “Freedom Convoy” to protest COVID vaccine mandates as evidence that government was not protecting the people’s rights.
Tucker Carlson: “We’re spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And, I mean it.” pic.twitter.com/21NTd8C9GI— Media Matters (@mmfa) January 26, 2023
Trudeau responded to the protest by invoking the Emergencies Act. The convoy’s leaders were arrested, hundreds of supporters’ bank accounts were frozen, and their trucks were impounded and removed from the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
Covid mandates were a very dark time for many Canadians.As an unvaccinated Canadian, I felt alone and hopeless. Relationships with loved ones were strained, I lost friends and spent many nights crying myself to sleep. The Freedom Convoy changed all of that. I was proud to be… pic.twitter.com/wnMwFh1DH3 — 🇨🇦Unacceptable Canadian Girl🇨🇦 (@AreOhEssEyeEe) November 11, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.