Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre promises to stop sending government officials to Davos conference

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre said he would not send ministers or top government officials to Davos if he became Canada’s prime minister.

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“The gas-guzzling limousine elites gather at the World Economic Forum to lecture working class people on carbon emissions”, Poilievre wrote in response to a video showing dozens of luxury cars backed-up at a police checkpoint in Davos. 

“When I’m Prime Minister, no minister or top government official will be at this conference”, he added. 

The World Economic Forum holds its yearly annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland where nearly 2,500 leaders from “politics, business, civil society and media” attend. 

In 2017, the Trudeau government sent six ministers to Davos, along with many top officials and staffers. 

The attending ministers were Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance; Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade; Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board; Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The annual forum will host guests such as Bill Gates, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pfizer’s president Albert Bourla, U.S. and international politicians as well as WEF founder Klaus Schwab.

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