World Economic Forum leader asks Canadians to stop talking about it

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre says he would ban cabinet ministers from attending Davos conference if chosen prime minister.

Published: September 5, 2022 9:36pm

Updated: September 5, 2022 10:12pm

The World Economic Forum is getting antsy about being such a big topic of discussion in Canada and especially the criticisms from politicians such as Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, a potential prime minister.

Managing Director Adrian Monck dismissed criticisms of the organization, particularly regarding its Great Reset Initiative, as disinformation and claimed they were based on antisemitic tropes in a CBC Radio interview

"Canada should be talking about a lot of things right now. It shouldn't really be talking about the World Economic Forum based here in Geneva," he said.

The Great Reset is simply promoting the idea that governments should spend money on "long-term things that would aid climate change combating, that would help jobs re-skilling and all the kinds of bigger, long-term challenges," Monck said.

In its own editorial voice, CBC Radio claimed the critical appraisal of the Great Reset is a "conspiracy theory claiming that a cabal of global elites is planning to remake society to eliminate private property and impose an authoritarian global government," citing a 2016 essay imagining a better world without privacy or private property.

Monck claims WEF is the target of "state-sponsored disinformation actors" based on older claims about Jewish global domination. Canada has "vulnerability to disinformation" because it's "an open society."

Poilievre has pledged that as prime minister he would ban cabinet ministers from attending "that big fancy conference of billionaires with the World Economic Forum," and fire them if they did attend. 

He told the CBC that the Davos meeting "is a hypocritical gathering of billionaires, multinationals and powerful politicians" who "lecture working class people to stop buying gasoline."

Monck claimed the organization is "not an advocate on behalf of any particular political viewpoint. We try and remain impartial and neutral."

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