Canada’s Conservative Party leader took a moment out of his latest press conference to educate a reporter from one of the nation’s liberal mainstream media outlets who tried to insinuate that he was acting irresponsibly by citing media reports about terrorism in relation to the recent explosion at the nation’s Niagara Falls border checkpoint.
Pierre Poilievre PC MP, who has led his party since 2022, quickly fact-checked a reporter with The Canadian Press who asked he if believed it was “responsible” to call the explosion an act of terrorism “when no U.S. or Canadian officials or authorities said that was the case.”
“Actually you’re wrong. Are you with CP?” Poilievre asked before remarking on how the outlet recently had to issue three corrections to a recent report.
“I think that might be unprecedented. I’m thinking about actually checking with the Guinness Book of World Records to see if there’s ever been a news agency that’s had to issue three corrections for patent falsehoods that they admit they made in a single article,” he said.
Continuing on, Poilievre said the premise of the reporter’s question was false.
“Where you are wrong is that CTV reported that the government of Canada was presuming that the incident was terrorists. And that’s what I said in my remarks. You’re right,” he said.
“But it’s citing media reporters and not…,” the reporter started, shaking her hands. “You think that’s a responsible thing to go on? Calling something terrorism.”
“No I didn’t, I said there are media reports,” he shot back.
“That’s the distinction we’re making? Okay,” she replied.
“No, there’s no distinction. I said, and I was right, was that there were media reports or a terror related event. By your admission, there were… And that report, according to CTV, came from security officials in the Trudeau government. So do you think CTV was irresponsible?” he asked.
“It’s not for me to comment on,” she stated lamely.
“I just hope you’re not going to print something you’re going to have to apologize for again,” he finished.
Although the presumption of a terrorist attack was prevalent in initial media reports about the explosion, security footage quickly emerged showing a car traveling at a high rate of speed hitting a speed bump and going airborne. A subsequent explosion took the lives of a husband and wife couple inside the vehicle, a Bentley worth hundreds of thousands of dollars according to CBS News.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has since stated that no one on her side of the border has reason to believe the deadly event is terrorism-related.