Tory MPs welcome the main figures from the convoy OCN News

Four months after the last truck left downtown Ottawa, top Freedom Convoy figures returned to Parliament Hill and met with nearly 20% of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus, according to video reviewed by CTV News.

On Wednesday, 23 Conservative members attended meetings with convoy spokesman Tom Marazzo, convoy security director Daniel Bulford, adviser to former US President Donald Trump Paul Alexander and Canadian soldier James Topp, who is currently marching across Canada to protest vaccination mandates.

Organizers held two presentations on Wednesday afternoon in a building within the parliamentary precinct. Alexander said in his presentation that Conservative MP Dean Allison helped the group gain access to the Valor Building. Groups planning to make presentations on Parliament Hill must be sponsored by a parliamentarian in order to obtain permission to access the Parliament Hill buildings and reserve a room.

Some MPs, like former leadership contestant Marilyn Gladu, only took a quick selfie with Topp, but others, including current leadership contestant Leslyn Lewis, stuck around for the duration of the presentation.

The presentations included lengthy anti-vaccine and anti-mandate speeches from Alexander, as well as a discussion by Topp about a group he founded called the Canadian Citizens Coalition. The coalition’s stated mission is to “return Canada to a free, just and equitable society by restoring democratic, representative and accountable civic and corporate government”. The coalition is associated with various anti-vaccine and anti-mandate groups, including those of which Marazzo and Bulford are members.

After the presentations, Ontario MP Cheryl Gallant and Saskatchewan MP Jeremy Patzer made statements in the room. Patzer said the group had “allies” within the Conservative Party, adding “you have support, you always had support.”

Many Conservatives, including Ontario MPs Ryan Williams and Alex Ruff, posed for photos with Topp and Marazzo at the end of the first presentation. Marazzo said they are not aligned with any party at the federal level, “but we know very well which members of which party participated today.”

Marazzo was regularly the public face of the convoy with the media, holding press conferences and posting videos relaying messages from convoy organizers. On February 8, Marazzo spoke in a video alongside organizers, including Tamara Lich, proposing a meeting with the Governor General to form a coalition government with the Conservative Party, NDP and Bloc Québécois, although this proposal is widely seen as a no-start attempt to overthrow the current Liberal government.

LIST OF CONSERVATIVE MEPS WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING

  • Marilyn Gladu
  • Arnold Viersen
  • Dean Allison
  • James Bezan
  • Melissa Lantsman
  • Dan Muys
  • Ted Falk
  • Leslyn Lewis
  • Alex Ruff
  • Jeremy Patzer
  • Jamie Schmale
  • Martin Shields
  • John Barlow
  • Ryan Williams
  • Warren Steinley
  • Damien Kurek
  • Gerald Soroka
  • Scott Davidson
  • Chris Warkentin
  • Corey Tochor
  • Tako van Popta
  • Cheryl Gallant
  • Kerry Lynn Findlay

The office of interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen said it was aware of the event, but was not involved in organizing it.

Topp is due to return to Ottawa on June 30, where he will end his walk by touching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Topp’s return is expected to coincide with renewed protests against the government on Canada Day.

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