How right-wing extremists, libertarians and evangelicals built Quebec’s movement against COVID-19 restrictions


The main event at a demonstration protesting COVID-19 restrictions last weekend north of Montreal was a speech by Steeve L’Artiss Charland, one-time leader of a far-right group that has since faded from view. In a parking lot in Mont-Tremblant, Que., Charland told a crowd of around 75 about his miraculous recovery from a childhood illness that had stumped doctors. He then told them they were part of a cosmic struggle of good against evil. “It’s us against them,” Charland said to applause. “We’re in a spiritual war. We’re in a war of darkness against light.”

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