Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre’s office has confirmed that no MP from the party will be attending the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
Every January, political and economic leaders from around the world gather for the controversial summit to discuss a plethora of issues.
This year the summit theme will be on “cooperation in a fragmented world.”
In an emailed statement, Poilievre’s spokesperson told True North that Conservatives MPs will not be attending.
This comes after Poilievre promised while running to become leader of the party last year that he would boycott WEF – which has been accused of influencing Canadian decision-making and pushing an elite agenda.
“My ministers in my government will be banned from participating in the World Economic Forum when I’m in government,” said Poilievre in May.
“Work for Canada. If you want to go to Davos – to that conference – make it a one-way ticket.”
As first reported by True North, deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland will be attending this year’s WEF meeting.
It is currently unclear if she will be speaking during the event. Freeland has attended prior forums with the organization.
Last year’s forum saw several radical projects proposed by participants, including an “individual carbon footprint” tracker by Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans.
“We’re developing through technology an ability for consumers to measure their own carbon footprint,” said Evans.
“What does that mean? Where are they traveling? How are they traveling? What are they eating? What are they consuming on the platform?”Poilievre’s stance on WEF has earned him the ire of the media in the past.
True North will be on the ground in Davos starting this weekend to report on the proceedings.