New federal appointee faces criticism for comparing student protesters to “brownshirts”

January 27, 2016

The newly appointed Clerk of the Privy Council has faced criticism over a controversial remark he made last year to Carleton University's Board of Governors equating students participating in a protest with “brownshirts and Maoists,” reports the National Post. Last week, Michael Wernick was appointed to the post by Prime Minister Trudeau. This week, Carleton's Graduate Students’ Association President Michael Bueckert called on Trudeau to distance himself from Wernick’s remarks, adding, “I think at the very least we need to hear from the prime minister that Mr. Wernick’s comments are not reflective of his own approach to governing.” National Post