Maxime Bernier praises Vancouver restaurant that broke indoor dining rules

Jun 9 2021, 3:54 pm

Maxime Bernier took to social media on Tuesday to praise a Vancouver restaurant that broke BC’s lockdown orders earlier this spring.

The leader of the People’s Party of Canada shared photos of his visit to Corduroy Restaurant in Kitsilano.

“If you are in the Vancouver area, you have to visit Corduroy Restaurant, whose courageous owners Rebecca Matthews and her husband defied authoritarian lockdown orders and decided to stay open and serve customers indoors,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for welcoming us!”

Bernier also shared pictures posing with other diners, who he said were PPC supporters.

In early April, a video made rounds on social media showing Corduroy crowded with patrons and defying the provincial ban on indoor dining. The video showed two health inspectors from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) speaking to Rebecca Matthews, one of the restaurant’s owners.

Patrons inside the restaurant repeatedly chanted “get out!” until the two inspectors left. The Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) Liquor Coordinator also attended the restaurant after police received several complaints throughout the day.

The City of Vancouver subsequently suspended Corduroy’s business licence, although it was reinstated on April 20. Its liquor licence was also suspended.

In late April, crowds of people gathered outside a Vancouver restaurant to “rally and protest” against COVID-19 public health orders.

Photos shared with Daily Hive show dozens of people gathered outside Corduroy Lounge in Kitsilano, many pictured without masks.

Video posted on the restaurant’s Instagram page showed Cornwall Avenue packed with people – some seated in folding chairs, others holding signs – as music plays.


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