If you’ve been on social media in recent weeks, you’ve likely seen talk of the “great reset” in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The phrase was trending across Twitter earlier this week, largely fuelled by far-right conservative personalities alleging that certain world leaders, including Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, had a role in creating or exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic for their own personal gain or for a grand overhaul of society.
On Friday, Trudeau was asked about the topic during his daily COVID-19 briefing.
“I think we’re in a time of anxiety where people are looking for reasons for things that are happening to them, the difficult moments we’re in, and it’s nice to try and find someone to blame, something to point to, something to get mad at,” he said.
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But what is “the great reset”, and is it actually legitimate? While the phrase refers to a very real plan put forward by the World Economic Forum, it’s been co-opted and warped by online conspiracy theorists to allege a whole lot more.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is “the great reset”?
Broadly speaking, the conspiracy theory suggests that a cabal of global elites planned for the pandemic as a way to “reset” the world and impose their own form of global economic control and policies.
While the phrase has circulated for years, the specific idea first evolved in relation to the pandemic earlier this year when plans were made by Prince Charles and the World Economic Forum (WEF) for a meeting dubbed the “Great Reset,” where world leaders would convene and discuss how to rebuild the economy and fight climate change after the pandemic. The WEF has since dubbed its various recovery plans and documents under the “Great Reset” branding.
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