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PPC Leader Maxime Bernier is packing halls across Canada as a Conservative alternative.

Local People’s Party of Canada movement continues to build

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PPC Leader Maxime Bernier is packing halls across Canada as a Conservative alternative.

The local People’s Party of Canada Electoral District Association (EDA) will be meeting in Coboconk this weekend as it prepares to run a candidate in next year’s election in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock (H-KL-B).

The People’s Party of Canada was formed on September 14, 2018 by Maxime Bernier, who had finished second in the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership. Bernier left the CPC over policy disagreements. He has been known over his years in politics as ‘the Albertan from Quebec’ and ‘Mad Max.’

Maxime Bernier, leader of the PPC.

In a lengthy and freewheeling interview with The Lindsay Advocate, Clinton Desveaux, executive director of the PPC, confirmed that an electoral district association has already been formed in our riding. The meeting this weekend is to continue the many things a political party must do exist locally.

The H-KL-B association is one of three hundred that have been formed since October 1, 2018. “This only leaves 38 more to form, and we will have an association formed in every riding in the country. The Reform Party never had EDAs in every riding across the country,” explained Devereaux. (There are currently 338 federal ridings.)

The incredible speed at which the party is forming is a testament to both modern communication and a different political climate, according to Devereaux. In terms of creating a fifth national party, “what took the Reform Party 10 years, we did in three months. What they accomplished in three years, we accomplished in three weeks.”

The party’s policy platform is being developed during this process as well. The PPC website lists some founding policy positions announced by Bernier. “The PPC’s platform will be mostly based on the same policies,” according to the website.

Much attention at the start of the PPC focussed on Bernier’s comments on “extreme immigration.” However recent statements by Andrew Scheer on Canada signing the UN agreement on immigration — that even Stephen Harper’s former Immigration Minister have described as “factually incorrect” — has pundits claiming that this is nothing more than Scheer trying to outflank Bernier on the immigration file. Some are suggesting that this is an indication that the Conservatives are more worried about the PPC than they are letting on.

On the local level, members will continue to organize, and prepare for the process of candidate selection — a process that will begin to take shape in mid-January, according to Devereaux.

When issues about “left” and “right” were discussed, Devereaux suggested that such definitions are “beyond dated.”

“Is corporate welfare, for example, a left wing issue or a right wing issue,” Devereaux asked rhetorically.

The local meeting for the People’s Party of Canada is Dec. 16 in Coboconk at the Gull’s Nest Restaurant at 2 pm. For more information on the People’s Party of Canada contact their website.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Trevor Hutchinson is a songwriter, writer and bookkeeper. He serves as Contributing Editor at The Lindsay Advocate. He lives with his fiancee and their five kids in Lindsay.


    • Milton, Max held a PPC Rally in Calgary in November. I’m sure he’ll be back. Join up on the PPC website and click to receive the newsletter, so you will not miss another rally! Max considers Calgary his second home, as he is also known as, ‘The Albertan From Quebec’.

  1. Rest assured, many Liberals will be cheerleading, & likely offering financial support to the PPC, in the hopes of encouraging Conservatives to consider Max. The end game of course, is vote splitting like we had In HKLB during the 3 federal elections between 1993 & 2ooo. You may recall that “landslide John O’Reilly” won those 3 elections with a % of votes ranging from a high of 37% to a low of 32% , whereas the 2 Conservative parties combined % went from a low of 52% to a high of 61%. While the voters in our EDA are far to smart to fall for this game again, it may work in more naive EDA’s across the country, & that could re-elect Gerald Butts & his puppet Trudeau,.

    • That is either an endorsement for the tribalism of a two-party system that we see in our southern neighbour or a call for electoral reform that involves some manner of proportional representation. Imagine — a system where our votes count and our ideas are debated (and represented). A little more work than saying “not them”, though.

  2. This is the best news I’ve heard for Canada and Canadians. This PPC party is amazing. I am definitely supporting this party every way possibly. I am switching from the PC’s for sure. There are far to many serious issues that plague Canada currently. There is ZERO responsibility. FOR EVIL TO PREVAIL ALL IT TAKES IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING. IT’S TIME FOR A SHAKE UP. DO YOUR HEIRS A SOLID AND VOTE PPC.

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