People's Party of Canada

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People's Party of Canada
Parti populaire du Canada
Leader Maxime Bernier (acting)
Founder Maxime Bernier
Founded September 14, 2018
Split from Conservative Party
Headquarters 205–290 St-Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC J8Y 3Y3
Ideology Conservatism[1]
Right-libertarianism[2]
Classical liberalism[3][4]
Populism[5][6][2]
Political position Right-wing[7][6][2]
Colours          Navy and red
Senate
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House of Commons
1 / 338
Website
www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca

The People's Party of Canada (PPC, French: Parti populaire du Canada) is a right-wing federal political party in Canada. It was founded by former Conservative Party leadership candidate and cabinet minister Maxime Bernier following his September 14, 2018 resignation from the Conservative Party of Canada. Currently, Bernier serves as the party's only Member of Parliament in the House of Commons.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The People's Party of Canada was launched following the resignation of Maxime Bernier from the Conservative Party of Canada. In his resignation speech, Bernier stated he wanted to leave the party as a result of disagreements with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, whom Bernier finished runner-up to in the 2017 Conservative Party leadership election, over the issues of immigration, corporate welfare, equalization reform, and supply management.[8] Bernier expressed frustration with the party, stating "I've come to realize this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed."[9]

In a National Post op-ed, Bernier stated that his motive for forming the party was to reverse the "public choice dynamic" in the Canadian political system resulting in vote-buying and pandering by prominent political parties. Bernier reiterated his belief that the Conservative Party cannot be reformed to end this practice and that a new political party is required [10]

After Bernier was removed from his position as industry critic from Scheer's shadow cabinet, a couple of political watchers speculated Bernier might leave the party and take over the Libertarian Party of Canada.[11] Libertarian leader Tim Moen had offered to step aside for Bernier following the results of the 2017 Conservative leadership race and adopted Bernier’s platform.[12][13] Prior to his resignation from the Conservative party, Bernier had began re-establishing contact with individuals who supported his 2017 Conservative leadership bid. Individuals close to Bernier stated they believed Bernier had the necessary support to register a party with Elections Canada.[14] Immediately prior to registering his party, Bernier revealed to The Globe and Mail that Libertarian Party and Canadian Nationalist Party had offered to help Bernier build his party, but he declined their offers.[15] Moen has indicated that he remains open to the idea of a possible merger with the People's Party which could accelerate the party's fundraising efforts and nominated candidates.[a][16] However, Bernier reaffirm his rejection to a merger.[17] When asked about organizing his party, Bernier mentioned that he will use tools that did not exist in the past, such as social media.[18][19]

Relationship with the Libertarian Party[edit]

Three days following the formation of the People's Party, Libertarian Party of Canada leader Tim Moen announced he would consider merging his party with Bernier's. Moen did however disagree with the name of the People's Party, calling it "a bit too left-wing". A People's Party spokesperson said a "takeover" of the Libertarian Party would be more likely than a merger.[20]

Policies[edit]

Bernier stated that his party is "a coalition of people who are disenchanted with traditional politicians who say one thing one day and the other the next." [21] He mentioned that his platform will be based around the principles of freedom, responsibility, fairness, and respect.[7][22] Bernier encourages members of the party to shared these principles which are non-negotiable but they will have input on policies as they are refined.[23] Currently, The People's Party of Canada platform has not been finalized, but will follow the platform that Bernier ran on during his 2017 Conservative leadership campaign.[24] Prominent platform planks include ending corporate welfare and supply management and opposing government intervention. Bernier also wants to have a wider debate about immigration and consider possible changes to the system for immigration reform such as reducing family reunification and focusing on economic immigration.[25]

Telecommunications[edit]

Following the launch of the party, Bernier stated in a TV interview with BNN Bloomberg he continued to have interest in deregulating the telecom industry, increasing airline competition, reducing tax brackets, and having a discussion around the privatization of Canada Post which were key components of his original 2017 Conservative leadership platform.[26]

Health care[edit]

Bernier stated in an interview with CTV News his new party will consider ceding control of health care to provinces by ending federal health transfers and allowing the provinces to raise their own revenue, allow more private health care, and maintain the Canada Health Act.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maxime Bernier officially launches new conservative People's Party". Global News. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Canada former foreign minister unveils new party". Business Standard. 15 September 2018. 
  3. ^ "Maxime Bernier's new party stakes out classical liberal values". CBC. Retrieved 17 September 2018. 
  4. ^ "Maxime Bernier doesn't need an army. A few elite commandos will do". National Post. Retrieved 20 September 2018. 
  5. ^ "Maxime Bernier on next steps for The People's Party of Canada". Le Devoir (Interview) (in French). 15 September 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Conservatives 'paying attention' to Bernier's new party, MP says". Toronto Star. 14 September 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Pinkterton, Charlie (14 September 2018). "Maxime Bernier announces The People's Party of Canada". iPolitics News. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  8. ^ "Read the full text of Maxime Bernier's speech: 'Scheer keeps talking about his positive Conservative vision. But nobody knows what that is'". National Post. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Bernier quits Conservatives to start new party". CTVNews. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  10. ^ "Maxime Bernier: Why my new political movement? Because Canada has been hijacked". National Post. 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  11. ^ "COMMENTARY: Bernier should tread carefully if he's looking beyond Conservative party". Global News. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  12. ^ "A second chance for Mad Max? Libertarian Party leader offers to step aside for Bernier". National Post. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  13. ^ "How Max Bernier sacrificed his frontbench seat over a sacred cow | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-09-17. 
  14. ^ Rabson, Janice Dickson and Mia (24 August 2018). "Bernier has enough support to go forward with new party, source says". CTVNews. 
  15. ^ "Maxime Bernier confirms call with anti-immigrant party". The Globe and Mail. 10 September 2018. 
  16. ^ "Libertarian Party considering a merger with Bernier's People's Party | CBC News". CBC. 
  17. ^ "'I am not a communist': Maxime Bernier doubles down on People's Party name amid criticism". Global News. Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  18. ^ "Maxime Bernier lance le Parti populaire du Canada | JOËL-DENIS BELLAVANCE | Politique canadienne". La Presse (in French). 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2018-09-17. 
  19. ^ "Bernier using social media to rally supporters in his People's Network - iPolitics". iPolitics. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-09-20. 
  20. ^ Cullen, Catherine. "Libertarians considering a merger with Bernier's People's Party". CBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2018. 
  21. ^ "Maxime Bernier lance le Parti populaire du Canada | JOËL-DENIS BELLAVANCE | Politique canadienne". La Presse (in French). 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2018-09-17. 
  22. ^ "Bernier faces a challenge keeping racists out of his new party, says Stockwell Day | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-09-17. 
  23. ^ "Bernier team trying to keep up with unwanted content | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  24. ^ "Platform". People's Party of Canada. 
  25. ^ "Maxime Bernier launches the People's Party of Canada". CBC News. September 14, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Airlines, telecoms, Canada Post: Maxime Bernier unveils People's Party vision for Canada - BNN Bloomberg". BNN. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018. 
  27. ^ "People's Party under Bernier to champion more privatized healthcare, unity over diversity". CTVNews. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Since Elections Canada regulations state that a party must run a candidate in a by-election before it can issue tax receipts which might be able to take a shortcut to that step

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