The Peoples Party of Canada (PPC) has been born from an official announcement from Maxime Bernier. In less than one week, a host of events, comments, speculations, interviews, misapprehensions (I would have added that to the title – but it would have been too long, self-indulgent and nothing but proof that I am decent with puns and word associations), and misrepresentations have spawned from the PPC’s birth.
Because the formation of the People’s Party of Canada represents an existential threat to the status quo, particularly the closed country club entitlement of the existing political parties and their disciples. This is not conjecture on my part. This is factually based – extrapolated and confirmed from personal experience, from shared media interaction and from the very strong, mostly negative, reaction from those who currently enjoy the fruits of their political labours.
Throughout Canada, dozens of meetings spontaneously took place shortly thereafter, without any central direction or guidance from Maxime Bernier or a centralized PPC administration.
We hosted one such information meeting ourself. Almost 30 concerned individuals showed up, with little advance notice and without any enticement, ie no free hors d’oeuvres, no free drinks and no free lunch. What was most striking, and gratifying, was the passion and the resolve exhibited by virtually all in attendance .
Almost unanimously, the attendees spoke of the disconnect between elected MP’s and their constituents, the dishonest pattern of promises to entice voters (with the voters’s own tax dollars) and the subsequent obfuscations, excuses and outright lies that follow, in far too many instances.
Almost as one voice, the participants expressed their growing disillusionment and cynicism, resulting from the blatant disregard for the fiduciary duties of elected officials as those MP’s, MLA’s and civic councillors ignore correspondence, accountability and adherance to the principle of responsibility to the voters who elect them.
With unanimity, attendees spoke of the difficulty in being given a forum for discussion, debate, dialogue and to introduce new, sometimes evolutionary or revolutionary, ideas.
Many spoke with genuine concern regarding the overall direction that the current Liberal government (with tacit support from the Conservative Party of Canada) is taking Canada. We are, lemming like, heading disastrously toward an economic, social and political precipice due to divisive, ideology driven and unsupportable political policies and decisions. NAFTA, immigration, supply management, international relations, separation of legislative/judicial powers, the very probable repeat of the disastrous consequences of the National Energy Program (if the Canadian Senate does not reject Bill C69), the decline in foreign investment, the ridiculous reliance on foreign ‘dirty’ oil in preference to distribution/refinement of native Canadian natural resources, and yes, the matter of Aboriginal Rights and unwarranted veto powers were all discussed.
To summarize, the individuals who attended our inaugural meeting came from all voting age demographics, from different social, economic and career backgrounds – and were there for virtually one reason.
To join forces with others who are concerned with some, if not many, of the same issues and others who see that the existing political parties have collectively failed us.
The People’s Party of Canada is a product of Maxime Bernier’s personal ego as a result of his narrow defeat for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
In fact, the People’s Party of Canada is a product of Maxime Bernier’s resolve to provide a supportable political party alternative for voters who share some, if not most, of the same principles and values consistent with the small government, laissez faire economic, small ‘c’ conservative, free market driven policies supported by Maxime Bernier.
The People’s Party of Canada sounds like a ‘Communist’ or ‘Socialist’ name.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The People’s Party of Canada was named in recognition that the ‘power’ and success of the PPC will come from ordinary members and supporters, not a ruling elite. Ideologically, Maxime Bernier is currently exploring merger options with the Libertarian Party of Canada which could not be any further removed from the socialist left.
The People’s Party of Canada will split the vote on the Right.
Without a doubt, the introduction of any new political party has the potential of splitting the vote as more options are available to the electorate. However, it is more likely that the vote splitting between disenchanted Liberals and left leaning CPC members will be more significant than vote splitting between CPC and PPC potential voters. If the PPC is seen as the only genuine ‘right of center’, free market political party, most real conservatives should cast their vote in favour of the PPC. The best possible outcome in 2019 might be a minority government requiring the CPC and the People’s Party of Canada to agree on matters and to introduce legislation of import to correct most, if not all, of the poor decisions and legislation that has been foisted on Canadians by a globalist Liberal majority.
The People’s Party of Canada is a ‘vanity’ project for Maxime Bernier and he will be no different than a third world dictator.
Maxime Bernier is a genuine, principled politician whose views on most issues and policies have not changed substantially in more than a decade. Mr. Bernier is insisting that the members of The People’s Party of Canada commit to many of the same values and principles – as he should. We have seen how the dilution of the values of existing political parties has compromised the ability of those parties to adhere to founding principles and hence, the ability of those parties to demonstrate to voters that they are trustworthy and likely to govern in accordance with their public rhetoric.
This is not the right time for the creation of a new ‘right of center’ political party as it is too close to the 2019 federal election.
There is no ‘right time’ for the creation of a new small ‘c’ conservative free market political party – except when it is necessitated by circumstance. If the Conservative Party of Canada had remained true to the principles and values that allowed the merger of the Reform Party and the Progressive Conservative Party a generation ago, there would be less need of the People’s Party of Canada to exist. Transparency and accountability to members was also a factor in the creation of the People’s Party of Canada since I know, first hand, that the CPC was unwilling or too arrogant to even answer correspondence from members, at both the local and the national level, in far too many cases.
If a political party wants my money (and I am still being hit up for donations and contributions to the CPC in spite of the fact that I resigned a month ago) then that party has an obligation to listen to what I have to say, to consider my thoughts and to respond. Too many entitled politicians have forgotten that their first responsibility is to their constituents.
How do you govern on behalf of ‘the people’ when you don’t even ask ‘the people’ what is important or what is supported by us on a broad basis?
The People’s Party of Canada currently has a comparatively small bank account balance and is currently unable to issue tax eligible receipts.
This is an unfortunate fact of being a fledgling political party. I know, with reasonable certainty, however, that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been already contributed by founding members – in spite of the fact that no tax receipts are available. Far more funding will be forthcoming as The People’s Party of Canada progresses and ultimately contests its first byelection with an accredited candidate. At that time, and upon final submission of the remainder of Elections Canada required documents, the People’s Party of Canada will be able to issue official tax receipts.
Further, since there is not a significant established fixed or variable cost burden for The People’s Party of Canada (since there is minimal infrastructure and/or paid human resources), The People’s Party of Canada can operate far more efficiently than most political entities.
The Main Stream Media (generally) are currently cynical detractors of The People’s Party of Canada.
This is a political fact of life if you are a political party on the right side of the political spectrum in Canada. To combat the general negative coverage that is anticipated, Maxime Bernier has rightly assessed the extensive power and communicative capability of social media.
The People’s Party of Canada is currently exploring and utilizing a variety of inexpensive, but effective, social media platforms to significant benefit – and at an affordable overall cost.
What is much appreciated from the majority of founding members with whom I have had discussions is that the ability of Maxime Bernier to challenge the Main Stream Media, to control the conversation and to not acquiesce to their partisan, biased agenda and talking points. Maxime Bernier is a welcome breath of fresh air because of his candor, his honesty and his integrity – even when under assault from virtually all sides.
Mr. Bernier is not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom nor is he reluctant to engage with individuals who wish to denigrate him and The People’s Party of Canada. Mr. Bernier is also a strong communicator with a depth of knowledge and acumen that allows him to speak confidently, intelligently and with conviction on most issues of import.
The People’s Party of Canada does not have any sitting Members of Parliament and Mr. Bernier does not have other People’s Party of Canada support in the House of Commons at present.
This is strictly a function of time and of process. There are undoubtedly current Members of Parliament who have supported Mr. Bernier in the past during his 2017 leadership campaign and who will again support him by joining The People’s Party of Canada. This cannot take place until The People’s Party of Canada is officially registered and fully functioning in accordance with the requirements of Elections Canada.
Additionally, the interest expressed by members of the Libertarian Party of Canada to consider a merger with The People’s Party of Canada will cement a relationship between and amongst individuals who are committed to the values of small government, protection of basic personal freedoms, free market laissez faire ‘hands off’ economic policies and a bias for ‘equality’ for all Canadians instead of divisive ‘special interest group’ driven policies.
To be succinct. ‘Time Will Solve’.
Thankfully, very few. The People’s Party of Canada is unburdened by dogma, by doctrine and by inertia. The status quo is virtually non-existent for The People’s Party of Canada – and that is terrifying to some and exciting to others.
Those who join the PPC will embrace the opportunity to set policy, to challenge conventional wisdom, to denounce bad government, bad ideas, bad legislation and even bad press coverage.
The missive I am looking forward to reading is the postponed publishing of ‘Doing Politics Differently: My Vision for Canada’ which was withdrawn indefinitely by Mr. Bernier after a backlash from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus, specifically Andrew Scheer and his supporters.
Wikipedia lists three (3) other publications by Maxime Bernier, one exclusively in French (to the best of my knowledge) and two in English.
Mr. Bernier is also currently writing a book about his colourful political career and he has served as Economic Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute where his book on tax reform was produced.
Whatever missives are generated by The People’s Party of Canada will hopefully be concise, cogent and contemporary.
Of critical importance to me (and I am sure to Mr. Bernier) is to create a Constitution and Bylaws that ensures the integrity of The People’s Party of Canada. I have seen other political entities virtually ‘hijacked’ because of ineffective, unenforceable and/or punitive clauses in their bylaws and others that have only paid ‘lip service’ to the enshrined fundamental values and principles contained within Constitutional documents.
The integrity of a political party is no better than the integrity of the individuals who belong to that party – and their collective and individual commitment to honoring and adhering to the principles and values of that political entity.
Far too many political parties have strayed irreversibly from their original mandate and intent. That is one of the main reasons why our neighbours south of the Forty-Ninth Parallel are currently so divided on the importance of electing a Supreme Court Justice who will either be an ‘Originalist’ or a ‘Revisionist’ based on his or her observance of the sanctity of the United States Constitution that is probably still the highest standard of national conduct that exists in the Free World.
We cannot, we will not, allow self-serving corruption or deviance to diminish the high standards expected from The People’s Party of Canada.
I know that Maxime’s Bernier’s personal conviction and integrity will ensure that he brings forward a constitution and bylaw document that will remain true to his high standards of ethics. Maxime Bernier’s vision for a free, accountable and just Canada – for the benefit of, and inclusively for, all Canadians, our shared prosperity and our commitment to a strong, viable future is a vision for Canada that we should all support and embrace.
“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight” Sun Tzu
The time is now to join the fight for Canada’s future.
Glen Walushka, ba, AICB
Founding Member, The People’s Party of Canada