People's Party welcomes as candidates former Tories disenchanted with Conservatives 'centrist' approach - 2019-08-09
The People's Party of Canada is welcoming candidates who were rejected as nominees, abandoned their efforts or left the Conservative Party because of their views on immigration, gender identity, free speech and other issues.
The PPC was launched in 2018 by Maxime Bernier, a former long-time Conservative MP who unsuccessfully ran for the federal leadership the year before. Mr. Bernier won 49 per cent on the final ballot, but later resigned from the Conservative caucus after a fallout with Leader Andrew Scheer.
The party has been polling around 1 per cent to 2 per cent, but Mr. Bernier said the party is attracting supporters who haven't voted at the federal level before and from Conservatives leaving the party because it's become "centrist."