Maxime Bernier filed the final paper work with Elections Canada Wednesday to officially register the People’s Party of Canada, allowing it to provide tax receipts to donors and potentially run candidates in upcoming byelections.
The Quebec MP — who was the runner-up in the Conservative leadership race in 2017 but left the party in August after calling it “morally and intellectually corrupt” — announced last month that he would be forming his new party. The PPC advocates smaller government, the end of the country’s supply management system, and a reduction in immigration to Canada, among other things.
“It’s a great day. It’s a big day for us,” Bernier told reporters at the offices of Elections Canada. “It’s another step toward the formation and the accreditation of our new party.”
Bernier deposited the signatures of about 500 party members with Elections Canada on Wednesday, more than the 250 required.
Once Elections Canada deems that the PPC is eligible for registration, the party will complete the process when it endorses a candidate for a byelection or a general election. Bernier says that the party’s first official candidate will be himself.
According to Bernier, the PPC has 22,477 members and has held founding meetings for 43 electoral district associations across the country, with another 27 to be held in the next week.