With the next federal election still months away, Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada is getting a head start on its campaign.
The former Quebec Conservative MP and leadership contender stunned Canadians last year when he announced he was quitting the party and forming his own.
Four months later, following a Western Canada tour before Christmas, Bernier is kicking off his party’s Atlantic Canada campaign. He had two stops in New Brunswick on Thursday — an afternoon appearance at the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce and an evening rally — and has a rally planned at the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax on Friday night.
During an interview on Thursday, Bernier insisted his party will have candidates in the 32 ridings in the Atlantic region, all of which are held by the Liberals.
The party has riding associations set up in all 338 ridings in Canada and Bernier said they’re just waiting for the stamp of approval from Elections Canada to get nominations underway (Jack: Party status has now been approved, tax receipts can be issued for donations and candidates in all federal riding’s are ready to go) .
“The goal is to have candidates in every riding before the end of May,” he said.
Bernier said there are already several people interested in becoming candidates in Nova Scotia. He plans to meet with them on Friday.
In the meantime, the once Harper-era cabinet minister is attempting to woo voters in the region using the party’s platform and values.