James Alexander Michie: Maxime Bernier and his party | National Post
Author: James Alexander Michie
After generating headlines for several days, due to his controversial comments on social networks regarding immigration and diversity, MP Maxime Bernier leaves the Conservative Party (federal) to create his own political awning.
Bernier, who represents the constituency of Beauce, Quebec, in the Canadian parliament, made the announcement in Ottawa, while the conservatives hold their assembly in Halifax.
Bernier said “I realized during the last year that this party is corrupt, morally and intellectually, and requires reform,” he added, “We will have many Canadians and that new party will win the next elections.” Meanwhile, I also affirm, “Canadian policy has been hijacked by interest groups, cartels, pressure groups, international groups, corporate and union interests, and officials disconnected from ordinary citizens.”
It is necessary to remember that Bernier was on the verge of becoming May of 2017 in the leader of the Conservative Party but it lost the general convention between accusations of fraud in front of the current leader of this formation, Andrew Scheer. After all the events that have occurred with Maxime Bernier, he has announced the creation of his new political force, called Partido Popular de Canadá, with populist overtones. During a press conference, Bernier expressed “Why this name? Because it is time for the government to give priority to Canadians when it makes its decisions and establishes its policies. It is time to return the power to the people ”
It has been said that Bernier’s party is considered to be somewhat uncertain but even so it is possible to carry it forward, in fact it can make libertarianism salable so much that it can be done in a way that has not been seen in the past, likewise there is room for a new political party on the Canadian political scene, since it is affirmed that one is already necessary.
Now, the party is established as an interesting experiment since Bernier clearly seeks to take advantage of populism, especially his skepticism towards immigration, in the service of his innate libertarianism. That combination is not usually attempted, for the simple reason that the two are more naturally opposed than aligned.
Source: Andrew Coyne | National Post