About the PPC
The People's Party of Canada was launched by Maxime Bernier on September 14, 2018, and was officially recognized by Elections Canada on January 18, 2019.
Maxime Bernier is known as a dependable politician who speaks his mind. A man of ideas, his belief in personal responsibility and freedom is at the heart of his political vision. In his public statements, he expresses those values and his unwavering commitment to reducing the size of government.
Maxime Bernier was born January 18, 1963, in St-Georges-de-Beauce. He is the father of two girls.
Mr. Bernier is a dedicated and experienced runner and has participated in several marathons. A tough and determined competitor, he once ran 106 km across his constituency, completing the run in 13 hours and raising $165,000 for the Beauce food bank.
In 1985, Mr. Bernier earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal and entered Law at the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1990.
Mr. Bernier has a long-standing interest in business and during his career worked for several financial and banking institutions before becoming Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute in 2005.
Many people in the region encouraged him to enter politics. He took up the challenge and was elected Member of Parliament for Beauce on January 23, 2006, with the largest majority outside Alberta. He was appointed to Cabinet on February 6, 2006, as Minister of Industry.
His success in deregulating major portions of the telecommunications sector prompted the chair of the Political Science department at McGill University, Professor Richard J. Schultz, to write, “In terms of what is perhaps the single most important component of his Industry portfolio, telecommunications, he was without challenge the best Industry Minister in thirty years.”
Mr. Bernier also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from August 14, 2007 to May 26, 2008.
He was re-elected to represent Beauce on October 14, 2008, again receiving the largest majority of all MPs in Quebec.
Re-elected on May 2, 2011, he was appointed Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism.
Maxime Bernier was re-elected a fourth time in November, 2015, receiving more than 59% of the vote.
On August 23, 2018, he left the Conservative Party of Canada to sit as an independent MP and announced the launch of a new party.
Speech Given by People's Party of Canada Candidate for Niagara West Miles Morton at the Imperial War Veterans Club in St. Catharines Ontario:
Hello everyone, I’m Miles Morton, your People’s Party of Canada Candidate for Niagara West. I chose to run for the PPC because I love my country and recognize that we need real political change. I could no longer stand on the sidelines witnessing the incompetence and corruption which has consumed all of our major political parties without taking personal action to fix this problem. Our Prime Minister believes Canada is the world’s “first post-national state” and that Canada has “no core Identity”. The Conservative Party of Canada lacks the courage and political will to stop the spread of this dangerous ideology or challenge the left on many of their radical political policies out of fear of being perceived as “not politically correct”. I however, will not be silenced. I’m not afraid to talk about the issues that matter to Canadians and the future of our country, regardless of the potential backlash from other politicians and the media. I unapologetically reject these statements made by Justin Trudeau and will do everything in my power to prevent our sovereignty and freedoms from being taken away from us. I’m named after my great grandfather who left his young family to fight in the Second World War. He fought to protect our freedoms’ and our country from those who wished to take them from us. Like my great grandfather, I too feel that I have an obligation to do what I can to serve my country.
Growing up, I split time between Grimsby and Hamilton Ontario, before moving to east Hamilton with my father, where we lived in government subsidized housing. However, I went to elementary school (St. Josephs), high school (Blessed Trinity) and spent all my free time as a youth in Grimsby Ontario and the Niagara region. I did not grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, I predominately grew up in a single parent household, raised by my Father on disability after he was injured working as a mechanic. As a result, I’ve had to work for everything that I have. By working various labour and sales jobs during my youth and young adulthood, I have learnt the importance of hard work. I understand the struggles of everyday Canadians, just trying to put food on the table or gas in their car. My family has resided in Southern Ontario for many generations, as a result I was raised with a deep love of my community instilled in me by my father and grandparents. My family lineage and connections to Canada are an integral part of who I am as a person and this motivates me every day to try and change our community for the better. This has caused my previous involvement with Canadian blood services and multiple organizations involved with removing trash from our hiking trails and parks. I’m also currently co-founding Tangle Free Waters, an environmental organization which seeks to aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the nations’ major rivers, lakes and oceans. As a child, I struggled with learning disabilities which left me essentially illiterate until I was 15. I was told by previous teachers that I would never be able to read and write past a grade two level. In spite of all this, I was able to become an honors student in high school and receive the most improved student award upon graduation. Afterwards, I would attended King’s University College, a campus of Western University; where I would do an honours specialization in criminology. My academic growth would continue at this time, culminating in becoming a dean’s list University student. My athletic career took a similar path. At the beginning of high school I wasn’t a starter on the Junior Varcity football team but by the end, I was Captain of the football team, had been selected to team Ontario and was receiving scholarship offers from programs across Canada. I chose to play at Western University where I enjoyed a short university and CJFL career before retiring due to a string of serious injuries and an increasing desire to focus on school. My upbringing and life experience has shaped my perception of reality; I’m not afraid of a challenge and know that great things can be accomplished simply through hard work and determination. I believe that personal responsibility and hard work should dictate the success of every citizen in our nation. For this reason, I strive to create the economic conditions within our country whereby every Canadian who’s willing to work hard can be successful and enjoy a high standard of living.
Some don’t like our timing, and state that we should have waited due to the myth of splitting the vote. My assertion is that we simply don’t have that luxury. Globalism is rapidly consuming our country, our freedoms are being eroded at an alarming rate and every political party in Canada seems content to allow this process to continue. We in the PPC alone carry the torch of freedom and the ideal of western civilization, bestowed upon us by those who fought and died to defend it. The stakes couldn’t be higher in this election, our very survival as a district Canadian people hangs in the balance. For this reason, we cannot fail, we must not fail, we must persevere and we must win. The time has come for the Canadian people to take back control of our government.
I’ll close with a quote used by U.S Presidents Ronald Reagan and John. F Kennedy. If not us, who? If not now, when?