Maxime Bernier tells party faithful he will make it into leaders’ debates
August 18, 2019
August 18, 2019 5:16 PM EDT
Maxime Bernier speaks during a candidate nomination event for the upcoming federal byelection in the riding of Outremont in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier argued that not inviting him to take part in the official election debates means excluding the only political party leader who has anything different to say.
“It won’t be a real debate if I’m not there,” Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, said to candidates and supporters at his party’s first national conference in Gatineau, Que., on Sunday.
“It will be a phony discussion where they attack each other on their superficial differences.”
Bernier said the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Greens and Bloc Quebecois all share similar views on things like immigration, climate change and supply management in the dairy sector.
Bernier dismissed his political rivals as espousing varying degrees of left-leaning views, including the Conservatives.
He accused both the Conservatives, a party he represented for over a decade, and the Liberals of catering to those they think will elect them.
“While the other parties look at polls and focus groups to decide what they stand for, and pander to every special interest group, we follow our principles,” said Bernier, who said his party does not do any polling.
Those other parties have all qualified for the debates, to be held Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, under criteria established by the federal government.
Bernier said he is confident the head of the Leaders’ Debates Commission will change his mind and allow him to join the others onstage.
I think that the politicians don't like the potential competition for votes which is why Max isn't being included. The Bloc shouldn't be included either, as they represent only 1 province and not all of Canada. What have they got to lose by having Max participate. If his ideas are so bad, it will become obvious during the debates but, of course, his ideas have resonance with the general population which isn't what the current crop of politicians want.
No conservatives will be voting for Max , the mushy middle will support the Conservative Party .
The mushy middle silent majority ...
The extreme right freak show is going to finish behind the Marxist Leninists but they're so sure of their righteousness, they think they'll sweep some imaginary country, out there.
The People's Party may just elect the MP from Brigadoon.
Bernier wants to end Canada's official bilingualism which ought to be worth 5% of the Western vote and 0.000015% of the Quebec vote.
Whacky Max has an ice cube's chance in hell if getting re-elected in this own riding.