Bernier says Peo­ple’s Party set up in all 338 rid­ings ahead of 2019 elec­tion

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Ot­tawa: The Peo­ple’s Party of Canada says it has reached its goal of set­ting up 338 rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tions as it sets its sights on be­ing a com­pet­i­tive force in the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion.

In an email to sup­port­ers, leader Maxime Bernier says the move amounts to a “gift of hope” for Cana­di­ans seek­ing to bring back free­dom, re­spon­si­bil­ity, fair­ness and re­spect to the coun­try. Bernier was a Con­ser­va­tive MP for more than a decade be­fore he an­nounced in Au­gust he was leav­ing the fold to launch his own party. The party’s plat­form is still be­ing fi­nal­ized, but its web­site says po­si­tions taken by Bernier in the Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship race, such as a pitch to phase out sup­ply man­age­ment for the dairy sec­tor, will form the ba­sis for its poli­cies. Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer de­feated Bernier for the fed­eral Tory lead­er­ship by a slim mar­gin in May 2017. Bernier has ac­cused the Tories of aban­don­ing con­ser­va­tives, adding the party has “noth­ing of sub­stance” to of­fer Cana­di­ans seek­ing a po­lit­i­cal al­ter­na­tive.

“I have one wish for Christ­mas: That you and each one of our party’s 33,800 mem­bers bring even more hope by con­tribut­ing $3.38 or $33.80 to­day to help us spread this good news,” Bernier said to sup­port­ers on Sun­day.

Maxime Bernier

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