The new kids on the block
Drawing on his widespread popularity as a Conservative Party leadership candidate, Quebec member of parliament Maxime Bernier founded the People's Party of Canada (PPC) on 14 September 2018.
10 months later, the People's Party is well on its way to competing in all 338 electoral districts in the coming federal election with Maxime Bernier having qualified for the debates organized by the debates commission.
Often affectionately referred to as "the Albertan from Quebec", Bernier has emphasized commitment to liberal values of social and economic liberty across his 12-year parliamentary career, including during his spells as Industry Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister.
With that in mind, local engineer Ian Kael Cameron, who finished degrees at UAlberta in 1999 (BSc Environmental Science) and 2005 (BSc Engineering), has stepped forward to be the People's Party candidate in the federal electoral district of Edmonton Strathcona. Find out more about Ian here.
Acknowledging that Edmonton Strathcona has been a New Democratic Party stronghold since 2008, Ian remains undaunted in representing Maxime Bernier's philosophy in Alberta, which calls for reforms that appeal to social democrats, liberals, and conservatives alike.
"We are appealing to the intelligence of Canadians. That’s why I said it’s a ‘smart populism’ that we’re doing. I don’t try to play with the people’s emotions."
- Maxime Bernier