Maxime Bernier has officially launched the People’s Party.
In a press conference Friday morning in Ottawa, the Beauce MP who left the Conservative Party last month unveiled the name of his new conservative party and vowed it will be competitive in time for the 2019 federal election.
“Why this name? Because it’s time the Canadian government put Canadian people first when they make decisions and policies. he said, noting the party will be headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec.
“No one is speaking for the people.”
Bernier said his new party has raised about $140,000 in the three weeks since he left his former party and vowed to start his own.
That fundraising amount comes despite the fact his new party cannot yet issue tax receipts to donors.
His move came following a tumultuous year that saw Bernier repeatedly at odds with Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, to whom he narrowly lost the party leadership race last year.
Bernier said the focus of the party will be fighting for individual responsibility and will oppose government intervention.
He also highlighted the “migrant crisis” as one of the major issues the main political parties now are not paying enough attention to.
The plan is to have candidates in all 338 ridings in time for the upcoming election, he said.