You know Maxime Bernier: He’s the happy warrior from the most conservative place in Quebec, a riding called Beauce. Maybe it’s easy for him to be happy — in every single election he’s run as a Conservative MP, he’s received more than 50% of the vote.
Add in his energetic style and he was a shoo-in for Stephen Harper’s cabinet, where he made a name for himself as a libertarian voice — a voice for smaller government.
Of course, he ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party against Andrew Scheer, and was the favourite to win. But in the 13th round, he was edged out by Andrew Scheer, 49 to 51%.
They never clicked; Bernier was demoted from shadow cabinet, for publishing a book at odds with Scheer, including about the dairy cartel — a lobby group that is widely acknowledged as responsible for mustering the votes to put Scheer over the top.
In the weeks before this year’s conservative convention, Bernier became more voluble — about issues that traditionally make Andrew Scheer and other timid conservatives run and hide. Extreme multiculturalism. Mass migration. Ethnic ghettos.
The CBC didn't like that! Tonight, along with my interview with Bernier, I'll show you clips of his quarrel with the CBC — and why I think it was so clarifying, and so important.
I know a lot of Rebel viewers really appreciated Bernier, but were surprised and disappointed when he left the party to start his own, the People's Party. It looked impatient and impractical — why start a new party, from scratch, especially when so much effort had been put in to unite the right?
If polls are correct, Bernier’s party is already in the double-digits. I’m interested in who can win and who can beat Justin Trudeau. But I’m also interested in knowing that whoever can win will be a change, more than just a change in the team colours from red to blue.
What does a party stand for? What is their philosophy, their focus, their style? That’s what I want to ask Bernier about. And we want to hear what you think of his answers.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!