Maxime Bernier was the most libertarian candidate in the CPC leadership race, which is partly why after his unsuccessful bid, the Libertarian Party of Canada adopted his freedom friendly policies and offered him the leadership position in their party.
After all, many bought CPC memberships to support Bernier but don’t really like the status quo in the party, so it’s not surprising that the Libertarians are now seeing a surge in support.
Watch to see my in depth interview with the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, Trevor Schmidt.
We discuss Bernier’s loss, what the reaction has been to the party, how they’re adapting Bernier’s policies and what it will mean for the CPC if they don’t adopt at least some of his liberty-oriented policies too.
The fact is, Bernier captured a lot of votes in the race so it will be interesting to see if he goes on to have a significant influence on CPC policy and also to see what kind of role he’ll play in the party under Andrew Scheer’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party of Canada continues to want the government to get out of our lives regardless of what the CPC are up to.