In a video to his supporters, the Leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada confirmed rumors that party members will be asked to vote on whether or not to merge parties with Maxime’s newly created People’s Party of Canada (PPC).
The PPC was announced earlier this morning by Maxime Bernier alongside a full party platform and logo.
Tim Moen said that while the PPC has a “milquetoast libertarian policy”, Bernier’s party offers a good potential to bring the liberty movement into the mainstream.
Rumours circulated since late August that Maxime Bernier was in “open dialogue” with the Libertarian Party about a potential merger. In a recent interview with The Post Millennial, Tim Moen said that a libertarian party can “offer infrastructure across Canada, a unified liberty vote, and the ability to issue tax receipts immediately, and therefore fundraise properly.”
As of now, according to Elections Canada rules, the PPC is unable to legally issue tax receipts for any donations or fundraising initiatives
While the libertarian leader sees hope in PPC policies, Tim is “not a fan of the name”.
“I can live with the name as long as it’s a principled party,” he says, “He’s got the right platform, he’s got a decent platform.”
While Mr. Moen plans on putting the decision to vote within his party, he is still open to having a Libertarian Party still existing on “reserve”, in case the PPC goes off the rails.
Tim Moen claims that he is in dialogue with Maxime Bernier and has signaled that members of the Libertarian Party would be involved in upper-level decision making within the PPC if the merge were to take place.
“I think he has demonstrated to me that he would like to have us in party leadership over there,” said Tim Moen.
While Mr. Moen hopes to encourage party members to vote for a merger, saying that “we would be silly not to take this opportunity”, the Libertarian leader hopes to challenge Maxime Bernier for the leadership of the PPC.
“Just imagine Bernier and myself side by side in the people’s party contest. I will definitely challenge Mad Max for the leadership of this party. I will run on a principled libertarian policy: taxation is theft…” said Mr. Moen.