According to a recent statement from Maxime Bernier, the People’s Party of Canada has raised over $72,000 after 24 hours of officially being registered as a party with Elections Canada.
The party now also boasts over 34,000 members, as well as an association in every riding across the country, making it the fastest growing party in Canadian history.
“We just got recognized by Elections Canada and raised $72,000 in the following 24 hours. We have 34,000 members. Our main organizational problem is keeping up with our fast growth. There are so many things to do! We certainly don’t have the same resources as the established parties yet, but we compensate with strong ideas, principles, motivation and clear momentum on our side. After holding speeches and rallies in four cities this week, and seeing how much hunger there is for my new approach to politics, I’m more than hopeful that we can create a real surprise in October.”Maxime Bernier
A portion of this is likely due to the immense advancements in technology which now allow for cross nation organization, as well as the populist tide which has been growing
They have managed to run a cross-nation campaign with far fewer resources, and for the most part, far more media scrutiny.
Perhaps most interesting, in a recent poll by Mainstreet Research for the Burnaby South by-election, the PPC’s candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson has received an 8.7% approval, far higher than their national popularity which currently stands at roughly 1.4%.
This could be because of the attention the riding has been recieving, or potentially due to higher spending from the PPC. In any case it paints a worrying picture for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, if the PPC’s support levels stay consistent.
This would show that in areas where the PPC are contesting seats, they are able to actively take large portions of the vote, even in ridings such as Burnaby South which has traditionally been a Liberal/NDP flip.
With so much momentum, it is hard to imagine the PPC not winning some seats in the 2019 election, especially in areas traditionally considered Conservative strongholds.
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