Maxime Bernier, People's Party of Canada leader and Member of Parliament for Beauce, Quebec, made a stop in the Notorious City this morning to introduce local PPC candidate for Moose Jaw - Lake Centre - Lanigan, Chey Craik.
Speaking to a full room at the Sportsman's Centre Tuesday morning, Bernier discussed some of the key points of the PPC's platform including equalization payments, free speech, and climate change.
"I said seven years ago that I'm not proud to be a Quebecer when we received equalization money. It is not fair because it is like a poverty trap for Quebec and other provinces."
Bernier created the PPC last year after narrowly losing the Conservative Party leadership race to Andrew Scheer in the spring of 2017.
Local PPC candidate Craik spoke mainly about his disillusionment with the Conservative Party of Canada. He says he's observed a recent shift in conservative ideals that made him abandon his political loyalty to the party after a lifetime of support.
"Having been a Conservative supporter all of my voting years, I've been brought to a level of disappointment with the Conservative Party, so much so, that I've been moved to action."
Craik said that during his time campaigning in Moose Jaw and surrounding areas so far, he's seen a similar sense of disappointment in many local constituents.
"For the most part, people are either uninformed, disheartened with the status quo, or simply continuing in a familiar pattern. We're trying to let you know that there is a truly viable option. The solution to that change is Maxime Bernier, myself, and the People's Party of Canada."
Chris Croisetiere, Moose Jaw resident and PPC supporter, attended the event Tuesday morning. He said he agrees with much of the PPC's platform and was encouraged to see the turnout at the event.
"It's a common-sense platform, free speech is a really big one, there's a lot of things that tie together, with United Nations platforms, free speech, the way we're heading. There's hard to find anything I disagree with on [Bernier's] platform just because it is a very basic and common sense and clear message, easy to support."
The PPC is currently polling at one percent.