The new People’s Party of Canada (PPC) held an inaugural meeting in Cobourg tonight to establish their Electoral District Association (EDA) for Northumberland Peterborough South. The new Federal Party was established in September 2018 when Maxime Bernier broke away from the Conservative Party. With almost 40,000 members across Canada but not yet an official party, it is racing against time to be set up for the next federal election in October 2019. At the meeting, a new executive was elected, or rather nominated since their confirmation is subject to some background checking. There were about 18 people at the meeting held in Arthur’s pub – more than expected by organizer Adam Gray from Belleville. All ages were represented with about five of them women.
- President: Frank Vaughan from Codrington – Frank has his own web site, see Links below.
- Vice President: Paul Henderson from Codrington – he conceded that he was a libertarian at heart
- Secretary: Melinda Tessier from Cobourg
- Financial Agent/Treasurer: Bernadette Henderson from Codrington
Before agreeing to the roles, a sheet with a summary of the duties was passed around and everyone was advised that they would be expected to not publicly disagree with PPC policies and to not say anything detrimental to the Party.
A copy of the Party’s policies was available at the meeting although it’s not new since it’s available on the PPC web site – see links below.
There were also two people who showed interest in being candidates in the election. If they are confirmed soon, that would be earlier than any party other than the incumbent Liberals.
Although there were a good number of people attending, not all were actual members of the party – some were simply curious.
- Frank Vaughan’s web site
- PPC Web site
- PPC Policies
- Liberal Nomination Meeting – also Trudeau visits Cobourg – 19 October 2018
- Federal Election Race has started – 31 August 2018 – Conservative Candidates
- Cobourg Internet Federal Election Information Page