The People’s Party of Canada has set a nomination date to select its candidate in the next federal election, with two people vying for the nomination.
Party members will select the candidate for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo on June 27. Seeking the nomination are Corraly Delwo and Matthew Robson.
Delwo and her family moved to Kamloops from Alberta in 2009. She ran for city council in the 2018 civic election, finishing 20th in the 21-candidate field.
Delwo attended Thompson Rivers University, started her own business and partnered with her husband to run his business.
“The last few years, I spent a lot of time watching our country crumble at the hands of the Liberal government,” Delwo said in a statement from the party. “Quite frankly, I am sick of it. I will not watch passively as these freedom-haters destroy my children and grandchildren’s future. This mess is going to take a lot of work to fix. When I read the PPC platform, I immediately recognized the principles that will secure a prosperous future. I have faith in the platform and honestly believe if we roll up our sleeves and buckle down, we can turn the economy around, create jobs, invite new investments, adopt sustainable immigration standards and preserve our freedoms, all while protecting and supporting Canadians who are in need.”
Delwo is among the regulars who attend and speak at so-called freedom rallies in Kamloops, events staged by those opposed to pandemic-related measures introduced by government.
Delwo also pointed to poverty she sees in Canada.
“We live in a First World nation, but the amount of poverty I see, even on the streets of
Kamloops, is disturbing,” she said. “The fact there are still Indigenous reserves suffering without clean water and adequate housing is unacceptable. The brave men and women who fought for our freedoms are being shortchanged and have minimal support after risking everything for our country. Our seniors, who have worked their whole lives to build this country, are barely surviving.”
Robson has a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Calgary’s Mount Royal University and has worked as a personal trainer, volunteer firefighter and member of a rapid water rescue team.
In 2011, he was presented with several lifesaving awards for the rescue of a man from a burning vehicle in Calgary. In 2014, after returning from Sydney, Australia with a master of arts in intelligence, counter-terrorism and international security, Robson worked for several years as a correctional officer and a security team manager.
According to the People’s Party of Canada release on the candidates, Robson “became expressly aware of the extent to which Canadian agencies have become immersed in government-incentivized identity politics, critical race theory and other cult-like communist initiatives.”
“This ideology has corrupted and has been used to deliberately weaken all aspects of Canadian institutions over the past several decades,” Robson said. “It has gone largely unnoticed by many, this subversion of Canada’s autonomy. It has negatively impacted virtually every aspect of our daily lives and local communities, including our children’s schools and where we work.”
The People’s Party of Canada was founded in September 2018 by Maxime Bernier, the former Conservative cabinet minister who lost the party’s 2017 leadership race to Andrew Scheer by fewer than two percentage points.
Bernier had been elected as the Conservative candidate in the Quebec riding of Beauce in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. In his only campaign as People’s Party of Canada leader and candidate, Bernier was defeated handily in Beauce in October 2019 by Conservative candidate Richard Lehoux, who prevailed by more than 6,000 votes.
Nationally, the People’s Party of Canada garnered 1.6 per cent of the votes in the 2019 federal election. In Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in that election, People’s Party of Canada candidate Ken Finlayson finished fifth in the seven-candidate race, receiving 1,132 votes (1.6 per cent). That election was won by Conservative Cathy McLeod, who garnered 32,415 votes (44.7 per cent).
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While the next federal election is not officially scheduled until Oct. 23, 2023, there has been much speculation Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, heading a minority government, will call an early election this fall.
Incumbent Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod will not be seeking a fifth term, which has led to four candidates seeking the Conservative nomination: Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo, Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis, Tobiano founder Mike Grenier and Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer.
Bill Sundhu has been acclaimed as the NDP candidate, while there has been no word yet on the status of the nomination process among the Liberal and Green parties.