This article has been edited to add additional context about the PPC.
CORNWALL, Ontario – The Cornwall Public Library hosted members and candidate hopefuls of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) on Saturday, April 13 between 10 a.m. and noon.
About 20 community members attended to discuss the party’s main platform points, as well as the perspectives of two candidate nominees, local PPC CEO Sabile Trimm, and Colby Prosser. The two will by vying for local nomination to run in the upcoming federal election.
Prosser hopes to represent our riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry with the goal of reducing taxation and government spending. He feels that the PPC strives to reel in government’s power and limit government influence on everyday life.
“I do feel in order to get the best contestant when we have a new party is if every qualified candidate comes forward,” said Prosser when asked about his decision to run. “We want to put an end to corporate welfare. We want to make it so the government doesn’t spend our tax dollars helping a company, especially a major company…it’s also about reducing government’s voice in your life…the government should be keeping us safe and keep everything in order, but it shouldn’t be involved in approving or declining individual private decisions.”
Both candidates spoke about controversy revolving the Liberal government granting Loblaws $12 million towards new refrigeration systems.
“I’m really excited with Maxime Bernier’s (approach),” said Trimm, who also ran for the Ontario Libertarian Party in the most recent provincial election. “It’s very clean and uncorrupted. There’s so much favouritism shown with the other politicians, with photo ops and special interest groups…with (Bernier), everyone is treated the same; everyone is Canadian and let’s get fair again…Maxime Bernier is by far the most competent, experienced, ethical, principled leader among all the other ones that are running.”
Trimm believes that there is a lot of unfairness with government taxes, especially towards business owners.
“You have to…treat small businesses in a favourable manner, not the big businesses…make it more fair,” said Trimm.
Having put her career on hold, Trimm is hopeful to be selected as the PPC’s candidate as she will dedicate an immense effort to campaigning. She hopes to encourage the support of PPC values such as reassessing taxation, reviewing foreign aide spending and breaking provincial trade barriers that prohibit cross-country business.
“I don’t want the Conservatives to think they’re getting a free ride in this neighbourhood because they are not. We’re going to surprise everyone in that regard,” said Trimm.
The vote to select a PPC candidate will be held on May 11. The PPC came together in 2018, spearheaded by Maxime Bernier, after he resigned from the Conservative Party of Canada.
Currently, Eric Duncan, former Mayor and aide to MP Guy Lauzon, has been acclaimed as the local Conservative Party nominee for our region.