CORNWALL – The president of the People’s Party of Canada riding association for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry says the PPC is “a real thing that has a real chance” in the October federal election.
Sabile Trimm outlined the party’s platform and worked to energize the right-of-center base Saturday morning during a meeting at the Cornwall Public Library.
The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was formed last year by Maxime Bernier after he resigned from the Conservative Party of Canada.
Around two dozen people, including Allen and Elaine Jackson of Dixons Corners in South Dundas, were at the Cornwall library to hear about the party, its vision and goals.
“I think the PPC is standing up for the right thing for the people of Canada,” Allen Jackson said in an interview with Cornwall Newswatch. “Their policies are more in touch being able to correct some bad problems that we have in Canada right now. We need to have support for small businesses, not just for conglomerates,” he said.
“I believe some of their grassroots policies (are) pretty refreshing compared to what the parties have had that have been in there an enjoyed their runs. They’ve corrupted the government – we can see that right now with the Liberals,” Jackson said.
Jackson has always been a Conservative Party of Canada voter but feels they are now too “hip and hip” with the Liberals.
Jackson concedes it will be hard for the PPC to get the farm vote in SDSG.
“It is just because the other parties have been so established with the agricultural part. They’ve always been to all the political, farmer events, the farm show. It’s a big step forward for the PPC to advance into that. In time, if they do well, I could see more country people getting motivated to what they do for the farmers,” Jackson said.
Some of the discussion during the meeting touched on getting the party’s platform out – which hasn’t been released yet – and away from the association between the PPC and its stance on ending supply management.
As for who will be the face of the PPC in SDSG, that won’t be known for another month.
The local riding association already has two nominees, who also happen to be members of the electoral district association (EDA) executive. That adds a challenge as the association is looking for volunteers to fill the gap should one of them win the nomination.
Colby Prosser, a 25-year-old technical support rep at Xplornet Communications, is from Cornwall and is the secretary for the EDA. He believes his job translates well into the political sector by listening to people and working out best solutions to problems.
Sabile Trimm, the EDA president, is a 43-year-old farmer from Alfred, Ont. She transitioned from a 12 year career the pharmaceutical industry after a restructuring and started a small consulting business which she sold. The mother of three says her industry and small business experience give her a “good perspective” to be the PPC candidate. She was the Libertarian candidate in the last election.
The riding association will be looking for other candidates before the vote on May 11.
The SDSG People’s Party of Canada has over 100 registered members. EDA CFO Adrian Quenneville says, as of the December, the PPC had about 30,000 members and was growing at a rate of roughly 1,000 members a week. There are 254 registered electoral districts registered and another 54 to be finalized out of the 338 EDAs Canada-wide.
We go to the polls Monday, Oct. 21.