People's Party

Maxime Bernier

About Maxime

56 years old

Hometown: Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec

Maxime completed an undergraduate degree in 1985 at the Université du Québec à Montréal and then went on to study law at the University of Ottawa. He entered politics in 2006 when he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beauce. Maxime would continue working as various Ministers in the Conservative government until he left the party in 2018 to start the People’s Party of Canada. In 2013 after being challenged by a local mayor, Maxime ran a 13-hour marathon and raised $165,000 for the Beauce food bank.

Economy

If elected, a People’s Party government will overhaul Canada’s agricultural supply management system. Under supply management, specific sectors limit the supply of their products in order to ensure predictable, stable prices. A People’s Party government would phase out quotas on dairy products to increase the supply and lower prices for Canadian consumers. Farmers affected by this policy will be compensated while they adjust to the new system.[1][2]

A People’s Party government would change the rules for distributing equalization payments (payments made to the provinces by the federal government to compensate regions that generate less revenue). The People’s Party would lower the payment amounts and make sure that only the provinces that need the most help receive payments. At the same time, the People’s Party would encourage pro-growth economic policies at the provincial level.[3][4]

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Environment

A People’s Party government would not fund government interventions to fight climate change.[15]

If elected, a People’s Party government will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and abandon greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.[15][29]

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Energy

A People’s Party government would abolish the federal carbon tax and allow provinces to decide for themselves if they would like to reduce their own emissions through carbon pricing.[15]

If necessary, a People’s Party government will use constitutional powers to ensure pipelines are built.[16][17]

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Healthcare

If elected, the People’s Party will replace the Canada Health Transfer (payments sent to each province from the federal government to fund healthcare) with a tax credit worth the same amount. The intention of this policy is to give provinces and territories more power in dealing with their specific healthcare challenges, such as long wait times. Poorer provinces will be temporarily compensated more if the tax credit is worth less than the Health Transfer.[18][19]

A People’s Party would seek options to expand privatized healthcare in Canada alongside the public system.[20][19]

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Pharmacare

The PPC is opposed to a centralized national pharmacare program.The PPC believes our Constitution should be respected and opposes federal intrusions into provincial jurisdictions. This means that health care, including pharmacare, is an area of exclusive provincial jurisdiction.

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International Relations

If elected, a People’s Party will continue working with international allies while remaining out of conflicts unless there is a national interest to get involved.[21][21]

A People’s Party government would prioritize improving relations with the United States to reinforce friendship and cooperation.[21][22]

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Education and Training

The PPC believes our Constitution should be respected and opposes federal intrusions into provincial jurisdictions. Education and training is an area of exclusive provincial jurisdiction.

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Immigration

A People’s Party government would reduce the number of annual immigrants to between 100,000 and 150,000 (this number is lower than the current target of 330,000). The People’s Party immigration policy will place emphasis on specialized economic immigrants and reduce numbers in the categories of family reunification and refugees.[24][25][26]

If elected, the People’s Party will increase funding to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship for more background checks on immigrants.[24][26]

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Housing

The PPC believes our Constitution should be respected and opposes federal intrusions into provincial jurisdictions. Housing is an area of exclusive provincial jurisdiction.

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Transit

The PPC believes our Constitution should be respected and opposes federal intrusions into provincial jurisdictions. Transit is an area of exclusive provincial jurisdiction.

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Childcare

The PPC believes our Constitution should be respected and opposes federal intrusions into provincial jurisdictions. Child care is an area of exclusive provincial jurisdiction.

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Indigenous Issues

If elected, the People’s Party will change or abolish the Indian Act to create a new relationship with First Nations groups. A People’s Party government will respect the treaties already signed.[23]

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Justice

No official stance has been taken on this topic.