In just six months, the People’s Party of Canada has run candidates in three by-elections, finished a strong fourth place in Burnaby-South with 10.6 per cent of the vote, and has set-up electoral district associations, or EDAs, in all 338 Federal ridings, including Guelph. Like it or not, the PPC is a real political force in Canada now.
Now you may have heard about the People’s Party, and its charismatic leader and founder Maxime Bernier, but what does it stand for? What does it offer supporters that they’re not getting from any other political party? What solutions are they proposing for the problems facing Canadians?
Since it seemed unlikely that Bernier himself would answer a call from the Politicast, the next best thing was to talk to a member of the local Guelph EDA of the People’s Party. This week’s podcast guest is Mark Paravolos, who is the President of the Guelph EDA, and what follows is a surprisingly long talk about politics in this modern Canada.
Paravolos, as the President of the EDA, has a unique and challenging road ahead. He has to help establish a local platform for a new national party, create and grow a list of supports, and help find a candidate who can carry the PPC’s message to Guelph voters. Before that though, Paravolos is bringing his insights to you in a double-sized edition of the show.
Now the original goal of this podcast was to go beyond the national headlines about the People’s Party, and talk to one of its grassroots activists about what it’s all about. For Guelphites looking for a political change, how does Paravolos answer some of the questions posed above? It’s tough to say that this podcast actually achieves that goal, but there should always be value in hearing good conversation between two people of different political perspectives discuss their respective points of view. Hopefully.
So let’s talk about the people of the People’s Party on this week’s Guelph Politicast!
If you’d like to learn more about the Guelph EDA of the People’s Party of Canada, you can visit their website, or by finding them on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, Canadians go to the polls to elect the 43rd Parliament of Canada on October 21.
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