The newly founded People’s Party of Canada now has a riding association in our riding locally.
The party was founded two months ago by four time Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.
Just last weekend, residents in the Kootenay-Columbia riding formed a People’s Party of Canada’s electoral district association and held their inaugural meeting in the West Kootenay.
31-year-old James Jost of Nelson is the new association’s president and chief executive officer.
“Our responsibilities are organizing our campaigning, finding a candidate, making sure we support that candidate, organizing finance and memberships,” Jost says. “I’m kind of a figurehead, I will delegate work to our Board of Directors and make sure we come out with an electable candidate for this next election and get our message out to people.”
Jost says they are in the process of filling out paperwork to be recognized by Elections Canada.
“We have to begin the discussion of candidate selection,” Jost says. “We need to talk about our communication and most importantly, fundraising is what we need to get this party off of the ground. We are the underdog in this race, we’re brand new.”
He says one of the group’s largest concerns in the riding is the rising costs of housing.
– James Jost, President and Chief Executive Officer – People’s Party of Canada’s Kootenay-Columbia Electoral District Association