It is confirmed the newly-formed People’s Party of Canada will have a candidate in Battlefords-Lloydminster in the next federal election.
Jason MacInnis, a North Battleford resident who runs his own business, MacInnis Process Serving, has received the party’s nomination to run for the seat currently held by Conservative Rosemarie Falk.
MacInnis’s candidacy has been in place for some time, but he was formally introduced by party leader Maxime Bernier during the leader’s tour of Saskatchewan during the last week of July.
One of those events was a rally in Saskatoon July 31 at which Bernier presented his slate of candidates for Saskatoon and the surrounding electoral districts. The other was a local event at Porta Bella’s restaurant in North Battleford that same day, which both MacInnis and Bernier attended.
The People’s Party of Canada was formed after Bernier narrowly lost the federal Conservative leadership race to Andrew Scheer. Bernier has put forward policies that include the abolition of supply management, protections for free speech and reducing immigration levels to between 100,000 and 150,000 per year.
A number of candidates have already been nominated for the coming election. Interestingly, one is former Battlefords area resident Ken Finlayson, who ran as an independent during the 2017 by-election in Battlefords-Lloydminster. Finlayson is running under the People’s Party banner in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.
It is expected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will call the federal election in the coming weeks. The federal election date is scheduled by law for Oct. 21.