After leading the People’s Party Canada (PPC) through two elections, Maxime Bernier says it’s time to seek a mandate from party members to continue as leader.

The PPC said Monday in a press release that individuals who were members on election day will be able to vote on Bernier’s leadership from Nov. 12 to Dec. 3. Voting will be facilitated by Montreal-based firm SimplyVoting.

According to Bernier, the review is an attempt to get a mandate from the party’s members.

“In the past three years, the People’s Party has grown from 0% to 5% of the national vote and has overtaken the Green Party, a party thirty-five years our senior, in raw votes and national vote percentage. Our success so far has been impressive in the context of the first-past-the-post electoral system and proof that our ideas resonate with Canadians,” he said in a statement.

“Greater successes await us, and I want a mandate from our members to make them happen.”

Despite not winning a seat in the House of Commons during the last election, the PPC considerably raised its profile. During the campaign, the PPC outpolled both the Green Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois.

According to the 2021 election results, PPC candidates received 840,993 votes nationwide, or 4.94% of the popular vote. 

Most recently, the party ran a slate of candidates in Alberta’s senate elections although they were defeated by the Conservative candidates.

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