Public Statements

Verbatim statements in response to the crisis within the People's Party of Canada.

Facebook  Resignation Video

Facebook  E-mail to Johanne Mennie

YouTube  KelownaNow Interview


Written Statements

My entire life I've had to go against the grain. I lived through poverty, discrimination and had to work twice as hard as everyone around me for half the recognition or pay.

When I joined this party, I truly did believe we were going to make a difference. I knew full-well about the vocal factions that spewed very far-right rhetoric, but every organisation I've worked for it's always been the silent majority that got all the work done.

From Day 1 we hit the ground running. We had a clear vision and an engaged and inspired team. Myself, and all the Directors for Kelowna-Lake Country had a focus on fiscal conservatism, not the xenophobic rhetoric that I've heard from concerned friends and family of mine. And if I'm being honest, we all felt it was amplified by the media.

Up until Johanne became the Executive Director, myself, my Board of Directors and other Presidents within the party believed we could truly build up a real opposition party, focusing on fiscal conservatism.

With Johanne now the Executive Director, rather than what I felt was strategic posturing, the party has now embraced full-on hateful rhetoric and is doing so unapologetically. Glen being promoted to the provincial coordinator for BC, in direct relation to my role as President of the Kelowna-Lake Country EDA, and Johanne's unwavering support for his racist, xenophobic rhetoric and push of Brian Lovig's influence within the party, was the final straw for me.

Being an elected official for the party, I felt it was my duty to publicly call out these changes within the tone and attitude of the administration. Because now it cannot be chalked up to the media amplifying Max's rhetoric, and it will give other President's and administrative officials an opportunity to challenge the direction of the party, and reel it back on course to being a fiscally conservative party.

Since I released my video and it has garnered mass attention, I've been receiving a lot of messages, some angry and accusing me of tearing the party down, others supporting me for taking a stand that they felt they couldn't take for the sake of 'party unity'. However one repeating question I keep getting asked is why didn't I go through the proper channels to create change from within, before going public?

Rather than repeating my answers over and over again, I will share an e-mail (that the party is well aware is going to be shared publicly) that I sent right as the management within the party ranks changed. The entire party started to embrace those in the vocal far-right minority, and what I felt was bombastic and hateful rhetoric, started taking over for what should've been dispassionate and rational administration.

After this e-mail went out the gloves came off, the rhetoric started to get louder and louder. The message from party officials was clear, they were going to embrace this hateful far-right rhetoric, and I felt like not only was there no longer a place for me in the party, but that Canadian politics doesn't need a party that strays so far from our democratic institutions.


It is with much regret, that today, I am resigning my position as President of the Kelowna-Lake Country constituency from the People’s Party of Canada.

I believe we can do politics differently. I believe in giving a voice to the silent majority, rather than a speakerphone to vocal pockets of dissent and hate. Unfortunately, this party that shouted from the rooftops it was different, has proven to me that it isn't different at all. They are allowing racist, xenophobic, homophobic and downright hateful people into positions of authority and influence.

There is still hope for this party, however it will require a drastic change in their structure. I hope that Maxime Bernier isn't just all-talk, and that he's willing to build a party of all Canadians, not just the ones shouting loudly. And a lot of people have been telling me to stay quiet until after the general election, however I strongly believe that how we operate is just as important as our results.

This needed to be done.


A bit of my perspective/why I joined the party:

From the beginning, the party had far-right, xenophobic factions, absolutely. But Maxime assured us that fiscal conservatism was his primary goal. Myself, and all the Directors for Kelowna-Lake Country had a focus on fiscal conservatism, not the xenophobic rhetoric that I've heard from concerned friends and family of mine. And if I'm being honest, we all felt it was amplified by the media.

Up until Johanne became the Executive Director, myself, my Board of Directors and other Presidents within the party believed we could truly build up a real opposition party, focusing on fiscal conservatism.

People often talk about being the change – that's what we were trying to do. Make this a real opposition party, doing what many politicians may feel is boring, administrative work from the inside. To come out stronger, and more united.

For instance, I was told that the border rhetoric was a play on Trudeau's mismanagement of CBSA – by providing them with a quota, but not proper support, we were unable to adequately equip new immigrants and refugees for life in Canada. But Max was going to dramatize it for publicity and effect.

Why now? What's changed that I didn't already see joining the party?
With Johanne now the Executive Director, rather than what I felt was strategic posturing, the party has now embraced full-on racists and is doing so unapologetically. Glen being promoted to the provincial coordinator for BC, in direct relation to my role as President of the Kelowna-Lake Country EDA, and Johanne's unwavering support for his racist, xenophobic rhetoric and push of Brian Lovig's influence within the party, was the final straw for me.

Being an elected official for the party, I felt it was my duty to publicly call out these changes within the tone and attitude of the administration. Because now it cannot be chalked up to the media amplifying Max's rhetoric, and it will give other President's and administrative officials an opportunity to challenge the direction of the party, and reel it back on course to being a fiscally conservative party.

I am not the only member of the PPC that is seeing this shift, there will be an exodus of party members because of the stand I'm making. They can see the political cronyism and the amplification of hateful rhetoric, and my public denouncement of the party will encourage them to distance themselves, and hopefully strengthen the voices of the silent majority of fiscal conservatives or those closer to the centre-right, that really make up the party.


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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke