By: Broderick Visser
At a rally in Southern Alberta on July 25, MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, Derek Sloan, “announced he was starting a new political party,” True North reported on Tuesday.
Sloan has been an advocate alongside MPP Randy Hillier and often times Maxime Bernier to end government lockdowns and stringent public health measures. He has been involved with a non-partisan organization called “End the Lockdown Caucus.”
Sloan has made himself known through his run at becoming Conservative Pary of Canada (CPC) leader in 2020 and later his removal from the Conservative caucus for a $131 donation from notorious Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm.
Sloan since said he didn’t have knowledge of the donation — as it doesn’t even account for a per cent of the $1.3 million he received in donations.
The CPC also received a portion of Sloan’s donations during the leadership race.
In a video Tweeted out by the Alberta Prosperity Initiative (@AlbertaProsper2), Sloan is shown at the Alberta rally speaking about a “movement” that he cannot say much about — but he does mention that he cannot tell you “the name.”
“This is actually the first time in the public setting I’m talking about this,” said Sloan at the rally. “I actually can’t tell you everything because it will mess up the — I can’t even tell you the name unfortunately publically— although you’ll love it.”
He then goes on to joke that someone might “whisper it in your ear,” but he couldn’t say the name just quite yet “until it’s approved.”
“We may be two, three, four weeks from approval. We’re organizing now and we’re going to light a match folks,” said Sloan.
Twitter user, @3v3r6, a People’s Party of Canada (PPC) supporter, said in response to the video;
“There’s no mention of the word PARTY in the video.”
The user is right — but as far as Sloan has been marketing himself lately — it doesn’t seem anything less than a political campaign.
For instance, the above video addresses the issue of “splitting the vote,” and whether O’Toole’s Conservatives will win the next election. He wouldn’t be running a political campaign if they didn’t intend to start his own party — or at least be joining an existing opposition party to the CPC.
To confirm this more — Martin Masse, the PPC’s spokesperson told True North in a statement;
“Mr. Bernier made several overtures to Mr. Sloan to join the PPC and we are disappointed that he declined and decided to launch his own party. We don’t really understand why he believes this was necessary, given that he seems to agree with most of our platform.”PPC Spokesperson Martin Masse to True North
“We wish him good luck but he has decided to become a competitor instead of joining us, and there won’t be any collaboration between us.”
The timeline of an upcoming federal election will determine whether or not Sloan’s party would be approved in time.
The timeline for how long it’ll take Elections Canada to approve the registration is unsure and will inevitably determine whether they can list candidates on ballots in time for an election.
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