With nearly 40 percent of the polls reported as of 11:21 p.m. ET, Bernier edged out incumbent Richard Lehoux by more than 5,000 votes.
“Thousands of Canadians came to our gatherings across the country. Everywhere we looked you could see purple – a wave of purple, a sea of purple, ”Bernier told fans on election night in Saskatoon. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to fight this fight in Parliament, but we will continue this fight to unite Canadians under the umbrella of freedom.”
Bernier won the Conservative Party riding in the 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015 elections before breaking with the party and launching his own right-wing party in September 2018.
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The Saskatoon Police Department told Global News it was working with public health to investigate the PPC campaign rally in Saskatoon, after dozens of supporters did not wear masks during the indoor event.
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Most people were maskless indoors, despite a public health ordinance enacted Sept. 17 in Saskatchewan making masks mandatory in all indoor public places across the province.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Bernier’s speech “did not match the facts” regarding the election results of the PPC candidates.
“His speech was delusional. But that’s about all we’ve heard from Maxime Bernier, ”Nenshi said on Global News’s election special. “My biggest dream is that we will never have to hear from Maxime Bernier again. “
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCP has become a hotbed for those who oppose vaccination mandates and occupy other right-wing positions, including reducing the number of immigrants and refugees accepted to Canada and the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
A former Conservative cabinet minister, Bernier has spent much of the fight against the pandemic on COVID-19 health measures such as mask warrants, public assembly restrictions and vaccine passports.
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He was arrested in June by RCMP in Manitoba and charged with exceeding public assembly limits and violating the province’s requirement to self-isolate upon entering the province.
Opinion polls have shown up to 5-10 percent support for the People’s Party of Canada, which could turn into support for Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives.
Popular Party anti-vaccine supporters have frequently appeared on the election trail, often attempting to disrupt Trudeau election rallies. A party member was arrested for throwing gravel at Trudeau.