Halifax, Nova Scotia – Over the next few days, Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen, P.C., and Conservative House Leader will join together with members of the Conservative Party of Canada in Halifax for the 2018 Conservative Convention.
MP Bergen will serve as co-chair for the Plenary Sessions on Saturday, where she will moderate the debates and votes on a variety of policies put forward by conservative grassroots members from across the country.
“I am delighted to be a co-chair for the Plenary Sessions where we will debate and vote on our policies and constitution,” Bergen stated. “I look forward to the discussion and debate on many important issues that matter to Conservatives and Canadians.”
As co-chair, Bergen’s role requires her to remain neutral during the debates and votes so she will refrain from voicing her personal views and refrain from voting on the various proposals being debated and voted on during the convention.
In other Conservative Party of Canada news today, Conservatives will gather in Halifax for caucus without Maxime Bernier.
Bernier, MP for Beauce, left the Conservative Party in what has been called a “scorched earth exit” and will found a new Canadian political party.
Bernier made the announcement Thursday morning in Ottawa as the party’s policy convention kicks off in Halifax.
“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed,” he said, on the heels of controversial tweets he posted regarding diversity.
“I know for a fact that many in the caucus privately oppose supply management, but buying votes in a few key ridings is more important than defending the interests of Canadians.”
Bernier was the runner-up to Andrew Sheer in the Conservative leadership campaign. A staunch advocate to eliminate Canada’s dairy supply management system, pundits claim it was his undoing.