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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the people's party has apparently raised $300,000 in one weekend )

Bernier's new party rakes in $300K in one weekend, party officials say

The Canadian Press
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 1:18PM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 21, 2019 1:48PM EST

OTTAWA - Canada's newest national political party is laughing all the way to the bank.

On Friday morning the People's Party of Canada became officially registered with Elections Canada, allowing it to start issuing tax receipts for donations.

In the hours since the party has raked in more than $300,000.

Party spokesman Martin Masse says that brings the party's fundraising to nearly $1 million since Maxime Bernier announced he was leaving the Conservatives to start his own party at the end of August.

Masse says that puts to rest the accusations that the People's Party is a vehicle for one person with very little actual support.

"We got in three days what we raised in the last three months," said Masse.

Masse said there were definitely people waiting to donate until they could get tax receipts for doing so.

In 2019, the maximum donation to a political party is $1,600, which yields a $650 tax credit.

Bernier's party has to start reporting its donations to Elections Canada only now that it is registered but can use the funds it raised before. Bernier has said he would like to raise $3.5 million before the general election this fall.

In the first three quarters of 2018, the Conservatives raised $17 million, according to Elections Canada. The Liberals raised $10.3 million and the New Democrats $3.2 million.

Bernier split with the Conservatives in a very public battle with leader Andrew Scheer over policy issues including supply management and government subsidies to businesses. Bernier finished just behind Scheer in the Conservative leadership race in 2017.

The People's Party of Canada will run its first three candidates in upcoming byelections in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

It has two candidates officially nominated but the third, in the Montreal riding of Outremont, is still awaiting confirmation from his current workplace that he can take a leave of absence.


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( Bernier is now being sued by someone who claims to own the people's party name and was in the process of trying to start a political party of the same name )

Abbotsford businessman sues Maxime Bernier over use of People's Party of Canada name

Satinder Dhillon says he trademarked the name and applied to Elections Canada to use it before Bernier

Gordon McIntyre
Updated: February 18, 2019

Satinder Dhillon, an Abbotsford-based entrepreneur and free-speech advocate, has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Maxime Bernier, his party's chief agent Christian Roy and the federal party itself for copyright and trademark infringement. (Submitted photo) PNG

An Abbotsford entrepreneur filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada on Monday in an attempt to prevent the People’s Party of Canada from using that name in next week’s federal byelection or in the fall general election.

The suit names federal party leader Maxime Bernier, the party’s chief agent, Christian Roy, and the party itself, and also seeks damages to be determined for economic loss, expenses and the “irreparable harm” of having to compete for online search-engine rankings.

According to Satinder Dhillon’s statement of claim, he launched his People’s Party of Canada on Canada Day, 2015, but did not apply to Elections Canada to register the name until Sept. 25, 2018. A few days earlier, it says, he obtained a trademark for the name and obtained a copyright.

Bernier applied to Elections Canada to use the name on Oct. 10, the statement of claim says.

“We own that name, that’s clear to me,” Dhillon said Monday afternoon.

Dhillon was instructed he would need 250 people to mail or personally deliver confirmation of support for the party to Elections Canada headquarters in Gatineau, Que.

However, a Canada Post rotating strike and the fact Elections Canada’s headquarters is close to Bernier and his supporters, but across the country from Dhillon’s core support in B.C., meant Bernier got the required 250 signatures to Elections Canada by mail or in person before Dhillon’s supporters were able to.

On Nov. 15, Dhillon received a letter from Elections Canada asking him to change his party’s name because the “risk of confusion is evident,” the statement of claim alleges.

Elections Canada was wrong to hastily grant the right to use the name People’s Party of Canada in federal elections to Bernier’s party, Dhillon’s lawsuit claims.

“In our view, Elections Canada erred by not taking into account delays caused by the Canada Post strike and Mr. Dhillon’s earlier initial filing, and should have awarded the party name to Mr. Dhillon,” Dean Davison, Dhillon’s Vancouver-based lawyer, said in a statement.

Dhillon, born in Quesnel and raised in Abbotsford, claims there are about 1,000 members of his political party. But unable to use his party’s name, he was unable to field a candidate in the Feb. 25 Burnaby South byelection, he said.

“My vision for this party was that it would represent true Canadian values, economic justice for everybody, equal rights for everybody,” Dhillon said. “It would stand against racism and discrimination, and cast a protest vote against the status quo.

“So, the vision for my party is very different from the vision Mr. Bernier has put out. His is divisive, I’d use that word.”

A cease-and-desist letter sent to the Bernier camp on Jan. 29 was “met with dead silence,” Dhillon said.

“If Mr. Bernier and his candidates were putting forward a platform we could live with, I would have perhaps considered letting them use the name, which is legally mine. But their brand of divisive populism just doesn’t line up with the values held by the people of Canada and I have to speak out about his.”

Bernier’s office was contacted on Monday and promised to get back to Postmedia, but did not reply by deadline.

The Feb. 25 Burnaby South federal byelection, one of three across Canada that day (Bernier’s party has candidates running in all) became necessary after NDP MP Kennedy Stewart resigned in September 2018 to enter the Vancouver mayoralty race.

The Burnaby race is being contested by Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler-Thompson, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Liberal Richard T. Lee, Conservative Jay Shin, and independents Valentine Wu and Terry Grimwood.

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