Two seeking local PPC nomination want to right perceived wrongs in Canada

PPC names local contestants

The People’s Party of Canada has announced a pair of would-be candidates for the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.

The riding nomination is being sought by Matthew Robson and Corally Delwo.

According to a news release from the party’s riding association, Robson has a master’s degree in intelligence, counter-terrorism and national security. He has worked as a corrections officer and a security team leader.

The release described Robson as focussing his attention on “how post-nationalist communist ideology has infiltrated academia and politics in Canada.”

“This ideology has corrupted and has been used to deliberately weaken all aspects of Canadian institutions over the past several decades,” Robson said in the release.

“It has gone largely unnoticed by many, this subversion of Canada’s autonomy. It has negatively impacted virtually every aspect of our daily lives and local communities, including our children’s schools and where we work.”

In the release, Delwo describes herself as a “blue-collar” Albertan who has lived in Kamloops since 2009. Delwo also expressed a concern for what she believes is happening to Canada.

“The last few years I spent a lot of time watching our country crumble at the hands of the Liberal government,” she said.

“Quite frankly, I am sick of it. I will not watch passively as these freedom-haters destroy my children’s and grandchildren’s future. This mess is going to take a lot to fix.”

Robson said he thinks highly of Maxime Bernier, PPC leader.

“I would be honoured to align myself with Maxime Bernier and the PPC, knowing they stand for values that can make Canada thrive again,” he said.

Delwo said she holds the PPC ideals dear.

“I am a strong-willed, fierce momma bear, who will stop at nothing to protect my children, my family, my friends, my community,” she said. “My goals are to uphold the vision of the PPC and to hold my colleagues accountable to the very same standards.”

The PPC riding association is expected to name a candidate during a meeting on June 27.

While no election has been called, many political observers in Canada believe a federal election is likely to take place at some point in 2021.

Four people — Tourism Kamloops CEO Bev DeSantis, Tobiano developer Mike Grenier, Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo and Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer — have put their name forward seeking the local Conservative nomination after MP Cathy McLeod announced earlier this year she would not seek a fifth term in Ottawa.

Kamloops lawyer and former provincial court judge Bill Sundhu has been acclaimed as the NDP’s nominee in the riding.

The federal Liberals and Greens have not announced candidates. Last election, former mayor and MLA Terry Lake ran federally for the Liberals, while city lawyer Iain Currie put his name forward for the Greens.

In the 2019 federal election, McLeod won the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo seat with 32,415 votes, well ahead of runner-up Lake, who finished with 19,716 votes.

Ken Finlayson, who ran for the PPC in 2019, finished fifth in the riding with 1,132 votes — good for 1.6 per cent of the vote.

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