ST-GEORGES-DE-BEAUCE — For Serge Giroux, Maxime Bernier has turned into a major letdown.
“I voted for him in the past,” the retired Giroux said, standing a few metres from Bernier’s Beauce riding office. “This time, it’s no.”
“He’s not a bad guy, but he’s had his time.”
Founding a new party and striking on his own, as Bernier is trying to do, is a risky venture. But the real test comes when you have to face the voters back home.
The question for them is clear: Do they stick with the man, or the Conservative party he started with?
Giroux does not believe a lone politician with an unproven political organization has the same clout as one working with a big-league party.
Polling at about two per cent nationally, it’s unclear whether Bernier’s new People’s Party of Canada will win any seats. Bernier himself is fighting for his own political survival in the Beauce.
Giroux is also not pleased with Bernier’s stance against the supply management system. Agriculture in the Beauce employs 3,000 people and represents 20 per cent of the economy.