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At a rally in Southern Alberta on July 25, Ontario MP Derek Sloan announced he was starting a new political party. While he has yet to reveal the name, Sloan says the party will be the “greatest patriotic movement Canada has ever seen.” Sloan has been a vocal opponent of government lockdowns and strict public health measures. The MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington was one of the first politicians to join the End the Lockdown Caucus, a non-partisan organization calling for an end to lockdowns, which they claim violates Canadians’ fundamental Charter rights. Sloan rose to prominence during the 2020 Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Leadership Race. In January 2021, the Conservative caucus voted to remove him, citing a “pattern of destructive behaviour.” The announcement of Sloan’s new party caught many Canadians by surprise, with many expecting Sloan to join Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada (PPC) — which was formed in 2018 after Bernier lost the Conservative Leadership race. The PPC caters to a number of Conservative voters who are critical of the CPC. Bernier has traditionally focused on economic issues such as challenging the power of the dairy lobby.

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