Thursday , 21 October 2021
Lakeland MP candidate Alain Houle, right, with People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, left.

Houle running for Lakeland MP candidate under People’s Party banner

The People’s Party of Canada is a new party that started a year ago by Maxime Bernier, and that’s when Alain Houle, Vegreville native, got interested in politics.

The former power lineman “didn’t have a political bone in his body,” but got involved because of the state of the country, he said.

“I just liked his ideas. And I thought, this is a guy I’d like to support as as a party, whose ideas and values line up with mine and and I thought, I need to represent Lakeland with this party,” said Houle.

The PPC’s platform includes including balancing the budget in two years, lower immigration levels, tax reform by levelling the income brackets, pulling Canada out of the United Nation’s climate accord and Migration Pact, and removing the capital gains tax.

They are in support of pipelines, getting rid of corporate welfare, and protecting Canadian values from political and religious extremism.

Houle said they stand for freedom, personal responsibility, fairness, and respect.

“A lot of them are based on fiscal, conservative responsibility, and personal responsibility is one of our main mottos. Balancing the budget in two years is one of the the main ones. We’re the only party that has said that we can do that. And by doing that, you would have to eliminate a lot of the foreign aid a lot of the money that’s going out of our country, not necessarily cut programs here in our country, but just to eliminate everything that’s going outside the country. And with that alone, almost you can balance the budget in two years,” said Houle.

He clarified his party’s stance on what Canadian values means and what the protection of those values entails.

“We’re not talking everyday moderate Muslims, we’re talking political Islam, which is an extremist group.

“Everybody has a little bit of a different idea of what Canadian values are. But their Western civilization values. Rule of law, equality for men and women, and the culture that we have here in Canada. So to protect that is to keep and invite people that want to come in that want to share those type of values. If we invite people that want to keep their culture that they’re running from or that they’ve left behind, that doesn’t necessarily line up with a culture that we have here in Canada, that’s when we could start having some issues,” said Houle.

Houle said the PPC would pull out of the Paris Accord because the carbon targets the countries that agree to the UN pact would mean the end of Albertan oil, but would not be against setting their oil emission targets.

“They’re contradictory terms. Even though we we have programs that we have these inventions to capture carbon and all those technologies and stuff, but to agree to the Paris accord and want to extract our oil they’re very contradictory in terms because we can’t meet these emissions targets set by the UN and at the same time, develop the oil that we have in Alberta,” he said.

Under fire from criticism where Antifa members protested at PPC leader Maxime Bernier’s discussion with online commentator Dave Rubin in Hamilton, Houle said he isn’t a racist, nor his party.

“People who say that the People’s Party of Canada is racist or misogynist, or prefers one gender over another, it’s just simply not true. I believe they’re just misinformed. They’re haven’t read the platform. They haven’t talked to candidates. We have such a diverse group of men and women of all stripes, of all backgrounds, different ethnicities.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.