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OTTAWA—Maxime Bernier's surprise resignation last week will not put an end to a raucous Tory debate on identity politics. Instead of buying peace in advance of the writ, the Conservative announcement of a Canada-wide immigration tour will serve to magnify internal differences of viewpoint. As for Bernier's plan to start a new party, his reach far exceeds his grasp. Former allies will be reluctant to throw their support behind an also-ran who seems to be suffering from an

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‘Old stock’ politics is past its expiry date

By Sheila Copps      

Appealing to Canadians on ethnic or religious grounds is becoming less and less relevant, as cultures and races intermix in Canadian society.

Newly-independent MP Maxime Bernier, left, quit the Conservative caucus last week after putting himself at odds with Leader Andrew Scheer, right, with a series of Tweets about the supposed dangers of increasing cultural diversity in Canada. Mr. Scheer narrowly beat Mr. Bernier in the contest for the party leadership last year. The Hill Times file photograph
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