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
OTTAWA—Maxime Bernier’s surprise resignation last week will not put an end to a raucous Tory debate on identity politics.
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‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say they have no endgame, but some observers say they risk their reputations by continuing to find points of disagreement with Justin Trudeau, the government, and the Liberal Party.