Manitoba’s newest center-right political party aims for next election

A new party in Manitoba politics identifies itself as a center-right popular party.

Kevin Friesen is the interim leader of the Keystone Party of Manitoba, which seeks to register with Elections Canada as an official party and field candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

He said the party differentiates itself from other parties because of its “bottom-up” model.

“This is a real grassroots party where the members are really going to say what it’s about,” Friesen said.

“What it really does, we think, is to create a whole new attitude and a totally prolific new leadership, and maybe it completely changes the way a prime minister or an opposition leader or even a leader. party must lead its team in Parliament. “

Friesen said that while the party is not against vaccines, it is against vaccine mandates.

He said that on the political spectrum, the party falls to the center-right.

“I guess we think a lot of the parties in Manitoba are so much to the left that we can’t see them anymore,” he said. “I would say we are more right than the parties you see right now, but we are a party of the center.”

According to Elections Manitoba, parties that do not hold a seat in the Legislative Assembly before an election must submit a petition signed by at least 2,500 people who were eligible to vote in the most recent general election.

Once registered with Elections Canada, Friesen said it will be up to party members to choose a leader.

-With files from Michael D’Alimonte of CTV News Winnipeg.

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