Party for one? Inside Maxime Bernier’s quest to build a new political movement

A Conservative, a Liberal, a New Democrat and a political agnostic walk into a library.

There’s no punchline. It is an autumn Saturday in Canada’s largest city. The four sit in the upstairs boardroom of a Toronto Public Library branch with 15 strangers. Paperwork, including Elections Canada forms and mandatory pledges of good behaviour for volunteers, is stacked on a foldable table. There’s a whiteboard, blank except for the letters “PPC.”