Waves were made in the federal Conservative party in August as Quebec MP Maxime Bernier abruptly announced his departure, citing corruption issues, and that he'd start collecting his own following.

According to Souris Moose Mountain MP Dr. Robert Kitchen, those swells are expected to die down with little ripple effect.

"I guess unfortunately, Maxime made a choice, and he chose to leave the party. With that said, I like Max, I like some of the ideas that he has, and we're a big team so we include everybody with different ideas and different values, and we appreciate those. As we work together, sometimes we have ideas we follow and sometimes we don't. Max contributed, but unfortunately he chose that it was time to leave."

Kitchen added that he wished Bernier the best as a collegue, but he would be remaining under Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer. He also said he believes that Bernier will not gain any significant following for his endeavor. Nor is it clear where on the political spectrum any new party set up by the Quebec MP would sit, as he still holds near many of the Conservative ideas.

"He doesn't have a party, so at this point in time he's got to go through all those steps to do whatever he's going to do. Who knows where that will go," said Kitchen.

 

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