In Column, Maxime Bernier Says Canada Has Been Hijacked By Interest Groups

“Of course, the mother of all political hijackings is the ridiculous influence the small supply management lobby for dairy, poultry and eggs has managed to exert over every political party and every politician in Canada,” says Bernier.

In a special column for the National Post, Maxime Bernier has expanded on why he’s starting a new political movement.

He says Canada has been hijacked by interest groups, and says he is seeking to reverse the dynamic of “public choice theory” that has given interest groups such influence over Canada’s political parties.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Since I left my Conservative colleagues and announced I would be creating a new party last week, I have been accused of being a sore loser and only interested in my own ego, of being excessively obsessed with the issue of supply management and of splitting the conservative vote — guaranteeing Justin Trudeau’s re-election.

To understand my real motives, my critics should read up on “public choice theory.” Developed by James Buchanan, who won a Nobel prize for economics in 1986, it explains how interest groups hijack political debates and capture politicians, winning huge benefits in the form of subsidies, trade protection, fiscal or legal privileges and other favourable regulations. They are willing to devote enormous lobbying effort and large amounts of money to get them.”

The full column can be read here.

Spencer Fernando