KEYSTONE PARTY: Manitoba’s new right-wing political party “closer to the middle” says leader

The leader of a political party who arrived in Manitoba said that although the party sits on the political right of the current PC government, he does not think anyone should call them far right or far right.

“In my mind, we’re right-wing and conservative, but we’re closer to the middle,” said Kevin Friesen, interim leader of the new Keystone Party of Manitoba.

“Yes, we think we are right with the Conservatives, but that’s because we think they have gone so far to the left.”

Friesen, a Manitou resident and longtime agricultural producer, is the interim leader of Manitoba’s newly formed Keystone Party and said the newly formed organization is working to collect the minimum 2,500 signatures needed to register. with Elections Manitoba and hopes to field candidates in 2023. provincial election.

Speaking to the Winnipeg Sun on Wednesday, Friesen said the party was building a platform that would promote Manitobans’ “personal freedoms”, but also one that he said would return power to voters and leave less power to elected officials.

“What we’re really going to be is a really popular party, where the members really have the power,” he said.

“This is about working for the members, not the power of the leader or the interim leader, the members need to have a say because right now government decisions are made at the leadership level and we don’t think so. not that it works. . ”

Regarding the COVID-19 health orders and current vaccination warrants in this province, Friesen said that due to his belief in “personal freedom,” he believes some of the current warrants have gone too far.

“Because we are a party that will stand up for freedom and Manitobans will have freedom, we will respect the rights of the people because we believe there have been violations here,” said Friesen.

“We think it’s an overshoot on the part of the government with some of the things that have happened.”

According to Friesen, the party would also run on a promise to be financially responsible and to ensure that the government does not spend more money than it receives.

“It will be a guiding principle for us to be financially responsible and focus on fiscal responsibility,” he said.

“You have to match what you spend with what comes in, it’s that simple. Decisions need to be made about where to spend the money because we don’t want to let our children and grandchildren go into heavy debt.

Friesen was also asked about the party’s stance on immigration and he said he was personally pro-immigration and believed newcomers made this country a better place.

“Our steering committee spoke to people from all walks of life and we spoke to a lot of people who immigrated here and immigration is a great way to grow this province,” said Friesen.

“This province is far from full, we have a lot of room for expansion here.”

Friesen said he was confident the party could meet and exceed the minimum 2,500 signatures it needed to register, and said he believed the party could “make waves” in the next provincial election. .

“The idea here is that we think the leadership in this province has really been lacking in the last few years and we think that a popular party led by someone who knows he is working for the people will be something 100 % different. Said Friesen.

“This party was created to make a difference and to be a factor in the next elections. ”

– Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter working for the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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