Saskatoon p.C.Headquarters on election night time – Deep-fried ribs and …


SASKATOON — Purple and white signs decorated the walls of the private party room inside the Venice House restaurant in Sutherland.

But as election night unfolded, the city’s People’s Party of Canada candidates found they had little to celebrate.

About Saskatoon
Saskatoon () is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province. It is located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, and has served as the cultural and economic hub of central Saskatchewan since its founding in 1882 as a Temperance colony.With a 2016 census population of 246,376, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province, and the 17th largest Census Metropolitan Area in Canada, with a 2016 census population of 295,095. The City of Saskatoon has estimated its population to be 278,500 as of July 2018, while Statistics Canada has estimated the CMA’s population to be 323,809 as of 2017.Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan, the Meewasin Valley Authority which protects the South Saskatchewan River and provides for the city’s popular riverbank park spaces, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site of Canada and UNESCO World Heritage applicant representing 6,000 years of First Nations history. The Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344, the most populous rural municipality in Saskatchewan, surrounds the city and contains many of the developments associated with it, including Wanuskewin.
Saskatoon is named after the berry of the same name, which is native to the region, and is itself derived from the Cree misâskwatômina. The city has a significant Indigenous population and several urban Reserves. The city has nine river crossings and is nicknamed “Paris of the Prairies” and “Bridge City.”
Historic neighbourhoods of Saskatoon include Nutana and Riversdale, which were separate towns before amalgamating with the town of Saskatoon and incorporating as a city in 1906. Nutana, Riversdale, their historic main streets of Broadway Avenue and 20th Street, as well as the downtown core and other central neighbourhoods are seeing significant reinvestment and redevelopment. Sutherland, the rail town annexed by the city in 1956 that lies beyond the University lands, is now another historic neighbourhood.

Saskatoon PPC headquarters on election night: Deep-fried ribs and …

About headquarters
Headquarters (commonly referred to as HQ or HD) denotes the location where most, if not all, of the important functions of an organization are coordinated. In the United States, the corporate headquarters represents the entity at the center or the top of a corporation taking full responsibility for managing all business activities. In the United Kingdom, the term head office is most commonly used for the Headquarters of large corporations. The term is also used regarding military organizations.

The party didn’t win any of the 338 seats available, its founder Maxime Bernier was ousted from his seat and the Trudeau-led Liberals were voted back in power, though this time as a minority government. 

“It’s disappointing,” said Mark Friesen the PPC candidate for Saskatoon-Grassood

Saskatoon PPC headquarters on election night: Deep-fried ribs and …

“It’s incredibly discouraging that a man like that and a party like that can still be given power, I don’t understand.”

Friesen said he was pleased to see the party garnered some support nationwide with five per cent of the vote.

“That’s pretty incredible for a party that was created 13 months ago.”

However, more than anything, Friesen said he believes this election result will create a separation movement in the West, something he doesn’t want to see. 

“I don’t like that discussion, I understand it, the feeling and frustration, but I’m in this fight to save our country,” he said.

With the smell of deep-fried ribs and the sound of clinking glasses in the air, Saskatoon West PPC candidate Issac Hayes simply calls his experience with Bernier’s upstart party “surreal.”

Hayes goes on to describe the last 40 days as a rat running the fastest race.

Before the results began to pour in, Hayes said he was hopeful about the outcome, but went on to compare his fledgling party’s path to the Green Party’s political trajectory.

“They’ve been at this for 30 years and they’ve only won one seat,” Hayes said. 

And despite Bernier’s loss and the party’s uncertain future, Saskatoon-University candidate Guto Penteado said he thinks there still may be place for the PPC in Canada.

“We are Canadians and we work for Canada, all the other parties are selling us out.”