Victor Brassard emphasizes he is not a politician, and he does not want to be thought of as one.
The Alexandria resident, who is in the logistics business, is the New Blue Ontario candidate in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. New Blue is a conservative party critical of the incumbent PC government and its management of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is led by Jim Karahalios, who co-founded the party with his wife Belinda Karahalios, who as MPP for Cambridge, was removed from the PC caucus for opposing the government’s COVID-19 measures.
“Truth,” is what Brassard says is most important to him.
He wants to respect truth and freedom. Brassard resents that during the height of COVID-19 restrictions, many small businesses were told they were non-essential. He also questions what science was used to justify the public health measures which were taken.
“Maybe political science,” Brassard says.
He believes people should be trusted to make their own decisions.
“I don’t believe in controlling people,” says Brassard.
New Blue and Brassard do not believe government spending will solve problems facing Ontario.
“I’m not here to fix the problems, I’m here to bring truth,” he says.
Brassard contends political promises are made which are unrealistic.
“They tell you what they want you to hear,” he says.
“We gave responsibility to money-hungry, corrupt people,” says Brassard.
The New Blue platform is heavily critical of “establishment media” and would tax media corporations who received federal subsidies. It blames the Doug Ford government for implementing the “left-wing,” and “woke” agenda of the federal Liberal government. The party also blames “local bureaucrats” for many of the COVID-19 measures.
The New Blue candidate says he wants to bring people together, instead of dividing them.
“You have to be the change you want to see,” he says.