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Three things we need by September 20th

May 31st, 2023

By Rick Peterson

Three weeks ago, we announced that Centre Ice Canadians would task a working group to explore whether it makes sense to launch a new, centrist federal political party in Canada. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you, in particular, to everyone who replied to our volunteer coordinator, Julie Smith, when she emailed last week asking for volunteers. If you missed that, here’s the link. We still have a long way to go before we can green light starting a new party. We need to see sustained growth in three critical areas before we can make a decision on or before September 20th:

  • SUPPORT: We are an evidence-based organization, so we need evidence that we’re on the right track.

  • This includes whether you would be willing to sign on as a member if we file the application for a new party with Elections Canada? We need 250 members to make that happen, but we want 1,000 people from across Canada to come forward and sign up. Let us know what you think about whether we should start a party, what the priority issues are for you and whether we can count on you as a member.

  • MONEY: Thank you to everyone who has chipped in to help defray the cost of our national survey and other administrative expenses. We still have a ways to go and will need to cover these costs at Centre Ice by September 20th. If you can help with a single donation (or a monthly contribution, which is hugely helpful to us) click here.

  • VISIBILITY: Dominic Cardy and I are available to speak to any group across Canada that would like to learn more about our project. We can host a Zoom call or get together in person, depending on the schedule and location. Both Dominic and I are able to travel across Canada during the summer to listen to feedback and outline our progress. If you’d like us to reach out to you, please let me know.

Thank you for your continued interest and support - and for any help you can give us! We’ll keep you posted on a weekly basis from here on in, and, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or the team. All the best.


Rick Peterson is founder and chair of Peterson Capital of Edmonton, a capital markets advisory firm with offices across Canada and in Europe. He’s co-founder and director of Centre Ice Canadians.

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