Whistler’s Robert (Doug) Bebb is running once again as the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate for the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country riding.
On July 12, PPC announced Bebb was acclaimed as the party’s candidate for the 44th general election.
Bebb, who goes by Doug, is a semi-retired mechanical engineer living in Whistler with ties to the Sunshine Coast. He also ran in the 2019 election, coming in fifth place with 1,010 ballots or 1.6 per cent of the vote. PPC did not gain any seats in Parliament, and ended the election with 1.62 per cent of the popular vote.
In an email to Coast Reporter on July 13, Bebb said much has changed since the last election and that he is expecting a better result, “but it will take a few more election cycles yet before we are in a position to form government… The Conservative Party of Canada is in a tailspin. We plan to replace them as the true voice for conservatives in Canada.”
Of the riding’s 64,980 valid votes in 2019, Liberal Patrick Weiler won the election with 22,673 votes followed by Conservative candidate Gabrielle Loren with 17,359 votes. Green Dana Taylor came in third with 14,579 votes. Judith Wilson of the NDP took home 9,027 votes. Gordon Jeffrey of the Rhinoceros Party had 173, and Independent Terry Grimwood had 159.
“I am excited to stand with Maxime Bernier and our growing team of PPC candidates across the country,” Bebb said in the press release.
Bebb’s entry into the race brings the number of candidates in the riding to five so far. The others are incumbent Liberal MP Weiler, former MP John Weston for the Conservatives, Avi Lewis for the NDP, and Mike Simpson for the Green Party.