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Ken Pereira won't run for Maxime Bernier's party after all

Ken Pereira, a former Quebec union leader known to espouse conspiracy theories, has decided not to run for the People's Party of Canada in the upcoming federal election.

Son of former union leader and conspiracy theorist charged with 2nd-degree murder

Ken Pereira was supposed to run a Quebec City riding for Maxime Bernier's party. (Radio-Canada)

Ken Pereira, a former Quebec union leader known to espouse conspiracy theories, has decided not to run for the People's Party of Canada in the upcoming federal election.

Pereira said Friday on social media he decided to withdraw from the race due to a "tragedy" in his family.

Later in the day, his son in court via videoconference and was charged, along with four others, with second-degree murder in connection with a brawl in July.

Pereira was set to run for Maxime Bernier's party in the riding of Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier, which covers the area northwest of Quebec City.

He was previously a key witness at the Charbonneau Commission, a public inquiry into corruption in Quebec's construction industry.

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