Ken Pereira won't run for Maxime Bernier's party after all
Son of former union leader and conspiracy theorist charged with 2nd-degree murder
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.
Une terrible tragédie avec ma famille m’oblige de me retirer des élections .Je m’excuse à le <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PPC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PPC</a> et à toute les bénévoles qui on travailler derrière ma candidature . Je vous demande de respecter ma vie privé . Merci à toute le monde .—@kenpro11
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.