It’s hard to say what Maxime Bernier thinks he’s going to accomplish with his new party, revealed on Friday as the People’s Party of Canada.
Will it be just a flash-in-the-pan fringe party? Will he successfully field a slate of 338 candidates in new year’s federal election, and even win seats?
The 1988, federal campaign saw Preston Manning’s Reform Party appear on the ballot but fail to win a single seat. The next time around in 1993 Reform won 52 seats and won Official Opposition status in 1997 by electing 60 MPs.