All signs point to Canada getting its version of a 21st century populist. The duration of its existence and prominence in Canadian politics is still unknown.
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, pictured April 15, 2021, on the Hill with Ontario MPP Randy Hillier, after holding a press conference to protest provincial and federal restrictions in the fight against COVID-19. For all Canadians unexperienced in the timelines of Trump and Brexit: first people laugh, then they dismiss, then they underestimate, then before they can react, the populists win. People have already laughed at Bernier, egged him, and championed his demise after the 2019 election. So, after the 2021 election, will people still underestimate him? The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade