When asked whether the party may gain momentum in the coming years, Harrison explained that political parties’ low success in election campaigns may set a precedent that’s hard to break out of.
“If you had a poor showing the first time around, even if there were some supporters out there, what would they argue is going to change next time? Why would they do better in the next election? So I think they are more likely to be a persistent protest vote for a small fraction of right-of-centre voters.” – Kathryn Harrison, Political Science Professor
According to Harrison, the party’s greatest chance of success in the coming years stems from regional footholds. The PPC’s current standing of 3% may not constitute electoral success on a national scale; however, Harrison explains that winning in a few regional ridings can help third-parties break out of these barriers. In an example, she attributed the NDP’s ability to succeed as a third-party in Canada to their competitiveness in certain parts of the country.