Skip to comments.Canada Takes a Turn With Doug Ford
Posted on 07/03/2018 11:22:51 PM PDT by aquila48
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been able to maintain popularity at home during his three years in office despite a challenging, at times combative relationship with the Trump administration since 2017. But amid a conservative rise at home, the young leader of the country's Liberal Party is about to face a new front from Canada's most influential province.
The Progressive Conservative Party firebrand Doug Ford, brother of the late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, will be sworn in as the premier of Ontario on Friday and assume a highly influential position in a province he calls "the engine of Canada." Ford won a contentious election against incumbent Kathleen Wynne, a fellow member of Trudeau's Liberal Party and the country's first openly LGBT premier, on promises to fight back against what he considers elite government control. "The party with the taxpayers' money is over," he declared in his victory speech.
The win, capped with other familiar pronouncements from Ford like "We have taken back Ontario!" drew almost immediate comparisons to the populist and anti-establishment wave that President Donald Trump rode to win the White House. And it raises concerns in Trudeau's camp that a similar sentiment could eventually force him from power.
"When you look at the response of millennials, when you look at the response of Ontarians, there's just a growing concern that it's become increasingly difficult for most people in the province to meet their financial obligations, and growing concern about what the future for their children and grandchildren will look like," says Donald Abelson, a political science professor at the University of Western Ontario. He attributes the sharp rise in popularity of conservative candidates across the country that now matches support for liberals as the result of "a kind of all-out assault on liberal leadership both provincially and nationally."
"That has to be of some concern to Trudeau," Abelson says.
Will he be Jim Belushi to his brother’s John Belushi or is it the other way around?
Yes, we did. Ford ran on the common sense of Trump’s policies, without calling them such. Canadians are triggered by mere mention of Trump’s name lol.
This party seems to have a split personality.
It doesnt know if it is going Right or going Left.
But in reality, I could say the same for the Republican Party. It goes Left at least as often as it goes Right.
MCGA - Make Canada Great Again!
The first sentence is a pant load of you know what. I have family and friends up there and regardless of their political affiliations, to the last one, they think Trudeau is an idiot.
Truduea popularity? those Canadians I spoke to cannot stand him he’s an embarrassment
He was sworn in as Premier last Friday. Doug Ford is the MPP for Etobicoke-North snd the PCs have 76 Sears in the Provincial Parliament, well above the 63 seats needed for a majority government.
The federal Liberals want to run for re-election sooner.
It has close ties with the federal Conservative Party.
Only downside is the socialist Dippers are the official opposition.
Nobody I know can stand him.
Why is this a downside? The far left Liberals don't even have official party status which is just about the ultimate in repudiation, and the far far left are the minority in a government where the Conservatives have a hugely healthy majority. I don't see any downside here at all....
Not entirely... Similar to the blue and red map of the U.S., once one is out of the urban areas President Trump is reasonably well regarded. The big Canadian issue right now is tariffs but if you were to ask any kind of questions about it, you are typically met with glazed eyes.
What I find surprising about the recent Ontario election is just how poorly the Liberals did in the GTA with its gazillion public servants... unbelievable that the PCs simply kicked their butt there. However, it shows just how little trust that even nurses and school teachers had in Wynne....
That makes me kind of dizzy.....
Sounds like the Judean People’s Liberation Front.
Blaming Trump doesn’t change the fact that soy boy Trudeau is a beta cuck.
They’ve got some REAL MEN in that country. Not many, but some.
Canada and the US have a politcal geographical alignment. Liberal East and West coast cities with a conservative interior punctured by some liberal cities. I have family and customers across Canada and we agree on most everything.
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