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Democracy or dynasty? It’s getting hard to tell the difference 

By Susan Riley      

As for Caroline Mulroney, money and friends in high places can get you to the top of the ladder. But they can’t help you fly. That takes a rare combination of discipline, humility, and conviction. Politics can’t just be a hobby, or the next interesting life challenge.

Caroline Mulroney, right, pictured with Conservative House leader Candice Bergen on May 27, 2017, at the Conservative leadership convention in Toronto. The Hill Times file photograph

CHELSEA, QUE.—It’s a relief to know the one per cent will be well represented in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race. Wealthy populist gadfly Doug Ford has already launched his campaign—from his mother’s basement—vowing war on the “elites.” And, well-connected Ontario political veteran Christine Elliott, widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, is chasing the leadership for a third time.

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