Ford has proven that the populist formula shouldn’t be underestimated
By Les WhittingtonJul. 25, 2018
The Ontario premier has established the template for the federal Conservatives as they search out an election strategy to overcome their lack of an inspiring leader or compelling policies.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford wasted no time after becoming premier last month to sound the dog whistle on immigration that has been the foundation of much of the populist uprising in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States, argues Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—When it appeared that Doug Ford was on his way to landing the job of Ontario premier, a lot of people tried to reassure themselves that the Progressive Conservative leader, while a coarse, macho populist, was no Donald Trump.
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