Appealing to ‘the base’ may be a recipe for electoral failure
By Andrew CaddellDec. 5, 2018
Ignoring the brokerage formula is a risk, even in our atomized, Trumpian, internet-dominated political landscape.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to cut funding for some of the province’s planned French-language services is reminiscent of the Stephen Harper Conservative’s cuts to arts funding—both played well with their base but had larger political ramifications, says Andrew Caddell. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
“It’s all about the base.”
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‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say they have no endgame, but some observers say they risk their reputations by continuing to find points of disagreement with Justin Trudeau, the government, and the Liberal Party.