On June 2, Ontarians will go to the polls and pass electoral judgment on Ford’s governing style. Then we’ll find out if Fordism is just a flash in the pan, or a sign of things to come. Either way, don’t get too hopeful or fearful.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured in Ottawa on Nov. 21, 2019, is neither a populist fish, nor an elitist fowl which makes it difficult to define his place within the world of Canadian conservatism. It’s almost as if he’s carved out his own private fiefdom within that world, where he operates by his own particular set of rules, free from the shackles of either ideology or partisanship. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade