School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Canada's Trump moment? Doug Ford rises in conservative party

Ashifa Kassam,The Guardian
with commentary by Kathy Brock, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

The Guardian  -  h
April 30, 2018

Brother of late Toronto mayor is favourite to become next provincial leader in Ontario, sparking debate as to whether divisive politics that rattled US have headed north.

He is a businessman turned anti-establishment politician who stunned observers by rising to the top of his party. He often shuns expertise and peppers interviews and speeches with boasts and falsehoods. And despite being the son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he rails against elites, who – in his words – “look down on the common folk, drinking champagne with their pinkies in the air”.

In the weeks since Doug Ford was elected to lead Ontario’s conservatives, comparisons to Trump have been unavoidable, sparking wide debate as to whether the divisive wedge politics that have rattled the US – and other countries around the world – have now landed in Canada.

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