Ford's calculated fudging makes him a far trickier figureby Theodore Stone / June 11, 2018 / Leave a comment
Last week, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario ended the Liberal Party’s 15-year stay in office, relegating it to third place and causing it to lose Official Party status.
It is the Liberals’ worse result in their 161-year history. The centre-left New Democratic Party will become the Official Opposition for the first time since 1987.
The Premier-elect, Doug Ford, ran a populist campaign that promised lower taxes, lower gasoline prices, more spending on healthcare and transit, and repealing the carbon pricing.
He has been compared with Donald Trump, and accused of trading in an “ugly” form of politics that “traffics in smears and lies.”
This love of low taxes and social conservatism—which includes but is by no means limited to his promise to repeal comprehensive sex education and ignoring climate change—made for a strong base against the progressive centre.
In the end, he won 40.49 per cent of the…