Yesterday, Doug Ford was elected premier of the Canadian province of Ontario. Who is that man and why is he a Canadian version of Donald Trump?
Yesterday went to the residents of Ontario, the Canadian province with Toronto as the capital of the province, to the ballot box to their new premier to choose. Doug Ford came out as the winner. He is the leader …
Yesterday went to the residents of Ontario, the Canadian province with Toronto as the capital of the province, to the ballot box to their new premier to choose. Doug Ford came out as the winner. He is the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC), a centre-right party in these elections a majority of the seats in the parliament obtained. Doug’s opponent in the election was the liberal Kathleen Wynne, prime minister since 2013, and that after her defeat yesterday announced on the steps as the party leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. The liberals were almost fifteen years in power in the province.
Ford still is but since march the leader of the conservatives. His predecessor, Patrick Brown, had in January resigned because he was accused of sexual misconduct. Ford announced unexpected to be a candidate as a party leader. He won the election narrowly to his opponent’s Christine Elliott.
The Canadian Donald Trump
Ford was in a previous life as a businessman, has little experience in politics and has turned against the elite turned, which, according to him, looking down on joe. In the media dares he already own made-up ‘truths’ to preach and he was already hard against minority groups such as disabled people. Sounds recognizable? In the weeks after he and party leader was chosen, saw more and more Canadians in the him a Canadian version of the American president Donald Trump. Wynne used the comparison between the two politicians even explicitly in its campaign. Emmett Macfarlane, a political scientist at the University of Waterloo, says in The Guardian that there is a big and important difference is in their stance of migration. Unlike Trump is Ford not racist or xenophobic and that he brought a lot of campaign in migrant communities.
Also in other provinces
Also in other Canadian provinces seem to be populist leaders is on the rise. In Quebec, it seems that François Legault, the provincial elections in the fall will win. Legault leads the Coalition Avenir Québec, also a centre-right party, and is also of the opinion that the establishment, too little listening to the common man. He pulled even explicitly the parallel with the voters of Trump: also in Canada is, according to him, a large group of voters who find that there is not listen to them.
In Alberta, explains the conservative Jason Kenney’s success through the high level of unemployment and the economic problems that farmers and workers camps. They put their trust in Kenney to make an end to the economic problems in the province. We can say that the wave of populism, also Canada has achieved? Ian Lee, professor at Carleton University (Ottawa), Ford, in each case, a populist, but does not think that his populism is similar to that in Europe. The victory of Ford shows that the population of liberals, that a more left-wing course run, have rejected it. That’s what he said in The Guardian.
Brother of the controversial mayor of Toronto
Doug Ford is the brother of the late Rob Ford, who at the end of 2010 until the end of 2014 was mayor of Toronto. He often came into disrepute for his alcohol and drug abuse, sexual harassment in women and controversial statements. In 2013, received the Canadian police images in hands that showed how the mayor crack smoked. Even before he was elected mayor, he being negative about homosexuals. He wanted less government money for aids prevention go and gave as an argument that if you’re not gay, you will get aids. He was also an opponent of cyclists and bike paths. Roads are made for cars. Who, as a cyclist in the traffic comes to life, has entirely itself to blame, he thought. Doug Ford, his brother in spite of everything, always defend and pulled it firmly out to the police officers and journalists.