And the Ford-Trump comparisons role in…

From Emma Paling at Huffington Post Canada:

Like Trump, Ford is a businessman who is fairly new to politics. The only political office he’s held previously is one term as a Toronto city councillor. Ford campaigned for the PC leadership with a promise to oppose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax and “clean up this mess” in Queen’s Park.

University of Waterloo professor Emmett MacFarlane wrote that he was getting a lot of backlash for comparing Ford to Trump because Ford hasn’t taken an anti-immigrant position or said blatantly racist and sexist things.

“The comparison works at both a broad level,” he said. “This is a man who is patently unqualified for public office and who seeks to breed an anti-intellectual, anti-evidence cynicism into our politics.” More.

Reality check: McFarlane sounds like just the sort of out-of-touch elitist who doesn’t get the fact that the evidence shows that the Liberal (“intellectual”?) government hasn’t worked out for many Ontarians. And they still have a vote that could make a difference.

See also: Ottawa weighs making Canadian media official Pravdas. In an age when everywhere we look, someone is tippy tapping away on his phone, the necrotic Canadian media could only ever be an amplifier for government propaganda, and many of them sound like they are rehearsing for the part. The news, whatever it is, will usually be elsewhere.

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