As Ontario nears its next provincial election, the political establishment is working itself into a panicked frenzy.
Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal Party are so unpopular that it seems a near certainty that she’ll lose on June 7, and will be replaced by the Progressive Conservative Party headed by Doug Ford.
Both Doug and his late brother Rob were the subjects of unprecedented media attacks while they served as elected officials in Toronto, Rob as mayor and Doug as a City Councillor and his brother’s right hand man. Those attacks involved media stalking the Fords, inventing lies about them, and writing columns so histrionic that they did more damage to the credibility of the news outlets which published them than they did to Doug and Rob. The main motivation behind the attacks was that the Fords were populists committed to serving the actual public and not the city’s well-heeled establishment and the special interest groups with which they work hand-in-glove.