Before there was a Brexit and before there was a President Trump, there was Rob Ford, a man who rode a populist wave straight into the Mayor’s office, winning by a landslide.
His heartfelt mantra was, "respect for taxpayers. He despised the City Hall gravy train and from the first day he took office, Ford worked tirelessly to derail the tax-and-spend leftist locomotive.
Sadly Rob Ford passed away in 2016, but perhaps there will be a new Ford in Toronto’s future.
Watch as I give you a glimpse of the event and the response to Doug's announcement, including the highly predictable and negative reaction from the media party.
The Media Party got it wrong with Brexit, they got it wrong with Trump, and they got it wrong with Doug’s brother, Rob. In the 2014 race, with less than seven weeks to campaign, Doug finished a very respectable second place to Tory, capturing 33.7 per cent of the vote versus Tory’s 40 per cent.
Judging by the impassioned crowd at Ford Fest, it looks like the political and media elites might just be in for another Brexit/Trump populist surprise come October, 2018.