Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives won a resounding majority government in Ontario. He got 40.5 per cent of the vote, which is strong in a race with three competitive parties.
(In the last election, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals got a bit less, 38.6 per cent, and even less in the previous election. I mention this because of course, already, there are the usual voices claiming that he doesn’t have a mandate, that most people voted against him, and so forth.)
I must have read a thousand stories in the campaign comparing Ford to Trump — it was an easy way for these Canadian journalists to pretend they were fighting against the great satan in the U.S., by fighting the little satan in Ontario.
And it stopped them from having to actually pay attention to what Ontario voters cared about. Because they hate Ontario voters, too.
TONIGHT I'll show you some of their unhinged post-election night tweets. Like this from Maclean's magazine, that gets $1.5 million a year from Trudeau:
Experts aren’t sure what is behind the populist wave that has pushed loud-mouthed guyslike Ford to the fore in democracies around the world, but there are some theories...
This is the same sneering that got Ford elected in the first place.
My point is:
Doug Ford just smashed the conventional wisdom —but it wasn’t real wisdom. It was the wisdom of the elite clique that thought it spoke for all of Ontario.
They just learned they don't. So they’re not going to let Doug Ford do anything —they’re swearing total war.
They’d rather have Ontario fail, than Doug Ford succeed...
NEXT: Our own David Menzies covered the campaign, and joins me to talk about what's next for Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives.