In seven weeks, the PC Party of Ontario has been transformed:
From supporting a carbon tax to railing against it. From supporting wind turbines to threatening to rip them out of the ground. From bending the knee and submitting to the mainstream media’s idea of what an acceptable conservative is — to bashing the media and ignoring them, Trump-style.
From Patrick Brown to Doug Ford.
I can’t believe it. And I’m so hopeful, for a bunch of reasons that I’ll tell you.
It was a hectic leadership contest. Patrick Brown was the leader just seven weeks ago — and then a CTV attack on his alleged sexual misconduct — some allegations of which have been recanted; and Brown says he’s going to sue them — Brown was leader less than two months ago, with a boring, soft-left, Red Tory platform, including a carbon tax.
What’s the point in having a Conservative Party that is indistinguishable from the Liberal Party on all core ideas?
Sure, Kathleen Wynne is corrupt and has ruined the economy. But that was true before. Running another focus-grouped, artificial candidate against her, and her Big Labour war machine, doesn’t work.
Well, that’s gone now. And I think Doug Ford's got a real chance to be premier, too.
The media is hostile — of course, but I don’t think that works as well as it used to.
So are other groups. I'll show you an outrageous attack ad, published by... the Canadian Civil Liberties Association! An allegedly non-partisan charity, and they're campaigning against Ford.
But that’s a good sign — the degree with which Ford’s enemies hate him shows the degree to which they think he is a real force for change.
NEXT: Our own David Menzies comes on to talk about being barred from covering the leadership election on Saturday — and who was behind that decision!
THEN: Toronto Sun columnist Anthony Furey and I look to the future: Does Doug Ford really have a chance of beating Wynne in the upcoming election?
FINALLY: Your messages to me!