Now that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the lowest approval rating of his mandate, international news outlets are starting to pay attention to Canada’s future leadership. As can be expected, American newspapers and magazines are taking an interest in Doug Ford, who is well on his way to becoming Ontario’s Premier.
According to a report recently published on The New York Times, political analysts are starting to label Doug Ford of the Progressive Conservatives as the “Canadian Trump,” and there are valid reasons for this comparison. Although mostly known to Americans as the brother of the late Mayor of Toronto, Doug Ford is a self-made millionaire who is not afraid to say what is on his mind even if it ruffles the feathers of political opponents; however, the comparisons to Trump stop there.
Analysts who believe that Ford has a solid shot to succeed Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, a Liberal, are looking past the Trump-like facade. The main issue is that Trudeau has disappointed Liberals too many times since assuming the PM office, and this is shifting the balance of power.
Unlike Trump, Ford presents a strong affinity towards the Progressive Conservative ideological platform, and he is seen as someone who understands what his party is trying to accomplish for Ontario. Although used Trumpian tactics to clinch leadership of his party at the provincial level, he has largely tempered his image and has learned to embrace the sentiments of many Canadians who have grown tired of PM Trudeau’s lack of leadership.
In the end, whether Ford continues to stick to a Trump-like campaign does not matter as much as his willingness to uphold the agenda of his party.