Meet Doug Ford.
Ford is the newly elected conservative premier of Canada’s largest providence, Ontario.
Doug is not to be confused with his controversial brother, the late crack-smoking, former Toronto mayor, Robert Ford. Except for one common trait, they are both populist politicians whose attractiveness to voters is difficult to explain.
Like Donald Trump, Ford’s populist message of reducing government and tax cuts struck a chord among voters.
And like Donald Trump’s successful bid for the US Presidency, Canadians are still trying to figure out why Ford has so many voters attracted to him.
Jaime Watt, a columnist for The Star, said Ford’s victory was a result of “acute voter fatigue” with the Liberal party which has been in power for the past 15 years.
“Much of it came from the perceived sense of Liberal overreach and the party’s stubborn disregard of voter’s interests,” writes Watt in his weekly column.
Given a choice, voters supported the conservative candidate Ford over the New Democrats whose policy points on social issues sounded good, but voters were wary of the cost.
Ford, 53, is both a business and seasoned politician. He was elected in 2010 as a councillor in Toronto’s Ward 2 and served as the city’s mayor after his brother’s demise.
Pundits have drawn many similarities between the two populist politicians.
But one aspect of their political policy may cause more conflict than agreement.
Ford is putting Canada first and has already promised to fight hard for Canadian workers and industry in the looming trade war between the neighboring countries.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.