Ontario premier Doug Ford would have taken the advice from his late brother Rob. The former Toronto mayor would have used the municipal measure of when a campaign begins. Hit your opponents in January and defeat them in October is the municipal election theory. Ford has gone on the attack this month in preparation for the provincial vote in June next year.
Describing the opposition leader, the new democrat’s Andrea Horwath, is the easy part: she’s boring, she’s ineffective, she’s going nowhere. What more need the conservatives say?
Defining liberal leader Stephen Del Duca is more of a challenge. Ontario wide, Del Duca is an unknown. And it was looking as though it could cost the liberals a lot to make him known. Just maybe, Doug Ford, with his inexperience, will do some of the job for them. He is going to introduce Del Duca as part of the cabinet of former liberal premier Kathleen Wynne. That might be more of a help than a hinderance.
After all, why would you want to attack a guy for being experienced? And they seem blind to the fact some of the Wynne government actions were in strong contrast to the Ford government actions when coming into power.
Take the minimum wage fiasco for one. The Wynne government had promised a raise in minimum wage to $15 per hour for 2019. Ford knocked that back to $14 per hour. It was this year when they took it up to $14.35 per hour. With the serious profiteering in the grocery stores this year, it is easy to see why many refer to the conservative action as purposely preserving poverty.
One of Doug’s most serious early mistakes was his spiteful attack on the democracy of the elections in Toronto, after the municipal campaigns were underway. It showed him as a petty person.
To maybe(?) help dispel that thought, his campaign is launching the idea of the Ford government as “the government that says ‘Yes.’” The opponents should be able to drive a truck through that idea.
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