Doug Ford Isn't 'For the Little Guy;' He's a Mercenary for Millionaires - 2018-05-28
In a single gesture, witness the dizzying acrobatics of right-wing populism. There's the posture of an unflinching maverick, spitting on his hands and getting the job done. There's the plain-spoken concern for the common man and woman. And then there's the actual result: a resource scheme that would enrich multinational corporations — who'd help themselves to a 10-year tax holiday — while trampling Indigenous rights and razing one of the last intact wild areas in Canada.
The spectacle has nevertheless dazzled most of the media. The result has been the frequent amplification of Doug Ford's claim to be an outsider, in alliance with the "little guy," crusading against the elite — the ones he says "drink champagne with their pinkies in the air."
Never mind that he inherited a multi-million dollar business from his father, a conservative politician. Never mind that he has coasted on the political machinery of his brother, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Never mind that he spent years as a city counsellor trying to dismantle public services, has surrounded himself with Stephen Harper's closest advisors, and is now advancing policies that would be a Trump-like giveaway to the wealthiest. Half-baked denunciations of the elite are apparently enough to eclipse an entire career of fealty to them.