Harper 2.0: What the Ford government gleaned from the former PM's media strategy - 2018-10-10

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F0.png Harper 2.0: What the Ford government gleaned from the former PM's media strategy October 10, 2018, Rhianna Jackson-Kelso, Ryerson Review of Journalism

If you weren't paying close attention, you might have mistaken the first four weeks of Doug Ford's term as premier of Ontario for an extended stint on the campaign trail.

Though the province's 26th premier was sworn in on June 29, the Conservative government's relationship to the media was reminiscent of pre-election chaos for the duration of the legislature's rare summer session, which ran from July 16 to August 14.

While ruminations on Ford's similarities to another populist businessman-cum-politician south of the border have been floating around since before the election, other elements of Ford's administration have garnered speculation that his political legacy might be running parallel to former prime minister Stephen Harper's. Eight ex-Harper staff and MPs joined the Ontario PCs , including Ford's campaign manager Kory Teneycke and communications director Melissa Lantsman, both of whom played key roles in the Harper government.

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