How Doug Ford remade Patrick Brown's Tories - and all Ontario - in a year - 2019-01-23
A year ago Patrick Brown was sitting pretty as premier-in-waiting, while Doug Ford was plotting his fledgling campaign to be mayor of Toronto. Today Ford is sitting in the premier's office, while Brown is wearing the mayor's chain of office (albeit in Brampton not Toronto).
Then-Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, right, looks on as Doug Ford speaks at a campaign victory party to celebrate Raymond Cho's election in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection in Toronto, on Sept. 1 , 2016. Ford eventually took over as leader after Brown was ousted, setting Ontario on a completely different path, Martin Regg Cohn writes. ( Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS )
Yes, they've traded places — or at least job descriptions. But it's not just about them, it's about us. Twelve months later, Ontario is in a very different place. What if Brown hadn't been blown off course on his path to provincial power, and Ford were still in the political wilderness? Where would we all be today?