Thinking Out Loud

June 9, 2018

Canada Elects Its Own Donald Trump

Filed under: Canada, Christianity — Tags: — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:25 am

Ontarians aren’t heading for a three hour tour aboard the S.S. Minnow, but rather a four year mandate under a controversial leader.

On Thursday, Canada’s most populated province elected a Progressive Conservative majority government. Doug Ford — the brother of the late Rob Ford, Toronto’s controversial Mayor — with a host of comparisons to the U.S. federal election of Donald Trump.

For those unfamiliar, as Premier of Ontario, he’s in a parallel position to being the Governor of a U.S. state. With a population of 13.6 million, we’re talking about a state that would be larger than Pennsylvania but smaller than New York (ranked 5th and 4th respectively). The importance of the job is seen in better perspective when one considers the entire country is only 36.3 million.

During the campaign, Ford made promises, but there was no hardcore published platform. On the CBC national news on Friday night, federal officials called him “incapable of governing” and “a manifestly obvious unqualified candidate.” For ourselves, when voting on Thursday we followed the adage that character counts.

The results — Ontario’s first with electronic counting, with networks declaring the winner less than 20 minutes from the polls closing — were both surprising and particular at the same time. Voters tossed out a Liberal government with a track record never endearing themselves to Christians in the province, or for that matter Muslims and Jews either.

Residents of Ontario are holding on to their seats, because it’s going to be rough ride.

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2 Comments »

  1. I have been following the election from here in BC. One thing that needs to be addressed is, Doug Ford is NO Donald Trump. An article in the Toronto Star I believe makes this statement. Doug Ford won the election for three reasons.
    1. People hated Kathleen Wynne and were hungry for change
    2. While he failed to cost his platform, he stayed on point and has the unique ability to speak to the common man. Doug is the kind of guy you feel comfortable sitting and having a beer with.
    3. He win the election by winning the most seats, but he lost the popular vote. Ontario remains liberal ideologically. Doug better keep this in mind
    4. He has a powerhouse for a caucus and incredible talent to draw from for his cabinet. Hopefully he chooses wisely
    5. Only time will tell so lets give him some slack and lets see how it plays out

    Comment by Ralph Juthman — June 9, 2018 @ 10:05 am

  2. He was the least of 3 evils and people should educate themselves re the shambles Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne left us 13.6 m. In the first place.

    I enjoy your emails/columns, but please don’t judge anything on what you read or hear. Much like your own country you wouldn’t know you were on same planet listening to Fox on one day, CNN or NBC the next

    Comment by Trisha Macey — June 9, 2018 @ 5:16 pm


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