Canada’s populist conservative parties: how they campaign is not how they govern.

  The electoral dynamics related to the right-wing populism that is reshaping the politics of Western democracies are becoming increasingly clear. Essentially, what is emerging are two voting blocks that differ profoundly from the left-right voting blocks of previous years. One voting block (a minority of the Canadian electorate) has a "traditionalist" worldview. These voters have concerns about the increase of visible minorities in Canada and are uncomfortable with a more diverse Canada more generally. They also have a strong sense of financial insecurity, believe more in gut instinct than in evidence when it comes to public policy, are skeptical of the fact-based "mainstream"...

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Ford government fires another Dean French connection as Ontario patronage scandal grows

  Another Ontario patronage appointee was fired Thursday as the Toronto Star revealed his ties to Premier Doug Ford’s former chief of staff, Dean French, who left government two weeks ago amid a growing cronyism scandal. Peter Fenwick, a senior bureaucrat in Ontario's cabinet office, was turfed by the Cabinet Office Secretary, Steven Davidson. Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's office announced a review of government appointments which included a review of the appointment of a committee chair that helps choose justices of the peace. The review was triggered  because of the current chair's connections...

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