Much has been made of the so-called Ford Nation and its potential to storm Ontario’s legislature in the upcoming provincial election. But the coalition that could deliver victory to Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in June looks less like a new political movement — and more like a Common Sense Revolution 2.0.
The “Common Sense Revolution” platform that helped vault the PCs from opposition to the premier’s office in 1995, with its focus on lower taxes and smaller government, has a lot in common with Ford’s pitch in 2018.
Some of Ford’s rhetoric echoes what Ontario heard from his predecessor Mike Harris 23 years ago. Polls suggest his supporters look much the same as well — as does the electoral map that would make Ford the province’s next premier.