Lessons from Doug Ford

Pierre Poilievre wanted to make sure that we talk about him this week, by presenting his bill which aims to “abolish all current vaccination obligations” and “prohibit all vaccination obligations in the future”.

Who still doubted that Mr. Poilievre wants to bring home the lost Maxime Bernier?

This call for anti-vaccines is in addition to the other controversial positions of the alleged leader of the Conservative Party leadership race.

His rantings about Bitcoin, supposed to protect us from inflation, or even the dismissal of the head of the Bank of Canada, supposed to be solely responsible for global inflation.

Not to mention his flirtation with conspiracy theories about the World Economic Forum, those supposed masters of the world who pull all the strings in our lives.

Compulsory vaccination

Candidates had until yesterday to sell membership cards. Mr. Poilievre wanted to make sure he finished the week with a bang.

It succeeded.

“It is unclear whether Poilievre will provide vaccines to Canadians in a future pandemic. The only way to prevent this is with a serious leader who will not risk the health of Canadians for his own power, ”sent Jean Charest on his social networks.

Mr. Poilievre’s proposal will never pass and is completely misleading.

Because, you see, when we look more closely, the text of Mr. Poilievre’s bill speaks only and specifically of the vaccination obligations of “COVID-19”.

Freedom is apparently also the freedom to deceive and play on words on social networks.

Talk about it good, bad, but talk about it.

alliance game

Pierre Poilievre’s strategy is not fortuitous. To ensure victory, he will need the other candidates. It happens that two other suitors, Leslyn Lewis and Roman Baber, abhor vaccination obligations.

It also happens that this race is played with one foot in the past. We talk about vaccination, the “freedom convoy”, the pandemic, the mask, more than any other subject.

A brief parenthesis on the particular voting method of this race. This is a preferential vote.

Voting members are invited to write on the ballot their first choice, second choice and so on.

For candidates, failing to have their name at the top of the list, the objective is to obtain these valuable subsequent choices.

The call for informal alliances has already begun. An influential social conservative MP who supports Leslyn Lewis suggests that anti-abortion members put Pierre Poilievre in second place.

And we already know the hooked atoms between Patrick Brown and Jean Charest.

But nothing says that the members will answer the call to the strategic vote.

Poilievre is pulling out all the stops to attract supporters of the fringe candidates in the race to his home.

Doug Ford

Meanwhile, in Ontario, Doug Ford won a second consecutive majority mandate with a bang.

He won where the federal Conservatives are unable to make gains, which is in the cities.

Doug Ford has come a long way since he admired Donald Trump for his hatred of the “elites” and the “establishment”.

He made peace with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, he polished his speech, lowered the volume, adopted this image of the good father of a family. It’s no wonder he and François Legault get along so well.

They have in common a kind of pragmatism with populist overtones.

But above all, Mr. Ford knew how to choose his camp during the pandemic by ejecting or muzzling his party’s anti-vaccines and health anti-measures.

He rejected Roman Baber, a candidate for the leadership of the Federal Conservatives.

Doug Ford’s victory consecrates him as the strong man of Canadian conservatism.

She demonstrates that a Conservative can win in central Canada without instilling voter anger, however legitimate that may be.

There is, however, a flip side to this coin. Doug Ford did not manipulate Ontarians’ anger, but their boredom. He was discreet, avoided journalists, took a minimum of questions, detailed a minimum of promises.

All this in the face of divided opposition with limited appeal. Result: the lowest participation rate in history.

It’s an old conservative recipe. Cynical, but effective.

Progressives were also unable to rally behind a single party to oppose Doug Ford. Perhaps he scares them less than other conservative leaders before him. Again, an old liberal tactic.

Do his federal colleagues have a lesson to learn from the successes of Doug Ford? There is certainly food for thought here.

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