Last month, a new poll revealed that approval ratings for Conservative Ontario provincial premier Doug Ford have dropped to just 29 percent [Reuters]

With apologies to the Roman poet, Virgil, his cautionary proverb – as befits the times – requires updating: Beware populists bearing gifts.

In the Canadian political context, the “populist” who offered up a Trojan Horse filled with seemingly appetising, but simple-minded promises to hoodwink the gullible, is Ontario provincial premier, Doug Ford. 

More than a year ago, the decal salesman and former city councillor, rode a tsunami of voter disaffection with a spent, cavalier and corruption-prone Liberal administration to an impressive victory on June 7, 2018.

Ford’s mantra at the time – “For the People” – fit neatly, of course, on

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