Saturday, February 10, 2018
Patrick Brown, Doug Ford, and the Collapse of the Con Castle
It's hard to believe that just over two weeks ago Patrick Brown was the king of his Con castle.
And getting ready to bury Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberals in the next provincial election.
He had chiseled the rough edges off his Cons, made them look like a bluish version of the Liberals, a party fit for the 21st Century.
But then as we know, his whole world fell apart, and the beast came roaring back.
And now the brutish Doug Ford isn't just dismembering everything that Brown built, he's already making it the Ford Party.
You don’t have to wait until March 10 to find out who won the Progressive Conservative leadership race. We already have a victor.
Never mind if Caroline Mulroney or Christine Elliott triumphs in the end. No matter who takes over, it’s now Doug Ford’s party.
Win or lose, he’s not just setting the agenda. He’s undoing it.
And forcing his rivals to abandon any plans they might have had for that most shiny symbol of Con modernity, a carbon tax.
Declaring his candidacy last month, Ford demanded an end to the carbon tax at a time when his rivals were both trying to have it both ways — a carbon tax if necessary, but not necessarily a carbon tax.
Within days, Elliott buckled — first claiming she was personally opposed but would consult caucus (pro-tax) and membership, before finally siding with Ford. Mulroney held out until Thursday before acquiescing to the pressure of a Tory tidal wave against any global warming measures.
Which not only makes the Cons look like climate change deniers, and makes Elliott look like relic from the past, makes Dougie look like...um...Dougie, and makes Mulroney look like she's just not ready.
It also blows a massive hole in in the PC platform.
The political dishonesty and intellectual vacuity behind vaporizing the carbon tax has left a $4 billion hole in the PC platform — forcing Mulroney, Elliott and Ford to claim they’ll just zap fat from the provincial budget (waste that wasn’t visible to the party brain trust when crunching their numbers mere months ago).
But as Dan Robertson, a senior member of the PC campaign team, observed succinctly, “If you drop the carbon tax, there is no ‘rest of the platform.’ No middle class tax cut, no child care refund, no mental health investment, no dental care for low income seniors.”
Which should leave whoever wins fighting charges that they are planning to blow up such things as welfare rolls, schools, and hospitals...
And if that isn't enough to destroy any chances of masquerading as a modern party, then there's the invasion of the social conservatives.
Ontario PC leadership candidate Doug Ford recently accepted endorsements from a pair of controversial pastors with a history of preaching hate.
Charles McVety and Paul Melnichuk, two pastors with a well-documented track record promoting homophobia and anti-Semitism, are singing Ford’s praises as he works to lock-down the support of Ontario’s social conservative fringe.
Or the return of the bloated bigot Charles McVety, who Patrick Brown had exiled from his new/nouveau party much to McVety's displeasure.
Isn't that a pretty picture?
And do you think we might use this video, where one of those religious fanatics says McVety should be the Deputy Premier of Ontario?
Oh I think so. Praise the Lord !!!!
And if that's not enough to send the Cons to hell and back, we can always use this.
Or all the other scandals.
And so much for the new party Patrick Brown created.
And so much for the Con castle...
Golly, talk about a divine intervention.
Just when it looked like the Cons were on the verge of victory.
The tide of history came in and washed them away...