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Doug Ford needs to shelve his priciest initiatives and focus on Ontario’s precarious finances

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08.06.2018

Ontario voters delivered a message on Thursday: sometimes people get so fed up with government, they’ll even vote for Doug Ford.

Ford led the Progressive Conservatives to victory in Ontario, as the polls indicated he would. Voting had barely ended, the television anchors had hardly a moment to rev up some excitement, the expert panelists had barely uttered their loyal party lines before it was all over: 15 minutes was all it took the networks to declare a Tory majority. OK, everyone, slowly now …. exhale.

The PC victory came despite some significant hurdles, many of which the leader and his team created for themselves: an uninspiring campaign, a patchwork platform, an inexperienced and often ill-informed leader and two other parties united in their disdain for him and all they feel he represents. He also won despite an overwhelmingly unimpressed media, which had largely passed judgement even before he failed to provide a campaign bus to ferry them from event to event. If we learned nothing else from the campaign, we learned this: people like me can scribble all we want, but voters will reach their own conclusions.

The Tories will now get their first chance to rule the province in 15 years. Whether they drew any lessons from that interregnum remains to........

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