Running against Doug Ford

So, as Andrew Scheer pointed out in the one and only rather chaotic English language Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 13.37.03election debate (I suspect that Justin Trudeau was afraid to debate grownups in English on foreign policy because he and his puppet-masters know he’s incapable of stringing two (maybe even one) coherent thoughts together) Prime Minister Trudeau is, pretty clearly running against Ontario Premier Doug Ford. The Liberal calculus seems to say that people in central Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Windsor (about 40± out of 121 ridings) dislike Dough Ford so that should apply to the other 80± ridings also.

I’m not sure that’s true.

I suspect that many Ontarians are accepting of, even pleased about many of the things that Premier Ford has done.

For example, I see a report on the CBC News website that, on the surface, ought to make Liberals feel good. It says that “The economy added 54,000 jobs in September, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.5 per cent from 5.7 per cent, according to Statistics Canada … [and] … The gains were mostly in full-time work, the agency’s Labour Force Survey says.

But there’s a bit of a problem for the Liberals: “The rate of employment grew in Ontario and Nova Scotia, but held steady in the rest of the country. Growth was evenly split between men and women of core working age between 24 and 54doug_ford[and] … Most of the growth was concentrated in Ontario, where there were 41,000 new, mostly full-time jobs last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.3 per cent.” So 80% of these new, mostly full-time jobs were created in Doug Ford’s Ontario, which accounts for less than 40% of Canada’s population. In Fact, Premier Ford has a lot about which to smile as we approach the last week of the election campaign: he avoided a teachers’ strike ~ something for which Prime Minister Trudeau evidently hoped ~ and he is presiding over a good rate of good job creation. I expect Team Trudeau to crow about the numbers without ever mentioning that 80% of the new jobs came from Doug Ford’s Ontario. I hope Team Scheer will also crow about these new job numbers for the next week … and remind Canadians that Conservative Ontario is the reason Canada is thriving.

Thanks, Premier Ford, take a bow.

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