Doug Ford's revved-up war against the poor could perhaps be described as politically cunning. One thing it could never be described as is populist.
This happens to be a populist moment politically but ours won’t be a particularly Trumpian one, not because Ontarians are smarter than Americans but because there’s a populist alternative.
The only reason for panic is our retrograde, undemocratic electoral system. It would give Doug over 70 per cent of seats with his 40 per cent of the vote.
What I like about the blender model is it still leaves room for change and for wide swings between options, versus being stuck in a static politics of us versus them.
Lenin said there are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen. Then there's Trumptime, when every day seems to last a century of cataclysmic moments and tomorrow is another century.
There's no inherent opposition between democracy and populism. Populism isn't the enemy of democracy; it springs from it and yearns for it. Populism is democratic, that's why they call it populism.
A new book by pollster Michael Adams explores data to find out if Canada could succumb to xenophobic populism on a mass scale.
Socialism is no longer a dirty word and left-wing parties have valuable lessons to learn from authentic candidates who were able to attract the youth vote.
Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington on Monday with a plan to help Trump polish his image with women, even though Canadian women are still waiting for action on public child care from our feminist PM.
Soon a number of aspirants will officially announce their candidacies for the NDP leadership. They will face an uphill battle to garner public attention and render their party a viable alternative.