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Beware the echoes in the Ford government

Sep 22, 2018 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

An outspoken new leader takes the stage. He hurls abuse at his political enemies. He suggests that politicians are worthless. He questions the right of mere judges to stand in his way. He says it's time to put the people back in the driver's seat.

Ring any bells? Anyone with the slightest knowledge of history, or, for that matter, current events, can't fail to hear unpleasant echoes in Doug Ford's early performance as Premier of Ontario. Populist leaders of every time and place sing a simi...