Ford’s campaign represents a movement against the establishment, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the elites tried to stack the deck against him.
Ontario PC Leadership candidate Doug Ford is concerned that party insiders are trying to weaken his campaign.
As reported in the National Post, “Rules for the suddenly called leadership race say that new membership applications will be accepted only up to Feb. 16, though voting doesn’t start until March 2. Ford said that policy was intended to undermine him, arguing that he has the strongest core support and greatest ability to attract new blood into the Conservatives.”
Ford is saying the membership rules are directed at his campaign:
“They’re doing this on purpose to hinder me, because out of all the candidates they know I can sign up more people,” said Ford. “This is about … the insiders and the elites trying to figure out how they’re going to stop Doug Ford. The common people want me in there.”
Ford has a strong base of support, as was shown in the past Toronto Mayoral election when he almost defeated John Tory.
However, the Ontario PC establishment is concerned that Ford is too ‘divisive’ and controversial, and would prefer someone else.
Yet, the PCs tried insiders and ‘careful’ policies in past elections, and still managed to lose elections they should have won.
Additionally, Ford is the only candidate who is openly calling for an end to the carbon tax. The vast majority of Conservatives oppose the carbon tax, yet the party insiders say they will be keeping their carbon tax plank in the platform. So, at this point, Ford is the candidate who is closest to what the party base wants.
If the party is seen as trying to block or weaken his campaign, there could be a significant amount of anger from the grassroots, as people are tired of having ‘democratic’ choices dictated by backroom operators.
Photo – YouTube