Mar 152018

Doug Ford

As the new leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative (PC) Party, Doug Ford is symbolic of conservatism’s progressive disintegration.

It’s one thing to woo the vote of differing and competing groups during an election, but it’s quite another to invite them into your own party in a manner which allows others to determine your party’s direction. Such has been the ‘big tent’ strategy of the PCs in the past, and it is the primary cause of all of the internal corruption and conflict that has become a public spectacle over recent months.

For decades, the PC Party has been a conflicted association of ‘fiscal conservatives,’ ‘social conservatives,’ ‘libertarians,’ ‘red Tories,’ ‘blue Tories,’ ‘Christian conservatives,’ plus the usual association of ‘hammer-head’ voters and those who simply seek power for its own sake.

To this Doug Ford has already announced intentions to expand his ‘big tent’ party to include even more disparate groups, including the NDP, Liberals, and Greens, in whose interests he has promised to speak. Progressive, yes. Conservative, no.

Perhaps more interesting than a Progressive Conservative Party no different from its Liberal opposition are the people who would support such a party in order to oust that opposition.

In expressing their support for a leader and party that they clearly do not know or understand on a fundamental level, the first wave of open-line talk show callers provides ample evidence of this phenomenon. The contradictions abound and give new meaning to the word: contradic-Tory!

As leader of a direction-less collective of conflicting interests, it would seem that Doug Ford is indeed the person who is Just Right to continue leading the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario – Leftward.

  One Response to “547 – Conservatism’s big tent of conflict”

  1. I,m looking for less government and more common sense from education to balance budgets, and i think Ford is the men for that.

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