Rightwing Poster Boy For “Canadian White Supremacists” Doug Ford Wins Majority Government In Ontario!
Federal NDP leader and former Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh’s brother Gurrattan Singh won his seat and his older brother was on hand to celebrate his victory. In total, seven Indo-Canadian candidates, mainly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), particularly the suburbs of Brampton and Mississauga were elected. Among them were Deepak Anand, Nina Tangri and Parm Gill of the winning PC slate. In a historical first, a Bangladeshi-Canadian woman Doly Begum also became the first of her community to win a provincial legislative seat in Ontario and in Canada. In addition, it was also an historic night for Canada’s Tibetans as Bhutila Karpoche became the first person from the community to be elected to public office anywhere in North America.
TORONTO – A record number of Indo-Canadian MPPs were elected Thursday night in Canada’s largest province as Ontario voters rejected the NDP and trounced the Liberals by going to the extreme right in electing rightwing poster boy for “Canadian White Supremacists” Doug Ford, the brother of former Toronto mayor and clown Rob Ford.
It’s a miracle that a family that basically fits the description of “Red Necks” and have a history of crime, including drug dealing, have now produced a big City mayor in Rob Ford and now a Premier in Doug Ford. They must be doing something that really appeals to the electorate while most Canadians find them horrible.
Rob Ford, who was caught up in a drug abuse scandal, died in 2016 after suffering from cancer.
Ford’s divisive victory also led to a record number of Indo-Canadian candidates to be elected to the legislature of Ontario, Canada’s largest and most politically significant province, as the Liberal Party was ousted from power after 15 years and the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) gained a majority on little over 40 percent of the vote to form the next government.
Among the prominent Indo-Canadian winners was Grattan Singh, younger brother of federal New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh. He won from the new riding or constituency of Brampton East, which comprises mostly the constituency that his elder brother had represented in the provincial parliament before he went on to national politics.
Among the major losers was Liberal Party member of provincial parliament, Harinder Malhi. A minister in the outgoing government, she moved a private member’s motion in the legislature last year that described the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India as “genocide” – an event which severely strained ties between India and Canada.
Malhi’s elevation as the province’s first minister of Sikh heritage came earlier this year but her tenure will remain short-lived.
Seven Indo-Canadian candidates, mainly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), particularly the suburbs of Brampton and Mississauga. Among them were Deepak Anand, Nina Tangri and Parm Gill of the winning PC slate.
In a historical first, a Bangladeshi-Canadian woman Doly Begum also became the first of her community to win a provincial legislative seat in Ontario and in Canada.
In addition, it was a historic night for Canada’s Tibetans as Bhutila Karpoche became the first person from the community to be elected to public office anywhere in North America.
Ontario’s next premier will be Ford, who led the Progressive Conservative Party to power.
Part of the credit for PC’s triumph will go to its Indo-Canadian president Jag Badwal, who had to steer it through a stormy period after former party leader Patrick Brown resigned earlier this year following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Badwal was in-charge of the subsequent leadership race that led to Doug Ford’s elevation as the party’s face for the Ontario polls, and its eventual success on Thursday night.
Ontario’s elections were also closely watched in Ottawa. With the Ontario Liberal Party being virtually wiped out in the province, which sends the maximum number of MPs to the House of Commons, the stunning results will cause some concern for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
But the provincial wing is not connected with the federal Liberal party and there are many different issues facing the electorate federally. Many federal Liberals were actually rejoicing that with the controversial Ford at the helm of the Ontario PC, there should be plenty of negative fodder for the federal Liberals to choo on come next election in 2019.