• Authoritarian Fordism in Ontario Trumps the Far Right Elsewhere

    On the day the Ford government’s ham-fisted attempt to alter the balance of political forces in Toronto came to a head in open confrontation with the judiciary, the international media’s attention was focused on a far right political party winning third place in the Swedish election with 17 per cent of the vote. Any mention … Keep reading »

  • Demeaning Democracy: Turning Doug Ford’s Attack on Toronto into a Movement for Democratic Renewal

    We, the undersigned group of scholars and teachers, deplore the autocratic and arbitrary reduction of ward representation for Toronto city council contained in Bill 5 being rushed through the Ontario Legislature by the just-elected Doug Ford-led Conservative provincial government. Keep reading »

  • Ford’s Attack on Toronto: The End of Local Democracy As We Know It?

    There’s a lot to be said about the new Doug Ford-led Conservative administration in Ontario, but it is Ford’s unilateral and radical reduction of the size of Toronto City Council in Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, that has drawn much of the initial attention and opprobrium. We need to consider the reaction to … Keep reading »

  • Sneak Peak: The Sex Ed Controversy in Ontario w/ Sadia Khan

    Toronto-based community organizer Sadia Khan reflects on her experience as a public-school teacher and activist to underline the importance of updating the sex-ed curriculum. She talks about why the recent sex-ed curriculum reform has been so controversial, and what can be done to build support for a progressive sex-ed curriculum among parents. Get access to … Listen to audio »

  • Why did minorities vote for Doug Ford? w/ Sadia Khan

    Why would minorities support a hard-right politician? We talk to Toronto-based community organizer Sadia Khan to find out. Listen to audio »

  • Ford’s Attack on Local Democracy in Toronto

    Ontario’s new Conservative government, under the leadership of Premier Doug Ford, has launched a cynical attack on local democracy and government in Toronto. Cutting by almost half the numbers of wards and elected representatives in the middle of an election campaign undermines the electoral process itself. It’s the kind of thing we would expect from … Keep reading »

  • Ford’s victory and the limits of the NDP

    Episode 2: The victory of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in the Ontario provincial election appears to be part of a broader trend – the hard-right has been going from strength to strength around the world. We talk to labour activist Sam Gindin about why it is now Ontario’s turn to face off against the hard-right, … Listen to audio »

  • Ontario Election 2018: Right-Wing Populism Prevails Over Moderate Social Democracy

    In the June 7 provincial election, Ontario politics took a sharp turn to the right as the Progressive Conservatives, under the leadership of the populist businessman and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, steamrolled to a majority government. Keep reading »

  • Ontario Looks Right

    While U.S. socialists have always challenged the myth of American exceptionalism – that the U.S. is immune to class struggle and a politics linked to it – they tend to have the opposite view of Canadian politics: that the latter is somehow exceptional, rooted in a classic social-democratic and even socialist political culture that makes … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford – Ontario’s Donald Trump?

    Todd Gordon is interviewed by Ashley Smith about what led to Doug Ford’s election in Ontario and what this means for Canadian politics. Keep reading »

  • What’s at Stake in the Ontario Election

    With just days to go until Ontario voters go to the polls it is worth remembering what is at stake in this election. The Ontario Liberals have been in power since 2003. It is clear their government is well past its due date. Years of scandals, Bay Street policies and austerity have left a sour … Keep reading »

  • Punitive Austerity: Ford, the Tories and the Coming Cuts

    Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford [Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] did not release a clear platform, Ontarians know more about how much a beer may cost if the … Keep reading »