The Latte Left said it was ludicrous. Pundits pronounced it impossible.
Ford had no base of support outside the 905, they said. His plain-speaking manner would never appeal to the downtown crowd. Or so they thought.
But Ford won because of his high-energy, his discipline, and his ability to connect with ordinary people.
Doug avoids meaningless jargon and mechanical talking points, and he has a flair for the soundbite. It would be a huge mistake to underestimate him again.
Ontarians are fed up with mountainous debt with nothing to show for it. They are sick of a budget that keeps growing faster than inflation and population growth combined. They are tired of a scolding tone from a self-satisfied and smug premier. They have had it with a government of complacent cronies who are only in it for themselves.
Ford tapped into that sense of frustration, and promised respect for taxpayers.
The Ontario government has been an economic basket-case for 15 years. The McGuinty-Wynne Liberals blew $8 billion on the disastrous eHealth boondoggle; $1.1 billion on cancelling gas plants; $2 billion on smart meters; $400 million on Presto card overruns; and $60 million on partisan advertising which should be illegal.