Oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people. These people might be distinguished by nobility, wealth, family ties, education or corporate, religious or military control. Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist.
I’m still on a rant about Doug Ford, leader of the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario. He arbitrarily appointed eleven riding candidates for the PC’s in the upcoming election despite his leadership victory stating there would be honesty and accountability in government under his tenure. These were not uncontested riding and so he fell at the first hurdle. So who is Doug Ford and what does he mean for the Progressive Conservative Party in Ontario.
Doug Ford was elected leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in a very, very close race. His brother Rob Ford, former Mayor of Toronto, was the leader of Ford Nation and upon his premature death the mantle was bestowed on his brother Doug. Doug had thrown his hat in the ring to run for Mayor of Toronto when the Ontario PC leadership opportunity came up. Ford Nation was named after the Suns News Network program, hosted by Rob and Doug Ford, and was a one hour program on the TV network. The show was cancelled after one program as it met with advertiser resistance and couldn’t pay its way.
In writing this blog I typed Ford Nation into the search engine and came up with fordnation.ca . Clicking on fordnation.ca transferred me to the Ontario PC Party web site. So is the Ontario PC Party now Ford Nation or is Ford Nation now the Ontario PC Party? I’m getting a little confused. If the Ontario PC Party now considers itself a part of Ford Nation are the values of Ford Nation automatically transferred to the PC Party of Ontario? So is the Ontario PC Party now an oligarchy, defined by Wikipedia as ” A power structure where power rests with a small number of people distinguished by family ties”. I’m searching for some democratic principles within the party here. Will these democratic values erode over time as Doug Ford , leader of Ford Nation,exercises tighter and tighter control over the party?
This perceived power structure is not confined to the Ontario PC Party as the Federal Liberals have also embraced this power structure under Trudeau. I say this because of the fiasco associated with the government grants for the summer students job program. Organizations had to tick a box stating that they would subscribe to Liberal Party values if they wanted to receive the money. So it seems that our once free and democratic institutions are changing into oligarchies and individual freedoms, especially of conscience, are at risk.
So my point is are our freedoms gradually being eroded by a transition to an oligarchic system. Will we inherit a Putin, Chavez, Erdogan or some other like minded leader in the future. We have to pay closer attention to democratic values and speak out about any erosion or we WILL BE in trouble.