"Trump represents a new kind of politician, like Rob Ford." The are angry, populist, and they say whatever pops into their tiny craniums. But there is clearly a constituency for what they are saying, and how they are saying it. In the Canadian election, there is no one like them. Harper is the incumbent, Trudeau has spent more time at 24 Sussex than Harper has, and Mulcair is fully a part of the Central Canadian Establishment, however much he denies it. So who gets the growing Angry Vote?
We can toss around the hyperbole all we want, but in truth we have no political party or entity that is prepared to take hatred to the extent of violence. Yet.
To think Canadians would never buy into a Golden Dawn-style party, if it positions itself right, is to misunderstand the ground-level reality in this country, as many pundits and politicians speaking from positions of relative comfort do.
Too many folk are flaming all the wrong fires in short-sighted pursuit of low-hanging fruit. I seriously hope that fixation on the quick win doesn't end up burning us all.