Purchase Article
Account Credit $18.50
Article Cost $0.40
Balance of Credit $18.10
Confirm

The cost of your purchase will exceed your credit of . Click here to be taken to your account to purchase more credit.

Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Receive 10% off your first credit purchase (Example: Buy a $10 credit but get billed for only $9)!

Advanced Search
Why do the Poor Support Ford and Trump?
Back
September 21, 2016
Inroads Journal
Caption

Years ago – maybe 40 years ago – I attended an all-candidates meeting for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party. I happened to be sitting next to a visiting Swede and after the debate I asked his reaction. As I remember, he was surprised at how “middle-class” the party was. I asked him to elaborate. He said the party seemed geared toward the middle class and not toward the poor.

That story has come to mind several times recently – as I was writing a column for the Winter/Spring 2015 issue of Inroads (“The left’s greatest gift to the political right”); as I’ve watched the militant and growing support for Donald Trump; during the celebration of Rob Ford’s life and mayoralty; as I witness Thomas Mulcair’s fall and the Leap Manifesto’s rise; and as I read the following in Paul Krugman’s generally positive assessment of Barack Obama’s presidency: “There are still some areas of disappointment – low labor force participation, weak wage growth.”1


Free Article. Click to Read Further.
Prev
Top Selling Articles
/
View All
Next
EcoParent | Jun 15, 2015

The four Cs of intentional community:
conservation land trusts, co-housing,
co-ops & communes

 
Green Teacher | Jun 19, 2017

Using progressive skits to teach food chains to kids of all ages

 
Alternatives Journal | Jul 12, 2017

How to put meaning back in your work.

 
Green Teacher | Jan 20, 2017

To most people “bugs” seem to be any small dull-colored creature that crawls and a sizeable minority of people believe butterflies are not insects.

 
Inroads Journal | Nov 19, 2017

Paradoxical election outcome in times of economic prosperity and its implications for Czech democracy and European politics.

 
EcoParent | Jul 16, 2013

Old and new traditions converge at Tawse Winery’s certified biodynamic vineyard.

 
Green Teacher | Jun 19, 2017

A mystery event that engages youth between 5-12 years old in experiential learning

 
EcoParent | Apr 15, 2015

Heirloom Seeds are a Growing Idea

 
EcoParent | Jul 17, 2013

Can we teach our children to be happy?

 
Inroads Journal | Mar 15, 2017

A serious approach to climate change requires real policies, not aspirational goals

 
Green Teacher | Jun 19, 2017

How high school science teachers include outdoor activities in their lessons

Alternatives Journal | Jul 12, 2017

We can have it all – full employment, no poverty, lower greenhouse gas emissions and fiscal balance without relying on growth.