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Ross Rant: Think populism is slowing down? Check out how Ontario voted

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Populism establishes a beachhead in Canada's most prosperous and most important province of Ontario.

To understand what will happen with American politics and upcoming elections, I find exploring elections in other Western democracies to be an essential tool.

Last Thursday night, Doug Ford was elected as the next Premier of Ontario. A new expansion of populism now confronts Canada. Think Trump lands in Ontario.

CBC's Chris Hall wrote, "Doug Ford — the bombastic, blustering and populist former Toronto city councilor — is going to be the next premier of Canada's most populous province. His victory, convincing as it was, came with an exclamation mark. He put an end to 15 straight years of Liberal rule."

Toronto Star columnist Edward Keenan echoed the same scripting "Ford era promises a rocky road ahead for all of us."

He went onto say "the next four years under Premier Doug Ford: constant reasons to wonder about the malice vs. incompetence debate, with a loud portion of Ford’s supporters hoping and cheering for the former option. And many of the rest of us hoping instead for the latter, because perhaps if a problem is caused by incompetence, there is some hope it will be fixed, as those who caused it realize their mistake or grow more competent and capable."

@Richard_Florida tweeted: Ontario went from being a pro-urban province/ state like California or New York to joining the ranks of anti-urban Red states ... 

I don't see the expansion of populism around Great Lakes stopping any time. Until CEOs of multinational corporations, Governors, and Mayors show leadership and engage voters in the Midwest on the value of globalization, this will be the result at the ballot box.

Endless outrage by the coastal elites will do little to change election outcomes.

Cross the Hudson and be in Cleveland.

Cross the Potomac and be in Detroit.

This is the three-part question facing US voters in 2018 and 2020: Do we protect the jobs of the past or invest in the jobs of the future? Do we subsidize the grey hairs or invest in today's 8th graders? Do we want to be part of a global world or not?

Voters today want protection, subsidies, and unilateralism.

Plan accordingly.

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in developing winning communications, content, connections, and commerce for entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

American Politics: Trump’s economic policy toward China receives mixed support from Americans

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A poll shows US adults split on whether closer economic ties between Washington and Beijing is a good thing. A 37 percent plurality of US consumers believes Trump is taking the right approach to Washington's financial relationship with China, while 35 percent disagree, according to a recent poll. Thirty-six percent of independents said the president is taking the wrong approach, compared to 12 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats who share that view.

Of course, what Americans think nationally doesn't matter as much when you have an election process for President that based on securing electoral college votes from states - and not securing a popular national vote. States like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are filled with voters demanding stricter trade and economic actions forcing a reset of America’s commercial relationship with China.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio believes the administration has “fallen far short” of his expectations on the trade front. “The problem in the White House is whispering in one ear are some people who are right on trade like (US Trade Representative Robert) Lighthizer and (US Commerce Secretary Wilbur) Ross,” Brown said in a Feb. 6 interview. “And in the other ear, you’ve got all of the Wall Street executives, in his other ear, whispering.”

You can read the full poll from Morning Consult here: https://goo.gl/DFYMYE 

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in global communications and thought leader management at the intersection of politics, policy, and profits. Working with boardrooms and C-Suite executives from multinational corporations, trade associations, and disruptive startups, Marc helps leaders create compelling communications, focused content, and engaging presentations.