Apr 05, 2018
By Jane Brown
Doug Ford has decided against having a media campaign bus with him on the election trail leading up to the June 7th provincial vote.
The new Ontario Progressive Conservative leader will instead will have his campaign events broadcast online and his itinerary will be released for reporters interested in covering them in person.
Experts say the decision suggests a campaign strategy that centres on limiting questions and preventing Ford from publicly going off script. The brash politician’s candid remarks often make headlines.
In areas of Western Canada, political parties have done away with media buses. That has not been the case in Ontario, where leaders have deployed them as well as chartered flights to more remote communities in all recent elections.
News outlets pay thousands of dollars to the parties in order to reserve a seat on their buses and cover the costs of meals and other expenses.