Tondra MacCharles of the TorStar has the story. Here is her lede and a wee bit more:
Conservative leader Stephen Harper drew on the populist appeal of Rob and Doug Ford to shore up two GTA battleground ridings Tuesday as his campaign moved along at a snail’s pace compared those of his rivals.
Harper didn’t shake the Ford brothers’ hands, acknowledge their presence or hail their support publicly.
Yet Doug Ford vigorously defended the federal Conservative campaign, said he wouldn’t change a thing about it, and declared the large crowds at Liberal political events do not show the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has momentum.
Just before Harper’s event got underway, Ford told reporters to pay no attention to the small crowds at Harper’s campaign stops in the past two days, which have not featured rallies...
...The Ford brothers’ appearance sparked more cheers from the gathering of little more than 100 partisan volunteers and organizers than the introduction of Etobicoke Centre MP Ted Opitz....
Is it possible that Mr. Harper has come to the realization that, while he desperately needs all of it, his base just may not be enough to hold on to Southern Ontario?
Why not just go all in with Robbie 'n Doug?
Heckfire, I bet they would both be great fun to have on the campaign plane 24/7 for the next week or so.
And, ya...The earworm (not to mention a good chunk of the lyrical hook) in the header is...Skynyrd.