Chris Selley: John Tory’s defence of Nick Kouvalis a rarity in modern politics

Toronto Mayor John Tory could have dodged a bullet Thursday evening when Nick Kouvalis, a key strategist in his 2014 election victory, stepped away from Kellie Leitch’s campaign for the federal Conservative leadership — and indeed, he said, from any future campaigns for Tory.

The mayor has been under fire for weeks for not disassociating himself with Kouvalis, because the Leitch campaign is essentially a real-time experiment in the effectiveness of Trump-style wedge populism in Canada:...

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