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The practice, also known as astroturfing — the process of creating an illusion of grassroots support (named after the artificial turf used to replace grass) —returned to public attention during the most recent U.S. presidential election. In 2015, Donald Trump was accused of manufacturing support by paying actors $50 a person to wear campaign T-shirts, hold signs, and cheer when he announced his candidacy. Horwaths NDPs also nabbed categories like social assistance programs and education funding, while Fords Tories got the top spot for issues on marijuana and crime and public safety.

Now, the allure of “crowds-for-hire” can be seen enticing Ontario political candidates. Conservative officials confirmed Monday that the campaign of Toronto Centre PC hopeful Meredith Cartwright was behind the recent piece of electoral theatre, which the officials described as an isolated “mistake.” Speaking of instructive, this month Sudbury.com will be sitting down with local election candidates who agree to be on video to discuss their campaigns and the issues with political affairs reporter Darren MacDonald. We’ll keep you posted on those and let you know when they’ll be released. In the meantime, visit the Election section of Sudbury.com to see the news releases and election stories we have published.

“One cannot assume other than it is already here, and that it will continue to grow until there are serious legislative decisions taken to prevent it,” said Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Star columnist and a former NDP strategist of 20 years.

The Green Party is shut out of the Ontario TV debates again in this campaign. Party leader Mike Schreiner used twitter during Monday nights debate to try to make his partys points. Today on CP24 Schreiner put a brave face on his exclusion saying We won the debate by not being there. Schreiner added that the leaders spent their time tearing each other down instead of building policy. Schreiner is running in the riding of Guelph for the second time. In 2014 he placed third. Liberal MPP Liz Sanders is not running for the Liberals so the riding is open. Schreiner says over the past four years he has knocked on every door in the riding. He believes he has a great chance of winning in Guelph. For this campaign Schreiners strategy is to get across the province a couple of times but he will be keying on Guelph and trying to win the Green Partys first seat at Queens Park. WALLACE: Fords big subway dig long overdue

Russian trolls dominated the American presidential election headlines in 2016, accused of meddling with the democratic process. In February, 13 Russians were charged with offences relating to their alleged plot to interfere with the presidential election through social media propaganda.

Their detractors have accused the Liberals of pandering for votes in an effort to distract from their record, with the Progressive Conservatives accusing them of compromising the provinces financial future and the New Democrats saying the government isnt doing enough to help those in need.

This form of political deception, which dates back at least as far as the first century AD, when Nero, the infamous Roman emperor, would regularly pay audience members to clap for his musical performances, arguably peaked some 1,800 years later in antebellum U.S. presidential politics, before largely falling into disuse.

The practice, also known as astroturfing — the process of creating an illusion of grassroots support (named after the artificial turf used to replace grass) —returned to public attention during the most recent U.S. presidential election. In 2015, Donald Trump was accused of manufacturing support by paying actors $50 a person to wear campaign T-shirts, hold signs, and cheer when he announced his candidacy.

Accompanied by Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski and Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ford entered the Renfrew Armouries to thunderous applause from an estimated 1,000 supporters. Polls suggest Ford, a former Toronto city councillor, is well-positioned to become the next premier and he spent most of his 17-minute address attacking the record of the person he hopes to succeed — Kathleen Wynne. Here are 5 of Doug Fords worst gaffes since becoming PC leader

“One cannot assume other than it is already here, and that it will continue to grow until there are serious legislative decisions taken to prevent it,” said Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Star columnist and a former NDP strategist of 20 years. Ford said it was time to reform the tests conducted by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and introduce improved standardized testing. If elected premier, he promised to fully consult parents about a more age-appropriate sex-ed curriculum. And he told supporters to expect to see their taxes cut, while his government would work to generate more manufacturing jobs. Doug Fords transit plan includes $5B for Toronto subways, all-day GO service to Niagara

The announcement raised a few eyebrows locally, since the vast majority of that money has already been spent. Of the $868 million budgeted for the project — split between the federal, provincial and regional governments — almost $830 million had already been paid out or committed as of last October.

Russian trolls dominated the American presidential election headlines in 2016, accused of meddling with the democratic process. In February, 13 Russians were charged with offences relating to their alleged plot to interfere with the presidential election through social media propaganda. \”Doug Ford cant be trusted on transit projects,\” she said. \”Phase 1 of Waterloo Regions LRT is not in jeopardy. The tracks are built and its been paid for … So I dont know what hes talking about. I dont think he knows what hes talking about.\”

“The degree that you can multiply the impact of your anonymous attack very cheaply and efficiently is even more troubling,” said Sears. “This is very easy to do on a wholesale level and very hard to be caught doing. I think it is probably the most serious threat to all the democracies around the world.”

She also studied the hashtag #CrookedChristine, deployed during the Ontario PC leadership race to take shots at candidate Christine Elliot, and found that many of the accounts were created within a few minutes of each other, had stock image photos, and their activity was consistent with bot accounts. All of this pointed to astroturfing, she said. Ford moves to appease social conservatives, vows to replace sex-ed curriculum

Creating online astroturfing armies is an inexpensive tactic compared to generating a paid-for crowd to create the “illusion” of support and play into social pressures, said Tim Abray, a political studies teaching fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University.

Abray said the “illusion” created by large crowds plays into social pressures that can influence how people vote. The bandwagon effect, namely making a decision based on a candidates presumed popularity, is something politicians like Trump or Ford are apparently playing into when boasting about the size of their crowds.

In the provincial election, Abray doubts that astroturfing will sway the result because the practice is not widely used here. However, he said researchers will be keeping an eye on whether it begins to take over “traditional, labour intensive tactics” like holding rallies for genuine supporters. Ontario election agenda: What you need to know for May 9