Doug Ford has proposed denying basic government services — such as OHIP, drivers’ licenses and disability income — to alleged Canadian citizens returning to the country after fighting with ISIS.

Andrew Scheer wants the power to personally intervene in the judicial system. He has argued that the Prime Minister should have the power, in the case of Tori Stafford’s killer, to determine an offender’s punishment and how it should be served.

On the face of it, these events appear to be unrelated and nothing more than Conservative virtue signaling. But the truth is far more sinister: Conservatives have embraced emotionally-driven mob rule as a substitute for the rule of law. History shows this inevitably leads to increased authoritarianism and illiberal tendencies.