During the election that brought Rob Ford the mayoral office, I was strongly opposed to him becoming Mayor. Though I agreed to the frame work of his campaign: “Stop the Gravy Train”, I didn’t have confidence in him to be an efficient, effective leader of a multi-cultural flagship city of Canada. I had less confidence in his opponents. George Smitherman, despite escaping any accountability for it, was largely responsible for the nearly 1 billion wasted on the E-Health program, as it all took place while the Ministry of Health portfolio was under his stewardship. Joe Pantalone was my choice, believing that having someone who would continue the work of David Miller would probably do less damage to Toronto than the other two. Meaning, that he struck me as the least harmful option, but not a good one.
When Rob Ford was elected, I posteded two statuses:
I think the last few weeks of his mayoral tenure have proven my initial gut feelings towards Ford correct. In less than six months, he has managed to stumble and roll in a downward spiral that is quickly exposing him for the big idea, little ability candidate I believed him to be. I’m not going to get into each and every decision he’s made, because frankly I just don’t have the time. Here’s a quick highlight:
If this were your only discretion, Mayor Ford, I’d say it was enough to hurl you out of office. Your behaviour towards Gay Pride was and is disgraceful. You’re the mayor of the city that is a mecca of gay pride and marriage in the world. This is a world class city. A flagship of Canada. A multi-cultural mosaic that embraces people from all places and all lifestyles. I don’t care if you are gay, are homophobic, or somewhere in between. You slap on a pink tie and dance your melon-shaped ass back into shape on the largest, fruitiest float you can find. You heard me, I said dance.
Jarvis Bike Lanes
Re-spending $400,000 dollars to undo what a long-term beautification plan put together over the course of several years is neither democratic or un-Gravytrain like. There is a gridlock problem here in Toronto, and the way to solve it isn’t by re-opening one reversible lane on a half-street that only cuts partway through downtown. It would be to increase and encourage public transit and bicycles by adding more dedicated bike lanes, increasing bus and subway routes, and dedicating lanes for buses. It’s not a ‘War on the Car’ – it’s a war on senseless abuse of the privilege of driving. People who could be funding this province and city silly with public transit fares are sitting for hours in their car simply because they can. You need less cars on the road. Not more.
I’ve talked about this already. Bottom line – the tax is little more than annoying deterrent. EXACTLY WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE. Leave it the hell alone.
So, Ford scrapped the plan in favour of a smaller service area subway, at a higher cost. Big Win. « sarcasm »
Now that they are an essential service, and can’t strike, watch what happens when the next round of wage negotiations happens. Thanks for that. They’re bus drivers, not highly trained Emergency Response workers. You’ve basically just glorified them.
Tax Repeals, Tax Freezes
This is why you were elected. People wanted to stop paying money. People never want to pay money. You offer it up for free, and they’ll take it. Now you have to figure out how to run the city for free. Good luck with that.
Boy, that worked out well for Mike Harris, didn’t it?
I haven’t the words. So, I’ll turn it over to the omniscient and arrogant Dr. Perry Cox of Scrubs: