Toronto has become the laughing stock of Canada over the undue chaos at City Hall caused by the mayor Rob Ford.
Politicos like Ford are always with us. A man very limited in ability, full of hubris as to his talents, at best a decent ward healer with good constituent skills, was suddenly catapulted to mayor. A train wreck waiting to happen, a one-note Charley with no vision, a scion of privilege, personally wealthy with the typical arrogance of those who inherit wealth,Ford was totally out of his depth as mayor of a big metropolitan area.The job today is enormously complicated and poor Ford was absolutely incapable of mastering its complexities.His educational background was nil. His ego was boundless.
His pathetic mantra “Gravy train, gravy train” was proven to be non-existent.It takes money and good taxes to run a huge city and here’s where the problem lies.
Ford and his equally obtuse brother Doug, have little understanding of these things. They are basically Anti-tax Republicans, very right-wing Tories. That’s fine. They should have been consigned to the very margins of political life. But America has come north and the Fords are the worst example of simplistic thinking and reflexive anti-taxation.
I do not blame them.They are representative of white privilege, devoid of compassion, lacking the vision a big city needs. “Ambition”, the Bard warned us,”should be made of sterner stuff.”
I blame the dozey electorate for falling for their simple anti-tax mantras.
Imagine a city like Toronto catapulting to mayor a Ford who sat with his earphones on as a councillor, listening to God knows what, chomping at the bit to get oput to footnball practice. His brother was worse. He ridiculed “liberries”, had no compassion or understanding of working people living on the margins in Toronto.I fould this out first hand when appearing before a city council committee on wages paid to cleaners. Two of these wonderful people preceded me in their submissions.They were scraping by on $19.00 an hour and Doug Ford dissed them by saying their work was not worth this wage. I argued for the Catholic position of a Living Wage. The Fords lost this battle. Compassion and fairness prevailed. The sons of privlege however showed their true colours.
But people in the burbs who watch Fox News and way too much TV and who do not follow city politics suddenly chafed at having to pay $70 or so for motor vehicle licenses. Made ill by the anti-tax virus emanating from the US, they vote for this very sad, inept man. The warnings were always there—his obesity, drunkenness in public places etc,his foul mouth, his awful record at City Hall. He ignored most proceedings and generally get outvoted 30-1 . In short he was a right wing crank with little credibility among peers.
No matter.”Gravy train, gravy train” won out. the suckers bought it and we all pay the price for people unwilling to do due diligence. He made former mayor Mel Lastman appear like a great statesman.
And finally, what kind of leadership in the Catholic school Don Bosco do we see? Who would hire this ranter to coach their impressionable kids? His Republican attitudes are way out of synch with those of Catholic education.
We have become the laughing stock of Canada because too many people either don’t pay attention or don’t understand the necessity of paying for the running of a first-class city.