Monday, September 17, 2018
What is Ford's Problem? I Don't Get It.
One of my first assignments as a fledgling reporter in Ottawa in the early 70s was to cover the local municipal governments, the City of Ottawa in particular.
Back then they had a mayor, a deputy mayor, alderman for every ward and an executive council called the Board of Control. I looked it up online and found the city had 24 elected representatives on council. Ottawa back then had a population of about 300,000.
As I recall it the city government functioned quite smoothly. Debates were lively and constructive and, overall, congenial.
Toronto today has a population just shy of three million, ten times more populous than Ottawa in the early 70s. But Ford thinks Toronto can be adequately governed by culling council from 47 wards to 25 wards. That would make each ward councilor the reeve of a small city.
I don't know about Toronto politics but how in hell is that supposed to work to the benefit of the people of Toronto?
What is Doug Ford's problem?