ANALYSIS: Ford's firing of finance minister in cabinet shuffle is a frank admission of failure - 2019-06-20
As the premier, he wears that but so do his staff and advisers who, in clearly trying to blame the problems of their government on everyone else but them, only ended up focusing attention on their culpability in the fact that Ford is now, in some polls, less popular than Kathleen Wynne was in the dying days of her government.
But whether Fedeli had quit or simply taken the demotion, the main takeaway of Thursday's remarkable rearranging of the premier's executive council is that with this shuffle, Ford is admitting that he got a lot wrong about his first year at the helm of the country's largest and, arguably, most important province. It is as about as frank an admission of failure as one can make.
Fedeli, ever the party loyalist, likely knew that his complete removal from cabinet would shortly be followed by the first challenges to Ford's leadership of the party. One is reminded that Ford won that hastily called leadership with next to no caucus support.