Doug Ford offers booze, speed and dangerous cuts - is that what Ontarians want? - 2019-05-06
By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it's allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen's Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand.
Forget about governing by disruption, Ford's gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to "upload" Toronto's subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto.
Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury by announcing the cut during the October civic election. Since then, he has reduced local health-care funding precipitously, taken over Ontario Place, threatened to raise highway speed limits and generally behaved like a jerk.