Motherlode: You think the Ford government really wants to hear from you? Don't be ridiculous - 2019-03-11
"The party with the taxpayers' money is over," he said. "It's done."
That was Doug Ford, Ontario's premier, on the night he won the election. It's pithy slogan-talk, like most of what blows out of his mouth. But allow me to fix that sentence, now that we're nine months into his term:
The party with the taxpayers' money is over. Unless you're one of my friends, many of whom are uniquely unqualified for the jobs I'm about to hand them. For them, it's just getting started.
There. That's much better. I don't have enough space to list all of the six-figure jobs that are falling out of the Conservative pinata, only that one of the most recent — chair of the board of the Education Quality and Accountability Office — somehow went from a position with a $3,600 annual stipend to a job worth $140,000 for a failed PC candidate. The guy vacated at the lower rate? Pondered how the new guy would ever find enough to do to fill his time.