Get it while you can. Like the career of Hollywood child star Shirley Temple that peaked from the time she was 3 to 13-years-old, the Ford government in Ontario is already on its downward slide. The conservative’s rearranging their cabinet crew is time wasted. Their Good Ship Lollypop is sinking.
While it might be foolish for Doug Ford to do anything stupid in the time he has left in office, we are sure to find more reasons to turf the Tories next June. You can re-arrange the deck chairs, offer more candy to the voters but the captain of this ship is going down.
And putting the pandemic behind us, is hardly going to save the premier from being roasted come election time. It was almost amusing seeing him repairing his tattered cabinet the other day. Sure, that pathetic Merrilee Fullerton had to get out of long-term care but to put her in the position of delivering her brand of incompetence to children, community and social services might embarrass the Ford brand even further.
And it was nice to be reminded why the overly-entitled Rod Phillips was needed back in the cabinet. He is the guy who follows the Ford ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ code to the letter. He showed off his communication skills while covering his tracks last Christmas while holidaying in St. Barts. We hear that you can get some quite decent accommodations on that Caribbean pleasure island for as little as a $1000 a day. Was he getting tips on how to improve long-term care facilities in Ontario?
It was no surprise that former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s kid was kept on in transport. Caroline Mulroney is in an ideal position to drive the new highway 413 through Ontario’s vanishing wetlands.
But the most egregious staying-in-place was keeping my parachuted MPP Doug Downey where he can do Ford’s bidding in the attorney general’s office. That was almost as bad as keeping that know-nothing Stephen Lecce in the education portfolio That guy is hated by teachers and parents of school-age children with equal enthusiasm.
But the truth is that the most serious need for change in Ford’s cabinet is Mr. Ford himself. He is 90 per cent of the problem.
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