Like highways to hell, they are not roads that Ontario premier Doug Ford should take. Doug Ford lacks the political smarts, the political acceptance or a party eager to take him where he wants to go. And yet, he has the bus in drive and headed for the ditch. He is running an early municipal-type campaign in a province of almost 15 million.
His biggest problem is back-up. Watching deputy premier, Christine Elliott, the other day dealing with the media was an embarrassment. This woman held so much promise for the health ministry three years ago. She looks like she has aged 20 years. Ontario’s hospitals are in desperate need of resuscitation from her and her government’s bad management. They have had three years of wasted promises, tightened purse strings, bad direction and the horrors of the pandemic.
His “wunderkinder” education minister Stephen Lecce from Vaughn is also on the ropes. Despised and ignored by all flavours of teachers, Lecce’s private school, St. Michael’s never prepared him for the treatment he has received from the feet-on-the-ground hardscrabble public and Catholic teachers of Ontario. They know the difference between concern and crap and they hardly took to the BS of this kid.
Doug’s new finance minister is probably irrelevant. The guy took over from Rod Phillips when he was caught vacationing in the Caribbean while the province was on lockdown. I would check the name of the new guy but since his reports seem different from the premier’s directions, it seems pointless.
Meanwhile Phillips is throwing more promises at the long-term care homes in Ontario in hopes that it will bring him to redemption. What Phillips has yet to learn is that promises of better policing of long-term care facilities has to be seen to be believed.
But the one in Doug’s cabinet who still looks like a deer in the headlights is Brian Mulroney’s little girl Caroline. There was no way Doug could leave her as attorney general, but transport was an even worse choice.
Here is Doug out hustling the crowds on the elixir of new highways but who is going to school Caroline on why these new roads to nowhere are going to solve any of Ontario’s real needs?
And besides, the concern for the environment is simmering on the public’s back burners at the moment. By next June’s provincial election, the dams might burst and Doug and his highways will disappear in the maelstrom.
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