He sure showed them all. He quit university to get out there and sell for his dad. He took the show on the road and tried to open the market for Deco Labels in Chicago. Salesman Doug Ford then followed younger brother Rob into Toronto city politics. It was four years of surprises and heartaches. Doug had not yet found his niche.
But he is convinced he has found it now. Doug Ford is in his second term as premier of Canada’s most powerful province. He is cock of the walk.
And the cock of the walk can get that bus with a bed, he so foolishly asked for four years ago. He now knows how. The cock of the walk has his way.
Ford has an agenda. He can finish the Bradford Bypass during this term. What else was it he ran on? “Conservatives get things done.” He can maybe get started on Highway 413. It runs from nowhere to nowhere but his developer friends are excited about it. They can pave over the wetlands.
But how do you pave over the ruin of Ontario’s healthcare system? Blame it on COVID. Blame it on Christine Elliott. Blame it on the federal government. You can always blame it on others when you are cock of the walk.
And what about Ontario’s vaunted education system? If the cock of the walk thinks that young guy with private school education is going to pull that system back together, he has a surprise coming.
There are many surprises in store for someone who thinks they are cock of the walk.
First, you have to realize how you got to be cock of the walk. You had no opposition. Neither the NDP nor the liberals had a leader more colorful or known than Mr. Ford. The conservatives ran the longest campaign before the election was called and the shortest after the election was called. The opposition never got off the ground. Ford ran circles around his opponents in a well-funded campaign. The election also showed the poorest turnout of voters in Ontario’s history.
And the cock of the walk needs to remember: you can fool some of the people, some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
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