Ontario premier Ford’s trials are about to be taken over by the Mounties. We have been racking our brains trying to think of a Canadian senior politician who has gone to jail before. It might be Ford’s legacy. Parents could admonish their children with the threat of being good or going to jail like premier Ford. It could also be a race to see if he gets incarcerated before American Donald Trump.
Oh well, Ford never was much of a politician. He was hardly up there with William Lyon Mackenzie who actually did get thrown into jail by the Americans for violating their neutrality over Canadian rebellions.
But then Mackenzie was a Reformer and he made his bones by taking on the Family Compact that ran Upper Canada in his day.
Doug Ford is running Ontario today for a new kind of Family Compact and he is doing it his way. It might not be a very democratic approach to politics but you have to remember he got all his political training at Toronto city hall from his late brother, crack-cocaine smoking mayor Rob Ford. It is where the younger brother Doug was introduced to all those developers and their representatives who hung out at city hall.
I imagine that some of the premier’s lawyer friends have their juniors scouring the law books trying to figure out with what the premier might be charged. Whomever was the master-mind trying to give those developers a chance at $8 billion in profits out of the Ontario Greenbelt had to be a high-flyer. Frankly, if it was Doug Ford, it would also be vividly obvious that he really did not know what he was doing. It gives new meaning to the James Cagney, 1959 movie: Never Steal Anything Small.
It is easier to feel sorry for the political underlings who thought they were doing something important for their bosses. Not that they don’t deserve the disapproval of their peers. It is likely that they did not know the scope of the effort until it was too late. The perpetrators could never expect that a scheme that egregious could be kept in house—so to speak.
It ties in well with Mr. Ford’s Highway 413. That is also designed to put an un-needed, multi-million-dollar highway in place, from which developers can benefit.
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