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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:42 AM

Ontario is under one-man rule. Who will stop Doug Ford?

Chris Glover
The rightwing premier has trampled on democratic norms. The province urgently needs electoral reform to prevent a repeat

Fri 11 Jan 2019 06.43 EST Last modified on Fri 11 Jan 2019 09.05 EST

Last year, while Conservative MPs in London held a confidence vote on Theresa Mayís leadership, in Ontario, Conservative MPPs (Members of Provincial Parliament) were competing with each other to be the first to leap up and give rousing standing ovations each time the populist premier, Doug Ford, or one of his cabinet ministers spoke in the house.

Although Ontarioís parliament was modelled on Westminster, the contrast could not be greater. While the British parliament continuously puts checks on its leaderís power, in Ontario, the premierís rule is so absolute that itís been revealed that Fordís chief of staff, Dean French, watches for Conservative MPPs who do not quickly leap to their feet for ovations.

Six months ago, running on a rightwing populist platform that was long on rhetoric but short on specifics, Doug Ford, the elder brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, was elected with a majority Conservative government. Ford has hit the ground running. Claiming a strong mandate for his non-existent platform, Ford has eliminated environmental, worker and consumer protections, cut public services, cut education funding, and teed up public assets for a mass selloff. These typically neoconservative policies are concerning, but whatís truly frightening about Fordís reign is the way he is concentrating power in his own office and is trampling over the democratic norms of Ontarioís parliament.

In his first six months in office, he has subverted municipal elections, voted to suspend the charter rights of the people of Ontario, fired government watchdogs, made himself the arbiter of what is ďfreeĒ speech on college and university campuses, opened the door for corporate funding of his next campaign, appointed his friend as commissioner of the Ontario provincial police, and appointed political allies to lucrative posts while firing political opponents.


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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:03 AM

1. Sounds like the

cheatolini problem is a pandemic rather than an anomaly.

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