Wednesday, January 15th Commentary
There has been 'much ado' about the fact that Premier Kathleen Wynne has refused to meet one-on-one with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford since city council stripped him of many of his powers for all of his personal indiscretions.
To my mind this is 'much ado about nothing', nothing except Rob Ford's desperate attempt to recover from his scandal and set himself up for re-election.
The Mayor said yesterday he wants to sit down with Kathleen Wynne about the ice-storm.
“I just thought, why not call the premier myself and sit down with her face to face and have information, you know, prepared to go to the meeting with all the other GTA mayors. And just give me a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and tell me where we stand.”
That was Ford last night on NewsTalk1010's Late Shift with Sun columnist Joe Warmington not long after Wynne's office said no to the meeting because she will only meet with the designated representative of Toronto city council, which happens to be Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and Kelly has already met with her about the ice storm.
Warmington asked Mayor Ford why he feels Premier Wynne is giving him the cold shoulder.
“I always got along with Kathleen Wynne. I totally disagree with her politics, but as a person I get along with her. Andrea Horwath, is one of the nicest ladies you can meet. Again, I disagree with her politics, but personality wise you couldn’t meet a nicer lady. So maybe I think, you know, the Wynne government is pretty upset with me getting involved in the by-election and getting Doug Holyday in there.”responded Mayor Ford.
Please. Here we go with the political puffery again. Rob Ford got Doug Holyday elected to the Ontario Legislature? Nonsense. Doug Holyday got himself elected and Ford suggesting he was responsible is just another sign of Ford's arrogance.
No meeting between the Mayor and Premier means nothing. We will get money if we qualify under the provincial disaster relief program and the process of determining whether we qualify is already underway.
It was back in September, you may recall, when Rob Ford patted himself on the back claiming that unemployment rate in Toronto fell from 9.4 percent when he took office to 7.1 percent in August...the lowest level in five years. As he said at the time "another promise made, another promise kept."
Not really. The latest breakdown in the jobless numbers from the city manager for economic and cultural research shows that the city of Toronto's jobless rate has now risen to 10.1 percent as of last month. So the rate is actually higher than when Ford took office. So that's another line of BS from Ford that you should not believe. In fact, Doug Porter, the chief economist for BMO Capital markets is quoted as saying "I'm not going to say it's a dire situation. But it's noteworthy that the local economy is underperforming much of the rest of the country."
I hope the Mayor learns a lesson from this...don't crow when the jobless picture improves because you'll get tarred and feathered when the reverse occurs. Governments at all levels have little control over job creation...especially at the municipal level.