Wednesday, January 15th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 1/15/2014 7:25:00 AM


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.

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  1. Jim posted on 01/15/2014 02:25 PM
    With commentary so biased and trying to pass your idealogical garbage off as news you have real newsmen like Murrow and Cronkite rolling over in their graves. Why don't you try something novel and actually present fair and unbiased coverage of the news? Too much to ask from someone like you I expect.
  2. Frankie posted on 01/15/2014 03:28 PM
    In the context of Ford-Wynne your comments completely ignore the fact that Wynne's staff said she would only meet with Kelly not Ford. Your comments are completely biased and misleading to readers as you choose to ignore this.

    You're getting to be as bad as the Toronto Star who've never shrunk from misleading readers with half-truths and innuendo.

    Perhaps it's time for you to retire as it seems more and more listeners are getting tired of you. I have occasionally stopped listening to your news because it's become so biased. I actually listen to CBC news more than before thanks to your nonsense. There's a level of intelligence with their reporting which you no longer seem capable of.
    1. Frankie posted on 01/15/2014 04:40 PM
      @Frankie In addition to her spokesman Baker, even Wynne has now confirmed she won't deal with Ford. Your rant looks even more ridiculous.

      I believe you're past your "best before date" Dave Agar!
  3. danieljchristie posted on 01/16/2014 09:09 PM
    Good piece(s), Mr. Agar. Beyond the rational, the precluded arguments, the thoughtful structure, -how do I know they were 'good piece(s)' ? Easy. When Ford Nation suddenly manages to defy evolution, even for a moment, walk upright, bandage the scuffed knuckles and reply in their patented all-angry-all-the-time outrage....well your stuff must be good. Please, Sir -more.
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