Ford and Wynne win

Posted By: John Moore · 1/29/2013 10:11:00 AM

Interesting times in politics but when are things otherwise? I keep hearing from people saying "Hey Moore, Ford won, suck it up!". They must have missed how many times I said I thought the whole process of trying to kick Ford out was illegitimate. It's the same reason I don't believe in recall. You get elected, you get four years. You should have to constantly be beating back people who didn't like the election result. But it is a mistake to characterize what happened last Friday as some major victory for Rob Ford that puts him back on top. He still can't whip a vote on council. His own brother voted against him last week. The only way a failed coup makes you most powerful is if you can execute the plotters and Rob Ford can't have Clayton Ruby Hanged. 

I write more about this in my column today in The National Post (not yet on line but I'll update later or you can read it in the print edition). We still have the same mayor, a guy whose major accomplishments happened two years ago and a guy who doesn't seem to have a plan for the next two years. But for those who don't think Rob Ford is the right guy for the job, there's the ballot box in 2014.

As for Wynne, it's a pity someone so capable has been elected to lead a government that is so entirely bankrupt. I'm very impressed with Kathleen Wynne. She's disarmingly calm and candid. She genuinely does say what she thinks. She doesn't blather on in those meaningless sentences most politicians repeat over and over. It's refreshing. Can she turn this government around? Do the liberals even deserve this kind of a second chance? Maybe on the first question. Probably not on the second. But confronted with the prospect of a Hudak or Horvath government, Ontarians may opt to just let things ride a little longer. 

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  1. CoffeeCon posted on 01/29/2013 04:02 PM
    Rob Ford has a plan, he just hasn't shared it with you. Also, he would have had even more accomplishments had he not been derailed by the tools who are currently on council.

    I do agree with you however that Ms. Wynne is very capable; capable of moving powerplants for political gain, capable of spending us in oblivion and ruining our credit rating, capable of being in tight with McGuinty during the good times. Whoopie.

    Two years to Hudak. Sigh, seems like a long time from here.
  2. Only Common Sense posted on 01/30/2013 05:31 AM
    John 's comments are absolutely correct.
    The next Ford "plan" will be the first.
    Toronto council is a municipal government (using the term very loosely) that is completely dysfunctional and lacking anyone at the helm.
    Provincially, we have had way too much evidence already of just what a lightweight Hudak is and how frightening the policies of the NDP have always been.
    Good luck to us all.
  3. Riesling1966 posted on 01/30/2013 08:46 AM
    Rob Ford: A guy with good ideas and seemingly good business sense. However, not meaning to be so, he is apparently a devisive fellow and will forevermore not be able to get his agenda realized because too many are bent on voting against him...too much just out of spite, I'm afraid. This has (and continues to be) a wasted 4 years with nothing big getting accomplished.
    Kathleen Wynne: I've never voted Liberal and don't see any reason to change my mind anytime soon. I heard this lady speak on Mr. Tory's show while she was Education Minister and I wasn't impressed. She was clearly continuing the Liberal mantra on issues and I thought she was out of touch. That being said, I like what I've seen of her so far since the weekend, to tell you the truth, and we'll see what comes of her transit goals which I personally think should be a huge priority for the city's sake. Yes to road tolls, and yes to subway expansion.
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