Ontario Premier Doug Ford is a bit of streetfighter not inclined to back down when attacked. That side of him was in full display during faced question period Monday where he took heat for his decision to slash the size of Toronto city council from 47 seats to 25 and cancel October elections for regional chair jobs in York, Peel, Niagara, and Muskoka.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was scolded more than once by the Speaker for charging that Ford was acting “like a dictator” and seeking to rig municipal elections with a “secret” plan he never mentioned on the campaign trail.
Horwath also suggested Ford was carrying hard feelings from losing the 2014 mayoral race in Canada’s largest city.
This premier could not get elected as mayor of Toronto. He was soundly defeated,” said Horwath and in June the vast majority of Torontonians once again rejected this premier.
“Instead of accepting Toronto’s verdict, this premier is trying to settle political scores with the people of this city.”
Ford shot back that he did pretty well in the last municipal election and said the NDP was “throwing boulders in a glass house” by bringing up the results of last month’s provincial election.
Horwath said the decision on how many seats Toronto has on council belongs with the city alone.
“Taking revenge on political opponents does not show strength,” she said. “It is a deeply chilling sign of weakness and insecurity.”
Later in response to Horwath saying he has no idea how to act like a premier.
“You won’t ever have to worry about acting like a leader,” he said. “You will never have to worry about that.”
The consensus is that Premier Ford had the last and most compelling words, period. -CINEWS