Conflict of interest has torpedoed Rob Ford. Like a vacuum cleaner sucking up a budgie, a Toronto judge today ordered that city’s mayor out of office. Many observers of life here found that this bicycle-hating mayor, an inarticulate, privileged and robust fellow, previously a councillor for Etobicoke, represented one of the worst possible choices for high office in the largest city in the country.
Indeed, goodbye Mayor Ford! Hopefully this is a major nail in the coffin of neoconservatism in Canada. For decades now these politicos making forays into public office from the right wing just turn out to be bullies and dishonest idiots with no respect for government or the people they are supposed to serve. They sucker middle class voters and small business owners with promises of tax cuts and simplified solutions to the crises of the moment. No sophistication, no vision, no intelligence just cranky reactionism. And then what do you get from them in office? Mediocrity and bullshit is what. Shame on Toronto for electing this man in the first place, shame on him for being him. Here’s hoping the largest city in the country, the nation’s business and media capital doesn’t go Ford itself ever again.
This shows us that the neoconservatives are not purveyors of some natural, sensible philosophy. When it comes to municipal life, the layer of government having the most direct influence on the most number of people, they are brutally unsophisticated players on a reactionary mission that is totally inappropriate. This includes their relationships with business.
This is why power and privilege are given to judges in a liberal democracy where the laws are based on a British system. That power and privilege may not always be used well or in ways we immediately comprehend and that make us happy. In this particular case, all three of these things are present.
Cyclists are a pain in the ass YouTube “I will retract the word ass.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford brought ouster on himself Toronto Star editorial
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