For The People

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"For the People" quickly became "For Me"

 
Not too far into the Progressive Conservatives' election in June of 2018, their campaign slogan quickly changed. It was now only about Doug Ford, not about the almost 14.6 million Ontarians.
 
Ford's first autocratic action was to seek revenge on Toronto City Council; attacking the city's local democracy. He passed a law to shrink the level of representation Torontonians would receive. Ford threatened the use of the Charter notwithstanding clause when his law looked to be hitting a legal roadblock.
 
Many attacks on Ontarians have continued over the next 3 years, with the recent egregious one certainly tipping the scales towards a "it can't get any worse”. Ford has decided to be the first Ontario Premier to invoke the notwithstanding clause following Justice Morgan's ruling to strike down Ford's Bill 254. Ford's action to resurrect his Bill 254 is an attack on all Ontarians; an attack on OUR Democracy, OUR Judicial System, OUR right to Free Political Speech, OUR Charter.
 
Justice Morgan wrote: "skepticism of (the) government's motives is not displaced where new election procedures are concerned." The executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association was quoted as saying: "changing the election rules to favour an incumbent government is unconstitutional and undemocratic."
 
During the 15 plus months our parents and grandparents have been dying in LTC homes, workers have been infected putting their families and neighbourhoods at risk because of lax H&S protocols and lack of sick days, and small businesses have taken an inordinate hit on the economic front.
 
All the while, Doug Ford believes he has one job to do; take care of himself and focus on his re-election.
 
Besides Bill 254; a plan to muzzle political speech, which could include a variety of discussions on policies such as environment and poverty; it’s important to be reminded that this Bill has companion pieces of actions that have occurred over time to tip the scales in Ford’s favour.
 
Ford has catered to big business during the pandemic:
 
(i) Ford passed laws to protect privately owned LTC homes that disallow families from suing the companies that may be liable for the illnesses and deaths of their loved ones.
 
(ii) Ford has catered to developers by gutting conservation authorities’ legal obligations to protect communities. Instead he has politicized the issue; the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing can now override conservation authorities science-based decisions.
 
(iii) Amazon, Walmart, Costco and other big corporations were given an unfair advantage over small businesses.
 
What do i, ii, iii all have in common?? Answer: Doug Ford has taken care of his friends; now they can take care of him with plenty of donations for his re-election.
And lo and behold, Ford recently passed another law that has increased political donation limits. Ford thought he had everything tied up with a nice little bow.
 
Those darn democratic laws and norms are getting in his way!! Ya, those laws and norms that are "for the people".
 
For further WDLC info contact Brian Hogan 226-348-7597 or [email protected]
 
On the Ontario Federation front: Monday June 14, 10am, Ontarians are virtually packing the public gallery at Queen's Park. For further OFL info contact Melissa Palermo at [email protected]
 

Listen To Brian Hogan discuss this important matter on CKLW - The Dan McDonald Show