Rob Ford Years Still Haunt Toronto

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The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume says the legacy of former mayor Rob Ford is still causing damage in that city.

Ford’s positions on mass transit during his troubled term are likely to create huge bills for taxpayers without much commuter effectiveness. Sound familiar Ottawa?

Politicians are terrified of making sleeping Ford Nation angry:

It’s time Tory put the spectre of Rob Ford behind him once and for all and started to act like a mayor who cares about Toronto, not one who’s scared of it.

It’s time, also, that Wynne’s Liberals started to think about more than getting votes. Wynne has the potential to be the best premier for urban Ontario since Bill Davis, but she can’t do that until she exorcises the ghost of Rob Ford.

Given Toronto’s refusal to deal with transit, the province must fill the leadership vacuum. That, too, strikes fear into the hearts of leaders, Wynne included.

Another aspect of Ford’s poisonous legacy is the unprecedented level of contempt for the public sector in all its forms. This is not Ford’s contribution alone, but certainly he did his bit to bring government into disrepute.

These governments are their own worst enemies, but Ford turned self-doubt into self-hatred. All cities are divided, but Toronto has put politicians in a position where they’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t. In this city, winners are losers, and the losers are us.

To read the full Hume piece, click here.

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