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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:59 AM

Guardian: Ontario is under one-man rule. Who will stop Doug Ford?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/11/ontario-doug-ford-premier-democratic

The rightwing premier has trampled on democratic norms. The province urgently needs electoral reform to prevent a repeat.

Last year, while Conservative MPs in London held a confidence vote on Theresa Mayís leadership, in Ontario, Conservative MPPs (Members of Provincial Parliament) were competing with each other to be the first to leap up and give rousing standing ovations each time the populist premier, Doug Ford, or one of his cabinet ministers spoke in the house.

Six months ago, running on a rightwing populist platform that was long on rhetoric but short on specifics, Doug Ford, the elder brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, was elected with a majority Conservative government. Ford has hit the ground running. Claiming a strong mandate for his non-existent platform, Ford has eliminated environmental, worker and consumer protections, cut public services, cut education funding, and teed up public assets for a mass selloff. These typically neoconservative policies are concerning, but whatís truly frightening about Fordís reign is the way he is concentrating power in his own office and is trampling over the democratic norms of Ontarioís parliament.
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Under Ford, a majority government is translating into a four-year elected tyranny. The glimmer of hope in all of this is that people are starting to mobilise and there is renewed interest in replacing first-past-the-post elections with proportional representation, a move that would prevent a repeat of the one-man rule Ontario is currently suffering.

Sounds like the same virus that is infecting the dump(R)s has crossed the northern border. I bet oranganus is jealous of ford's powers.


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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:01 AM

1. K&Fuckin'R

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:20 AM

2. Someone is going to have to beat him next time around.

Is he popular? I understand the liberals in Ontario were very unpopular partly because they were in power for so long.

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