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article imageOp-Ed: Bored with Ford

By G. Robert M. Miller     Sep 21, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - With just over one month until Election Day in Toronto, mayoral candidate Rob Ford appears to be pulling away from his competition.
Fuelled by a campaign aimed at “fiscal responsibility”, Ford has managed to capture the attention and support of nearly half of all Torontonians, using of slogans, chants and demagogic speech completely absent of substance - a Toronto-style Tea Party guy.
I understand why people are intrigued by the all-but-constantly red faced Ford. It’s hard not to be enamoured by a somewhat cartoon-like character who parades through the streets of Canada’s most populous city, a debauched Paul Revere reincarnate, screaming that fiscal irresponsibility is coming if he is not elected into office.
Check out his website, www.robfordformayor.ca, and see what Ford thinks on the issues. What you’ll find is conjecture, regurgitated lame-duck ideas, complimented by a few new and stupid plans for Toronto.
Rob Ford plans on “making garbage more reliable” by opening up Toronto’s public waste contract to the private sector. Yeah, cause if there is one thing we can all be sure of, it’s that waste management companies who are placing bids at the lowest possible cost (and therefore, offering the lowest possible level of service) will increase the reliability of our waste services… Good thinkin’, Champ.
Rob Ford plans on “making the TTC an essential service”. I remember not too many years ago when I thought this was a no-brainer. But I was wrong about it. There's a long list of problems that go hand in hand with the demarcation of the TTC as an essential service; on that's far too long for an article about Rob Ford. The subject probably deserves an article unto itself, the long and short of it though, is that it is financially cuckoo.
Rob Ford plans on “improving customer service at city hall.” How? Well, just by being there. You see, “customer service doesn’t cost a thing”. With Rob Ford as mayor, the otherwise bitter, angry and annoyed customer service representatives currently funded by David Miller will transform into spry, vivacious, and warmly welcoming service reps – that’s leadership.
Maybe it’s just me, but damn – it seems shocking that a man of such size could be so entirely empty.
With just over a month before Torontonians head to the ballot boxes it is frightening to think Ford may be our next mayor. Toronto is an important, dynamic, and intricate city, and for mayor it needs an intelligent, dynamic, and nuanced leader – Rob Ford is 0 for 3 in this regard.
More frustrating is that this race has some good leaders involved. I am still unsure of where my vote will go; there are three candidates that I am considering. One thing I am sure of, though, is that a vote for Rob Ford is not a vote for fiscal responsibility – it is a vote for a loud guy with a lot of money.
Rob Ford has a good set of lungs, and he knows how to use them. But be sure, to vote for Rob Ford is to vote for a cheerleader, not a game changer.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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