This is a mistake. Possibly a big one.
It is not a mistake for the reason expressed in Peter Kent’s (ALL CAPS!) reply – although he has a bit of a point. It is a mistake for these reasons.
• It – once again – reduces the Ford scandal to a dispute between a conservative “mayor” and a liberal newspaper. It is way more than that.
• It suggests that the only opinions worth showcasing are those of rich downtown elites and intellectuals – the very people Rob Ford won office by opposing.
• It won’t have any impact, at all. All it might do, in fact, is underline the powerlessness of those who oppose Rob Ford.
I’m a punk rock guy. I believe in DOA’s credo: talk minus action equals zero. Or, ZERO, in Peter Kent’s style.
You want Rob Ford out? Me too. We do that, together, with action, not with yet more talk.
There is only one person who can beat Rob Ford, and I am doing my utmost to convince her to run. If you feel as I do, let’s get to work on that. She isn’t there yet.
No more talk. Action.
Dear Fellas (because you mostly are):
Here we go again. Rob Ford comes to work mid-afternoon, or not at all. He raises your taxes, and his fiscal claims are BS. And – now – we see that he regularly used taxpayer dollars (your tax dollars) to pay for his personal stuff. Oh, and he’s raising taxes, too.
He broke his word to you, Ford Nation. Don’t vote for him again, boys.
“Paul Calandra court documents point to family dispute over money, assets.”
Has all the elements, doesn’t it? You know: (a) poking through ancient court documents (b) to find personal stuff (c) about someone Glen doesn’t like, and (d) about whom no one else gives a shit.
What is amazing isn’t the “you can take the boy out of Frank magazine, but you can’t take Frank magazine out of the boy” truism. What’s amazing is that his editors at the Citizen have zero – as in, zero – critical faculties when it comes to this guy.
Oh, and just to be clear: I think Calandra is an idiot, like everyone else. But Glen McGregor is way, way worse.
When I was I shit-disturbing Young Liberal – before I became a shit-disturbing Old Liberal – I was on the Carleton U. Grit club executive. I decided to stir things up by inviting every Liberal and liberal I could think of to come and speak.
So I called up Jim Coutts, then the primus inter pares in Trudeau’s PMO, and asked him to come. He said okay.
Apparently, that was a big deal. Liberals told me he had never, ever agreed to something like that before.
So, when he showed up, I went to greet him. “Why’d you come?” I asked him.
“Because you asked me, that’s why,” said he.
RIP, Mr. Coutts.
She still have that drug and booze problem?