Sunday, November 17, 2013

Too bad we don’t have a time machine

There’s an article by Andrew Coyne in the National Post about the situation in Toronto concerning the Mayor.  I like Coyne’s writing and this sentence sums it all up for me: “It is the same condescending populism, the same aggressively dumb, harshly divisive message that has become the playbook for the right generally in this country, in all its contempt for learning, its disdain for facts, its disrespect of convention and debasing of standards.”

Regardless of Rob Ford’s addictions, immaturity, entitlement and all the other things at which he appears to excel, Coyne nails it – first and foremost, it is the ENABLING provided by the coterie hanging onto Ford’s unkempt shirttails.  That Ford became the poster-boy for the right in Toronto is neatly summed up by Coyne – the “debasing of standards”.  It’s a tailgate party run amok.

The Ford story is too well known to deserve repetition here but a question emerges from this mess that every provincial and municipal government in Canada should be considering.  The question is simple – what happens if a similar situation develops in St. John’s, Halifax, Fredericton, Saskatoon or Dawson?  Is there the necessary legislative framework in place that can FORCE an elected official to step aside while an investigation is conducted?  Does a municipal council have the authority to effect such action?

The potential for a similar situation to develop exists in each of our communities and likely will continue to develop as the economy squeezes us all.  It appears we are prepared to accept that debasing of standards from our politicians as long as they appear to be doing something.  That’s how Rob Ford got elected. 

It’s like Biff Tannen from Back To The Future becoming Mayor.  You don’t have to be bright to get elected – just loud and with a bunch of enabling buddies who think you’re great.

Too bad we don’t have a time machine.

1 comment:

Wisewebwoman said...

I would add some kind of agenda too with his bros pulling the strings and his mother enabling. sick family. And so very sad to see him hiding behind his children when the shyte gets too deep.