Apropos of this month’s theme of opinion, Martin Regg Cohn writing for The Economist makes this point: “Doug Ford needs to take his marbles and go home to discuss a financial package for the people of Ontario.”
But Ford doesn’t. To continue on this theme, it doesn’t take a real economist to see what we’re about to see here in regards to daycare.
In fact, in light of this apparent refusal to take a package, the only “deal” is the ugly little insult of Doug Ford saying “We’re never going to close daycare” as he sits on the sidelines watching this scenario begin to play out. Ford is either evading responsibility or he has no intention of filling the void when he leaves the scene and it all plays out like a Brueghel painting.
To come back to daycare, there are two things here which make me suspicious: the “financial package” is tied to the perceived Liberal failure to increase funding, and the closing of care spaces is not part of this package.
That brings us to what I believe is the final nail in Doug Ford’s coffin: he will be out of office by March 1st of next year. By then the gender-based wage gap, social problems like opioid addiction, families waiting for his promised $25,000 Child Care Benefit will all be old news.
Ford’s on-again, off-again, now back-on-again insistence on going to the abortion clinic while Toronto is hosting a small party in honour of Pride proves that he is just not willing to face up to his own toxic rhetoric and a “pro-life” agenda.
As the Liberal leader issued the four official “nots” from the Progressive Conservative side this week, I found myself thinking about what life will be like if Ford does indeed survive and form a majority government.
Maybe not bad: Doug Ford and his cronies will have to deal with the fallout of his harsh treatment of young lawyer Kudzai Kitshoki in front of his daughter. What they won’t have to deal with is the burden of the untimely death of a dairy farmer, and what the full impact of their cuts to Ontario’s schools will have on schoolchildren, students, teachers, and taxpayers alike.
But who knows what Doug Ford will be able to accomplish when voters, municipal and provincial, do have the chance to go to the polls in just a couple of months. In the meantime, I’m confident people will continue to rise up across Ontario to take back our communities, our schools, and our futures.
Progressive Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford waded in on the situation for the daycare that abruptly closed. Was it his fault? Calls to the education ministry for comment on the closure were not returned.