Doug Ford

A couple of thoughts on the ethical and moral crisis that has gripped the federal government. I watched a lot of today’s testimony by Gerald Butts, Michael Wernick and Nathalie Drouin. As Clerk of the Privy Council, Wernick is the highest-ranking member of the civil service. He is, in effect, the Deputy Prime Minister. Drouin is the Deputy Minister of Justice. Butts was Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary when the SNC-Lavalin scandal was incubating. My first thought was that Wernick was pugnacious and, from my perspective, offensive. He said over and over again that the decision about granting a deferred prosecution arrangement to the company isRead More →

Two million three hundred and twenty-six thousand and six hundred and thirty-two Ontarians did not elect Doug Ford as premier. That’s how many voted for Conservative candidates on June 7. Fewer than twenty thousand voted for him. The only people who put Doug Ford into the premier’s office are, first of all, the 30,041 members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario who voted for him in their leadership contest. That was 48.26% of the voting members. Christine Elliott got more votes than him, but didn’t win. The second level of responsibility goes to the 19,055 people in Etobicoke North who voted for him toRead More →