He isn’t even sworn in but Ontario’s premier designate, Doug Ford, is off to a good start. Ford will officially become premier on June 29 but is already making waves.
It started last Friday with his announcement that he would pull Ontario out of Kathleen Wynne’s cap and trade system with California and Quebec. This is the program that saw hundreds of millions of dollars flow from Ontario to California. Somehow, this was supposed to help the environment.
Ford’s announcement of Ontario’s intention to withdraw annoyed all the right people. In Ottawa, Trudeau’s environment minister Catherine McKenna announced that Ontario would be faced with the federal carbon tax. California and Quebec acted in horror and immediately ordered all trading with Ontario based entities to stop.
Sending a message from the top.
Then on Tuesday Ford announced a hiring freeze, the cancelling of newspaper and magazine subscriptions paid for by government and an end to government paid meals for meetings.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called these moves nothing but an attempt to get headlines.
No, I’d call them setting the tone from the top down.