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Ford will need to do more than this to deal with Ontario’s fiscal mess but consider this, he hasn’t even started.
Ford will need to do more than this to deal with Ontario’s fiscal mess but consider this, he hasn’t even started.

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.

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See Also:

(1) Ford axes green rebate program, sparking rush of installations

(2) Solar energy investors expected to snub Ontario in wake of Ford enviro decisions

(3) Doug Ford’s PCs may slam the brakes on electric vehicle incentives

(4) Questions swirl around Ontario’s pot plans as Doug Ford prepares to take power

(5) Don Cherry predicts Doug Ford will one day be PM

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BTDT
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BTDT

Don Cherry predicts Doug Ford will one day be PM? Better late than never there, Grapes. But that prediction was made right here on JNW a couple of months ago. Welcome aboard the ‘Ford Train’ anyway! It’s gonna happen.

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Juxtaposition of the incongruous: “solar power” and “investor”. If being an “investor” involves getting rebates and government handouts, then, what qualifies and an “exploiter”?