Not even sworn in yet as premier of Ontario, Doug Ford has already shown voters that he is no pussyfooter.
This is almost shocking, so accustomed are Ontarians to the kind of politicians who arrive at Queen’s Park full of piss and vinegar, and all revved up to slay dragons and change the world, only to slowly but surely become reluctant to rock the boat for fear of creating a ripple.
Once ensconced in the historic wood-paneled bubble of the Pink Palace, Job 1 becomes their quest for the financial bounce that comes with a cabinet or critic position, and then their re-election to another four-year term.
Doug Ford, it would appear, doesn’t give a damn about 2022.
He’s all about the here and the now.
He’s on a mission to right a mega-basket filled with Wynne Liberal wrongs, take political insiders out of play, and go after policy and budget alterations that give respect back to the taxpayer.
Right out of the box, Ford ordered a hiring freeze in the public service — not to front-line troops like cops, firefighters and nurses — but to the mushy middle that now has a girth and body-mass index of the obese.
He has already cancelled the $377-million Green Ontario Fund that hands out such goodies as free thermostats and has promised to lob 10-cents-a-litre off the price of gas and keep a keen eye on gas companies who use long weekends like the upcoming Canada Day to bump up the pump price.