During election campaigns we’ve come to expect over-the-top partisan rhetoric and exaggerations of all kinds — some so big they really are better classified as lies. But once elected, we expect leaders to switch gears and govern, as Doug Ford likes to say, for the people.
But Ontario’s premier has never left the hustings, and by his own admission he doesn’t want to.
“I have a rule,” Ford said this week. “As soon as I finish one campaign, I start campaigning right away, the next day.”
That’s what had him standing in front of business leaders last week, urging them to “keep fighting with me” against what he referred to as the “forces” supposedly out to thwart him.
And this week, he was out lashing the prime minister, just as he would a political opponent on the campaign trail, accusing Justin Trudeau of making promises he can’t keep and “trying to hoodwink us” with his government’s plan to fight climate change.
Who knows what enemy, corporeal or not, Ford will find to focus on next week?
None of this is good for Ontario.
[Much Bitching and Complaining Follows]