Twitter reaction to Doug Ford's dream of ultimate mayoral authority
A day after it was revealed that the mayor's office has something of a plan to build a Sheppard Avenue subway extension via (as yet unsecured) private financing, comments made by Doug Ford to a Globe and Mail reporter regarding the nuisance that city council poses to the mayor have dominated municipal politics discourse today. The statements in question have been widely quoted by now, but just for the record, this one sums up his position quite well. "I believe in a strong mayor system, like they have in the States. The mayor should have veto power ... so he has enough power to stop council."
Insofar as subway funding and the direction that "Transportation City" takes will continue to occupy the media as more specific information comes to light, I tend to doubt that Doug Ford's plan was to direct attention away from yesterday's news. So why say it then? Well, I would assume he made these comments because, here and now (i.e. while his brother is the mayor), he would indeed love to be able to by-pass council.
It's probably not really necessary to explain why this is problematic, particularly when one considers how frustrating such a situation would have been to his brother when he was a lowly councillor during David Miller's mayoralty. So let's see what the #TOpoli people on Twitter had to say about today's developments. Sure, the follwing reaction is bound to bear a left-wing slant, but that's what makes it funny. After all, how could such remarks be taken seriously in the first place.
So the Globe thinks Doug is the real mayor. But who is the puppet master of Doug? Harris? #topoli
Why would we give a mayor veto power if he didn't even get a majority of the votes of citizens? Maybe we should address that first. #TOpoli
@blogTO Did he mean veto or Devito powers? The latter would be kinda cool actually.
Note to Doug Ford: the current "weak mayor" system is OUR veto power. It protects us from incompetents like you & your brother. #TOpoli
For the record: the only thing I ever veto'd as mayor was my choice of sandwich at lunchtime. Council voted for whitefish, I wanted lox.
I'm thinking Doug Ford "didn't come back for you", Toronto - apparently, he came back to turn us into Chicago! #TOpoli
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