INSIDE TORONTO City Hall this week it was like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. MAYOR ROB FORD is in the middle of a scandal involving crack cocaine, unsavory characters, refusing to answer questions from the media, 4 daily newspapers that smell blood in the water, a Darth Vader defender in the person of his brother, COUNCILLOR DOUG FORD . . . and then there’s PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE, who’s growing increasingly worried. With good reason.
GERRY NICHOLLS, a communications consultant, puts it this way . . .
Shoot-from-the-hip TORONTO Star columnist, ROSIE DIMANNO added . . .
SUE-ANN LEVY, uber-rightwinger, who writes a stream-of-consciousness screed in the TORONTO SUN, has gone after Premier Wynne, who is presently enjoying a high approval rating. Writes SUE-ANN: “Back in September 2010, Wynne, then Transportation Minister, sent a back-to-school e-mail to constituents lauding the accomplishments of (George) Smitherman and discrediting (then mayoral candidate Rob) Ford . . . She (Premier Wynne) claimed back then that a Toronto led by ROB FORD would not grow and prosper and that he’d practice the politics of division and anger.
“In an interview . . . . she told me (Sue-Ann Levy) that Ford would not have the “best interests” of the city at heart, a “grand vision” for the city or compassion for its people. However, she assured me back then that the provincial Liberals would work with whomever is elected as mayor. . . Note to Wynne: If I were you, I’d worry about your own circus. In other words, M.Y.O.B.” – SUE-ANN
HEY, SUE-ANN . . . PREMIER WYNNE WAS SPOT-ON. Rob Ford does indeed practice the politics of division and anger (suburbs vs downtown). He is not working in the best interests of the city, has no vision – grand or otherwise – and seems to dislike TORONTO and its people. The city is growing in spite of Ford, not because of him. I see no evidence of compassion or intelligence either, especially when it comes to the folks living downtown, who – by the way – pay taxes – BLOGGER DAVID
MEANWHILE OUTSIDE, peace and quiet in City Hall’s beautiful Green Roof Garden. It surrounds the council chamber and provides some excellent views of the Financial District.