Time for Premier Ford to Stop the Schoolyard Bullying, Respect Democracy and Govern!

‘Any lout can throw their weight around. Reasoned, consultative governance takes more than you seem to be displaying at this stage of your leadership.’

A Commentary by Gary Screaton Page, a Fort Erie resident and recent recipient of Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

Posted September 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Trump Tot, aka Trumpette, aka Doug Ford is not about governing for the people but rather about governing BY Doug Ford.

He is so Trump-like.

Consider how he dismisses protesters as “professionals”.

Label a group or person and that takes care of them. Give them a dismissive name and diminish their humanity.

We do that with enemies. The behaviour is typical of childish, schoolyard bullies.

Ford just doesn’t have the clout to make the impact and gain the attention Trump does. Unfortunately, such behaviour is nevertheless dehumanizing and ego driven.

Serving the public demands respect for the public. Ford doesn’t seem to get that agreement and acceptance are not the same. We don’t have to agree to be respectful and accepting of the humanity of others.

So, I will set the example by not calling Mr. Ford “Trumpette” or “Trump Tot” any more.

Now, Mr. Ford, I invite you to gain perspective.

Don’t beat up on your enemies on Toronto Council by using the notwithstanding clause. It is intended for far more weighty things than your ego.

Respect democracy. Put the notion up to a vote, or actually discuss the matter at the next election. The savings are relatively small in reality. And, far more offensive, is your hiring of people you like at huge salaries without real consultation.

Govern, Mr. Ford.

Any lout can throw their weight around. Reasoned, consultative governance takes more than you seem to be displaying at this stage of your leadership.

Now I see why you did not make it in Toronto. The rest of the province doesn’t know you so well perhaps.

They are surely finding out!

Gary Screaton Page

Gary Screaton Page is a resident of the Niagara, Ontario community of Fort Erie, Ontario  who, through his dedication to community, and his own sense of humanity and generosity, has spent years working with others to welcome newcomers to this region of Canada, and serve the common good in many other ways.

He has been a supporter of Niagara At Large who. this past January, 2018, was also awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship during a Queen’s Park ceremony for his outstanding contributions to community.

(A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large – The above commentary by Gary Screaton Page originally appeared as a comment under another recent column posted on NAL about the Ontario Ford government’s decision to over-ride Canada’s Charter of Rights to drive forward with its plans to slash the size of Toronto’s city council. As we sometimes do with comments we receive that can stand on their own, we have posted it again as a column in its own right.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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