Issue_0945, Byfield, Politics, Canada, Ontario

[Byfield] So what’s the point of teaching history, modern educators ask

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Take a look at the political zoo that’s going on lately in Ontario, and you’ll soon know

[Ted Byfield Blog] It’s sad to behold the decline in the quality of modern-day political office-holders. Take, for instance, the position of premier in Ontario. It was once filled by such men of stature as Sir Oliver Mowat, Howard Ferguson, and William Davis– not to mention George Drew, who established a 42-year Tory dynasty in the government of that province, Now the premier’s office is to be distinguished by a man accused of establishing in his youth a brisk wholesale trade in hashish for the “with-it” generation in the wealthy Toronto neighbourhood where he grew up– an accusation he vigorously denies.

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He is of course Premier-elect the Honourable Douglas Ford, brother and chief defendant of the late Robert Ford, who in his four years as mayor of Toronto’s gave the city’s ruling cabal of ultra-sensitive liberals a veritable cornucopia of misdeeds to be outraged about. Will Premier Ford keep the province in the same kind of unremitting turmoil to which his brother, Mayor Ford, reduced the city? It won’t be easy.

Consider, for instance, the circumstances that eventually forced Mayor Ford to resign. Following allegations, ostensibly backed by videotaped evidence, that he was regularly using crack cocaine, the mayor was ordered to resign. He refused. So the city council cut off his office expenses. He then confessed. Yes, that was he in the video all right, but he could justify this He was dead drunk at the time. He was given to binge drinking, he said.

That should do him in, declared his liberal critics. They were wrong. It only made him an international celebrity, loudly acclaimed as a true man of the people. Thus, cheered on by his adoring followers, he ran for re-election as mayor. But here fate intervened and struck a lethal blow. He died of cancer in the midst of the campaign. Brother Douglas replaced him and was defeated.

From the outside, there was little to distinguish the two brothers. Both were ardent fiscal conservatives, promising to cut back on government and slash taxes. Both took the parents’ side against the bureaucrats on sex education. Both served on the same city council, Doug as a councillor and Rob as the mayor. And both seemed to enjoy the helpless rage to which they intuitively reduced the more caring and sharing and socially aware Torontonians..

On some issues. the future Premier Doug was the more outspoken. Asked would he join a gay pride parade, he said no, and went on to describe it as “a bunch of middle-aged men, with pot bellies, running down the street buck naked.” How this would enhance the image of Canada’s queen city, Doug said he could not quite understand.

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