For the past half-century, in texts and professional training courses, I have written about the long struggle for municipalities to gain some recognition as elected governments authorized to take action on behalf of their residents and ratepayers. Premier Ford’s sudden and savage attack on the government and electorate of the City of Toronto – if allowed to stand – represents a major step backwards.
It is one thing to be decisive, to hit the ground running, and to demonstrate that change is underway. It is something else again to make snap decisions without proper planning, and without regard to the consequences, and that has been Premier Doug Ford’s modus operandi so far.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.