ALL ABOARD THE FORD GRAVY TRAIN
One of the main battle cries of Doug Ford and his brother, the late Mayor Rob Ford was that they were going to stop the gravy train at City Hall in Toronto. Then Dougie made it a campaign promise during the provincial election to stop the gravy train at Queen’s Park, the legislative assembly of Ontario.
Well, it appears that not only is the gravy train still running in Ontario, but it has a new conductor, Premier Doug Ford himself. His Chief of Staff, oops, former Chief, Dean French, was forced to resign after he got caught giving plum appointments to former Conservative party workers, failed candidates, and even the 26 year old son of one of his friends.
The official opposition party, the NDP, tried to get an investigation going, but were shut down by a Conservative dominated committee. That meant they couldn’t interview Dominic Morrissey, the Cons riding association president in Pickering who got a big job on the board of Agricorp or Cameron Montgomery who got appointed to a $140,000 per year job overseeing the education testing board or EQAO. Montgomery does have some background in post-secondary education, but his main qualification appears to be that he ran unsuccessfully for the Cons in the last election.
There are dozens of other examples where Dougie has given his friends and allies a hefty ladle full from the provincial gravy train. He really is for the people. The only problem is that most of us are just not his kind of people.
Stand Up. Fight Back. Don’t Give Up.