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Doug Ford doesn't, but that isn't the point. He has leadership, he knows how to set priorities, and let people do their job.
Ford showed some serious lack of judgment in his first year or so in office. He, for some reason, prioritized expensively firing the head of Hydo One, meddling in the Toronto City Council election days before it was supposed to happen, spent an inordinate amount of political capital on sex education in schools. Within a year he was, somehow, less popular that the Wynne government that was just defeated and reduced to a rump without official party status. He should thank his lucky stars that the COVID pandemic happened and gave him a crisis that required basic competency to manage and for Ontario to rally around that basicly competent leadership. Thousands of Ontarians died but it saved his political career.
 

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Ford showed some serious lack of judgment in his first year or so in office. He, for some reason, prioritized expensively firing the head of Hydo One, meddling in the Toronto City Council election days before it was supposed to happen, spent an inordinate amount of political capital on sex education in schools. Within a year he was, somehow, less popular that the Wynne government that was just defeated and reduced to a rump without official party status. He should thank his lucky stars that the COVID pandemic happened and gave him a crisis that required basic competency to manage and for Ontario to rally around that basicly competent leadership. Thousands of Ontarians died but it saved his political career.
he has done a great job. He saved taxpayer's $ firing the Wynne appointed $6M man. Got rid of 1/2/ the lefty waste in TO. Decent families were upset Wynne was teaching g3 students about gay sex so he fixed the curriculum. Same for scrapping 'discovery' math where Liberal teachers can't even do multiplication tables.. He created 300,000 + jobs getting rid of Liberal red tape and scrapping the hated Liberal carbon tax grab. Then did an excellent job on covid Will clean up the Lib LT care mess now.
 

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Jimmy, you can think what you like, but the reality was that Doug's approval rating was in the 20s% after about a year. Most Ontarians were deeply unimpressed with him. COVID saved his bacon.

Toronto spends over $6 billion per year. Cutting council was completely inconsequential in terms of expenditures. Maybe mathematically challenged people are impressed, but it did nothing material to cut waste in Toronto. If Dougy really wanted to cut waste in Toronto he could dissolve the city government and manage the city from Queens Park (effectively appoint himself mayor, council and executive of the city). It is within the power of the provincial government to do this. The gong show with the election was just to distract the rubes and maybe exact a bizarre bit of petty revenge. He did it without any consultation of the electorate of Toronto.
 

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Ford showed some serious lack of judgment in his first year or so in office. He, for some reason, prioritized expensively firing the head of Hydo One, meddling in the Toronto City Council election days before it was supposed to happen, spent an inordinate amount of political capital on sex education in schools. Within a year he was, somehow, less popular that the Wynne government that was just defeated and reduced to a rump without official party status. He should thank his lucky stars that the COVID pandemic happened and gave him a crisis that required basic competency to manage and for Ontario to rally around that basicly competent leadership. Thousands of Ontarians died but it saved his political career.
I'll hit on the sex ed curriculum. The Liberals pushed through an ideologically driven curriculum, without properly consulting with stakeholders.
Doug Ford pulled it, consulted with parents made some adjustments and re-released the new curriculum with some that was generally accepted by most stakeholders.

That's how it should have happened in the first case.
Could you imagine the outrage if Ford implemented "values" like logic, hard work, and personal responsibility in the curriculum without consultations?



Toronto city council was a dysfunctional mess, he took steps to fix it.
They announced the changes 3 months before the election and passed them into law more than 2 months before the election.

2 months is more than enough time for an election campaign. Both Canadian Federal and Ontario Provincial elections are less than 2 months.
 

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Jimmy, you can think what you like, but the reality was that Doug's approval rating was in the 20s% after about a year. Most Ontarians were deeply unimpressed with him. COVID saved his bacon.

Toronto spends over $6 billion per year. Cutting council was completely inconsequential in terms of expenditures. Maybe mathematically challenged people are impressed, but it did nothing material to cut waste in Toronto. If Dougy really wanted to cut waste in Toronto he could dissolve the city government and manage the city from Queens Park (effectively appoint himself mayor, council and executive of the city). It is within the power of the provincial government to do this. The gong show with the election was just to distract the rubes and maybe exact a bizarre bit of petty revenge. He did it without any consultation of the electorate of Toronto.
His approval rating fell from 40% to 29% and now he is back to a 14 pt lead now anyway so moot. Who cares about ratings anyway. he had to do some unpopular things like getting the lazy teachers' costs down , scrap wasteful garbage green energy FIT deals to Lib pals and reduce other Liberal waste. Business and the 300,000 who got new jobs appreciate him.

He realigned ridings to be similar to prov and fed. Then the lazy left voted themselves doubling of their expenditures when they were doing the same amnt of work. He tried. TO council is a mess is right
 

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Jimmy, you must think Trudeau is doing a fantastic job because his approval rating is also very high. COVID flatters anyone who happens to be in a leadership role, unless you are catastrophically incompetent like Trump. Doug had to hide during the last federal election because he was seen to be absolutely toxic in Ontario and deeply hurt Sheer's chances against a vulnerable Trudeau.

Jimmy, do you think every municipality should have council wards the same size as their ridings (many as few as one council seat)? And if not, why not?
 

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Doug Ford for PM. No thanks. Same for our Premier, Jason Kenney. Absolutely not.

There is something amiss inside the federal Conservative Party if they can only get their second stringers to reach for the leadership position. The most talented and capable seem to shy away from it. Such a shame.

I believe that there is a flaw in how the voting is structured.. It seems incredible to me that someone like Scheer was elected even as a compromise leader. It is almost as if they want to elect as leader that members dislike the least vs. the leader that has the most ability to more them forward to win an election.

MacKay and O'Toole seem to be bending over backwards to garner the support of the social conservative crowd. Really, does it make sense that 10 or 15 percent of Party members should make the choice, and of course have a more than their numbers role in setting policy? I believe this is a huge impediment to the Party moving forward.
 

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The Liberals had their time of wandering the wilderness with Dion and Ignatieff. Now it is the Conservatives turn to woe and despair.

Any suggestion that the Liberals would remove Trudeau are nothing but fanciful thinking. He is a living legend among Liberals.
 

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Doug Ford for PM. No thanks. Same for our Premier, Jason Kenney. Absolutely not.

There is something amiss inside the federal Conservative Party if they can only get their second stringers to reach for the leadership position. The most talented and capable seem to shy away from it. Such a shame.

I believe that there is a flaw in how the voting is structured.. It seems incredible to me that someone like Scheer was elected even as a compromise leader. It is almost as if they want to elect as leader that members dislike the least vs. the leader that has the most ability to more them forward to win an election.

MacKay and O'Toole seem to be bending over backwards to garner the support of the social conservative crowd. Really, does it make sense that 10 or 15 percent of Party members should make the choice, and of course have a more than their numbers role in setting policy? I believe this is a huge impediment to the Party moving forward.
Scheer became leader because 51% of the party prefered him to the 49% who preferred Bernier.

Rank ballot is a pretty fair way to ensure a compromise candidate that is arguably most acceptable to the people.
I agree, that it may also elect a leader who has less enthusiastic support.

The way our system works in elections is we end up with a government that only gets somewhere around 30-40% of the vote. It's crazy that we can end up in a viritual dictatorship that less than half the country supports.
However they do tend to have stronger support from their base than a compromise candidate would.

Look at the US, people are very passionate about their party, and they don't have compromise candidates.

I am a bit dissappointed that the CPC doesn't have the stronger people running, but they seem to have bowed out.
I would have loved to see Baird vs Trudeau, but isn't going to happen.

That being said I think OToole is a good candidate, and he's pushing some pragmatic election items, for instance he's raising the issue is that the CPC needs some Carbon plan. Quite simply Toronto voters hate the resource industry, and you have to give them something.
Telling them "no carbon tax" and leaving it at that isn't going to cut it, I'm not saying he's the second coming of Harper, but it seems he understands that the first rule of politics is get elected.
I think he might have a good chance, then he has to sit down with the party and explain be pragmatic, we have to spend our political capital well. That was Harpers big trick, he got them to mostly stick to a good plan, instead of fighting unwinnable battles.
 

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Harper also use the reward system well and crates of duct tape to cover the mouthes of recalcitrant back bench MP's and Cabinet Ministers who may not have otherwise cleared their every utterance with the minions in his PMO office. This was very much a tight control and command environment that only started to fail at the end when it was clear that the Harper Conservatives would not be re-elected.
 

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Jimmy, you must think Trudeau is doing a fantastic job because his approval rating is also very high. COVID flatters anyone who happens to be in a leadership role, unless you are catastrophically incompetent like Trump. Doug had to hide during the last federal election because he was seen to be absolutely toxic in Ontario and deeply hurt Sheer's chances against a vulnerable Trudeau.

Jimmy, do you think every municipality should have council wards the same size as their ridings (many as few as one council seat)? And if not, why not?
I don't want to argue about other councils. TO was just notorious for waste. Doug has been doing a great job whether you like him or not. He wasn't popular w the swamp so he stayed out of the way for Scheer.
 

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Harper also use the reward system well and crates of duct tape to cover the mouthes of recalcitrant back bench MP's and Cabinet Ministers who may not have otherwise cleared their every utterance with the minions in his PMO office. This was very much a tight control and command environment that only started to fail at the end when it was clear that the Harper Conservatives would not be re-elected.
Yes, and the power of the PMO & Party leaders have only gotten worse under Trudeau.
Put in garbage like Proportional representation, and it gets even worse.

That's why politicians are scared of ranked ballot.
 

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I don't want to argue about other councils. TO was just notorious for waste. Doug has been doing a great job whether you like him or not. He wasn't popular w the swamp so he stayed out of the way for Scheer.
In other words, no coherent logic to reducing the number of councilors in Toronto when they already represented more people than the vast majority of mayors in Ontario. Torontonians don't deserve local representation, but presumably residents of Burlington need 6 councilors for a population that wold be represented by 1 in Toronto. Such waste! And Ford obviously doesn't care about the poor taxpayers of Burlington. Ottawa has 23 councilors but should only have 6! Think of all the hundreds of council positions in Ontario that could be eliminated. I'm sure it could save literally a basis point worth of cost--local representation be damned. No point in asking any of these communities about how they would feel about it--we should just implement it in a matter of weeks without consultation.
 

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Yes, and the power of the PMO & Party leaders have only gotten worse under Trudeau.
Put in garbage like Proportional representation, and it gets even worse.

That's why politicians are scared of ranked ballot.
I dunno. We seem to see members of the cabinet and backbench MPs expressing their thoughts openly more than was ever the case under Harper. Many cabinet members were essentially banned from speaking except prepared remarks with Harper.

Not all proportional representation schemes empower the leadership. That is really more a function of who controls nominations and caucus membership. In many ways, I think the UK method of having MPs pick the PM is more in keeping with how legitimacy is supposed to flow. MPs are elected by the people. PMs are not (though our elections are a bizarro electoral college presidency). PMs should be accountable to MPs and the House. The current situation is a quasi-presidential system. In many ways I think we should adopt a more straightforward presidential model if we are not going to buttress the primacy of MPs in the House as the conduit of democratic legitimacy. Then we can disconnect the role of electoral college the HoC currently plays and allow it to truly hold the executive to account.
 

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It is amusing that they think it is a fine system to choose their leader but would fight til their dying breath any move away from FPTP in elections that matter.
The issue is that the Liberals benefit from FPTP.
The conservatives generally benefit from FPTP.
The NDP will get more power under Proportional representation. But PR is very scary and will lead to a 2 party system like in the US.


Ranked ballot is a big unknown for the established parties, but honestly it's really hard to find a downside.
 

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Ranked ballot is a big unknown for the established parties, but honestly it's really hard to find a downside.
I think most people will find that ranked ballot will favour the Liberals. The only party that overwhelmingly benefits FPTP is the Conservative party.

If you didn't know, Trudeau favours ranked ballot and it would have put the Liberals in power for perpetuity unless there was a big change where every party worked together to vote them out. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-electoral-reform-1.3976345

You only have to look at the Conservative leadership results as an example of what would likely happen, in a ranked ballot, or instant runoff type voting system. Basically, the least offensive choice will win out in the long run as being the perpetual second choice. Assuming that most ridings have 3 main contenders (Conservatives, NDP, Liberals), when it comes down two it, would most Conservative voters rank NDP above Liberals? Or would most NDP voters rank Conservatives above Liberals? I'm sure there are some exceptions, and only in an extreme case where the Liberal party has universally alienated the whole population, where it is unlikely that the Liberals are the preferred 2nd choice.

As for PR, it's more likely you'd get a pizza-style parliament like in most European countries rather than coalescence into 2 parties.

Edit: An article where they simulated a ranked vote result in 2019 election based on a survey of preferred 2nd choice. The Liberals and NDP would have gained while Conservatives and Bloc lost seats. Who wins Election 2019 under a ranked-ballot system - Macleans.ca
 

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Ranked ballots would turn into political strategies. The parties would tell their supporters to leave the 2nd and 3rd choices blank.
 

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Besides getting the people elected that you want, you also want to enable them to enact legislation.

In the US system they have been in a stalemate and can't get any big problems solved. The social security system is bankrupt and they can't do anything about it. Immigration policy is a mess and they can't change it. Infrastructure spendings is full of pork barrel spending to buy votes. It is a complete mess.

A majority government in Canada can actually make timely changes. Even in a minority government , much is possible with the support of other parties.

We can have a Parliament full of happy faces from all different parties, or we can have one that functions. I don't think we can have both.
 
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