Having, for all intents and purposes, just deposed its elected Mayor in a palace coup for reasons that appear, on the surface at least, mainly
cosmetic, Toronto has now joined the ranks of those places around the globe where simply being elected is no guarantee of serving a full term of
The reason that Mayor Rob Ford has been all but stripped of his office is carefully explained in today's Toronto Star
by the new spokesman for
the latest fad down at City Hall, the "Emily Post" school of government.
That person, former mayor John Sewell, "Red" John Sewell, often called "Mayor Blue Jeans" from the time he regularly used to give the sartorial finger
to convention in city politics back in the late 70s has, like many an old firebrand, many an old rebellious youth, many an old defiant populist, many
an old leather jacketed townie, grown up to be polite and stuffy and forgetful.
He doesn't seem to remember how the police were trying to get rid of him when he was in office.
Sewell gives his take on the Ford affair in an opinion piece in the Toronto Star
I'm not going to rebut this piece line by line, but it does outline for us a list of criteria for governing in a democracy that might come as a shock
to people who thought that the right to govern in a democracy followed upon coming in first at the polls.
Sewell, in other places, has lamented the loss of collegiality and consensus building at City Hall and the advent of "political party-style"
adversarial politics, yet he supports the removal of an elected Mayor. Isn't the ouster of Rob Ford the thin edge of a party political wedge being
driven into politics at City Hall?
Why are the people of Toronto voting for a Mayor, as opposed to a political party, if the mayor can be removed by Council?
This new phenomenon at City Hall is the advent of a parliamentary style procedure imposing itself on city government.
I just don't understand John Sewell's position on this at all.
Rob Ford has been convicted of precisely nothing. The scandal in Toronto has been stoked for a long time by the Toronto Star, a newspaper that didn't
want Ford elected in the first place and has been doing its darndest to get him out of office ever since.
And now we have the Premier
of the province pondering whether to create the legislative tools to enable the removal of elected civic
As one old radical to another, you should be ashamed of yourself John Sewell.
One more thing. Here's a question for you John, "Have you ever smoked dope?" lol.
edit on 20-11-2013 by ipsedixit because: (no reason