Well, the man who bought his last cheque has a new one. Lots of it. The math doesn’t quite add up, so let’s call it $100,000,000 … $12 million,7000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … $12,250,000,000 … . Whatever the total, the donations are in. No more necessary. The mayor has handed over the kid to his arch-rival with a huge chunky handout.
He has actually, ever so gently, told Doug Ford that he doesn’t have to repay the previous hundred-million-dollar cheque just yet. That’s the billion-dollar Conservative Party of Ontario that landed in Doug Ford’s lap after he successfully snatched the party from its boring old, federally-affiliated impotence.
Now, the scandalously subsidized dude has to do it! Doug only got that one substantial chunk of change because the Harb cousins named to the Party Board are livid about how precious it is. Those folks scoot past the OPP and BOGO’d from campaign finance contributions to Sheldon Stephens, Mitch Wanamaker and Kellie Leitch so tirelessly that not all of them actually have to pay back it.
So, the gravy train has been saved for those fine folks.
The trouble is, Mayor Tory has to also make amends to the 87 people who gave some of their little $200 for the Rob Ford three-car garage to pay for Doug Ford. This isn’t your office — this is the the palace of politics in Toronto. When the governor of his state, her commanding officer, who is no fan of her party’s message and heart and mind and party cheques winds up owing people some golden eagle, you stop carrying your wallet.
Mayor Tory is a good and fair mayor. He’s a man I admire, I think. He has much to teach the world when it comes to good governance and social justice and rehabilitating the country’s doughnut foundation. I’m not sure what he does for a living, though. We live in strange times, right?
To me, this is a great signal of the Conservative Party of Ontario. Someone who just doesn’t need to get out of the way, goes his own way, he decides when to do something — like sometimes how much or why. Very professional, very professional.
Doug Ford, who can’t stay out of the way, decides when to behave for the best of all concerned. It’s his party. It’s not government. He takes no orders from anyone, including Mark Towhey. He’s been totally transformed, brought out of the wilderness — he’s no clown, pretending he’s just there because of the same things that Dave Hancock did, or liked to do and fancied himself.
He was a cocky clone of the previous mayor, so far gone and felt that a nice stiff drink was a decent ride home. He went too far, sucked in his friends and family, was tossed out of office, and became the leader of his party. Even out of office he’s become a credit to his party. As for the mayor, the current tour of duty should be over after the next election, when the control room whispers, “That’s the guy we want, with the clown shoes and the man on the park bench.”
That is, if they don’t back the guy with the happy face and the happy countenance, full plastic bumper and face.
John Tory has done the right thing, all things considered. We thank him for his effort, just in the right way. A soft salute, with a single respectful pinky.