Ford Ain't Built 'Ford Tough'

Sunday, May 13, 2018

From daycare and healthcare to education and immigration, Doug Ford spent the first week of the campaign wandering from one self-inflicted wound to the next. Maybe it's the fact that his ideas aren't costed that’s causing the problem. Or maybe it's just the ideas themselves. Either way, observers and experts are weighing in and the reviews aren't pretty:

“Ford can't explain what he wants to do with the economy. The numbers won't add up.”
— Jean-Paul Lam, University of Waterloo

“…Doug Ford has no experience in provincial politics, and as a Toronto city councillor he had an indifferent career that was mostly situated on the coattails of his more successful brother… Right now, his vow to repeal and replace something in order to attract an ideological base is reminiscent of the American President who keeps tearing up laws and treaties on the promise of better deals that never quite materialize.”
— Globe and Mail Editorial

“But Doug Ford…seems a hard, heartless man, lacking in empathy and compassion.”
— Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star Columnist

“But Ford’s plan does not, as it claims, offer parents choices...As usual, his math just does not add up. The $389 million that Ford has announced for his plan would stretch to provide just $175 a year for the 2.2 million Ontario children under 14. That makes Ford’s plan a soundbite, not the beginnings of a robust child-care system”
— Toronto Star Editorial Board

“But look more closely at [Ford’s] sketchy [transit] plan – really only a press release – and two things become clear. First, much of what he vows to do is already being done. Second, the few other things he proposes make little sense.”
— Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail

“high-income earners are going see the biggest benefits from Ford’s proposed tax break…Individuals making more than $109,000 annually would get 49 per cent of the benefit of this tax cut.”
— Sheila Block, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

“Doug Ford’s transit policy announcement this week takes us back to the future — a kind of merry-go-round in which we lose time, money, and have the sense of optimism spun out of us by a succession of politically-motivated decisions. Ford’s transit policy will cost us the same: time, money and our sense of optimism.”
— Royson James, Toronto Star

“The Tory leader spent much of Friday’s northern Ontario debate proclaiming himself the region’s true champion — but his thoughts on immigration suggest he hasn’t been listening to what the north has been saying.”
— John Michael McGrath, TVO

“I considered the Progressive Conservatives’ promised annual tax rebate of up to $6,750 in care fees for each child up to age 15. They’re touting it as 75 per cent of the total cost of child care, but it’s just under 40 per cent of the $17,000 we paid [our daycare provider] Kelly last year, for just four days a week.”
— Denise Balkissoon, Globe and Mail

“He’s making it sound as if he’s making a funding announcement. I suppose that’s the way he wants to spin it, but I think he’s just confirming what we’ve already been promised.”
— Tom Galloway, Waterloo Councillor

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