Mixed messages from Tim Hudak
As you might be able to tell if you looked at the large collections of links under the Transportation heading over the last couple of days, I've been following the story of Toronto City Council's deliberations on transit. It's not that I intend to cover all of Toronto politics here but this issue involves provincial tax dollars and Metrolinx, an agency created by the provincial government. In fact, I've been looking forward to a resolution to this so I can go back to ignoring the Toronto Sun's Sue-Ann Levy.
And speaking of inanity (how's that for a segue?), when Council voted last night to defeat Mayor Ford's plan and in favour of an alternate proposal, it served as a kind of perverse exclamation point on the entire proceeding to see Tim Hudak pop up on Twitter jabbering about the War on Cars, which I've always thought took a metaphor that's already been battered out of shape and killed it outright. And here's Hudak again in a Toronto Star story which notes that Ford was warned about the province's intention to honour the decision of council.
Also at Queen’s Park, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak urged the Premier Thursday to ignore council and follow Ford's wish for subways...
Ford insists that he has a mandate for his position because voters, you know, voted. That overlooks the fact that all those councillors who voted the other way were also elected by those same voters. And those voters would also be the taxpayers who badly need respecting. If a majority of council voted against Ford's plan, that's the result of a democratic process. In fact, you could argue that it's a democratic process that's closer to the ground, and more accessible to the voters, than any government of which Hudak has ever been a part.
So what's Hudak on about? He's quick enough to criticize the McGuinty government when it ignores the will of local residents and forces wind turbines on them. How does he square that with a willingness to ignore Toronto's duly elected government and force a subway on them? Especially when he quite recently accused the Liberals of being the ones to interfere in municipal politics. I'm so confused.