Most of Toronto’s politicos were caught by surprise when John Tory decided to go out for milk last Sunday night. Surprised because it seemed very hurried and because, well, Tory actually made a decision. And also surprised because everyone knew that Karen Stintz would be announcing her mayoral candidacy first thing Monday morning – except that Tory got there first. This move by Tory seemed petty and decidedly unsportsmanlike – even by political standards. (It should be noted that Tory didn’t have a particularly good week either).
So, Stintz’s week started off with a whimper and went downhill from there. Some highlights:
- Stintz arrives at City Hall to register her candidacy and forgets her (required) identification. “I guess you don’t know who I am,” she tells the clerk. Manages to appear both arrogant and sloppy.
- The fact that John Tory stole Stintz’s political thunder continues to make more news than the fact that she’s now officially in the race.
- Soknacki pushes out an infographic highlighting Stintz’s changing views on transit. (Found here on BCL’s website).
- Stintz goes to the Toronto Board of Trade and does a media avail in front of a backdrop of sunflowers. Aside from being a bit weird and wholly incongruous with running for mayor of Canada’s largest city, doesn’t Team Stintz know that sunflowers start to wilt after October?
- Stintz, trying to be all clever on social media, sends out a bizarre “I’m like you” tweet. Twitter reacts strongly.
- When Fords attack: Doug Ford goes on national television and calls Stintz a “flip-flopper.”
I know some of the people on this campaign and they’re smart, experienced guys. Her week should have gone better.
A couple of weeks ago, John Tory – privileged one -percenter that he is – weighed in on why women earn less than men. According to Tory, we 1) don’t “put up a fuss” and 2) don’t spend enough time on the golf course.
Aside from the fact that the last thing Toronto needs is the out-of-touch Tory in the mayor’s chair, he picked the very day that Karen Stintz is set to announce her campaign; a fact that is well-known to everyone with a pulse. Stintz is, so far, the only woman to sign up for this contest and Tory decides to blow up her announcement. I’m not a Stintz fan but this was an incredibly disrespectful move.
I hope she kicks the crap out of him today, all the way back to the Rosedale Club.
This is always a difficult day for me. Birthdays are supposed to be fun, light events. He was born February 20, 1941. And he was tragically killed just thirty short years later. Taken too soon, you hear people say about those who died young. I was just two years old when it happened. He loved me madly, I’m told.
He died before I was old enough to have memories of him. I don’t know what his voice sounded like. I’ve never seen his handwriting. I don’t know what it felt like to be enveloped in a hug that only fathers can give their little girls. So many “nevers” are attached to him. Jake. My dad.
I was his only daughter, his only child. When my parents split, before he died, he fought for custody. Something unheard of so many decades ago. It must have been such a painful time but somehow knowing how desperately he wanted to raise me brings some comfort. Given how little time he had left on this earth, I wish he had been granted it.
Life is complicated, whether you live for a long time or not. Hug your kids, even if they’re too young to remember.
Happy birthday, Dad.
More Tory dirty tricks.
The Harper guys don’t seem to mind shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to move a disgraced general after he was court-martialled to the UAE. They don’t have a problem with shutting down veterans’ offices or cutting two billion from defence spending over their years in government. But this, they have a problem with. What about the dozen other retired military officials this government paid to move within the same cities? Well, I guess they weren’t Liberals.
Hey, look who sent me a Valentine!
PressProgress refers to John Tory as an electoral “serial loser.” Sounds about right.
Today, Tory opined as to why women earn less than men. I, for one, was surprised to learn that it’s my fault if I don’t earn as much as a man. That’s right. John Tory thinks if we women aren’t earning the same as men, well, it’s our own damn fault.
Kind of like slut-shaming, but in a business sense. Check out the link here, and listen at about the three-minute mark.
When you’ve concocted a scheme to publicly dump half your caucus, it’s bad form to high five each other in the media. Particularly if the account you’re giving isn’t entirely accurate. I have it on good authority that young Trudeau, immediately after reading a prepared statement, walked out, leaving one of his advisors behind to handle the (justifiably) enraged senators.
Which raises another point, one of loyalty and family. Many of those 32 senators – and their dedicated staff – have spent decades supporting and working on behalf of our party, and on behalf of Canadians. There are many senators that I respect and admire and many of their staff I consider friends. They deserve better than this collective cold shoulder and gleeful anti-Liberal senator bandwagoning that’s now happening over on the elected side.
Having worked in the Senate for a number of years, I have huge respect for the institution. There are many senators who play by the rules and are there to make a positive contribution to the lives of Canadians, like this one, my favourite. But there are others – and not just Conservatives – who have, at best, behaved badly. And, at worst, well, I’ll let the RCMP decide.
Today’s bold move by Justin Trudeau – kicking all his senators out of caucus and forcing them to sit as independents – is indeed bold. But also a bit short-sighted. Yes, it reduces partisanship, which is a large contributing factor to the messes that we’ve been reading about for the past year, but it also reduces efficacy. For the Liberals, while they are third party in the House and a minority in the Senate, it doesn’t matter much. But when (when, not if) Trudeau is Prime Minister, he will have a problem. Every single piece of legislation must pass the Upper House, the unelected side. To do that with a chamber of independents will be hard, if not impossible. When push comes to shove, independents will flex their political muscle. They will pass nothing that they don’t approve of, Senate traditions not withstanding.
In the short-term, the Liberal leader now has 32 formerly Liberal Senators who didn’t see this coming, and who will be majorly pissed off.
But perhaps Trudeau doesn’t care. Perhaps that Senate audit is really that damaging, and this is all a pre-emptive strike.
I spent several years living in this part of Ontario, and proudly served as a board member of a local women’s shelter. So, when I heard about what’s happening to the good folks at the Northumberland Child Development Centre, I was stunned. In the course of the last year, the provincial ministry responsible for these services changed, the funding model changed, their funding got cut by a quarter million, programs were cut, they were threatened, they were muzzled… I could go on but you get the picture.
And Premier Kathleen Wynne was MIA throughout all of this.
Tomorrow, Northumberland County Council will be voting to strip NCDC’s funding and give it to someone else. After more than thirty years of helping local families, it is shameful what the County is doing to these people. Children and fragile families will be placed needlessly placed at risk. All for the sake of politics.