This is one of those mornings when media outlets with unlimited resources are having a field day with all the shiny stories out there, but bloggers with limited time have a severe case of attention-deficit disorder as we attempt to assimilate all the intrigue on various news fronts.
And so I leave it to you dear readers to ferret out all the pithy aspects of what I see to be the three major Winner/Loser stories today:
(1) By-elections – Lots of winners and losers there. And obviously I’m very pleased Joan Crockatt won that nail-biter in Calgary Centre!
(2) Bank of England woos Mark Carney and wins. How will this affect Canada?
(3) Rob Ford loses his seat as Toronto Major due to “an opportunistic citizen [who] hired a smart and politically savvy lawyer who found a club of an arcane statute with which to tie the hands of a judge who was willing to play ball..” - according to Christie Blatchford.
[For the record, I don’t personally blame Justice Hackland if he honestly felt he had no other legal alternative, and he did allow Ford the option of running again.]
Is it possible that Rob Ford could become the biggest winner as the poster boy for arcane ruling injustice if Ford Nation and other concerned individuals rise up and demand changes to the Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act which even Justice Hackland concedes is “a very blunt instrument and has attracted justified criticism and calls for legislative reform”?
Ford says he will fight this ruling but even if he loses, Rob Ford 2.0 could become an even more formidable candidate in the next election.
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Rob Ford’s conflict nothing compared to Ontario’s Liberals – Christina Blizzard:
What a relief it is in provincial circles that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been kicked out of office for a conflict of interest amounting to a piddly $3,000.
Now perhaps we can hound out of office some of the people responsible for the massive boondoggles at the province.
We can start with former Government Services minister Harinder Takhar.
In 2006, integrity commissioner Coulter Osborne found Takhar broke the Integrity Act by assigning a political ally to manage his business assets in a blind trust. The trustee is supposed to operate at arm’s length from the minister.
Osborne said Takhar was “egregiously reckless” in the way he handled his business assets while in cabinet.
Not only did Takhar not step down. He steadfastly hung in…
And this Waterloo Region Record editorial is almost ‘New-Post Worthy’, but sadly I don’t have the time today. Definitely a must-read – Fix the law that dumped Rob Ford.