If there has ever been a more obvious personification in the Canadian context of the reality that rich white men can get away with actions and behaviour that absolutely no one else would be able to, I am not aware of it. And, not just get away with the behaviour, but get elected to office and defended by otherwise self-described “law-and-order” right wing types despite it!
Good argument from Michael Laxer.
Is this the point at which we come right out and say it? We don’t believe in raising revenue in a consistent and predictable manner by levying taxes, which is what any mature and responsible society does, but we’re OK preying on and exploiting some of the most vulnerable people in society? And we really don’t give a shit about the human and social costs associated with gambling — poverty, addiction, violence, crime, exploitation and all the other sordid effects associated with it?
Are you fucking kidding me? If you even have to think about the answer for more than a few seconds, please, do us all a favour and get out of public service.
Ford missed about 2.5 hours of the meeting, drawing criticism from both his regular foes and Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday. At a private meeting with council allies at his mother’s house on Sept. 30, several loyalists told him he should not leave City Hall to coach. “I told him that a lot of us have to make personal sacrifices because of being a councillor. You accept that responsibility when you get elected,” said Holyday. “I’m missing my hockey right now … this is my job, so this is where I must be. And I think there’s a few people down here that don’t take this seriously enough.