Ontario: steamrollered by Doug Ford’s Midnight Express

Midnight madness at Queen’s Park. Ah, well, maybe we didn’t really need Storify …

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

— Martin Niemöller

Couldn’t fit it all into a tweet, but here it is.

Somebody suggested recently that the messaging shouldn’t focus so much on Doug’s apparent obsession with vengeance on Toronto, rich a vein though that is, as on the arbitrary, dictatorial, and capricious negation of fundamental rights constitutionally guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You may cheer while it’s happening to Toronto, because as we all know, everyone loves to hate on Toronto, but who knows — it may happen to you next. The evident disregard for the role of an appointed judiciary and resort to pseudo-populist Trump-style rhetoric should also set off alarms, regardless of whether you think of yourself as left or right or whatever. Anyone want to bet that this isn’t the midnight harbinger of a brutal new austerity agenda?

Oh, and could we please stop referring to this bunch as Tories? Tories are decent, honourable people with whom you can disagree, but they don’t stray outside the bounds of civilized behaviour. They may be misguided, but they have principles. That’s not this crowd.


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