Tag: good government

July 16, 2011

Matt Elliott’s post yesterday wonders, perhaps rhetorically, where Toronto Council’s conservatives are. He sums up the incoherence and cumulatively damaging effect of some of the decisions Team Ford’s managed to push through this week – getting rid of bike lanes, turning down free provincial money for public health nurses, voting against community grants, dismissing the results of rigged community consultations that produced results they didn’t like … well, it goes on and depressingly on.

I’ve already argued that this bunch clearly doesn’t think government should be in the business of advancing the public good at all. And even though I’ve written that we should think of ourselves as citizens rather than as taxpayers, if we take wise management of our tax dollars as a touchstone of good governance (regardless of political inclination), then it’s pretty hard to argue that they’re meeting that standard either.