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Lessons from the Doug Ford School of Public Administration

By Les Whittington      

Treat the public like a bunch of dazzled rubes, avoid annoying demands for consultation and advance information, personal grudges are as good a basis for public policy as anything else, and other lessons from year one.

Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford, pictured at the Manning Networking Conference in March, has had quite the first year in office, and there are a number of lessons to be learned, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—School is out at Queen’s Park, but here are the lessons for the next semester based on the first year of Premier Doug Ford’s government in Ontario:

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