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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Elections Canada says number of conditions—the pandemic, the 'minority government context,' campus closures—make the program unfeasible, as setting up those polling stations 'requires significant planning.'
MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.