OPSEU: Is another Ford Cabinet shuffle in the works?
Publication DateFriday, February 8, 2019 - 6:00am
Toronto – The S.S. Ford has been taking on water since it has left the dock and OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is wondering if Premier Ford is about to shuffle the deck chairs again.
“Ford and his crew are steering the ship like the Three Stooges in a bumper car race,” said Thomas. “But they keep hitting reefs and Ontarians are the ones who end up getting thrown overboard.”
Rumours keep swirling around that Ford is pondering hitting the reset button for the second time in just eight months, said Thomas.
He points to fiascos like last week when Health Minister Christine Elliott denied knowledge of any government plan to privatize health care, only to be subsequently humiliated when signed government documents were leaked.
“The real problem is Ford believes he’s CEO, not the premier,” said Thomas. “I’m told his office calls all the shots. His cabinet ministers are about as useful to Ontarians as a sock full of soup, but they’re the ones who will have to walk the plank because of Ford’s stupid decisions.
“Ford’s got a whole cast of characters like Dean French and Rueben Devlin operating behind the scenes and pulling the strings,” added Thomas. “They weren’t elected by the people, and they’ve got their own agendas, but Ford is listening to them, and ignoring elected caucus members.”
Thomas says it’s time for the Conservative caucus to hit their own reset button and get a new captain.
“It’s time that the members of the Conservative caucus prove they are really ‘for the people,’” Thomas said. “Nearly two-thirds of Ontarians don’t support Ford’s policies. A mutiny may be in the making.”
For more information: Warren (Smokey) Thomas, 613-329-1931