Doug Ford keeps repeating that phrase "for the people." But this week he again made the phrase a laughing stock. He quickly cancelled Kathleen Wynne's labour legislation which was "updated last year after a two year review with extensive consultations." Linda McQuaig writes:
Gone is the minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. So, just like that, faster than you can say "for the people," Ford has cancelled what amounted to a $2,000 annual pay increase that was headed for the pockets of the lowest-paid people.
He's also cancelling the two paid sick days a year, even though 145 countries (most of the world's nations) already offer some form of paid sick leave. Think how competitive we'll be without it! That should give us a leg-up on Guatemala and Botswana!
Ford believes in a tired old theory -- neoliberalism -- the economic equivalent of the flat earth theory:
Despite the persistence of this theory, there's little evidence to support it: most low-wage countries remain that way, while the high-wage nations of Europe and Scandinavia continue to excel in global competitiveness.
Business commentators argued that the higher minimum wage would drive businesses elsewhere, presumably leaving Canadian customers happily ordering their coffee-to-go from far-away places. Commentators made the same argument last year, when the minimum wage was raised to $14 an hour. However, Ontario's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 per cent, its lowest level in 18 years.
Ford isn't a tribune of the people. He's there to serve the interest of business -- pure and simple. It's the big lie in the quiver full of lies he peddles.