Who is Doug Ford at his core? Martin Regg Cohn writes that he's a one way communicator. He's always on transmit:
Horsepower and political power have one thing in common: They both rely on communication to get you where you need to go.
If a horse doesn’t heed you, or a politician doesn’t hear you? You’re stuck.
The problem is not that our premier doesn’t talk. It’s that he doesn’t listen.
What we have here is a failure to communicate.
Ford doesn't know a lot of things. But you'd expect that a good politician would know how to communicate. Ford doesn't think communicating is important:
That’s what made question period in the legislature so lamentable late last week, when Ford stonewalled the Official Opposition by reading from a list of accomplishments. Neither listening nor responding, merely self-promoting; not just non-answers but non-sequiturs.
In truth, question period is rarely answer period. But rarely has a self-styled “Government For the People” been so disrespectful of so many opposition MPPs who also represent the people (garnering more than 58 per cent of the ballots cast, to be precise).
It’s the opposition’s job — officially — to hold the premier accountable. It’s his job to respond to them — and the people they represent — whether he likes it (or them) or not.
And, without the basic back and forth of communication, democracy dies. It's called accountability.The same lack of accountability is happening in the United States:
The accountability disconnect is falling to its lowest levels. At Donald Trump’s behest, cabinet secretaries are rejecting congressional appearances and subpoenas with unprecedented contempt.
When a leader is always on transmit, democracy is in deep trouble.
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