There is no doubt that Ford’s political future is hanging by a thread, and politically, his apology was an important first step in what is now a political reclamation project. The timing couldn’t have been better. Actually, it was a masterstroke. Speaking to Ontarians from home while isolating because he came into contact with an aide who tested positive for COVID-19, makes him a lot more sympathetic and relatable.
The chastened Ford who laid bare his emotions was far from the garrulous premier who spent time last week shifting blame. Everything has a political tinge, and his handlers would have come away from Thursday feeling a lot better than they have in a long time.
The pandemic has certainly tested every leader, and facing such an unprecedented challenge, mistakes are inevitable. But the problem with the Ontario government during this third wave of COVID-19 seems to be confusion over what to do when the science is clear. The government often doesn’t seem to know what it wants, and doesn’t appear to listen to those who know. Ford has to become a better crisis manager. He cannot make similar mistakes again.
The government can’t be bumbling its way through its pandemic response. It can’t be taking three tries before getting its COVID-19 measures right. We can’t have decisions that are made one day and retracted the next. When that happens – and it has happened too many times for comfort – it feels like a government unsure of its footing, and what Elliott admitted earlier this week about the government’s decision-making said it all. The fact that the government didn’t even see coming the furor over police powers is troubling. And to learn that chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams and other health advisers did not recommend new police powers or closure of playgrounds, makes you wonder who the government listens to.
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