Rob Ford weighs in on transit. Ottawa's transit.
Toronto's new mayor is fond of pointing out that he was elected Oct. 25 with a strong mandate. The Rob Ford juggernaut shows no signs of slowing, what with his triple-play at council last week -- car registration tax scrapped, councillors' budgets cut and TTC essential service requested. Bam! indeed.
But can mere city boundaries contain Ford's bulging political biceps? Maybe not. The Ottawa Sun called Toronto's mayor and asked if the capital should ask the province to make OC Transpo an essential service. It's not a bad question, given that most Torontonians would have trouble recalling the last transit strike while Ottawans only too-well remember their 53-day transit strike two years ago.
The real test of Ford's political powers? Let's see if bus-dominated OC Transpo starts talking subways.