What is it about leaders that so many of them seem to be embroiled in ethical controversy? We in Ontario have a gas-plant scandal that won’t go away, as new revelations come forward. Even sadder than the original waste of more than $1 billion of public money – and Jewish tradition teaches that it’s next to impossible to properly atone for stealing from the public – are the repeated attempts at covering it up.
In electing Rob Ford as mayor, voters in the city of Toronto have voted for change. Our mayor-elect has been most forthright in his plan of action, with a focus on the need to cut city spending. Yet despite the wide margin of victory and solid mandate from the voters, it is far from clear how much of his agenda he will manage to implement.