But first, to revisit that watershed moment in a mayoralty that’s careening dizzyingly out of control, the vote last week at a special meeting of council to effectively kill Ford’s privately funded Sheppard subway scheme and replace it with parts of the Transit City plan he declared dead his first day in office.
A dazed mayor – still reeling from that turn when his point man on the transit file, Gordon Chong, reported that he couldn’t find the billions to fund his subway plan – responded by calling council’s vote “irrelevant.” Ford then inexplicably hopped on the Bloor line in the wee hours, taking the subway from his Etobicoke home to Scarborough in a clumsy bit of PR.
Ford doesn’t seem prepared to let his Sheppard fantasy go. His executive voted this week “on a process to move forward with the development of a plan to complete the Sheppard subway.” But that train has left the station.
Try as he may to sell the fallacy that his plan is still in play, the reality is that – as far as the province is concerned, and it controls the purse strings on the transit file – council’s vote to revive LRTs on Finch and bring the Eglinton-Crosstown above ground in stretches is the final word.