Doug Ford Facts
Can you be a team player?
The Lone Wolf
One truth that Doug Ford will never admit is that the only person he has ever worked for is his father.
He's never had to apply for a job, never been fired, never had to report to a Board of Directors or lead a team of peers.
This matters, because being an MPP or a party leader is very different from running a family business. You need to build coalitions, bring people onside and make compromises.
Doug had a chance to prove he could be a team player when he was on Toronto city council. And he failed miserably.
Doug's performance on Toronto Council is a good indicator of how he works with others.
This chart shows the percentage of votes cast by each councillor that aligned with the ultimate vote outcome (i.e., they voted yes when the item carried and no when it failed, absences ignored) over the four years of council. The vast majority of councillors stayed in the 90-95% range over the four years, but note:
- By 2012 the tide started to change against Rob and Doug. Their notorious strong-arming of councillors began to backfire, and their opponents were increasingly successful at achieving their agendas. Just one year after election the Fords had lost their control of council.
- 2013 saw their remaining loyalists peel off and join the crowd. The crack scandal and subsequent stripping of mayoral powers meant that it was much easier to achieve consensus and get things done. Doug and Rob were now losing a quarter of the decisions.
- Note that by 2014 the two Fords had essentially given up, throwing contrarian votes seemingly for the hell of it. At this point their only kindred spirit was the morally reprobate Giorgio Mammoliti.
Doug Ford says he is a leader, but his only experience is running a small family business. Any time he has had to use soft powers or work with others he has screwed things up.
Despite a significant electoral plurality and significant resources at their disposal, the Ford brothers utterly failed to push their agenda through Council. The result was two wasted years of disruption, protest votes and absenteeism.
Doug loves it when everything goes his way, and loses his temper when they don't. How is he going to handle the stress of being leader when he's just one voice in the room?