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Duly Quoted: Doug Holyday

“When you look at it, what’s left? We’ve accomplished so much in such a short period of time.”

—Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre), summarizing his view of Rob Ford’s administration. According to unnamed allies of the mayor who spoke to the Star, Ford has now entered a planned period of “pre-election recovery” after successfully shepherding key contentious policies through council.

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  • Anonymous

    What’s got me through the last year and a half of Ford and X years of Harper is the knowledge that anything they do can be undone.

  • Jacob

    Apparently the Ford standard for civic achievement is similar to the Ford standard for losing weight.

    “Lost a few pounds! Mission Complete! Let’s go eat some burgers!”

    • Anonymous

      While raising Ford’s weight as an issue was never relevant or appropriate, comparing his failed weight loss to his other failures might be. You can definitely draw a parallel between the way he pitched both to the media and how he was ultimately at fault in both cases.

      On the other hand, he could still hit his weight loss target, probably just not on time.

      • Jacob

        Exactly. I didn’t mention his weight, only his media circus plan to lose weight and his utter failure at it. Also, he’ll never admit failure, he’ll just change the subject or “move the goalposts”, using his sports terms.

  • http://twitter.com/EyelineImagery Sean Connors

    I would love to see a list of his Civic Achievements, projects that he started and saw through to completion.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not an apologist of Ford, but he would claim the following, and probably more, as victories:
      * cutting every department by 10%.
      * reducing councillors office expense budgets.
      * fucking with community housing.
      * cutting ttc service.
      * getting rid of catering at council meetings.
      * getting rid of the vehicle registration tax.

      • Anonymous

        But he didn’t cut every department by 10%, and now he’s talking about bringing back the VRT and making it more expensive than it was.

        • Anonymous

          He proved quite definitively in the last election that enough angry low-information voters will fall for his lies. It could easily happen again.

          • Anonymous

            He’s got a big FAIL sign on his brand now, something angry, low-information voters tend to shy away from. Let’s hope it sticks.

      • Anonymous

        Also not an apologist for Ford, but another one was avoiding a CUPE 416 strike/lockout.

        It’s early days yet, but he’s a good campaigner and people will forget about transit. Right now I’d give him even odds for reelection.

        • DemocritusII

          Yeah. He wasn’t much good with the guys carrying billy clubs or the guys wearing bib overalls, but maybe he can beat up some libeerians. Freaking Genius.

        • Anonymous

          Ford didn’t avoid CUPE
          CUPE avoided Ford.
          Just like they do with ALL conservative mayors.
          CUPE is f’n spineless when it comes to right wing mayors. They’ve got it ass-backwards.

      • DemocritusII

        But these are all stupid.

  • Anonymous

    Doug Holyday reminds me of an extra from Dawn of the Dead on a lunch break.

  • http://paul.kishimoto.name Paul Kishimoto

    Are the mayor, his deputy and his brother planning to simply sit and feed themselves on the inviolable “taxpayer’s” precious dime for three whole years? One could eat a lot of gravy in that time…

    • Anonymous

      No, they’re going to be campaigning on the taxpayers’ precious dime. Duh.