The late Leonard Cohen must have had a least a little insight into political life when he penned the line “they sentenced me to thirty years of boredom, for trying to change the system from within.”
The system doesn’t change easy from within the ancient walls of Queens Park.
Most governments get elected on the back of some change mantra. A few even mean it.
But once inside the Legislature, change morphs into ever-diminishing improvements.
Inevitably, the new change agents become what they once opposed: a government.
The Ford government is a dramatic example of this transformation, if only because they hit the change wall at a higher rate of speed than most.
Facing an impossible debt burden, the Ford government went after obvious areas of inefficiency and waste.
The public sector is a target rich environment.
Anyone who has endured the inefficiencies of a hospital knows that our healthcare system could use a reboot.
It doesn’t take a logistics expert to understand that our school systems have a problem with teacher deployment.
The frequent stories about crazy public spending ($700 pencil sharpeners come to mind) frustrate those who toil in the private sector.
In the real world, people try to find value in most purchases.
If they didn’t, Walmart would still be ‘Walton’s Five-and-Dime.’
But the politicians at Toronto City Hall will only purchase from the most expensive venders. How hard can that be to change?
It turns out that, as a succession of governments…