Crombie says Doug Ford’s government ‘too far to the right’


Published May 23, 2023 at 5:57 pm

Mayor Bonnie Crombie speaks at her victory party after she won a third term as Mississauga mayor. (Photo: Bonnie Crombie Twitter)

While Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says at this point she’s simply exploring a bid for the Ontario Liberal leadership, she sounded like a confident, well-spoken candidate on the campaign trail during a TVO interview.

Speaking to Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda, today (May 23), she was asked why she wanted the leadership job.

“Well, look,” she replied, “I’m interested in bringing the province back to the center. The current (Doug Ford) administration, I have some issues with their approach, in the way they do business, and they’re too far to the right. The (NDP) opposition (is) too far to the left.”

She continued, “I’m a centrist. I’m fiscally responsible but yet I’m very socially progressive. So I’d like to see more transparency, more accountability and tighter fiscal management all at the same time.”

Asked by Paikin on which issues she disagrees with Ford, Crombie was blunt. “Transparency and accountability.”

“There are certain things in the way they were done,” she continued, “and I will raise Ontario Place, the Greenbelt, the MZOs (Ministerial Zoning Orders, that supercede local zoning). (Ford’s) close relationship with the development community is a big concern.”

“But it could have been less of a concern if there was more transparency around the decisions that were made.”

She added if there was more consultation with “local communities, community groups or First Nation groups… I think sunlight is very important on the decisions that have been made.”

The full TVO interview with Crombie will air on TVO tonight (May 23) at 8 pm.

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