Serious, totally non-snarky question to those who know how the municipal gov't of Toronto operates: With a weak mayor system, how likely it that an unethical and crafty mayor could make some serious cash for self and others, related to (2) and (3) in Les's list?
I think it was Doug who said that in the bad old days of "gravy," the mayor gets councillors to support his projects by promising to give his support for their pet projects in their ward, which will help them get re-elected. While I loathe to give the Fords any credit, no one can deny that this does go on. I think they call it pork barrel politics in the U.S.
Now the Fords may have insisted that they don't do such backroom deals, and we know they don't really "play well with others" but who knows?? Maybe the falling-outs they had with some councillors who previously supported them (DMW, Ainslie, Mammo at times) have to do with promises made but not kept.