"Toronto stands at a turning point in its 180-year history," writes Gee. "It is growing as never before, taking in hundreds of thousands of people from every corner of the globe. Its downtown is becoming a little Manhattan, sprouting scores of new office and residential towers. Its cultural scene is a marvel, drawing crowds to its film, art and music festivals."
"But its governance is a mess," he continues. "[The Ford scandal] comes at a time when [Toronto] desperately needs confident, intelligent leadership. If it drags on, the city could find itself tied in knots at a time when it is struggling with serious problems that could stall its recent progress – problems that range from the crumbling Gardiner Expressway downtown to an under-built, run-down transit system to a public housing system that needs hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs."