Early in the day, Premier Dalton McGuinty called on the workers to respect their collective agreement, but said he was not prepared to consider declaring transit an essential service "in the heat of the moment."
As Toronto Sun reader Andy Manko pointed out in a letter today, "if mass transit is not an essential service to the city of Toronto, could you please tell us just what is?" The Sun editor rightly joined in, "Especially in Monday’s heat".
So just like Caledonia, laws were broken but who's going to pay for it?
Rob Granatstein of the Sun's City Hall Bureau asks these questions:
Who’s going to jail?
Who’s going to be fired?
Who’s going to be demoted?
Who’s going to be fined?
Who’s going to pay?
Yesterday’s wildcat strike by TTC workers was not just illegal — it was dangerous, irresponsible and unconscionable. Unlike a legal strike, there was no warning this was coming.
It was very dangerous because ambulances, police and taxis were caught in the gridlock and women were forced to hitchhike with no other alternative available.
Our ostrich of a Premier spent yet another day with his head stuck in the ground. And that's called leadership?
Update: Looks like the strike didn't bother one Toronto commuter too much.