While the graphic Spacing editor Dale Duncan posted yesterday of Hazel McCallion wrestling Jim Flaherty definitely made me smile, the front-page headline on today’s Toronto Star — “PM to cities: Drop dead” — made me laugh out loud.
It’s pretty strong, sarcastic stuff for a non-Onion, non-editorial-cartoon header, and made me wonder if it was a little too close to deadline at the copy desk when that went through.
I notice that on the Star website the headline has been changed to the less inflammatory “Harper rejects financial aid for cities.”
Do you think, given the consequences of continuing federal indifference to cities, especially Toronto, that the more pointed headline was justified? I admire the Star‘s city reporting (and advocacy), and I’m frustrated with city funding issues too…but I’m still wondering.
UPDATE: This post was published before we were able to include the Star‘s original reference: A 1975 NY Post headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead”. Thanks to commenters below.
photo from Toronto Archives: series 71, item 4082