This in light of the news that John Laschinger and possibly his cadre of Miller-ites would bestow their blessings (and considerable political know-how) on the head of no less than our Deputy Mayor, Joe Pantalone, for the mayoralty of this fine city.
I hesitate to place too much credo in backroom boys (or in this case, greybeards is perhaps more apt, but that first Miller campaign was a beautiful thing. And it takes a helluva machine behind any candidate to make a campaign sparkle like that. And we need a glimmer of hope in the current race.
Progressive voters in Toronto have been longing for someone to step out of the lefty wilderness to save us from a pack of right-leaning candidates intent on driving the debate further and further into madness. Eliminate bike lanes? Really?! Let’s talk about real ideas that make sense, not ideas floated with the sole purpose of exploiting downtown-905 rivalries.
“Privatization” is a simple answer to a complex problem – and one that has been shown not to work. “Sell it off” is not a bold policy idea, it’s an excuse for both not understanding current public services and not having any idea how to improve them.
Surely we can come up with something that really speaks to the city that Toronto is and will become. Like extending the vote to non-citizens who are resident in Toronto, online voting, or some of the other ideas that have been floated in the Star’s blog series.
The only progressive candidate in this race is also someone with experience and a solid track record. But if he isn’t heard, amidst the other candidates’ hubbub of hydro sell-offs and slashed council seats (hey, do you really think your councillor is going to listen to you MORE if she has twice as many constituents to look after?), then all is lost.
So light our fires, Joe. Get us talking about real solutions, what’s working in our city, and ride the wave of new ideas that are gathering out there… And while you’re at it, make it sparkle.