Toronto

The reasons for starting I cannot recall,  but I have occasionally been reading, online,  The Globe & Mail. I suppose it has to do with the fact that I find much about Canada interesting and refreshing, though I’ve learned that even perpetually polite Canada can have its rude side from time to time.  But that’s beside the point.

Part of what I have been following, off and on, of late is the mayoral race in Toronto between key candidates: Olivia Chow, John Tory, and Doug Ford.  I have not been to Toronto in several years.  The last time I was there, one of the things that impressed me was the transit system and the relative lack of gridlock on the highways I drove on.  There was congestion, to be sure, but it did not compare to Chicago or Houston or Dallas or Los Angeles, cities whose freeways I’ve driven and despised.  Yet, based on what I’ve read about the mayoral race in Toronto, it seems to me THE key issue is transportation gridlock.

There are many other issues  about which the candidates have been queried, but the one that seems to be the most hotly debated and newsworthy is the issue of transportation.  Tomorrow (October 27) is election day, so I suppose the winner will be announced tomorrow evening, unless it’s too close to call.  If I were a Toronto voter, I think I’d vote for Olivia Chow, though some of John Tory’s rhetoric appeals to me…but too much of it is like the incumbent, Rob Ford (whose brother, Doug, entered the campaign after Rob dropped out due to illness), for me to have much good to say about him.

I should be more engaged in politics locally, rather than getting involved political battles internationally, but I find local stuff less promising and far more upsetting to my sense of right and wrong.

 

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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