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While conservative Calgary recently voted for a young, progressive mayor (visible minority, nominally Muslim), tolerant Toronto has voted in its most right wing mayor in my memory. I hope that his crew have sent a thank you note to Joe Pantalone, whose insistence on remaining in the mayorial race until the truly bitter end split the progressive/centre vote between him and George Smitherman.

I was a Joe fan–up until it became clear he couldn’t win. George Smitherman was, for me, the lesser of two goods, someone who had a chance, who was neck and neck in the polls with Ford. I’m sorry the polls were wrong. I’m more sorry that Joe refused to see what everyone else saw, a city led by Rob Ford, a blustering man whose pals put up posters appealing to Muslims to vote for him, lest a gay, married father became mayor.

I have to thank God that at least the mayor only has one vote, just like any other city councilor. I have to hope that the councilors keep him in line.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

4 thoughts on “*Irony

  1. Oh no! And those split votes are sooo treacherous – that’s what happened here during the federal election, and by splitting the vote between Labor and the Greens, liberal voters very nearly handed victory to the conservatives (who are currently led by a complete nutter). My deepest sympathies – let’s hope balance is achieved in the rest of the line up.

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