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.