I suppose I am, like the Pooh, a bear of very little brain. I thought that even those who trumpeted Rob Ford for Mayor of Toronto would have an epiphany at the voting booth and think “oh no, what am I doing, I can’t vote for this character.” I was way wrong. Ford didn’t just win, he won way more convincingly than anyone expected, even driving up voter participation along the way.
There were lots of other changes as well. We have 14 new councillors (out of 44) and that has to be healthy. It may even turn out we have another new one or two after some recounts in close races. We’ll see. Nine seats were vacant and 5 incumbents fell, including the controversial and outspoken Sandra Bussin, who was trashed in Beaches-East York.
Now we’ll see if Ford can work with Council to accomplish any of his brash promises. I suspect he’ll have a rough go of it, but time will tell.
- Rob Ford elected mayor of Toronto (cbc.ca)
- Rob Ford: The people’s choice, in spite of themselves (theglobeandmail.com)
- Ford leads suburban barbarians to Toronto’s gate (fullcomment.nationalpost.com)