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I never would have thought…

Winnie the pooh

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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.

6 Comments

  1. Salvelinas Fontinalis

    Geez, not only did all those grumpy people vote it seems quite a few not so grumpy folks made the effort to vote as well. According to this article http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2010/10/27/15844461.html Mr. Ford received more votes than any other politician in any other election in the history of Canada and the article states that voter turnout nudged a staggering 52%. The folks in Toronto have spoken loud and clear.

    • Well, let’s hope he does a good job. His ability to get stuff done will be tied to his ability to work with the Council. Given his history as a blowhard, that could be a challenge. None-the-less, I hope he turns out to be a good mayor. No doubt he has a world of popular support.

  2. I was stunned to hear what happened in Toronto. Who would have thought all those grumpy people were actually going to vote?

  3. Salvelinas Fontinalis

    You had better be quick then because Mayor Ford has promised to eliminate all honey pots…

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