For the first time in decades I worked in a Toronto election.
I thought that Olivia Chow would make a great mayor and I was worried that Rob Ford could win, but I was also concerned about the anyone-but-Ford movement. We have seen a strong move to strategic voting in most of the last few elections but in this case it made absolutely no sense. We had an excellent candidate for mayor in Olivia and John Tory is a Tory, true blue. So why on earth would anyone progressive vote for him?
This post by Judy Rebick is the first in a rabble.ca series, Occupy is Dead. Long live Occupy. The series will look at what has grown out of the Occupy movement:
Even though the last three years have seen almost a continuous uprising of people demanding more democracy and less corporate control, with most of it taking place in public squares and much of it calling itself Occupy, people still say that Occupy has disappeared.
Most recently, Occupy Central with Peace and Love was one of the key groups organizing the powerful occupation of the financial district in Hong Kong demanding real democracy.
OK, I get it. John Tory is not a Ford -- but he is a Tory.
I have known John Tory for years and he can be a nice guy but he is a Conservative (large C and small c) through and through. Some will say that he is economically conservative but socially liberal. I will leave aside for a moment whether that is even possible anymore when most inequality is due to the conservative restructuring of the economy, favouring the rich over the rest of us.
It's true that he is not a Neanderthal like the Ford Brothers. He will march in the Pride Parade and he won't be in an international embarrassment, but he also won't be a good mayor.