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Have you driven a Ford lately? Toronto after the election

Just because if we're going to have four years of Mayor Ford we might as well brace ourselves for impact.

So what can we expect from Mayor Ford and how do we build an opposition to him after the election (assuming the E-Day opposition falls short)

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Is Scott Moffatt fear mongering out of desperation?

Scott Moffatt = Instilling fear for votes and not getting mine

Talking to a few friends at the Marlborough in North Gower and whenever I see people that I know around the area, the only reason why anyone says that they will vote for Scott is because he has told them that a vote for him is the only way that the voters can knock Glenn Brooks out. When I ask them, what part of the platform do they like of his, their response is, "Well, I don't actually really like him at all, he has become very arrogant, but we need to get Glenn out and Scott said that if there is a vote split, Glenn will get back in."

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Why not -- NONE OF THE ABOVE

I am really disheartened by the muncipal elections in Toronto...I cannot stand my local councillor and I hate all the mayoral candidates...WTF can I not vote for:

NONE OF THE ABOVE

by crossing out all the names and if 51% did so...the parties (elites) would have to give a whole new slate of candidates...  As I am tired of the media circus and also the ineptitude  and ignorance that seemingly abound...this time around.

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Hamilton municipal election

Anyone here with news from on the ground in Hamilton? I've been following the election in my former hometown from abroad, through the [url=http://www.thespec.com/news/elections]Hamilton Spectator election website[/url].

 

I see that Larry DiIanni has put a poll out now suggesting he's ahead.

 

Hamilton Spectator: [url=http://www.thespec.com/news/elections/article/266686--di-ianni-poll-puts... Ianni poll puts him in front in mayoral race[/url]

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A leaked poll from Larry Di Ianni's campaign suggests he is set to retake the mayor's job he lost to incumbent Fred Eisenberger in 2006.

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Ford vs Smitherman vs Pantalone

I think its time for a new generic thread about the Toronto mayoralty race. The news today is that Adam Vaughan has grudgingly endorsed Smitherman, while damning him with faint praise:

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/875792--adam-vaughan-backs-smitherma...

"“I like Joe and I consider him a friend, but you have to fight the election you’re dealt, not the one you want,” Vaughan said in an interview Friday morning.

“The only way to deal with Rob Ford is George Smitherman. I’m prepared to work with George Smitherman,” he said.

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Ottawa municipal election

I know that it is hardly as exciting as the Toronto race, but our nation's capital does have an election too. I find it interesting that will all the talk of the Tea Party sweaping north with Ford in Toronto, that Jim Watson, who is probably the most anti-tea party politician you could think of (moderate, lots of governmental experience, generally seen as being one of the more polite politicos out there) looks like an almost sure lock to win.

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Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal Nomination

The inside scoop is that the Liberal Party of Canada is looking for "star" candidate to replace David Pratt to take on John B. 

There are three unimpressive local candidates running, but they have been fighting for this nomination tooth and nail and yet the Liberal party has absolutely no intention of letting any of them be on the ballot come election time.

I hear that, apparently, the party is forcing the riding association to delay the nomination until they can find a star candidate and will then force the other nominees to drop out.

Very interesting. 

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We Need Perpetual Democracy

Rick Salutin writing about the politics of hope and fear, recognizs that "This is partly due to our political system: We get to vote occasionally for leaders, then leave it all in their hands, leading to excessive reliance on "them," and turning on them when things don't gel. A political culture of blame and rage is the upshot, rather than shared responsibility and the will to keep going. What could change that? Something more ongoingly, truly democratic, perhaps."

Once we realize that too much political power in the hands of a few politicians will inherently corrupt, we must look for an alternative form of governance.

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Any other progressives backing Ford?

Am I the only progressive who will be voting for Ford? I like his populist leaning and I'm tired of voting for liberals who've almost always failed us. I was cheering for Joe, but Ford seems more fiscally responsible. I'm willing to give him a shot.

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Windsor mayoral/council races

Anyone have any thoughts on the races in Windsor?  I'm leaning without much enthusiasm towards Limoges right now mainly because he seems to have a little more labour support and seems less likely to spend money on sketchy megaprojects.  Is there an especially progressive candidate I should be aware of?

In the school board races, I'm eager to support Shelley Harding-Smith, who's prominent in the local NDP association.  Probably also Kim McKinley.

Will probably support Ron Jones in my ward, just because he's the one candidate I've actually heard concrete policy suggestions from.  Should I know more about John Elliott?

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Tea Party in Canada, for Real?

Is this Tea Party of Canada for real? I realize that the Tea Party has made strong gains in the US politics and has caused some serious upsets across the country, but is Canada ready for it?

Taking the government and tipping it upside-down? Canada has always been known for their relaxing beliefs and not 'rocking the boat'. Will there be enough tea bags to rock the political boat in Canada? This grassroots movement has 2 major groups with websites and facebook groups/pages. Also there are two cities (Ottawa and Montreal) that have started founding their own groups that look to address municipal, provincial and possibly national politics. Is this simply more US culture creeping into our Canadian media? Is it for real?

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Winnipeg - Council lefties brace for right hook

The emergence of high-profile conservative and centrist candidates in city wards currently held by left-leaning councillors could change the complexion of the civic election.

The NDP faces the threat of losing two seats and Winnipeg's organized left may be forced to divert some of its ground game away from Judy Wasylycia-Leis' mayoral campaign.

 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/council-lefties-brace-for-...

 

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Where is the coverage of the Toronto Mayoral race?

@dandmb50

Where is the coverage of the Toronto Mayoral race, there is a lot of interest in it, here in Toronto but I could find only one recent story (mid August) about Rob Ford.

He sure knows how to perk up our interest and the other candidates know how to shoot Ford down. His campaign is to cut taxes and the over spending at City Hall. But he doesn't explain how he will do that.

Ford

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How to talk about increasing government revenue, Part 2

UnionSupporter wrote:

Maybe I'll try somewhere else. Cheers

I'm hoping UnionSupporter will return to lead the discussion he started. Hopefully it can be more successful than the first thread.

As I may have contributed to the initial disruption, I won't be participating here. I would hope some self-assessment will take place, and that some of the other guilty parties would similarly bow out and lurk for a change.

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How far will the Wildrose Alliance rise?

The WAP picked up Calgary-Glenmore last night, a seat that they had previously struggled to win 10% in. Will the WAP be a Western Canada Concept style flash in the pan, or can they give the Alberta PC's an elbow in the teeth from the right?

I don't see them sweeping to power in the next election or anything, but I wouldn't be shocked if them leapfrogged the NDP and Liberals and made official opposition.

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