Monday, October 25, 2010

Ontario Votes

After last week's shocker in Calgary, we turn our eyes to Ontario today, where hundreds of municipalities go to the polls.

I'll be live blogging the results tonight as they come in - as with most, my attention will be focused on Toronto and Ottawa, but there are other races worth watching. Can former grit MP Maurizio Bevilacqua take down Linda Jackson in Vaughan? In Oakville, can Rob Burton overcome the 28 vote deficit from last...


With polls open for 3 minutes, the Calgary Grit decision desk is ready to call our first election of the night. Congratulations to Hazel McCallion on her 45th consecutive election win in Mississauga!

As for Toronto, like all downtown elitists, I'll grab a latte and a New York Times this morning and then head out to the polls to vote for George Smitherman. This isn't just a stop Rob Ford vote - I honestly feel Smitherman is the best candidate in the field, has put forward the best ideas, and would make the best mayor.

That said, at this point, I'd be prepared to vote for basically anyone to stop Ford, a man who doesn't have the character to represent Toronto or any sort of coherent plan to deliver on what he's promised. Which is probably a good thing, because a lot of what he's promised would be a step backwards for Toronto (in my humble opinion).

So get out and vote Toronto - it's an important election and there are no excuses to stay home.


  • Not being too precious on a point:

    All municipalities are voting today in Ontario. There are more than 25 municipalities.

    It's a provincial statute and has a fixed date.

    So, those people in such places as Elmvale, Apple Hill or Clappison's Corners are voting today, too. In other words not just the folks in the big cities.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 p.m.  

  • I count 444 municipalities in Ontario. Of course, some of the elections will have been acclaimed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 p.m.  

  • OK - thanks for the correction. Originally I'd said "hundreds" but then the Star said 25, so I changed it. I'll revert back to the original.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:10 p.m.  

  • The Star was listing the 25 municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area; that was what misled you into thinking just 25 elections.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:38 p.m.  

  • In past elections the first 3 minutes would have garnered enough votes for Hazel to beat any second place challenger.

    As a result of her scandal, this year she may need 2 hours worth of votes to beat the second place challenger.

    By Blogger MississaugaPeter, at 2:12 p.m.  

  • Apple Hill!
    The sweet heart of Glengarry County, just up the road from Martintown on the Raisin River ( the best dam spot to watch the Raisin River Canoe Race in springtime).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:14 p.m.  

  • I'm an odd breed - a conservative, living in downtown Toronto, and I voted today for Smitherman. It was a tough call to make, but I honestly don't think Ford would be a smart call for this city. I get the whole "stop the gravy train" argument, but I also want someone who will improve the city in the next 4 years, not bring everything to a grinding halt.

    Anyway, my two cents...

    By Anonymous David A., at 2:53 p.m.  

  • And I am a liberal in Toronto who just voted for Ford because Smitherman had his chance at the provincial level and I'm disappointed in that whole bunch. Cutting waste was the hook for me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:05 p.m.  

  • And I'm an anonymous person in Rob Ford land still trying to convince voters even though I don't really exist.

    By Blogger m5slib, at 7:08 p.m.  

  • On the other hand, I really can't blame a Liberal for not being able to understand that there are more than 25 ridings in Ontario, when the Tsar says so.

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