Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A Tale of Two Cities

I had some fun last fall comparing the elections of Naheed Nenshi in Calgary and Rob Ford in Toronto. Fairly or unfairly, it appears the two will be forever linked. We got yet another example of that this week with the news that Nenshi will become the first Mayor to lead Calgary's pride parade, after Ford became the first Mayor in over 20 years to skip Toronto's.

Now, I don't think anyone should be surprised by Ford's decision. A lot of Ford's supporters likely feel he has his priorities straight by choosing the cottage over pride. Still, there were plenty of other Pride Week events Ford could have attended, to show his support for an event which is important to his city and many of the people who live there.

Ford missed an opportunity to expand his base - instead, all he's done is needlessly fire up his opponents.

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  • Does Ford skip other events too, or just this one?

    I don't see the big deal - there's virtually nothing in the municipal jurisdiction that deals with gay rights anyway.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:58 a.m.  

  • I meant that I don't see the big deal with attending. Or not attending, for that matter.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:59 a.m.  

  • It's one of those things that's a big deal just by being a big deal. Every mayor has gone for the past 20 years, so it's seen as a slight because he didn't.

    It's not quite on the same scope, but it would be like the Mayor of Calgary skipping the Stampede Parade to spend a weekend hiking in Banff.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:48 a.m.  

  • He didn't attend any event, up to and including the flag-raising at City Hall (he felt that meeting with the Leafs' GM took priority).

    By Blogger Josh, at 12:17 p.m.  

  • True, it shouldn't be a big deal. However, as a politician, he was supposed to make sure that things that are not big deal won't be a focus of attention, and he has failed miserably on that front. In some sense, Ford made it a big issue himself, for example, by skipping the flag raising event, or having his allies on CBC talking about why PRIDE shouldn't be funded yesterday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:19 p.m.  

  • If you really want to think about "topsy-turvy" worlds, consider also that Calgary is now in the midst of a crisis over financial management while Toronto is getting it's house in order pretty well.. and beyond the confines of municipalities.. "Red Neck" Alberta is now 6th in Canada for attracting investment, and 2nd highest in Canada for per capita program spending - while "Red Commie" Ontario is ahead of Alberta on both counts, boasting a more attractive business climate and significantly lower per capita program spending.

    Go figure.

    By Blogger R. G. Harvie, at 6:00 p.m.  

  • The real question is why is nobody treating the Premier with the same scrutiny?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:45 p.m.  

  • while Toronto is getting it's house in order pretty well

    Care to provide some examples?

    By Anonymous Paul Raposo, at 7:40 p.m.  

  • while Toronto is getting it's house in order pretty well

    Toronto is looking at a $775 million deficit next year, and has $4 billion in debt.

    Ford`s tax cuts have only made the city`s fiscal situation worse.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:55 a.m.  

  • Toronto is getting it's house in order pretty well

    I hope Ford does get TO's fiscal house in order, I support any Mayor's effort to make hard decisions on that front.

    I think it's early to pass judgment for or against Ford on this matter.

    By Anonymous Jacques Beau Verte, at 11:21 a.m.  

  • As a Calgarian, I'd have no problem with Nenshi skipping stampedede if he was on vacation, to use your comparison to Ford skipping the parade.

    It's their vacation time, they can do whatever they want with it and not have to please anyone but their family.

    By Anonymous Dennis, at 2:22 p.m.  

  • RE: Dennis "As a Calgarian, I'd have no problem with Nenshi skipping stampedede if he was on vacation, to use your comparison to Ford skipping the parade."

    Well except that Ford was only on vacation for 3 days during PRIDE which is 9 or 10 days long. His vacation excuse is exactly that an excuse.

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 8:43 a.m.  

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