With any luck the untenable situation in Toronto will prove to be an eye opener for the voters in that unfortunate city. Toronto is in crisis yet, quite incredibly, its mayor allows himself to be barred from holding meetings at city hall, acknowledging that he can no longer guarantee public access to the seat of his government.
Garbage accumulates in the parks, Canada Day celebrations are cancelled, participation in a once-in-a-generation federal infrastructure/stimulus funding program is bungled and the city is in the midst of a crippling strike by municipal workers, but still two-term Mayor David Miller does nothing.
A new poll last week suggests Mayor Miller’s support among Toronto voters has “plummeted”—from 69% four years ago to 43% today—to the point where a majority disapprove of his performance, and he would lose in a race against possible challenger John Tory. Almost daily the mayor’s ineptness and inaction is demonstrating how unsuitable he is for the job with which Toronto voters twice entrusted him.
Shame on the mayor for his mishandling of issues such as the island airport bridge, St. Clair streetcar right-of-way project, expanded bike lanes, the future of the Gardiner Expressway, and the botched request for federal stimulus money.
And shame on the voters that put him there.
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