Will some councillors vote for Rob Ford’s transit plan at their own ward’s expense?
Rob Ford will likely endure another public defeat at a special council meeting tomorrow, this time over his beloved Sheppard subway, the Eglinton LRT and the potential return to a transit plan much like supposedly dead-in-the-water Transit City. Of course, it’s not the least bit surprising that Ford is unwilling to make nice with TTC chair Karen Stintz, who’s leading the campaign against Ford’s own transit plan, on this. We know the mayor doesn’t like compromising, even if the alternative is losing a vote at council. What is rather surprising, though, is some councillors appear willing to support Ford’s plan at the expense of the wellbeing of their own wards. As municipal blogger Matt Elliott writes, Vincent Crisanti and Giorgio Mammoliti are poised to stand with the mayor even though that would be tantamount to robbing their constituents of expanded transit. Crisanti sides with Ford on almost every issue, while Mammoliti is big on subways and wants one for Finch Avenue. That means either he’s willing to sacrifice his own ward just to oppose Stintz, he’s uninformed of the financial and logistical considerations involved in building a subway, or Ford has made him a ridiculous offer to maintain his allegiance. Given that we’re talking about Hot Wheels here, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s all three. Read the entire story [Ford for Toronto] »
3 thoughts on “Will some councillors vote for Rob Ford’s transit plan at their own ward’s expense?”
Ford’s gonna get stomped. I’m bringing out the gourmet popcorn for this one.
As Dave Gunn, the highly-respected former GM of the TTC said in his review of TTC operations last year, Transit City is an expensive very flawed plan that will do little to solve Toronto’s transit problems. Except for the underground portions, it will not achieve speeds that qualify it as “rapid transit” and hence will be unlikely to attract significant levels of new ridership. I don’t like Ford… but Transit City was — and is — a very short-sighted plan.
Sometimes you have to hurt your constituents to further your political career. Voters expect this, so it’s not going to change any time soon.
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