Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Joe No

When I was a kid—maybe grade 7 or 8—an unusual school assembly was held. We gathered in an auditorium and listened to a man talk about something that was ostensibly educational. I don't remember the topic; maybe it was about the political system or something. What I do remember is that this man talked more about himself than about anything substantially informative.

Even back then, I remember having the thought: dude, why are you campaigning to us? We're children.

I vowed never to vote for him.

So last night, in London's mayoral race, I voted against Joe Fontana.

This morning, I woke up and he was mayor.

It's not exactly terrible news. Change is always exciting, whether for better or worse. And nothing encourages artistic expression better than rallying against a leader that creative types tend to despise. I'm not opposed to lower taxes, though I'd rather see equal or higher taxes spent properly.

Plus, at least he's not Rob Ford. Ouch, Toronto. Just...ouch.

Still, it would have been nice to have a mayor who doesn't have a really crappy web site (really, I think you can tell a lot about someone by their web site). Can someone awesome please step up in the next 4 years? Thanx.


Anonymous said...

I agree, this was a tough decision. Ultimately, I think the change is going to be better than the same-old moving forward. I felt like things were begining to stagnate. I don't expect great things from Joe, but maybe he will surprise us.

Derek Silva said...

What change will there be? I'm pretty sure Joe doesn't have enough votes on council to actually get the tax freeze he's promised. And then what?

Oh, that's right, he's going to look like an idiot. He put down a promise he can't realistically deliver on, and he has no idea how to deliver on after 2011.

It's going to be fun watch him wiggle his way in and out of discussions about his failed promises for the next four years.

Tatiana said...

Yeah after our uber-intense mayoral race it feels like everyone else got shafted. Considering our voter turnout was barely anyone last election, it's clear that a good candidate makes all the difference. Also, first time in my life I voted for someone who won.