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Morning Brew: Rob Ford wins the Toronto mayoralty and other election news

Posted by Derek Flack / October 26, 2010

Fog in TorontoIt's no surprise what the big story is this morning, so let me collect some reaction from the majors on Rob Ford's mayoral victory.

On Ford's win

"As for Ford, he is now mayor of all the people, not just those who voted for him in this hotly contested election. That means he has to reach out beyond the narrow confines of his campaign. As a magnanimous Smitherman said in his concession speech, "Toronto is too important" to carry on the divisive battles of the past year. He urged Ford to take steps to heal the divisions." - The Toronto Star

"The size and scope of Mr. Ford's victory - he garnered more votes than David Miller did in 2003 or 2006 - contradicted every recent poll and confirmed that traditionally progressive Toronto is angry enough about taxes and spending to overlook the Etobicoke councillor's history of gaffes and scandals." - The Globe and Mail

One can only imagine the horror in certain quarters. Uncouth, uncultured, suburban, journalist-chasing, drunk driving, marijuana-possessing Air Canada Centre ejectee and lone wolf former city councillor Rob Ford is mayor-elect of Toronto -- and not just by a little. Mayor David Miller congratulated him last night and so should everyone else. It sure won't help not to. - The National Post

Rob Ford has steamed his way from Etobicoke to City Hall, vowing Toronto will never be the same. The brash councillor with the rumpled suits and the simple message of cutting waste chugged his way to victory in the mayor's race, ploughing through the challenge of more polished opponents and seizing the imagination of voters...." - The Toronto Sun

Noteworthy news from council races

Although it was widely reported that Peter Milczyn had lost to Justin Di Ciano in Ward 5, when all the polls had reported, the incumbent and Rob Ford supporter, had in fact narrowly won by 109 votes.

Other incredibly tight races took place in Ward 9 (where Maria Augimeri took victory over Gus Cusimano) and Ward 30 (Where Paula Fletcher just held on toe beat Liz West).

Sandra Bussin was leveled in Ward 32 by Mary-Margaret McMahon, who took over 65% of the vote. Bussin joins Cliff Jenkins, Bill Saundercook and Suzan Hall as incumbents who were voted off the island.

Other races around the GTA

Other notable winners in mayoral races around the GTA included, unsurprisingly, Mississauga's Hazel McCallion, who pulled in about 76 per cent of the vote despite being dogged by scandal for much of the year. It's not up on YouTube yet, but she had a crazy post-victory interview with CP24 last night in which she called out the Star and claimed that print journalists distort the facts while television reporters tell it like it is.

Vaughan, meanwhile, has a new leader in Maurizio Bevilacqua, who trounced the incumbent, Linda Jackson.

For results from Oakvile and Milton, check here.

And for full results from all the council races, check out our Toronto Election 2010 Results post.

Photo by ~EvidencE~ in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Daniel / October 26, 2010 at 09:15 am
Let the anti-Ford comments begin.
steve / October 26, 2010 at 09:16 am
Hopefully all of the Smitherman supporters will keep good on their promises to move somewhere else!
qwerty / October 26, 2010 at 09:17 am
[obligatory comment about how Toronto will suffer]
xaburto@hotmail.com / October 26, 2010 at 09:25 am
John Fillion is back. How badly do you need to screw up to get kicked out?
Dude / October 26, 2010 at 09:26 am
[obligatory comment about gravy]
Frank / October 26, 2010 at 09:26 am
and if Harris was bold enough to appear with Ford - then there is no doubt who REALLY bought this election, and what tea party is behind Ford - who is too stupid to think beyond breakfast.
Colchester2 / October 26, 2010 at 09:32 am
For those who are grousing about Rob Ford, keep in mind Ford wouldn't have stood a chance of winning if Miller hadn't done such a bad job of selling out to the public sector unions and making a hash of the St. Clair and Bloor Street "improvements". Smitherman just didn't distance himself enough from that City Hall group.
Troy / October 26, 2010 at 09:40 am
I heard that the Mayor's inaugural lunch will be a buffet of wings from Hooters (or Gabby's if they're cheaper) with a complementary ranch dressing massage afterward.

RBeezy / October 26, 2010 at 09:44 am
what's really interesting is how caustic and divisive the pro-Ford lobby is. remember, you still have to live, talk to, work with or for, people who don't agree with Ford's personality or platform.

your resentment of your fellow Torontonians is quite dumb and misplaced. WE didn't create your so-called gravy train. WE want a better Toronto just as much if not more than you do.

get off the predictable bully pulpit of "na na na na, we stuck it to you!". your man may be the mayor but he can't get anything done without full cooperation.
Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 09:47 am
"Sandra Bussin was leveled in Ward 32 by Mary-Margaret McMahon, who took over 65% of the vote"

I'm shocked, but incredibly happy with this result. For a while it didn't look like anyone was stepping up their campaign against Bussin. Then a guy by the name of Bruce Baker started campaigning heavily. A Rob Ford supporter who I've been told lives in <b> North York</b>. Area residents wanted change, but was he the change we needed? I hoped not. Thankfully, despite not a very aggressive campaign, Mary-Margaret McMahon managed to get support from just about everyone, from the Green Party to John Tory and later even Bruce Baker.

- Resident of the area
- Progressive views and a concern for the environment
- Didn't resort to nasty campaigning

So most residents went into the campaign with the hope that 'anyone but Bussin' would be elected in and ended up getting a candidate that was an actual legitimately great candidate for the job completely independent of the fact that Bussin needed to go.

That victory makes it easier for me to swallow the reality that Rob Ford is mayor
Dirty 30 replying to a comment from Troy / October 26, 2010 at 09:47 am

Joker / October 26, 2010 at 09:51 am
All these glum faces. What happened? Did your - did your balls drop off?
Steve / October 26, 2010 at 09:52 am
We might as well change our name from Toronto to Indianapolis. We're moved a lot closer to Gary, Indiana last night.
Ryan L. replying to a comment from RBeezy / October 26, 2010 at 09:52 am
I've had two people tell me quite directly, with absolutely no shame they were voting for Ford because they weren't going to let a gay man be mayor.
Tony replying to a comment from Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 09:59 am
The same happened to me with three people. The irony is that those people were members of visible immigrant minorities.
RBeezy replying to a comment from Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 10:02 am
And how does that help them with their garbage collection? Ignorance is bliss.
Crystal balls / October 26, 2010 at 10:07 am
Adam Vaughan will be mayor in 2014.
That is all.
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Colchester2 / October 26, 2010 at 10:08 am
Miller didn't really do a bad job, but I do agree that he was his own downfall. Too many times he tried to convince the public that the city was broke in order to soften the blow of things like the land transfer tax and vehicle registration tax.

The city was never broke, just underfunded (ie undertaxed) to support the public works programs that a city of its size really should have and that Miller wanted to implement.

The books were never in danger of not being balanced. It was just a matter of not introducing so many new social programs and services.

Miller's mistake was that he chose this method over just promoting those social programs and using that support to fund them with increased taxes( Granted, that would have been a much tougher sell). So not only did people believe the city was broke, but they also never got the opportunity to realize all the things Miller introduced to the city.

So it didn't really take long before people started coming to the conclusion that the city was broke due to mismanagement. No huge examples of misspent money (relatively speaking) could ever be referenced, so they had to pick on small, insignificant things (such as perks) or things that were impossible to change (such as council size).

Those that campaigned in the realm of reality lost because they couldn't promise the impossible. Those that won took a cue from American politics and realized that you can lie and exaggerate as much as you want and people will forget when the next election comes.
fattest replying to a comment from Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 10:10 am
make that 3
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Tony / October 26, 2010 at 10:17 am
There were three reasons to vote for Ford.

1) You legitimately thought he could make a difference. You knew that his promises were a load of BS, but understood that change was necessary and if he could get a few of his promises to go through then it would be worth it.

2) You believed the BS. Council would be cut in half, we'd have new subways, all taxes would be removed and somehow we'd fund new services with negative money. Not that ignorance is unique to Rob Ford. There are people in this category for the other candidates as well.

3) You didn't want to vote for someone who conflicted with your 'traditional' (ie, biggoted) values.

I'm not really concerned with what kind of damage Rob Ford can do to the city. I'm more concerned with the fact that the population voted him in. I'm concerned that #3 took a more significant role than it had any right to be in 2010. (one vote would have been too many)
Colchester2 replying to a comment from Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 10:30 am
Ryan L. That's a fair and well reasoned rebuttal. I understood Miller's argument for more revenues through the land transfer tax, etc. Also, I believe that residential taxes are too low compared to commercial. But I was left with the impression that those revenues were going to wage increases for city employees, e.g. garbage workers, TTC, etc. at a time when a lot of people in the private sector were hurting in the recession. Are there huge savings from cutting government waste? Of course not. But Miller's perceived negative attitude to the private sector lost me. I'm not a militant right winger (hate Harris; contemptuous of Harper) but there was no other alternative for me to vote for other than Ford. As I said, Smitherman seemed to me to be more of the same.
Tim / October 26, 2010 at 11:18 am
I don't know what's worse here -- the whiners or the gloaters.
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Colchester2 / October 26, 2010 at 11:52 am
I believe much of the backlash from 'giving in' to the unions had been manufactured by years of Miller claiming we didn't have the money to pay them. The thing is, we did. We always did. Yes, the recession didn't help, but 'Misery loves company' alone is a piss poor reason to get mad at someone.

I'm not suggesting his negotiations themselves didn't impact his support, just that his constant focus on the broke city of Toronto amplified it.
Jimbo / October 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm
"The size and scope of Mr. Ford's victory"? He received less than 50% of those who voted, who themselves represent less than 50% of eligible voters. Maybe that's something relative to other elections, but it's not exactly a mandate.
KL replying to a comment from Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Do you have any links that support your position about the city having more money than widely perceived? I've done some digging and can't come up with anything.
The Facts replying to a comment from Jimbo / October 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm
It's still a mandate -- and more of one than Miller ever got.
RBeezy replying to a comment from The Facts / October 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm
don't say "man date". Ford supporters don't go for such things.
Malcolm replying to a comment from RBeezy / October 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm
The Facts / October 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm
I guess all those "inaccurate" polls that didn't include the downtown progressives who don't own landlines ... were right after all.
shlepster replying to a comment from Crystal balls / October 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Lets hope Adam Vaughan is wiped out of City Council during the next election that would be better than Rob Ford being mayor.
Alogon replying to a comment from Ryan L. / October 26, 2010 at 01:12 pm
Scandalous! Especially since government fucks us in the ass constantly anyhow.
Alogon replying to a comment from Jimbo / October 26, 2010 at 01:21 pm
It doesn't matter how many turned out - it's a mandate because he received the lion's share of the votes cast. If the people who didn't vote have such a different view for the city why did they not vote? Out of the many candidates there was surely someone to vote for.
The non-voters, quite frankly, don't matter since they couldn't be bothered to get off their whining asses to do the simple act of marking a ballot.
KL replying to a comment from Alogon / October 26, 2010 at 01:27 pm
You're eligible to vote. The recent advanced poll has indicated a clear front-runner you won't vote for. You don't like any of the candidates. You have no interest in voting strategically and are skeptical about it working. Spoiled ballots aren't counted.

Now, do you watch the new episode of South Park or do you go down to the voting booth and make an arrow next to Kevin Clarke's name?
Michael / October 26, 2010 at 01:32 pm
That photograph is stunning.
Sean / October 26, 2010 at 03:45 pm
First off, I agree with Michael (above) Yes, the photograph is indeed stunning.

Rob Ford became mayor yesterday with a strong election result and not by just a few hundred votes. Sit back and see how he does by next spring. I think that would be a fair amount of time. It's rare to see a politician with not much ego but to end the spending at city hall. He's looking out for us the taxpayers of this city.

Think of him like a consultant suggesting frivolous spending must stop and pay off the bills. Once done, the city would be in a better position to move forward without the whining there's no money for anything. Money grows with interest, not when a financial system is in the red.

Good luck Rob. Now PROVE YOURSELF.
agentsmith replying to a comment from KL / October 26, 2010 at 06:34 pm
Speaking of South Park, the "Giant Douche vs Turd Sandwich" episode is particularly appropriate.

Marco / October 26, 2010 at 09:00 pm
What bothers me most is how Rob Ford could stand up and say, "today, Toronto is united." What part of 50% does our new mayor-elect not understand? Is he truly that ignorant, or is he so full of himself that he cannot understand that it takes coalition building to effect change in municipal governance?

As he has shown himself to play fast and loose with numbers during the campaign, and to be able to bamboozle 50% of the electorate with false economies, I'm not so sure he will be able to deliver what his supporters intended to be delivered. Instead, I fear that his ham-handed, cut-and-slash impulses (assuming he can get them passed) will leave the city worse off as a place to live, and deeper in the financial muck.

I wish him well, as I wish well to us all. My expectations, on the other hand, are as low as they could be.
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