Another mayoral debate at Ryerson University last Thursday (without the winner of the first debate present), and another mud-slinging fest that had little to nothing to do with the City of Toronto, civic policies, and what matters to its citizens. Rather, it read more along the lines of John Tory, Karen Stintz, and David Soknacki saying to Rob Ford: “I don’t like you, and here’s why…”
However, if the personal attacks in the debates have indirectly allowed the floodgates to open up facts-based questioning candidates (as did the CBC’s Matt Galloway’s examination of Rob Ford’s so-called points of success in his term as mayor) rather than talking points, that would be a step in the right direction.
Aside from the widely-dismantled and factually false “billion dollar” savings that Rob Ford continues to refer to (for example, read this, this, this, this, this, and this) — Ford, whose tumultuous relationship with truth continues to raise questions, also claimed the 23 per cent youth unemployment figure in Toronto was “fictitious,” despite the fact that it’s completely true:
While Mark Twain did once say, perhaps ironically: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,” the best story of all that could come from a BETTER Mayor of Toronto, which would not be a story but a reality, is that the Mayor represented this great city honestly as a public servant rather than a politician, facilitated its diversity, and didn’t have to resort to divisive politics and alienation to choose which supporters mattered the most.
I know, and you know, that we can do better, Toronto!