Is Olivia Chow the Liberal candidate for Mayor of Toronto?
I betcha' by golly she is. But what a startling thought! A staunch NDP MP like Olivia running for Mayor of Toronto, as a crypto-Liberal. Imagine the
slogan, "A Vote for Chow is a Vote for Wynne!" Would that constitute an endorsement of Wynne by Chow? Does that mean that Oliva is urging NDP voters
to vote for Wynne in the next provincial election? Do NDP voters even know they are voting for Wynne?
Well, it doesn't matter much because heaven knows, people who vote on the left are used to being shafted by Olivia. Her and her late husband, Saint
Jack Layton, ran an entire national election campaign on a socialist platform while fully intending to merge the NDP with the Liberals after being
elected to Parliament as socialists.
That fell through, but I find myself wondering if Oliva still wants to be a "Karma Chameleon". She's a slippery old pol. The reason that I wonder
about this is her vagueness in a recent statement to the press about the "Downtown Relief Line" to be added to the subway, a much fretted over
development down at City Hall.
The downtown relief subway line should not be an issue in Toronto’s 2014 municipal election campaign, mayoral candidate Olivia Chow says.
During a morning radio interview, Chow was asked about her commitment to building the subway line. Critics have accused her of waffling on her
position since launching her campaign last month.
Chow said while she supports the line, she noted it is not projected to open until 2031, 17 years from now.
“Can we do it faster? Maybe, but it’s $8 billion, a lot of money, so we need to negotiate with the federal and provincial government on how we
are going to do this,” she said in the interview on CIUT 89.5 FM."
Like she was campaigning for Bad Planning Poster Girl
, Olivia assures those of her constituency that depend for their profits on bad planning,
that she intends to hand the whip hand in planning to higher echelons of government, provincial and federal. This is a defacto declaration that the
politics and profits of "bad planning" will determine transit plans.
“We need to determine what route and which alignment, which we’ll do this late spring and early summer, so once we have that, then we can
begin to negotiate. But I don’t think it should be an election issue because . . . nothing is going to break ground for another four, five
years, six years, because the study itself will take that long.”
This is classic "gubmint" thinking from somebody who knows nothing about nothing but about how the politics of corruption works in this
city/provice/country. In the area of public works, as in so many others, TIME = MONEY. Olivia tells us that this is going to take a lot of time.
Olivia has been out of city politics for a while. Will she be learning on the job at this important juncture?
Whatever the case, it seems obvious that Olivia is waiting for another player
to get her
ducks in a row on this issue. Is Olivia point
person for Kathleen Wynne? Is it Olivia's job to derail the Ford transit plans in favor of ones preferred by the provincial government?
John Tory wants this subject, the relief line, on the table. He knows time is money. He knows that the issue is important. Rob Ford wants the relief
to come in the form of lines in Scarborough and North York. Surely these are major dividing lines between the candidates and topics that should be
Mayoral candidate John Tory has made building a downtown relief line, which he calls the Yonge Street relief line, a key part of his platform.
Tory says that by 2031, Toronto will have “added between 1.5 and 2 million people in that period of time.”
“I said at my launch I would make the Yonge Street Relief Line priority number one. And I meant it,” he said. In a statement released Wednesday,
Tory said Torontonians have “a very clear choice between Ms Chow and I,” as he is the candidate who “can get action on Yonge Street Relief
What is really going on with Olivia on this issue? Is she vague because she has been out of the city "loop" for too long? Is she waiting on financing
and other details from Kathleen Wynne that she can take into account when putting her own position forward? I'm not implying skullduggery here.
Politicians have to coordinate between governmental levels, If Olivia is coordinating with Wynne, it would appear that on this issue, she might be
being muzzled by Wynne as well. Is that a good thing in a candiate for Mayor of Toronto?
When you are being campaigned at by a politician who advocates banning handguns, as Olivia Chow has done last week in the race to be Mayor of Toronto,
you should ask yourself, as others before me have done, "Why does this person stop at handguns? Surely crime itself should be banned in the city?"
Somebody should ask this of Olivia's constituents. Don't bother to ask Olivia. She knows what I am getting at. She's all about something completely
What would be the effect if Olivia Chow were actually to be elected Mayor of Toronto and were actually to be able to convince enough people to ban
handguns. Well, I can assure you that the persons who will be least inconvenienced by the ban will be the local criminal community. They will
disregard the ban completely.
Law abiding citizens are the ones who will be inconvenienced the most by the ban. Those few of them who own handguns will lose their possesions. The
rest of us will have to pay the increased costs incurred on the balance sheets for the police department, the courts and the prison system if Olivia's
plan to ban handguns becomes law.
The question we should be asking about Olivia's policy here is just whom among her constituents is Olivia serving by advocating such a ban. Her
proposed ban amounts to a "spending bill". The money it will take to implement the ban will be spent on the police department, the courts, clerical
staff in the provincial justice ministry and in the institutions devoted to incarcerating the convicted.
Big unions will be on the receiving end of that money. You the taxpayer will be on the dispensing end of that money, if it is ever spent.
One group, Toronto's gun toting criminals, will be completely untouched by Olivia's proposed banning of handguns. If anything, life will be easier for
the criminal community as the police will be off on a platypus hunt among the law abiding.
The policy of advocating the banning of handguns is just "snake oil". There is no chance such a ban will be enacted. Olivia knows this.
She is calling for a ban on handguns because she knows a significant chunk of people in her constituency will actually believe that she can deliver
such a ban. Her constituency is not worried about things like COSTS, so that little bit of impedimenta doesn't even enter the discussion. If Olivia's
constituents were in kindergarten, instead of the NDP, she would call for ice cream waffle cones for everyone. Once elected she would explain to the
kids in a very nice voice that the waffles would be too messy, so they are going to get carrot sticks instead.
Don't vote for Olivia Chow folks. You'll be voting for a mess of trouble. Not piffling stuff like public drunkeness in the case of Rob Ford, or being
caught in a "rub and tug" joint like Saint Jack, but major league, expensive to the tune of billions, trouble.
edit on 16-4-2014 by ipsedixit
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