It may have been a surprise to the pollsters and the news media, but Rob Ford’s victory in the Toronto mayoralty race may well be a sign of the times.
In this Commentary, AIMS Senior Fellow in Urban Policy, Patrick Luciani takes a look at the victory and suggests it’s about basic municipal services, or the lack of them. He points out that Toronto’s elite lost touch with the core services voters expect and are now demanding from their mayors and councils.
Lessons in Toronto explains that the Toronto election was about politicians who understand the fundamentals of running a city. That means keeping the infrastructure in good running order such as roads, sewers, efficient garbage collection, good schools, a safe community, a balanced budget and taxes that don’t discourage jobs.
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