How do you know the battle in Ward 32 is not a fair fight? Answer: When you see big billboards like this one, the cost of which, when combined with all other campaign spending, may well exceed legally allotted campaign budgets. Who paid for this? You may be better off to ask who has thrown their support behind this candidate against long-term incumbent Sandra Bussin?
Here’s a hint:
Residents of Ward 32 asked hard hitting questions at an all candidates meeting October 19, as to whether the McMahon campaign may exceed the limits for election spending. In response McMahon prevaricated…waffled. Beach area residents also expressed concern as to whether or not support is being provided to McMahon from the Ford camp. Again, McMahon answered with silence. Voters asked for clarity on her pledge to cut red tape to developers in Ward 32. Does this mean that she will curtail the consultative review processes for land development needed to assure safety, health and environment in the area? Answers from McMahon came there none.
On the heels of her recent endorsement by failed mayoral candidate, John Tory, McMahon was questioned at the meeting about her apparent positioning as the Conservative Party candidate. A question she refused to answer. She was further grilled on the specifics of her “rational belt tightening” which was also met with a resounding, non-committal scuffing.
McMahon tells us to vote for her because “It’s time for a change” to which I respond “A change to what”? From the frying pan into the fire comes spryly to mind. If the endorsement by one of the most failed politicians in Toronto history, in the form of John Tory, coupled with her evident partnering with Rob Ford, aren’t amply toxic enough to be the kiss of death to McMahon’s run for city hall, then surely her inability to elucidate a clear policy platform will give serious pause to any reasoning, progressive voter in Ward 32. This ward, historically, has been at the heart of the progressive movement in Toronto if not in Ontario. Sandra Bussin has honoured that culture through her many years as city councillor as evidenced by her numerous accomplishments. Sandra Bussin has achieved through diligent, dedicated work what McMahon cannot even elucidate when challenged.
Time for a change McMahon? It’s too bad you can’t tell us what that change is aside from some opaque alignment with the right wing. How about “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”? For that reason alone, Sandra Bussin has got my vote.
McMahon took a daring leap into the unknown at the October 20 town hall debate by actually defining her pledge to cut red tape to developers. Ward 32 residents, rest easy! McMahon will only glad hand those developers who are “ethical”. Aside from the obvious conundrum of locating this mythical creature – the ethical developer - I can’t help but guffaw at the impossibly convoluted vetting process which would ensue from such a policy directive…let your imagination run wild.
Recently US Teaparty candidate, Sharron Angle, in justifying an extreme right wing policy, chided people to make lemonade out of lemons. So in my very first attempt to heed the advice of the right wing let’s make some lemonade, shall we? What good can come of McMahon’s new approach? Try this on for size: for a time, at least, it is possible that developers will be falling over each other in donating to charities and participating in other “good” causes as they take on the Olympian task of proving themselves worthy of the much coveted designation of “ethical”. Huzzah!