By-Election Trinity-Spadina

Here’s my thinking.thinking

It’s a federal by-election in Trinity-Spadina, right? This is going to make no big difference on the make-up of parliament. I guess there might be some sense of momentum going into next year’s general election but, you know, for what that’s worth.

So I actually don’t have to perform the party-candidate balancing act. You know the one where it’s all, I like the candidate but am unhappy with the party, or vice versa. The lesser of two evils more often than the best of both worlds. There’s no fear that if I vote this way that party will become the government.

That’s going to make it incredibly easy for me to mark my ballot.

thumbsupAdam Vaughan, hands down.

I say, put him in office and see what he can do before we head back to the polls in 2015. How much influence will he actually have in setting the Liberal party’s urban agenda? Will the pressures to toe the line that come with party membership curb the sharp-tongued, outspoken former city councillor?

Truthfully, I have grave concerns about the quality of Justin Trudeau. I’ve yet to see any rigour manifest in him. If Adam Vaughan is elected MP on Monday, I’d eventually like to ask him what it’s like working under the leadership of someone who seems not nearly as smart as he is.

During his time at City Hall, Vaughan did not suffer fools gladly which earned him something of a prickly reputation. Certainly over the course of the last four years, there were plenty of fools to go around, many of them holding positions of power. That never sat well with Vaughan.

Now, I’m not comparing Justin Trudeau to Rob Ford. I just don’t see him as much of a heavyweight although I’m perfectly happy to be proven otherwise. trialperiodI hope the possible presence of Adam Vaughan in his caucus will bring out the best in Trudeau. If it doesn’t, if he doesn’t live up to his commitments to housing and other progressive urban issues that Vaughan has been touting during the campaign, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Exactly how maverick-y will he be willing to go?

And that’s the beauty of this situation, right? It’s a trial period. See how it works, re-visit my decision next year.

Besides, the NDP candidate in the race, Joe Cressy, has made next-to-no impression on me. Zero impact. I have little sense of what’s driving him to seek this office. adamvaughanProgressive ideals, for sure, but what I’m hearing mostly from him right now is party, party, party. The NDP is home to progressive voters. The Liberals long ago abandoned their progressive ideals. There’s only one way progressives could think of casting their ballots. NDP, NDP, NDP.

Oh, and Jack Layton.

But for me, we’re not fighting the last election. We’re getting ready for the next. I have great admiration for the work Adam Vaughan did as a city councillor. I think the Liberal party with him a part of it, will be a better party, a more progressive party than it’s been for a couple decades now.

If I’m wrong about that, we get to do this all over again in 2015.

decisively submitted by Cityslikr

5 Responses to By-Election Trinity-Spadina

  1. jrootham says:

    So you have signed on to the romantic and mystical approach to politics?

  2. GW says:

    Ah yes, “does not suffer fools gladly”, the go-to expression for people looking to make a virtue out of arrogance.

  3. Sonny says:

    There was poll I heard that had Vaughan in the lead which could be wrong. So I guess we’ll have to see what happens on Monday night. On the big smoke level there are only 2 candidates registered in Ward19

  4. 1weesel says:

    As if Ottawa has no shortage of arrogant Liberals.

  5. GW says:

    I’m amused by the pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth on the part of some downtowners over Vaughan having joined the Liberals and defeated the anointed Heap-Layton-Chow successor in Trinity-Spadina. I mean, what’s next? Christopher Hume moving into a detached house in Etobicoke? Heather Mallick moving back to Northern Ontario? Cityslikr buying a Hummer?

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