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Tonight's CFRB Toronto Mayoralty Debate
Beginning just moments after the latest poll results were announced, tonight's CFRB Debate was interesting and (for me) entertaining.
I didn't take notes, so I can't give detailed comments. However, I will make a few remarks (not really in any particular order):
Kudos to CFRB for running a good debate. Lots of action and yet lots of opportunity to hear each candidate. Much smarter job than CITY TV.
Everything I heard tonight -- to take the words that John Tory uses at the end of each debate -- convinces me that I've been right along that David Miller and John Tory are the two strongest candidates, and are both quality options. (I still prefer my guy, however.)
There was a lot of attacking David Miller tonight. Based on his wide lead in the polls, it is to be expected.
Barbara Hall was fiesty tonight and took some shots at both Tory and Miller. However, when she says that David Miller has been lying about her position on the island airport, she needs to revisit reality.
John Tory took some heat tonight for his record as a Progressive Conservative supporter and a Mel Lastman backer. Barbara Hall challenged him on exactly the issue that has bothered me all along. Why did he put his loyalty to his party ahead of his loyalty to his city? Why, after forced amalgamation, unfair downloading, and cuts to essential urban services, did he never speak out publicly? Why did he still vote PC in this last election when they again ran on a barely-concealed anti-Toronto agenda?
I wish David Miller would commit to a TTC fare freeze. It's important to me and I think it's the best policy. Not that I think that any of the other candidates are more commited to the TTC than he is.
I didn't catch all the details, but there was a good challenge made on the feasibility of John Tory's plan to cut staff in the city government.
For all that John Nunziata talks about road tolls, you'd think he was the guy who hired Warren Kinsella. Sorry John, you're a few weeks too late.
A lot of callers on the phone-in show said that Tom Jakobek won the debate. The host was amused and made jokes about relatives calling in. I don't think Jakobek won, but I have said all along that there is some sense in him. Too bad about the scandal, eh?
Jakobek did score some points against Hall when he reminded her that the fiscal record she cites as mayor was really his record as budget chief and as well when he reminded her of her performance as budget chief prior to that.
Tomorrow there is a televised debate on Toronto 1.
DISCLOSURE: After a serious decision-making process, I joined the Miller-for-mayor campaign more than a month ago. However, all comments on this website are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of David Miller or his campaign. My role in the campaign is grunt-level and I haven't even met the strategists.