Rick McGinnis comments on John Barber's suggestion that David Miller will likely serve three terms as mayor:
I don't think that John Barber's point here had anything to do with his fondness for David Miller. In this race for mayor we saw a new dynamic in municipal elections in Toronto. Many millions of dollars were spent, and 5 candidates were working 7-days-a-week for ten months. We're not going to go through this every third year.
When you combine this with the strong advantage that incumbents have -- in municipal politics more than anywhere else -- it points to the conclusion that the mayor elected yesterday is going to be hard to beat unless he does a very poor job. This would have been just as true if John Tory won. Maybe even more so.
As for John Barber's column, no it is not objective. However, I don't have a problem with opinionated columnists, so long as the paper's reporters are objective. Barber's column has never been objective, but for many difficult years it was a prime source for information and analysis about how the Harris-Eves Tories were mistreating the City of Toronto.