John Sewell has devoted his eye column this week to a review of the many ways that the Harris/Eves government has been an eight-year nightmare for the City of Toronto. He does a good job of it. What's worse is that most of the attacks that he has described had a rougher impact in the core of the city -- the old City of Toronto.
Sewell hopes that the coming election signals the end of our hard times:
Unfortunately, I'm not so sure.
Let's assume that the Ontario Liberals form the next provincial government. Certainly we can hope that this will mean the end of the assault. I trust the Liberals to stop heaping abuse on us. But, will they be willing to pay the political price required to reverse some of the PCs' injustices?
Consider this point from Sewell's column:
For McGuinty to reverse this will mean a gain for Toronto at the expense of the rest of the province.
This was done at the same time that education was shifted (in part) to province-wide property taxation, along with new current market value assessment. The result: downtown Toronto property-tax-payers support education across the province while our schools are closed.
This is wrong, but for the new government to reverse it they will likely pay a political price across the province. Meanwhile, Torontonians don't seem up for a fight.