One of the few Toronto City Council seats which had to change tonight was Trinity-Spadina where the former councillor, Olivia Chow, is now the area’s Member of Parliament. Chow’s former assitant, Helen Kennedy, was defeated for the seat by former CITY-TV reporter “political specialist” Adam Vaughan whose former colleagues were guessing he would take a run at the Mayor’s Office in 2010.Contrary to CITY-TV spin there are some of us New Democrats who aren’t terribly upset that Kennedy was unsuccessful. She had an air of entitlement about her candidacy which rubbed some of us the wrong way. And running on Chow’s coat-tails, after she (Chow) pissed off many young and lgbt NDippers at the federal NDP convention last September, did not add to Kennedy’s winnables.
Vaughan had a few prominent Liberals supporting him but, then, municipal politics isn’t partisan, is it? He told his TV chums tonight that City Hall is not the place for party politics.
Now that, with the City of Toronto Act, the municipality is practically a city-state maybe it’s time national parties did run candidates.