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The Globe and Mail confirms what I heard on CBC earlier: John Tory got elected mayor of Toronto. The note of the authors that relations with the province of Ontario might proceed smoothly is worth sharing, too.
John Tory will be the next mayor of Canada’s largest city, a victory that marks the end of the often-turbulent reign of the Ford brothers at Toronto city hall.
Mr. Tory, a former Rogers executive and radio host, had a 47,000-vote lead with more than 1,650 of the 1,767 polls reporting, a lead wide enough to declare him the winner just minutes after voting ended Monday night.
Doug Ford, who jumped into the race at the last minute as a substitute for his ailing brother was in second place. Former NDP MP Olivia Chow, who entered the campaign as the frontrunner, but saw her lead evaporate over the summer, came in third.
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In China, where she is travelling on provincial business, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne heaved a sigh of relief.
“Hallelujah!” the Premier said as she heard the results, shortly after finishing a morning run photo-op with Chinese athletes and international school students at a stadium in Shanghai.
While Ms. Wynne has remained nominally neutral in the race for mayor, her caucus broke heavily for Mr. Tory. Sources in government said the Liberals were fans of his signature Smart Track policy. And Liberals insiders fretted about the prospect of working with Mr. Ford for the next four years.
Wikipedia’s page on Toronto’s mayoral election, occurring today, is but a stub. History remains to be written.
I’ve voted already, in the advance poll. Anyone reading this today who is eligible to vote in Toronto’s elections and hasn’t, please, do so. The past four years have shown the dangers of an alienated electorate and irresponsible civic politics. This election is a good point to change this, but it can change only if people engage with the democratic process.
Desmond Cole’s analysis at Torontoist, illustrating with numerous telling charts, of nationality and ethnicity and race as factors in Toronto politics, is telling. Plenty of links at the Torontoist site.
In their publication “Who Votes in Toronto Municipal Elections?” Ryerson University professor Myer Siemiatycki and geographic analyst Sean Marshall explore how immigration, visible minority status, income, and home ownership affected residents’ likelihood of voting in the last three municipal elections. Their findings show that neighbourhoods and wards with higher proportions of immigrants and visible minorities tend to have lower turnout rates.
Siemiatycki ranked Toronto’s 44 wards by turnout and then looked at the percentage of immigrants in each ward. In the 10 wards with the lowest turnout, immigrants comprised an average of 63 per cent of the population, visible minorities 62.7 per cent. Immigrants made up 37 per cent of the population of the top 10 wards for voter turnout, visible minorities just 27 per cent.
“The short answer is, not enough of us turn out to vote,” said Siemiatycki in an interview earlier this month. The report states that “voter turnout over the last three Toronto municipal elections averaged 42.7%, compared to a 61.6% turnout average in the last three federal elections.” But Siemiatycki expressed particular concern about the lower turnout rates among immigrants and residents of visible minority status.
“One very likely explanation is that the composition of elected officials and candidates is not representative of the communities,” Siemiatycki explained, noting that only five of Toronto’s 45 city council members belong to a visible minority group, and that this pattern of disproportionate representation exists across the GTA. “This sends a signal that our elections and politics are the domain of some people and not others,” said Siemiatycki.