I have followed Ford for over 13 years, especially when he was an obscure Etobicoke councilman. The guy has a big heart. He cares about his constituents. So when the ice storm struck, Ford naturally helped out on a daily basis. I predict that the 2014 Toronto Mayoral campaign is over. Ford is unstoppable.
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I believe Mayor Rob Ford will be re-elected. Some of you Ford haters, critics and doubters may question my position. Unlike these robo-calling pollsters, my associates and I have actually gone out into the field, into the darkest, deepest Ford Nation. We have talked to real people about Ford. The support is still strong. Still pollsters and old media types cannot believe why Ford Nation is sticking with Ford. So they have come up with another cockamamie theory: Ford supporters support Ford's fiscal agenda, but not Ford the man himself. Excuse me while I go all Marshall McLuhan.Ford is both the message and the medium.
As I often wait for my subway trains, I always worry about freak accidents that I am convinced will happen instantly. What will the next person do or act when the subway is pulling at the station? Can the New York incidents happen in Canada as well? Do I look "too ethnic" perhaps too much like a "muslim"? We should not let death to force us to act.
The Liberal Party is split on who is best positioned to win -- but we seem to agree on one thing: it's gonna be a girl. This isn't some instance of affirmative action. From every conversation I've heard, Liberal partisans want the most qualified person to be Premier. It's just that most Liberals believe the best person is either Sandra Pupatello, the front runner, or Kathleen Wynne, her clearest rival.
The Ontario election overall is an interesting one to watch as a litmus test for the staying power of Conservative and NDP gains, and to see whether rumours of the Liberal Party's demise may truly be exaggerated.