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Atwood for Mayor of Toronto…or The Leftie Pinko’s Strike Again!

In Authors, Customer Service, Government, People that Matter, Toronto on July 31, 2011 at 19:48

Just a tad…

So this isn’t really going to happen but lets just dream for a moment…With only 1220 left of Ford Days starting her campaign Monday, on the civic holiday, the 71 year old steps onto the platform at 789 Yonge Street  (Toronto Reference Library) to ask the citizens of Toronto to take back their city.  ‘It starts with closing or privatizing libraries but continues down a slippery slop of destroying the backbone of Toronto’s arts, culture and heath.  I stand here to issue a challenge to the people in Toronto.  Help me transform this city to what it should be.  Use tax money the way it should be used…”.  The crowd of nearly 5,000 march down to City Hall giving Rob Ford a message that in a 3 years in a bit he’ll be tossed out like the rest of the garbage.  Oh what a dream

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You can read Chloé Fedio ‘s full article in the Toronto Star  here http://counter.thestar.topscms.com/news/article/1032825–doug-ford-comments-spark-atwood-for-mayor-movement

More than 5,000 people have “liked” a Facebook page encouraging Atwood to run for mayor.

“So, apparently, you need to be elected to be heard,” Julia Vyse posted on the page.

“This would be brilliant! And a good way to solve a lot of our problems as a city,” wrote Heather Danter.

The Twitterverse is also encouraging the author to run for mayor. Users are Tweeting signs endorsing her future as a politician, including sidewalk chalkboards at a French bistro in Parkdale and a café on Queen St. W.

The “Atwood for Mayor” movement includes a greater discussion about the value of libraries, and that’s evident on the author’s Twitter feed.”

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You can read Ray Argyle ‘s full blog page here http://wildaboutwriting.com/2011/07/31/atwood-for-mayor-an-unlikely-prospect/

” So how about it, Margaret Atwood. Would you run for Mayor?

Anyone who knows her knows that Margaret Atwood could never fill the role of a back-slapping politician.  But she wouldn’t be the first artist to go for political office. I’m thinking of Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright and poet dissident who was the President of free Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic. Or Jan Paderewski, the great Polish composer and pianist who was the second Prime Minister of an independent Poland after the First World War.

Would Ms. Atwood have the interest, the stamina, or the ability to withstand the inanities of a political life? Anyone who’s been through the ordeal of author tours as she has, surely has the stamina. Age is not a factor. Look at Hazel McCallion, long-serving mayor of neighboring Mississauga, and at 90 only now is in what will be her final term.

But let’s face it, Margaret Atwood running for Mayor of Toronto is a highly unlikely prospect.

Let’s suspend disbelief for a moment, and pretend Toronto voters could choose between Atwood and Ford in the next election.The campaign would be highly entertaining, pitting culture against the barbarians. However, like all things political, it probably wouldn’t be fought on any rational understanding of issues facing the city. The Ford forces would depict Margaret Atwood as a “tax and spend liberal.” She’d fight back, brilliantly, but perhaps not successfully.

The library controversy is a case in point. It would be nice to have a rational discussion of the cost/benefits of the city’s chain of libraries. Doug Ford claimed, erroneously, there were more branches in  his Etobicoke district than there were Tim Hortons coffee shops. Not true, but what’s that got to do with it?”

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