Once again, the NDP have entered Toronto elections. According to the Toronto Sun, Jack Layton is ready to officially endorse Joe Patalone. This is the second example of this week of the political parties entering municipal politics and trying to frustrate the will of the people. Dalton McGuinty has dealt a tremendous blow to the fortunes of George Smitherman by giving the endorsement of the provincial Liberals. George Smitherman is now officially associated with:
– the introduction of the HST in Ontario;
– the increase in electricity prices in Ontario;
– the secret regulations passed by the Ontario government during the G20 conference;
The McGuinty government is surely on the way out.
(Let’s not forget Mr. Smitherman’s tenure as Health Minister.)
That said, Jack Layton and the NDP have a long history of interfering with Toronto elections. In fact, at one time, Jack Layton was the official NDP candidate for Mayor.
Although Jack thinks that he is giving Patalone a great gift. The reality is that:
for Joe Patalone an endorsement from Jack Layton will be as harmful as the endorsement of Dalton McGuinty was for George Smitherman. It’s starter to look more and more like Mayor Ford. After all, it’s the only way that Torontonians have to express their outrage and contempt for Toronto City Council and the councillors that have been sucking them dry.
Joe Pants gets nod from Layton
By DON PEAT, Toronto Sun
Last Updated: August 24, 2010 2:58pm
George Smitherman isn’t the only mayoral candidate getting endorsements from politicians in higher places.
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone will pick up an endorsement from federal NDP Leader Jack Layton Wednesday.
Layton, a Toronto MP and former Toronto city councillor, will throw his support behind Pantalone in Nathan Phillips Square at 9 a.m. — just before the last city council meeting of the term.
“Mr. Layton will speak to those gathered about why Joe is the only candidate with a real vision for a strong, sustainable, inclusive Toronto, and the only one with the experience to make sure it unfolds,” a press release from the Pantalone campaign stated.
In the same release, Pantalone admitted he used to disagree often with Layton when he was on council.
“But our small disagreements were driven by passion for our greater agreement: Toronto must be a city for everyone,” Pantalone stated. “I’m proud to have him join me once again in pushing for that vision.”
Earlier this week, the Smitherman campaign mailed out postcards featuring 36 Toronto area past and present, mostly Liberal pols from the provincial and federal level.
Mayoral rivals Rob Ford, Sarah Thomson and Rocco Rossi all slammed Smitherman for the Liberal power play and accused Queen’s Park of meddling in a municipal election.
When asked Monday about Smitherman’s endorsements, the Pantalone campaign declined to comment.