All this makes me wonder if the game from these councillors isn’t real transit advocacy but instead just political cover. Maybe the idea behind this latest push isn’t to get a subway, but rather to provide defence from the perpetual re-election campaign of Rob Ford, who maintains a great deal of popularity in Scarborough.
Good question from Matt Elliott.
Some quick thoughts about #OneCity | #TOpoli #transit
Juggling live-blogging, tweeting, and this, so nothing profound, but a couple of things:
1. I wouldn’t assume that “the mayor is back in charge of transit” just yet. Just because OneCity didn’t fly doesn’t mean that he’s suddenly got anything more than shouting “subways subways subways” until our ears bleed.
2. Whatever OneCity is or was, at least it contemplated tying transit expansion to public revenue. You want infrastructure? You gotta pay for it. If nothing else, that’s the beginning of an adult conversation. Beats the shit out of “I can’t support taxing the taxpayer.”