Lawn sign campaign in Toronto stinks more than the recent garbage strike
Now that the stench of the summer garbage strike in Toronto is over, another smelly activity seems to be getting underway. A number of yellow lawn signs are starting to appear all over Toronto which state "David Miller is an Idiot".
I've been involved in public/political life for the better part of two decades and have watched over the years as the level of political discourse has continued to drop. This latest campaign by a bunch of people who wish to remain anonymous is a new low and I predict is doomed to failure.
I am totally supportive of people attacking or supporting Mayor David Miller for his policies, but resorting to this type of sleezy lawn sign campaign as a means of pushing him out of office is wrong-headed.
Firstly, it discourages good people from ever considering getting into public life. Why would you even consider becoming an urban politician when your friends and family might be exposed to this type of nonsense. That's why the private sector will remain much more appealing compared to public life.
Secondly, if this campaign is in fact linked to a political party trying to make gains in the next election, they will clearly have a lot of explaining to do to the media and voters.
The Toronto Sun caught up with some of the folks putting these lawn signs on front lawns. Here is what one man who wished to remain anonymous had to say:
We're not organizers of the Toronto Party, it's just a group of us who are on their mailing list and attended some of their organizing events.
For those not familiar with the Toronto Party, here is an excerpt from the "about us" section of their website:
THE TORONTO PARTY was created in October 2006 by Stephen Thiele and Brian Roussie.
It is a non-partisan, civic electoral organization that has no affiliation to any other political party in Canada.
We plan to contest all 44 council seats and the Mayoral seat in the 2010 City of Toronto election.
To achieve this goal we are seeking amendments to the Municipal Elections Act ("MEA") so that residents of Ontario's cities can enjoy the same democratic rights exercised by people who support provincial or federal parties in Canada.
In the interim, we will act in concert with sitting city councillors, and local community and business leaders as Toronto's official opposition to Mayor Miller and his de facto partisan cabinet.
We will advocate positions designed to halt Toronto's decline and designed to build a better Toronto for our current residents and our future generations
While others talk about building a better city, it is our goal to deliver plans that will make Toronto a better city.
I'm no fan of David Miller, although some who write on this blog are, however, this type of campaign should cease immediately and hopefully we can engage in a much more elightened and civilized debate about the future of Toronto. Perhaps then will we be able to encourage a great deal more honest, intelligent and thoughtful people to participate in civic politics in our big cities.