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2023 Toronto Mayoral by-election

Who gets your vote for Mayor of Toronto?

  • Ana Bailao

    Votes: 18 16.4%
  • Brad Bradford

    Votes: 3 2.7%
  • Olivia Chow

    Votes: 58 52.7%
  • Mitzie Hunter

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • Josh Matlow

    Votes: 20 18.2%
  • Mark Saunders

    Votes: 4 3.6%
  • Other

    Votes: 5 4.5%

  • Total voters
    110
  • Poll closed .
I took a walk through my immediate neighborhood yesterday (I'm downtown), and was surprised to see only one candidate sign on a front lawn. (It was for Bailao, if anybody cares.) This is pretty unusual for my area, and I can only conclude people are weary of the constant elections we've been getting in recent years. That may also explain the surprising lead Chow seems to have: She's been around for many a year, is a familiar face, seems harmless/inoffensive enough, people like her well enough - or, at last, aren't repulsed by her. Well, except for the Toronto Sun crowd, that is. Heh, heh, heh.

The attempts to portray her as some dangerous radical really are embarrassing. She's always struck me as a fairly modest social democrat type. Oddly, I think she's the John Tory of this election, providing a comforting familiarity along with a lack of drama. Yes, that latter point is still a significant factor IMO*. If Tory were running this time I think he probably would be re-elected for that reason alone. With no Tory, she's the closest thing, it's just that she's just approaching the situation from the left-of-center instead of the right-of-center.

*It's bizarre that a certain obese, brain-dead, crack-addicted and thankfully dead moron is still affecting things like this after all these years. But here we are. "Lack of drama" is still something people seem to badly crave after that subhuman cretin's rampage in public office. Tory was still benefitting from it until things fell apart for him just recently.
 
Back to our regularly scheduled programming, The Star is out with a new Ipsos poll.

@mjl08 must have slept in or it would have been posted by now..... LOL


Chow 38
Saunders 14
Bailao 12
Matlow 10
Furey 7
Hunter 6
Bradford 6
 
Social media did exist in 2003.

MySpace was the most popular social media website back then and it had over half a billion users at its peak.

Social media existed as early as 1980 when Usenet was released to university students and researchers!
I was at Carleton University in the early 1990s and in addition to Usenet (which was mostly porn, IIRC) we had Freenet for discussions. In the 1980s, it was BBS.
 
Back to our regularly scheduled programming, The Star is out with a new Ipsos poll.

@mjl08 must have slept in or it would have been posted by now..... LOL


Chow 38
Saunders 14
Bailao 12
Matlow 10
Furey 7
Hunter 6
Bradford 6

Sounds about right, especially where Chow is trending. If she can push through the 40% barrier, that'd be a very successful campaign. I'm sure her team will be looking at an extremely thorough election day operation to make sure.

If Saunders loses, and can't win in his own backyard (North York), does he go away from politics for awhile or does he position himself for the inevitable Federal election?

I have the same question of Bailao as well, but think this could be the end of her in city politics, with her pivoting to a Bonnie Crombie OLP.
 
Sounds about right, especially where Chow is trending. If she can push through the 40% barrier, that'd be a very successful campaign. I'm sure her team will be looking at an extremely thorough election day operation to make sure.

If Saunders loses, and can't win in his own backyard (North York), does he go away from politics for awhile or does he position himself for the inevitable Federal election?

I have the same question of Bailao as well, but think this could be the end of her in city politics, with her pivoting to a Bonnie Crombie OLP.
I honestly fail to see why anyone would support Saunders for mayor or as a (doubtless Conservative) MP. He was not a good police chief and one can point to so many things that went wrong (the McArthur mess or the failure to find Tess Richey's body) or were simply ignored (traffic offences). As he was pretty much given all the $$ he wanted, I do not think 'budget pressures' are an excuse. The sooner he is defeated, the sooner we may stop hearing about him.
 
Sounds about right, especially where Chow is trending. If she can push through the 40% barrier, that'd be a very successful campaign. I'm sure her team will be looking at an extremely thorough election day operation to make sure.

If Saunders loses, and can't win in his own backyard (North York), does he go away from politics for awhile or does he position himself for the inevitable Federal election?

I have the same question of Bailao as well, but think this could be the end of her in city politics, with her pivoting to a Bonnie Crombie OLP.

He can always serve again as Doug Ford's Ontario Place advsior <snicker>

AoD
 
Anecdotally, my friend lives one block away from Bradford, and says that there are five times the number of Chow signs in the area than Bradford signs.

I'm still seeing tonnes of Gong signs, mostly broken and on the ground.
I live two blocks away from Bradford and Chow definitely has the most signs in this area. Third-most is Bailao. I've only lived here for 9 months, but speaking with neighbours on my street, there is a lot of Anti-Bradford. Of course that's only limited to a dozen or so people, but many long-time residents have not been happy with him - especially when he used his Councilor's Office email list for his campaign. I unsubscribed after that.
 
I live two blocks away from Bradford and Chow definitely has the most signs in this area. Third-most is Bailao. I've only lived here for 9 months, but speaking with neighbours on my street, there is a lot of Anti-Bradford. Of course that's only limited to a dozen or so people, but many long-time residents have not been happy with him - especially when he used his Councilor's Office email list for his campaign. I unsubscribed after that.
I think he is not allowed to do this - you could ask the Integrity Commissioner. integrity@toronto.ca
 
Back to our regularly scheduled programming, The Star is out with a new Ipsos poll.

@mjl08 must have slept in or it would have been posted by now..... LOL


Chow 38
Saunders 14
Bailao 12
Matlow 10
Furey 7
Hunter 6
Bradford 6
Hmm... I guess I was wrong on my prediction. I thought it'd be Chow #1, Bailao #2, and the others further down in the polls. Guess not. Anyhow...

Are the candidates allowed to spam us by text? Is this authorized by Mark Saunders? I got this by text today:

I'm Mark Saunders running for Mayor
If Olivia Chow wins, she'll defund the police & hike taxes. Only I can stop her.
Reply YES to Support Me!
Stop to Stop
 
Do we think Chow would actually try and create a true rent control system (no raising rents on tenant turnover)? This one really scares me as it's a great way to ensure we don't ever build any more rental housing.
 
Hmm... I guess I was wrong on my prediction. I thought it'd be Chow #1, Bailao #2, and the others further down in the polls. Guess not. Anyhow...

Are the candidates allowed to spam us by text? Is this authorized by Mark Saunders? I got this by text today:

I'm Mark Saunders running for Mayor
If Olivia Chow wins, she'll defund the police & hike taxes. Only I can stop her.
Reply YES to Support Me!
Stop to Stop
I'd reply: "I support defunding the police and raising taxes. Thank you for advising who I should vote for"
 

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