From Torontoist’s typically excellent visual summary of how Toronto voted for mayor, by ward:
Also, this more nuanced version:
You’ll notice that the actual city of Toronto voted Smitherman, while the suburbs of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough all voted Ford. You’ll also notice that the purple area in the first map pretty much overlays with the subway lines.
While it’s not really sensible to blame the election result entirely on amalgamation, it’s fun to try. The subject of this post, “Here’s to you, 1998 amalgamation” is taken from the comment section of the Torontoist article. It made me laugh and made me angry all at once.
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So – who originally pushed for Amalgamation? Purple or Blue?
Neither, really. It was actually imposed by Mike Harris’ provincial government, despite opposition from all six municipalities.
Mike Harris, by the way, was at Rob Ford’s victory party. And so the circle of life was complete.