But still: no more Mayor Ford.
And yes, I’m conflating the two Ford brothers here, but hey…they gave themselves the name Ford Nation.
Cover photo by Gwydion M Williams, used under Creative Commons license
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.