John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto mayor, has gotten endorsements from the Conservative Toronto Sun (after they previously promoted the Ford brothers), the Conservative Globe and Mail, Conservative Toronto city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a bunch of other lesser-known Conservative city councillors, federal Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper and other Conservative MPs.
I haven’t seen an official endorsement from the Conservative National Post, but their coverage of Tory has certainly been in his favour.
Gee, you think it might be because John Tory IV is a long-time, dyed-in-the-wool, hardcore Conservative partisan? Anyone who still believes Tory is some kind of progressive because he isn’t as loud, aggressive and impulsive as the Ford brothers is delusional.
Just because a bunch of right-leaning, pro-privatization Liberal politicians (and a few Olympic athletes for some reason) have also endorsed Tory doesn’t mean he is somehow not a right-wing, capitalist, dismissive, patronizing elitist.
It’s interesting, but not surprising, that the “strategic voting” crowd that, in every single provincial and federal election campaign, says we have to only vote Liberal to keep the Conservatives out, is now demanding that we vote for one Conservative mayoral candidate to keep another Conservative mayoral candidate out.
The same bunch of unprincipled manipulators who said the sky would fall if we didn’t vote Liberal (instead of NDP or another party) to keep the Progressive Conservatives out of Ontario, and keep the Conservative Party out of federal power, now say the sky will fall if the Conservative Doug Ford beats the Conservative John Tory due to vote splitting. They want us to ignore the fact that Tory is a diehard Ontario Progressive Conservative and a federal pro-Harper Conservative, and that he would work hard to push their agenda at Toronto city council.
It’s too bad that many Torontonians have fallen for this bait-and-switch trick and will vote against their own best interests and their own core beliefs to elect someone they don’t even want as mayor.
To the sleazy, dishonest manipulators out there, I have one number and one letter to say to you: 4 and Q.
The song linked above is “4Q” by Blitz.