“We want to make sure that this leadership campaign sets a new standard for civility.”
Mr. Wedge Issue himself, Grit MP Michael Ignatieff, urges his fellow Liberal leadership candidates to forgo the mudslinging. Spoken like a true front-runner with a few skeletons in the closet.
Blue in the face
For all the hand-wringing and backbiting over last week’s announcement that theatre troupe Blue Man Group will be folding its tent in the new year after a shorter than expected run at the Panasonic, the obvious seems to have escaped most observers: the modernist spectacle just didn’t resonate with T.O.’s more traditional theatregoing public. Hype aside, a 16-month run is nothing to sniff at. The silver lining in this blue cloud? Local theatre groups, many of whom were pissed about Blue Man’s exclusive rights to the coveted venue, will now have access to the swank digs.
For someone who’s spent his career ramping up hysteria over crime to further his own political ambitions, Councillor Michael Thompson was sure singing a different tune last week. There he was, urging the all-powerful media to stop mentioning his beloved Scarborough by name in crime reports – Thompson wants the media to list specific corners – lest the entire burb be stigmatized. Hmm. Sounds like this cat is getting some heat from the largely white constituency that keeps putting him in office.
Speaking of wacky Liberals, Stephen LeDrew’s last-minute entry into the mayoral race has to go down as one of the most bizarre political turns in recent memory. It’s not clear why the bow-tied former prez of the federal Liberals is running, except to embarrass himself. It certainly can’t be to publicize the fact he’s bankrupt and owes the taxman large – some 300 Gs. That kind of cred doesn’t really make for good campaign promo material unless you’re after the Timothy McVeigh crowd. LeDrew should do us all a favour and slither back into that hole of deprivation he crawled out of. The level of discourse on the local political stage can’t be helped by his presence in this race.
Boy Scout tricks
As a Beaver leader for the Boy Scouts of Canada, you’d think council wannabe Paul Ainslie would know a thing or two about scout’s honour. But, hey, in the rough and tumble of politics, promises are made to be broken, or bent a little. The council fill-in for Scarborough-Rouge River, who was appointed to the position six months ago on the understanding that he wouldn’t seek the seat, is – you guessed it – running for council, only it’s next door in Ward 43. Splitting hairs? Ainslie’s taking advantage of the public exposure his stint on council afforded him. His website urges voters to “return” him to council. It also promises “leadership and passion,” for what it’s worth.