I want a mayor who supports bike lanes on any road in Toronto. Not just because I’m a cyclist, but because I want a mayor who thinks everyone in the city – not just the ones driving the biggest vehicle – has a right to be protected and to use the city services they pay for.
I want a mayor who thinks that innovation is important and exciting, and who wants to spend money on great city planning, infrastructure, and environmentally friendly ideas.
I want a mayor who loves Toronto – I mean really, really loves Toronto. Say what you will about Miller (and right now, there’s plenty to say), but that guy loves this city. I don’t want a mayor who is using this race as a stepping stone towards provincial or federal politics, and I don’t want a mayor who thinks the city should be run as a no frills business.
I want a mayor who has a creative plan to deal with our ridiculous transit system that doesn’t involve privatization. Selling off assets to someone who wants to run them for a profit has never been successful and is not a viable solution. But neither is being bullied by a union that has little interest in working with the city. I’d vote for someone who can do some creative thinking.
I want a mayor who has a campaign platform with more depth than “You said you wanted change and I’m different.” I want ideas, energy, and planning.
I want a mayor who has an opinion. Politics may be a game where every voter needs to be courted and appeased, but I’m not into that. Take a stance on tough positions. Stand for something. Otherwise, what’s the point?