I didn’t think I’d feel this way. I didn’t expect to wake up feeling sad and so full of anger and shame. But that was before Rob Ford was elected mayor of a city I thought I loved.
Because once it became a reality – that nearly 400 000 people voted for Rob Ford – it became a symbolic issue not just an issue of taxes and politics.
People keep telling me that it won’t be so bad – he probably won’t get anything done as “mayor” – and that’s what I thought would happen too.
But whether he keeps his promises or not, we still need to deal with the fact that a third of our city voted in favour of bigotry, keeping immigrants out of our city, allowing people to die on our streets, and lies – all in the name of fighting a mythical “gravy train” that runs on inaccurate information. A vote cast for Rob Ford yesterday was a vote for selfishness and hate.
I probably need to get over it. There’s nothing to be done. And hey, in 4 years, we’ll just hold another reactionary vote anyway.
But right now I’m grieving.