Just a quickie this morning. The Scarborough Mirror reports that Mayor David Miller is well placed in his quest to be re-elected as Mayor of the Toronto MegaCity:
According to a recent survey conducted by the Environics Research Group, a majority of Toronto voters would vote to re-elect Miller if the election were held today.
The mayor captured 54 per cent of voters, while Pitfield, who represents Don Valley West, received support from 20 per cent of those questioned.
Barring the surprise entry of a high-profile challenger (my wife is convinced Paul Godfrey will run), I think Mayor Miller has it locked up. He hasn't, for example, done anything so stupid as insult all of Africa while trying to bring the Olympics to the City (like predecessor Mayor Mel Lastmen once did). And he is currently negotiating a "new deal" for Toronto with McGuinty that I imagine he will be waving proudly in front of the electorate come November (watch for a municipal component to the Land Transfer Tax).
IMHO the guy's done a decent job. He killed the Island Airport, and has managed to keep the nuttier elements of the local left under a thick, wet blanket. He's more of a "downtown" guy, which means alot of the old suburbs (like North York) don't like him, but again they probably can't find a big enough name to rally around.