Some Ryerson students have a lukewarm response to newly elected Toronto mayor John Tory, but said, “Anything’s better than a Ford.”
Tory led the polls going into the election and was the general favourite to win. However, many students feel that he wasn’t necessarily the best candidate.“I think John Tory is a politer, cleaner version of Rob Ford and without the crack,” said Jennifer Chan, third-year medical engineering student. “He’s also more of a pushover.
Chan said that Olivia Chow was the only candidate to address student concerns in her platform and was better qualified due to her experience as a politician.
“It’s one rich white guy for another,” she said. “I’m not happy but I’m grateful that people strategically voted because we could have got (Doug) Ford.”
Students Juliette Klibat and Carlos Martinez also supported Chow for the election but both reiterated the general feeling that a Tory is better than a Ford.
“I agree more with Olivia Chow as she’s a woman and a minority and would have a different perspective,” said Klibat, a second-year fashion student.
Martinez, a third-year business student, said that the Fords were “anti-everything” that Canada stands for.
“It’s just hunger for political power,” he said. “They have no respect for anyone in the city.”
Associate TRSM professor Murtaza Haider said thatToronto needed a change afterthe “catastrophic” four years with Rob Ford.
“Given Mr. Tory’s abilities, skills and experience, I think Toronto will be well-served by his leadership,” said Haider.
Tory’s campaign was primarily focused on improving transit with his SmartTrack plan.
Haider said that even if the numbers don’t add up, it’s important to invest in infrastructure and transit improvements.
“It’s Torontonians that will benefit from these investments and they should be willing to pay for it,” he said.
Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at University of Toronto, says Toronto’s political scene will be “less outrageous” with Tory.
“I enjoyed watching the Fords for their entertainment,” said Wiseman. “I think John Tory is more boring. If you like public policy however, then him winning is a good thing.”