Friday, July 31, 2020

WARMINGTON: Organized harassment isn’t rattling Tory

WARMINGTON: Organized harassment isn’t rattling Tory

They can yell at Mayor John Tory, disrupt his events and even storm his residence, but Toronto’s chief magistrate says it won’t sway his decision on whether or not to run for a third term in 2022.

“If they think this will have any effect they are mistaken,” said mayor said Saturday along The Danforth where he and Councillor Paula Fletcher opened a new bike lane pilot project.

“It won’t work with me.”

Tory was there to open the new bike lines which boast now having 24/7 parking (no more tickets and towing at rush hour) and extended patio space.

“I hope this will help local businesses boom again.“

Among the patios there was great debate about that.

Some see value in it, and some don’t.

All seem to agree, like the King Street streetcar pilot, that this will never be reversed.

But it was a civil event and cordial with no flaring tempers or intimidation.

This is the way it should be.

A lot of the times politicians being stalked or booed are not spontaneous reactions but planned by activists lurking in the shadows.

“It is very organized,” Tory acknowledged of the demonstrators planning on attend his downtown condo building again Tuesday.

“It’s going too far,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher.

Way too far.

As Fletcher points out, the eviction issue is a protest better taken to the provincial government — which oversees it.

Not to Premier Doug Ford’s house, mind you — but Queen’s Park.

A leader’s home should be off-limits.

And when a politician is on stage, those who crash the podium should be charged with creating a disturbance.

During a pandemic, it is unacceptable to get all up in a leader’s space.

On the Danforth, two demonstrators showed up.

One was courteous, asked questions and made suggestions which the mayor appreciated while another yelled and heckled him from across the street.

Tory ignored that one.

Had she been respectful, Tory would have taken the time.

“I am happy to hear from anybody,” the mayor said.

“The irony of protesters coming to my home (on Tuesday) is that I won’t be there. All it will do is bother my neighbours which I don’t think is fair.

“I would be happy if they brought their concerns to city hall where I will be.”

But for those with ambitions of introducing a style of government free from either capitalism and democracy, ‘fair and reasonable’ isn’t a core value.

Whatever it is they are up to, the mayor said, he’ll make his own decision on whether run again in 2022 — no matter how much they browbeat him.

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