Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveSeptember 2014

John Tory’s greatest political threat is still John Tory

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Sep 12 2014 First, a word about Mayor Rob Ford: I hope he gets well. I hope he stays in the race. In the meantime, let’s talk about John Tory, now the established front-runner in the race for mayor. Based on recent poll numbers, Tory doesn’t have a lot to worry about. With Olivia Chow’s campaign cratering and Ford running into a hard ceiling at about 30 per cent...

He’s out of the race, but David Soknacki made real contributions to Toronto politics

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Wed Sep 10 2014 David Soknacki dropped out of the race for mayor last night. It wasn’t unexpected, but it still kind of stings. From day one, Soknacki ran a a wonky, policy-heavy campaign. I liked it a whole lot. The way he talked about issues made most of his opponents look more than a little ridiculous. He’d be out there presenting detailed...

Why we should be looking to TIFF to fund Toronto's transit

By: Metro Published on Mon Sep 08 2014 There’s been a bunch of talk during Toronto’s mayoral race about tax increment financing, or TIF. TIF is the complicated mechanism that’s supposed to fund candidate John Tory’s SmartTrack plan, and potentially Mayor Rob Ford’s subway-mania idea. But despite the campaign promises, TIF is an unproven funding source in Toronto. I’ve got an alternative idea...

Rob Ford's bad transit plan is based on illusory math

It’s hard to even know where to begin with Mayor Rob Ford’s newly-released transit plan. It is wrong in so many different ways, all at the same time. We could start on page two of the eight-page document, where Ford lists the many supposed merits of subways versus surface rail. He claims surface rail reduces lanes of traffic, which is wrong. He says surface rail has higher long-term maintenance... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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