It's Gonna be All Right, alright... no lefties welcome
* Mayor: Rob Ford
Deputy Mayor: Doug Holyday (Etobicoke Centre - ward 3)
Budget Chief: Mike Del Grande (Scarborough-Agincourt - ward 39)
TTC Chair? Karen Stintz? (to be formally elected by those on the TTC committee) (ward 16 Eglinton)
Government Management: Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East - ward 43)
Economic Development: Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre - ward 37)
Planning and Growth: Peter Milcyzn (Etobicoke-Lakeshore, ward 5)
Public Works and Infrastructure: Denzil Minnan-Wong (Don Valley East - ward 34)
Parks and Environment: Norm Kelly (Scarborough-Agincxourt - ward 40)
Community Development and Recreation: Giorgio Mammoliti (York West - ward 7)
Licencing and Standards: Cesar Palacio (ward 17 Davenport north)
* Speaker: Frances Nunziata (York South-Weston - ward 11)
... Full Globe and Mail story here: Lefties Locked Out of Ford Administration
Also more comment and speculation here in The Star: Ford Team Taking Shape at City Hall
It is abundantly clear that this signals two major things:
1. No Lefties welcome (even though roughly 1./3 of councillors can be so described)
2. It IS a case of the downtrodden-ignored SUBURBIA versus the lefty-elite DOWNTOWNERS
It will be interesting to watch which way the "mushy middle" 1/3 of council, including our own ward 18 Ana Bailao, fall.
The other 1/3 of council is solidly of the Ford-rightist persuasion.
It is also an interesting tidbit that developer-friendly Ana Bailao is aligning herself with a key ally in Michael Thompson, who will chair the powerful Economic Development committee. ... hmmmm... Good or bad for ward 18?
David Miller's 2006-2010 Executive Committee included 12 people, all lefties.
.... NOW tell me there "is not party politics at City Hall"...
Whether the Millerite-lefties get exiled to the boonies on votes like Rob Ford suffered for a decade or not will all be up to.... Liberals, like Ana. Will they sellout to the Fordite-rightists or truly be neutral or iundependent.
Only time will tell.
I really, really hope - Davenport Got Better...
PS: There is a new look website for any political geeks wanting to follow City Hall shenanigans:
Toronto City Council and Committees
PPS: Royson James points out in his Star article that "Theoretically, city council can reject the mayor's slate of appointments, but that is not anticipated. City Councillors submit a wish list of positions they want. Those who get their wish are asked to support the slate, and they almoist awlays do."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The New (Ford) Adminstration Announced!
Posted by Ken Wood, Ward 18 Davenport at 2:32 PM
Labels: Ana Bailao, mayor