By Ryan McGreal
Published April 03, 2012
I realize this is a little late to the party, but I just re-read Steve Munro's write-up on Toronto Council's approval of the Sheppard East LRT and was struck by the realization that Council managed to land on a decidedly grown-up approach to the issue after months of temper tantrums out of the Mayor's office.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and a small circle of his supporters, including his brother, implacably insisted on building a subway, despite having no ideas on how to finance it.
Councillor Doug Ford called the members who supported LRT "these monkeys". After the vote, he attacked TTC Chair Karen Stintz, the Mayor's own pick for that appointment, calling her a "backstabber".
Mayor Ford's speech to Council was literally two minutes of him saying over and over again, "Subways, subways, subways," and "We must build subways, we must build subways." After the vote, the Mayor said the the Province should ignore Council's decision and refuse to finance LRT.
Meanwhile, the majority of council, led by Stintz, were busy putting together and approving an affordable, workable and coherent plan to integrate higher-order transit into Eglinton Avenue/Finch Avenue West and Sheppard Avenue East.