Toronto's last mayor has just landed himself a sweet new job.
As our current mayor fends off allegations that he smokes crack, what’s the previous mayor up to? Oh, nothing much. Just being named the new president and CEO of WWF-Canada, is all.
David Miller, who decided not to run in the 2010 election, has, since the end of his term, been leading what appears to be a more relaxed existence. He’s kept his hand in local politics, though, by making frequent public appearances and by blogging for the Huffington Post. In 2011, he was the recipient of a “future of cities” fellowship at NYU.
But mainly what he’s been doing is working as international business and sustainability counsel at Aird & Berlis LLP, the law firm he was involved with before getting into politics.
This new gig with WWF-Canada, an NGO that advocates for environmental conservation, is of a piece with Miller’s politics (remember, this is the man who gave us the five-cent fee on plastic shopping bags, among many other environmental initiatives). A WWF-Canada spokesperson says the former mayor is winding down his duties at Aird & Berlis and will have his first day as president on September 3.
All of which makes us wonder what’s in store for Mayor Rob Ford after he’s done with municipal politics (assuming he’s ever done with municipal politics). It has been suggested to us that he’d be perfect as the owner of the Toronto Argonauts.