While sources are saying that Mayor Miller has backed off on plans to deliver any “Ich bin ein Frankfurter” speeches whilst on official city business in Germany. He is, by all accounts, doing a smashing job of forging what pretty much everyone considers to be a badly-needed partnership between Toronto and “Mainhattan.”
The intent of DM’s European vacation, says City Hall, is to “actively promote business, trade, tourism and cultural relations between the two cities.” To that end, Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae have spent the past couple of days touring the local burghers’ takes on waterfront developments and harm reduction programmes. Part of the visit has also been aimed at convincing German tour companies to ditch their SARS masks and start filling the Eaton Centre with monied Deutschlanders.
Quoth the Mayor: “Our goal is to learn from the Frankfurt experience.” Which goal makes Torontoist positively giddy with anticipation.