What could compel nearly forty Conservatives—ex–cabinet members in Mike Harris’ government among them—to put their names to an open letter endorsing George Smitherman for mayor? “He’s tough. But he’s fair,” the letter reads, distributed by former Minister of Citizenship, and Recreation and MPP for St. Andrew-St. Patrick Isabel Bassett. “He’s determined. But he’s thoughtful. And he’s right on the issues that matter to conservatives the most.” Oh, and he’s not Rob Ford.
The Star reports that in a statement tonight in response, Joe Pantalone said that “Mike Harris is back in the form of George Smitherman…Why else would the Harris team have just endorsed him?”
“Thankfully in municipal politics,” the letter—titled “Why We Support George”—reads, “party lines don’t get in the way of supporting the best candidate for the job. And we believe, hands down, that George Smitherman is the only one who can finally fix City Hall and get it focused on serving us as taxpayers.”
The entire letter is embedded below.
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