With the Toronto mayoral election approaching, the political tension in the city is high. Two major candidates in this race are Rob Ford and George Smitherman, and our city is buzzing with the names of these candidates.

This afternoon I was driving down Warden street when I noticed numerous lawn signs both for Mr. Ford and Mr. Smitherman. Seeing these signs really got me thinking about how fortunate we are to be living in Canada. There are so many countries in the world where the political system is dictatorial, and it does not allow for fair and free elections. People are not allowed to choose the candidates they want, to openly support them and the election process is really a [s]election.

We Canadians are so fortunate to be living in a country where we are free to choose who we want to vote for, we can campaign for that individual and promote them in many different ways, including lawn and car signs. As I was driving by I saw one house had put up Mr. Ford’s sign and the house right next to it Mr. Smitherman’s sign. It is so wonderful to live in a society where neighbours can disagree about political views and candidates, promote their own political views openly, and yet remain neighbours and perhaps even friends.

A few days ago I was involved in a discussion on facebook with an individual in Toronto who is a human rights activist and a university student, yet she was full of personal attacks and insults for Mr.Ford and was involved in insulting and name calling Mr.Ford’s potential supporters. I was quite disturbed to see this, although it is perfectly natural for people to disagree on political views, it is very un-Canadian to throw insults, and personally attack either the candidates or the voters. That discussion left a terrible taste in my mouth, but today seeing all these different signs side by side gave me new hope and reminded me once again about how fortunate I am to be living in Canada.

Although I have already voted I am eagerly waiting for October 25th when I hope the best man will win. ROB FORD FOR TORONTO MAYOR.

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