The results are in and Toronto has a new mayor. Since the 2010 Municipal election, media and politicians in Toronto have suggested that there has been a downtown-suburban split in political opinion.
This year’s election results suggest that support for candidates is quite geographically specific but also that those old geographic patterns have changed. Support for candidates is now more diverse than is often reported in the media.
What emerges instead hints at divisions of the pre-amalgamated city and of geographies of race and class. Compare this year’s results to Hulchanski’s report on income polarization in the city and some interesting stories emerge.