Olivia Chow

A Short Encounter With An Olivia Chow Supporter

So I had an Olivia Chow volunteer stop by my house yesterday to try to guilt me into voting for Chow for mayor. I indicated that I would not be supporting Chow in this election or any election. The volunteer asked me if I believe in equality. She said Olivia stands for equality. So I asked her what that meant and she proceeded to show me a crude income curve (i.e. lots of people make a certain income, less people make a bit more, and a tiny fraction make a whole lot more). I paraphrase the rest of the conversation:

Me: So what. It doesn’t bother me that some people make more money than I do. Does that bother you?

V: Yes.

Me; What does Chow plan to do about it if she becomes mayor.

Volunteer: She will raise taxes.

Me: What taxes? She has no control over income taxes.

Volunteer: General taxes.

Me: How will that address inequality?

Volunteer: Lower income people will get more money.

Me: How much more? And how will that ensure “equality” which would imply every one is equal. Does she want to make everyone’s income the same?

Volunteer: Not the same but….

Me: So she’s for inequality.

V: No. I meant, fairness. She’s for fairness.

Me. So she’s against inequality and for fairness.

V: Yes.

Me: So what is fair? What would fair look like to Olivia Chow?

V: More poor people getting more money from rich people.

Me: How much more and who decides what is fair? Olivia?

V: Well that’s up to…

Me: Where does Olivia fit on your income curve? Where do you fit?

V: Olivia is here [points to a spot on the curve] and I am here [reluctantly points to a spot farther to the left on the curve, implying she makes a lot less than Olivia Chow].

Me: That doesn’t seem “fair” or “equal”. So you’re okay with Olivia making more money than you?

V: You’re frustrating. And at first you seemed like a nice man. I’m leaving now. I have others houses to get to.

Me: Bye. Come back next week and I’ll make you some tea.

More pandering and nonsense from Olivia Chow

Mayoral candidate, Olivia Chow, announced on Friday that, if elected, she would oversee the construction of 200 additional kilometres of “on-road” bike lanes in Toronto over the next four years. I have yet to write my post on why I think cycling is conservative so I won’t give everything away here, but I will confirm that “bike lanes” on city streets are NOT conservative. If you’re not riding a bike now, a bike lane is not going to make a big difference. And if you are, then you don’t need a bike lane. The last thing this city needs are more ways for drivers to hate cyclists.

My position is this: A bike lane tends to make a rider feel entitled and complacent. You think you’re safe in the bike lane so you don’t pay as much attention. Remember there are others riders using the lane – slow riders and bad riders. I prefer that they just get out of the way. And dare anyone to step or drive in your precious bike lane – the outrage!! The best way to ride in the city is to use the lanes we already have on the major routes (e.g Bloor Street viaduct) which do not in any way impede traffic) and to learn to ride within the existing infrastructure. It’s not that hard and is very safe if you do it right.

But I also fell that it’s the left-leaning cyclists who tend to like bike lanes because they think more people will use use them. And they may be right. But I suspect only lefty cyclists will use them. So more bike lanes, means more lefty cyclists, which means more whining and more complaining, which means more bike lanes, which means more lefty cyclists. Aaaahhhh!