Philip Cross: Toronto has become a monolithic, suffocating liberal swamp

“…What explains the ubiquity of left-wing ideology in Toronto? Start with an intolerance of dissenting ideas. William F. Buckley Jr. quipped that “a liberal is someone who claims to be open to all points of view — and then is surprised and offended to find there are other points of view.” The public is kept informed by the Toronto-centric CBC and its steady parade of counter-cultural, left-wing, radical-chic celebrities and academics. Toronto-centricity is hardly new; Donald Creighton, the University of Toronto’s famous historian, once noted the city’s “short horizon” that precluded it from seeing developments in Quebec or Western Canada.”

Toronto will be consumed by its hubris. Soon.

  • John

    The leftoids that dominate everything in ‘Terrwanna’ are the inheritors of the old WASPS. Just as boring, as predictable and as closed-minded as always.

    Likewise, Montréal is dominated by leftoids, most of whom inherited the culture of corruption and graft that prevailed 60 years ago.

    New faces, same old game.

    • Toronto is reminiscent of Portlandia in many ways but not nearly as charming.

  • xavier

    I’ve always sneered at Toronto. It’s so full of itself that it’s New York on Lake Ontario. As someone who’s lived in Quebec (not Montreal) and studied in one of the smaller university towns in Ontario, I disdain Toronto. Individually, they’re nice but collectively they’re insufferable.

    To be cold, Montreal is just cooler and much more fun place.

    I’m sure that the regulars will chime in with their preferred towns throughout Canada

    • What more needs to be said about a city whose current emblem of international pride is an ersatz rapper named Drake who grew up on the mean streets of Forest Hill.

      The diversity bragged about by public officials is in fact an “ethnic” ghettoization of the pre-amalgamation former boroughs where the bulk of social housing is located. The downtown, the – Old City of Toronto, is in fact a pretty “White” enclave, which explains why so many “progressives” want to de-amalgamate.

      Look at this“map” – the red hued sections are Indian country. The blue dots are where the white folk live.

      The Red Dots indicate the areas where Toronto’s “Priority Neighborhoods” are located. The Apartheid Annex is not a myth, downtowners of “Old Toronto” want the city de-amalgamated” cuz the poor folk of Priority Neighborhoods don’t know what’s good for em and just won’t listen to them White Liberal Leftists.

      • El Martyachi

        They should be driven in to the lake. Somehow doesn’t sound as dramatic as ‘driven into the sea’, but oh well.

    • Waffle

      I have to agree — and that’s from a small-town Ontarian who came of age in Montreal. At that time, Trawna had only one or two establishments worth eating in and they rolled up the streets at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night.

      • John

        Yeah Montréal’s nightlife and all is great, but it’s a different kind of place when you live here. There’s corruption everywhere. Bridges built only 50 years ago, and cheaply built at that, are falling down, whereas those, like the Victoria Bridge…built in the 1850s under another moral ‘régime’…require little upkeep. Corruption means debt and we have it in spades.

        • reidjr

          I think Montreal is starting to take over Toronto as top city there is just to much going on Toronto that does not getter reported stats gets twisted etc.

  • simus1

    At a distance, it takes a discerning nose to tell a swamp from a sewage lagoon.
    Up close, not so much.

    • Toronto is velly smelly.

      • Clausewitz

        Drop by the foot of the Humber river on a hot summers day and breathe in the fragrance of Toronto. Yes that is the water and sewage treatment plant. Same goes for Front street where all of the sewers hook up for the drainage run to the Humber.

  • FactsWillOut

    “Toronto will be consumed by its hubris. Soon.”

    Can’t happen soon enough for me. I just hope I’m far enough north not to be affected by the massive plume and subsequent fallout.

    • Denis

      I just hope the rest of Ontario seceeds from the province so they don’t go down with Toronto.

  • Dana Garcia

    Isn’t every large city a liberal swamp? Big government is needed at least to some degree to manage so many people living in close proximity.

    Once you have a big government, it tends to see every problem as something to be solved with another program, and the process repeats itself.

    • Alain

      Spot on about every large city. The bigger the city the bigger the disconnect from reality, meaning nature and thus our roots. Big urban centres are a magnet for the most disconnected, which happens to be all the Left.

      • Dana Garcia

        I follow Charles Payne on twitter (@cvpayne) who is a host on Fox Business. The other day he mentioned a book The Human Drift (1894) that imagined a utopian city where millions of people would be jammed into a giant building-city where social controls could be more easily instituted. So cities and utopia have a history in lefty thought.

        I’d never heard of the book, but wiki has a post.

        • Alain

          That is the essence of the UN’s Agenda 21.

    • Clausewitz

      I see Liberals, every where in Toronto.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The writer is using “left wing” under the old French definition, but that definition isn’t accurate anymore. The term originates from the seating arrangements in the French National Assembly, which directly preceded the French Revolution. On the left side were the radicals and on the right side the reactionaries [conservatives]. If Socialists, Marxists, and Progressives are regarded as left wing, it is because they are all Collectivists. And the polar opposite of Collectivism is Individualism. It is time Canadians begin to learn this because the real conflict is between Collectivism and Individualism.

    • Alain

      Excellent and accurate point.

  • mauser 98

    west & upstate NY hates NYC…similar

    anybody in TO using the term “world class” should be executed

  • canminuteman

    Toronto is a third world dump.

    • Gary

      The 60 plus Minority ghettos think that Toronto is Canada. This is made worse by Wynne and the Human Rights Commission that forced Diversity quotas that change ever time 15-20,000 refugees and immigrant parachute into Toronto and demand jobs that aren’t there.

      If you watch the CBC you will think that canada is 60% non-white, 30% gay, 75% women , 40% refugees , 45% muslims and 80% unemployed in Welfare housing with 4 kids and no Computer or Air Conditioning.

      Since the 1960’s, the Visible Minority population went from 2% to about 10% and yet Toronto is now over 50% non-Canadian background or Citizens…’s close to getting over 50% non-whites very soon.
      National Corporations that are based in Toronto are expected to meet Toronto’s Diversity Quota while screwing almost 90% of the population out of jobs for being white or Born here to Canadian parents.
      The Mexicans were the latest Vis-Min to pour into Toronto when close to 35,000 came here as “tourists” where 23,000 made a refugee claim for the welfare and now want Diversity Jobs. But in my area in North Parkdale in the West area it is seeing Black African towns parachuting in as refugees where the single mom have 3 children while they are pregnant to pump out one more as an Anchor baby for the future .

      It was 23 years ago I warned a co-worker that Toronto is heading towards a 2-class City where we have the Rich and Public sector people in the Condo’s or huge homes while the rest is Welfare housing with a homeless crisis and high murder rate from gangs and guns.
      My prediction was that it would become a Detroit or Chicago while the Blacks will blame their ills on the Cops and Whites.
      I knew I would be called a racist ,but I knew I was right and would be close to retirement to move out of the hell hole and watch the News to see it being torched as the White Liberals go into the panic mode when the mobs come down their Streets .

      • canminuteman

        Yep. That’s basically what I meant. I spend my time in TO in the east end. Eglinton ave could be in the middle East. It is mosques and halal grocery stores from one end to the other. I have lived here on and off for going on 50 years and it has become a totally alien place.

        • Gary

          It will be pointless to spend your money to go the World’s Fair because you’ll think your still in Toronto as a Minority White person surrounded by people in costumes while you can buy Food from 60 nations except Canada.

      • reidjr

        Ottawa-Gatineau is getting just as bad a new report came out last week 38% of the population is non white this was as of late 2015 before the massive inflow of refugees.

        • Alain

          Unreal. We left the area in late 1984 to move to the lower mainland in BC, and it was nothing like that when we left. So far, thank heavens, my area is not like that. Yes, there is a Sikh community and a few blacks, but I do not encounter Muslims. We also have a large Korean population and a few Chinese and Vietnamese along with an older Japanese Canadian population. Don’t have a major problem with that, but Vancouver is something else all together.

        • Gary

          With almost 90% of the population being White still… will be insane to see the major Cities having 95% of the 10% non-whites .
          Toronto rarely produces anything for Consumers while the $4,000,000,000.00 debt is a portent for the growing Welfare Industrial Complex based on being hub for Social Service . Close to 70% of refugees and Immigrants come to Ontario while over 90% end up in Toronto which cases the housing shortage that drives up rent and creates Poverty protests for higher Welfare cheques for refugees.

          In the 1960’s I saw how almost every Father on my Street had a local job in a factory that made items everyone else would buy as part of steady employment to buy a house and have 2-3 children and a car.
          But today we have paper-pushers in Office Towers along with low-wage retail jobs selling imported items from China . The Province and federal Government keep funding the False-Economy where Public sector employee get paid with Fake money to spend as if it was real money while they buy houses and Condos with fake money too.
          The Arts Community gorges at the Public trough while not producing items people want but they get supported by the Public sector Employees going to their Plays or buy their CD’s because it’s 2016 .

          It was 20 years ago that I had heard that refugees are good for the economy because they buy things and create a demand for housing which creates jobs to build new dwellings.
          Liberals are now saying that Debt is good because it gets us out of the depression and pays for the Education that the youth will get and become taxpayers later on.

          Blah blah , blah blah , blah blah blah blah.
          The syrian refugees were supposed to be Doctors , engineers and scientists ….yet now we find out that the majority have PTSD and NO skills in French or English to be employable .

          In 10 years Toronto will be like a 3rd World hell-hole on top of looking like you are in Detroit or Chicago.

  • Jabberwokk

    And to think it was once called Toronto the good.

    • Alain

      I actually remember that time, when the rule of law applied and people for the most part obeyed the law.