- Apr 13, 2008
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Matlow is likely the only guy left on the opposition who could make a go of it. He has some serious flaws: he has few friends on council, and his housing policy record isn’t great. But he is hugely popular in his ward, he’s sharp, and he’s great on a lot of issues, like transit and accountability.
One of the challenges for Matlow in claiming the "progressive candidate" slot is his lack of NDP ties. Matlow, at least until recently, is a card-carrying Liberal with no ties to the NDP.
In 2018 when Ford's ward cuts led to incumbents challenging each other, Matlow ran as the "Liberal" candidate to the right of Joe Mihevc, who has strong NDP ties. I've also heard that he has a frosty relationship with the local NDP MPP, Jill Andrews.
Between 2010 and 2018, Matlow was widely considered a centrist along colleagues Colle Jr., McMahon, Ainslie and Bailao. Since his defeat over Mihevc in 2018, he definitely moved to the left, usually voting with the Dippers on council and campaigning for NDP-aligned municipal candidates like Chiara Padovani and Amber Morley. Still, I'm unsure if he's built enough bridges with the NDP machinery - activists, advocacy orgs like Progress Toronto, and most importantly, Labour - to become the defacto "Progressive candidate."