“London, geographically, is two-thirds the size of Toronto, with a fraction of the population. So it’s no wonder that it’s difficult to cover the costs of the infrastructure renewal.”
Matt Brown swirls through the door of his campaign office, a war room with some 500 volunteers behind it, ten minutes late for a scheduled interview, but he’s got the poise of a busy-busy guy and you can’t help get caught up in his sense of mission. “Hey, Vince, good to see you, it’s been awhile,” he says, “I’ll be right with you.” Yeah, I’m thinking, it has been a while since we first requested an interview six months earlier — if that’s what he means — but otherwise, I don’t believe we’ve met before.
No matter, Brown, with his burgeoning team of supporters (who aren’t quite sure if he’s at a candidate’s debate or out knocking on doors), fits you in, and he delivers astute and savvy thoughts about what holding the top civic job entails: he’s all about the future of our city, and its blueprint, currently being drafted in the London Plan. He’s focused on public transit and investing in core infrastructure. You also glean that he and his wife are avid canoeists. They met on the French River, and they did a stint as wilderness canoe trip guides— they used to live on the Coves which offered them easy access to paddle the Thames. He’s also a big fan of Tulip trees (thumbs up, I say). Continue Reading