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. Volume XII Number 11 . . . . February 3, 2006
This documentary does an excellent job of tracing David Miller's progress from a back-bench member of Toronto City Hall, with an estimated chance of becoming mayor of only 4%, to his actual election as Mayor of Toronto some 10 months later. The producers of the film provide close coverage of every important event, both personal and public, in the course of his campaign. Viewers watch David's meetings with his campaign advisors and hear their suggestions before crucial TV debates. We see him at home with his young family and are introduced to his wife, a lawyer, in prestigious Osgood Hall. We also see the important press conference and speech given by Robert Kennedy in support of Miller's opposition to a bridge linking Toronto Island and its airport to the mainland. Because there is historical footage interspersed with live action, there is quite often a blank screen between images. Otherwise the photography and editing are well done, and there is a real build-up of suspense, even when one is aware of the outcome. This is an important record of an unusual campaign with an unexpected ending. For any political junkies or interested would-be politicians, Campaign: The Making of a Candidate should be required watching. It shows the difficulties as well as the highlights of the campaign; the "dirty tricks," the physical strain, the toll that it takes on the candidate and his family. I can recommend it highly.
Helen Norrie, a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB, has had personal experience with election campaigns. [Editor’s note: Helen’s husband, Bill, was the Mayor of Winnipeg, MB, from 1979-1992.]
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