Posts Tagged ‘2014

David Soknacki brags about his lack of notoriety

- February 28th, 2014

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Mayoral candidate David Soknacki is proudly touting his lack of name recognition as a reason to vote for him.

Soknacki – who is a former budget chief and city councillor – is running to replace Mayor Rob Ford this year but, unlike the mayor, he hasn’t smoked crack cocaine so he’s not an international celebrity (NOTE: Mayor Ford denies he’s an international celebrity).

On Thursday, the Soknacki campaign released an ad on Twitter to mock his lack of global fame and draw attention at the same time to how the mayor’s antics have made him a frequent topic of late-night comics:

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Hours later after the mayor lashed out at Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair (story here), the Soknacki campaign released this ad:

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Pretty slick moves for a candidate at the back of the frontrunner pack.

Quote of the day: Ford more years?

- January 2nd, 2014

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“Ford more years.” 

- Mayor Rob Ford on his 2014 slogan after registering to run for re-election on Thursday (story here).

Ford more years?

- September 25th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford’s at a 49% job approval rating according to a new Forum Research poll (story here).

That poll was done before he managed to get a cheque from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for $660 million in federal government cash for the Scarborough subway.

So is Ford on track for re-election in 2014? Can Toronto handle four more years of Ford?

Discuss.

Quote of the Day: Mayoralty candidate (?) Olivia Chow

- March 7th, 2013

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“I am considering it.”

- Olivia Chow on running for mayor of Toronto in 2014. Chow made the comment on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Wednesday (clip here).

It’s like a slow march to a campaign announcement but it is a step towards the epic political showdown between Chow and Mayor Rob Ford. The NDP MP has moved from saying she’s “listening” to residents telling her to run for mayor of Toronto (story here) to she’s “considering” running for the city’s highest office – that’s a little closer to the buzz we’re hearing at City Hall.

 

“The campaign for the next election has started today” Mayor Rob Ford to Ford Fest

- September 8th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the crowd at Ford Fest on Friday, September 7, 2012 (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford gave a barnburner of a speech at Friday night’s Ford Fest vowing it marked the start of the 2014 election.

In a speech that stretched to almost 10 minutes in length, Ford thanked his supporters and family, listed off the accomplishments of his mayoralty, took a thinly-veiled shot at the court case against him and encouraged those in attendance to help him fight to keep the mayor’s chair starting now.

Here’s a transcript of Mayor Rob Ford’s speech to the crowd at Ford Fest:

Thank you. Thank you so much.

(Crowd cheers, “Rob, Rob, Rob”)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can’t thank you enough.

It seems like we were doing this yesterday but it was only two years ago that I sat here probably at the same time when the election was about a month away saying, “When I get down to City Hall, the gravy train is over. “

Well folks, the gravy train is over!

I said I was going to go down there with your support and clean it up and get rid of the $60 car tax. We got rid of the $60 car tax. I said we weren’t’ going to have another strike. We have a four-year deal with the unions, there will not be a strike for four years. I said, “We are going to contract out garbage saving $12 million a year.” We have contracted out garbage saving $12 million a year.

Folks, that’s just the beginning.

And most importantly, I said, “You know what, we have to lead by example. We have to lead by the councillors and the mayor.” The first thing I had to do was reduce the size and cost of government and I said I don’t need a chauffeur and I don’t need a driver and I don’t need all the other stuff.

I said, “I will reduce my office budget and the councillors by a million dollars.” We did exactly that. I cut it, $700,000 of your hard-earned tax dollars.

I said, “We were not going to have anymore $12,000 farewell parties.” That is why there are no more $12,000 farewell parties, folks.

I couldn’t have done it without your support.

We have done more this year, in the last two years, than the previous administration and that has done in the last 10 years combined.

Most importantly, I couldn’t have done this without my lovely wife Renata beside my side day in and day out. I want to thank her for all her support.

I want to thank my mom for hosting the party here tonight. My brother Doug. As you know, um, he gives me the marching orders and I march so we work as a team. My brother Randy, he’s the brains behind the operation, we couldn’t do anything without his support, running a company that has given us 50 years of a very comfortable living. And my sister Kathy, helping out in every way that she has been there all the time when we need her. So I want to thank our family most importantly.

And there is one person that we could never, ever, ever forget is my dad up in heaven. I love you dad, I know you are with us.

So folks, I’m not going to list all our accomplishments but I have to tell you one thing – the campaign for the next election has started today. The next election is two years away. We have to get out there, bang on the doors. As you saw this week, they are coming after us every which way. They want to continue the high taxes, the big spending and the out-of-control waste at City Hall.

Folks, I want to thank you for your support. I want to thank the councillors that are here tonight. I’m sorry if I’ve missed some people, I’ve just got off the football field coaching. I know, I know some people think that is a terrible thing to help kids out but unfortunately I’m helping kids out and I invite you to our first game which is next Friday at Esther Shiner stadium at 5 o’clock against the Metro Bowl champs the Don Wilson Gators. And mark my words, we are going to be the Metro Bowl champs not Donald Wilson.

I saw a few councillors here, I saw Councillor Crawford and Councillor Grimes and Councillor Ainslie. Thank you so much. And the speaker Frances Nunziata.

(The councillors gather on the stage)

We call Grimes-y he’s the mayor after midnight so he’s the Midnight Mayor.

But folks, we are turning the city around, we have a lot of work to do, we need your support in the next two years because the tax-and-spend people want to take it back and they are not getting it back. We have the city turned around, we have to keep it turned around.

I want to thank you so much for your support. Enjoy yourselves. God bless you.

Does the prospect of Shelley Carroll running for mayor worry Doug Ford?

- May 23rd, 2012

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Councillor Shelley Carroll and Mayor Rob Ford earlier this year (Toronto Sun files)

Does the thought of Councillor Shelley Carroll running for mayor worry the Fords?

Carroll has said she’s still mulling a run for mayor. She came out Tuesday criticizing Mayor Rob Ford for “not doing his job” (story here).

Councillor Doug Ford said Wednesday he’s not worried about Carroll as a possible political foe to Mayor Ford in the 2014 election. But Councillor Ford quickly added he’ll never underestimate anyone’s odds at the ballot box.

“I never underestimate anyone and as far as I’m concerned anyone and everyone are going to beat us so we’re going to work hard,” Ford told reporters. “Because the biggest mistake that all the councillors did was underestimate Rob last time and we’ll never underestimate anyone.

“At any day in politics you could be beaten, no matter who you are.”

An empty mayor’s chair and lots of possibilities

- February 10th, 2012

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Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti sits beside Mayor Rob Ford’s empty chair on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 (Photos by Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford lost a big transit vote this week.

He actually lost twice.

First, Ford tried to get council to put off the transit decision for 30 days.

He lost that vote 24 to 19.

After that deferral vote failed council was pretty much a runaway train that day.

The rest as they say is history.

But what you wouldn’t know unless you watched the day-long meeting was Ford split after that deferral vote.

We didn’t see him again at the meeting until the final vote.

I have no idea whether he had work to do elsewhere or if he was fuming somewhere behind the scenes but Ford was out of sight for a few hours.

But here’s what I do know.

While Ford was gone lots of councillors got a chance to try out his empty chair.

Some were no doubt using the empty chair to talk to Ford’s seat neighbour Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti but I have a funny feeling, particularly after I started tweeting about it that day, some were enjoying drawing attention to the empty seat.

Either way, it’s an interesting glimpse at what the future could look like if any of those taking the big guy’s big chair for a test drive ever become Toronto’s mayor.

City Hall history tells us mayors usually cut their teeth as city councillors first.

Given all the talk this week about possible 2014 mayoral candidates (cough) Karen Stintz (cough), why not think about it.

Sun photographer Jack Boland started snapping pictures of the interesting possibilities of these could-be mayors.

I’ve posted them here for your Friday morning enjoyment.

Let’s start on the left-side of council’s political spectrum:

Shelley Carroll

Mayor Shelley Carroll?

Sarah Doucette

Mayor Sarah Doucette?

Paula Fletcher

Mayor Paula Fletcher? Her campaign slogan could be: Come on Down Baby!

But left-leaning councillors weren’t the only ones sitting in Ford’s chair.

Right-leaning councillors need to sit in the mayor’s chair too:

Vince Crisanti

Mayor Vince Crisanti?

Frances Nunziata

She was mayor of the City of York at one time … Mayor Frances Nunziata?

And from the right-wing to one of the best bets among City Hall reporters as a 2014 mayoral candidate:

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Mayor Adam Vaughan?

Missing pictures – Councillor Josh Matlow and Councillor Gord Perks were also in the mayor’s chair at different points Wednesday but we didn’t get a picture of it.

So what do you think?

See any future mayors sitting in Mayor Rob Ford’s chair this week?