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Doug Ford on the first debate of his mayoral campaign

- October 20th, 2014

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Doug Ford says he just guessed John Tory wouldn’t be able to answer basic questions about City Hall before throwing them at him during their first debate together last month.

The mayoral candidate revealed to the Toronto Sun that one of the key moments in his first face-off with Tory and Olivia Chow was totally unplanned.

Ford said he just went with his gut feeling that Tory – who has never been a member of council – isn’t familiar with City Hall and wouldn’t be able to answer simple questions about council committees.

“He doesn’t know anything down there, he doesn’t have a clue,” Ford told the Toronto Sun during an editorial board meeting earlier this month.

“Imagine this, applying for a job in a $12 billion a year corporation (and saying) don’t worry I’ll learn when I get down there guys.

“I know the guy doesn’t know, he’s never showed up down at City Hall. Outside of buddy-buddy with me, he’s never shown up once. He doesn’t understand the committees, he doesn’t understand the system, he doesn’t understand the people. He doesn’t understand, he doesn’t know.”

During the raucous debate last month at York Memorial Collegiate Institute, Ford landed the stunning blow to Tory when he asked him what city council committee handles purchasing. When Tory couldn’t answer the question, Ford followed up by asking how many standing committees council has. The mayoral frontrunner then guessed the wrong answer and Ford went on to joke he could phone a friend.

“You can call the mayor and ask him how many,” Ford said at the time.

Tory shrugged off the dust-up in the immediate aftermath of the debate and argued the information would be easy to find out when he’s at City Hall.

Ford went on to claim victory in that debate based on that moment and held a press conference inviting Tory to come to City Hall to learn about the job. He dubbed the day, “Take John Tory to Work Day.”

Asked about the attack weeks later, Ford said it wasn’t prepared ahead of the debate.

“Even my team was saying, ‘yeah, that was a good one,’” Ford said. “It was just common sense. John, do you know or don’t you know? He looked like a deer in the headlights.”

But Ford said he’s decided to pull back on questioning Tory about City Hall.

“I could ask him 40 more things but I decided on the debates, I’ll pull back because I’d make the guy look like a complete idiot and incompetent if I continued asking him questions,” he said.​

When was the last time the mayoral candidates gave to a panhandler?

- October 15th, 2014

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When was the last time the mayoral candidates gave to a panhandler?

That was one of the questions that came up during Wednesday’s Newstalk 1010 debate.

Olivia Chow says she gave money to a panhandler “probably a few months ago.”

John Tory said two days ago.

“I walk by the same person everyday and I can’t walk by every single day without doing something,” Tory said.

Doug Ford started with a joke at Tory’s expense.

“John throws hundreds, I throw pennies – that’s the difference,” Ford said.

Tory piped up.

“You want to go there Doug with the $20 bill or not?” Tory asked. “Do you want to go there?”

That was a subtle reference to the time Ford was handing out $20 bills to Toronto Community Housing residents around Christmas (story here).

As Tory fumed, Ford told a story about donating to a female panhandler outside Tim Hortons.

“I took a liking to her,” Ford said. “But usually I don’t (give to panhandlers).”

The candidates then got into a discussion about whether a homeless person should have the right to camp outside a business or on the streets of the city.

“Absolutely not,” Ford said.

Tory said “of course the answer is no” but pointed out the question should be, “where would you take them?”

“When Doug says move them along, where to?” he asked. “This is where we’ve let the city down and ourselves down by not making the investment with the province and perhaps even the federal government in having adequate facilities.”

Chow went on to stress she is the only candidate that has a plan to build 15,000 new units of affordable housing.

“You cannot talk about homelessness without actually finding the solution,” she said.

John Tory & Olivia Chow won’t rule out working together after Election Day

- October 14th, 2014

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Would John Tory work for Mayor Olivia Chow or would Chow work for Mayor Tory?

During Tuesday’s Canadian Club debate, Tory and Chow wouldn’t rule out the idea.

Both candidates were asked if they’d accept a position in the winner’s City Hall if they were not elected.

“I would be delighted if I’m the winner and Olivia Chow is not to find a way to involve her in the continuing administration of this city,” Tory said. “I believe she cares deeply about the city as I do and so the answer to both ends of that question is yes.”

Chow said she felt “likewise.

“But I plan to win,” she said.

“So do I,” Tory added.

Doug Ford didn’t take part in the noon-hour debate so it wasn’t clear if either candidate would be willing to keep Mayor Rob Ford’s brother around City Hall after Oct. 27 if he doesn’t win the election.

Candidates come out cheering for Doug Ford in Scarborough

- October 11th, 2014

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Doug Ford at Splendid China Tower Mall on Saturday with council candidates Anthony Internicola (Ward 40), John Kladitis (Ward 41), Somu Mondal (Ward 42) and Patricia Sinclair (Ward 39). 

Four Ford-friendly council candidates joined mayoral candidate Doug Ford at the Splendid China Tower Mall on Saturday.

Ward 39 candidate Patricia Sinclair, Ward 40 candidate Anthony Internicola, Ward 41 candidate John Kladitis and Ward 42 candidate Somu Mondal were all called up on the stage in the mall during Ford’s appearance.

Although Ward 39 is an open council seat, the other wards are all held by incumbent councillors – Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is in Ward 40, Councillor Chin Lee is fighting for re-election in Ward 41 and Councillor Raymond Cho is running again in Ward 42.

Ford has talked about running Ford Nation-friendly councillors in the past when his brother, Mayor Rob Ford was running for mayor (story here).

On Saturday, Ford’s speech focused on his own election fight and he didn’t specifically endorse any of the candidates on stage.

After the council candidates appeared, Ford denied he’s running a slate or endorsing any council candidates.

“I appreciate their support,” Ford told the Toronto Sun. “I would have a conflict if I endorsed anyone … but I do appreciate their thoughts and likemindedness. I want to wish them all the best.”

Doug Ford not happy with chicken front page

- October 6th, 2014

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Doug Ford wasn’t chicken Monday about telling the Toronto Sun how he feels.

During a meeting with the Toronto Sun’s editorial board, Ford grumbled about the Sun front page from last month that put his head on the body of a chicken.

The front page came the day after mayoral candidate John Tory called Ford a “chicken” for refusing to take part in the Empire Club debate (story here).

“I was so disappointed. I thought it was such a cheap shot … making me into a chicken,” Ford said on Monday. “I’m thinking these guys have hit an all-time low.”

Although he said he doesn’t believe in newspaper endorsements, the Etobicoke North (Ward 2) councillor went on to make his pitch on why the Sun should endorse him in the election.

“But if you guys really stick with your roots and not because you’ve known John or he’s a good guy, he doesn’t have an issue, he’s Kumbaya,” Ford said.

“If you really believe in your roots, I’m the person that should be endorsed by the Toronto Sun. We did what we said we were going to do.”

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“Stay tuned”: Doug Ford on John Tory’s resume

- October 1st, 2014

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Doug Ford kept hinting at a looming attack on John Tory’s resume.

Ford has been saying for two days now that something is missing from Tory’s resume but he stopped short of revealing what he thinks is missing.

“Just stay tuned, you’ll see what’s missing,” Ford told reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.

“I’m surprised. If it was on my resume, certain things. You guys know everything including my shoe size. Size 11 by the way.

“Again, it is not getting personal about John himself, it let’s scrutinize his resume. Let’s find out who really John Tory is and I think the people will have a clear choice on Oct. 27.”

Tory shrugged off Ford’s questions about his resume on Wednesday.

“I haven’t the slightest idea what Mr. Ford is talking about,” Tory said. “I would put my resume up against his any day of the week. I think it starts with showing up to work at the jobs that I’ve had.

“When he was here, he was a divisive force,” he added.

Quote of the day: The Fords vs. The Globe and Mail

- July 29th, 2014

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“They’ll be held accountable, I can assure you, 100%. I’ve never been more passionate about anything in my entire life than this.” 

- Doug Ford on Monday when he vowed to “absolutely” take legal action against The Globe and Mail (fully story here)

Was Ford Fest a campaign event?

- July 27th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford leaving Ford Fest on Friday night (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Ford Fest came and went on Friday night (story here) but there is still an unanswered question around what it was exactly: Was it a campaign event, a councillor event or a family barbecue?

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford have maintained it was a family barbecue for the community – a long-held tradition started by their father, Doug Ford Sr.

The city granted the permit to hold Ford Fest in Thomson Memorial Park on the belief it was an event similar to the more than 100 other events hosted by other members of council.

Rob Ford’s mayoral rivals maintain it was an election event – part of the mayor’s re-election campaign – and should not have been allowed in the park (city rules prohibit candidates from holding campaign events on city property).

Making things more complicated still, Mayor Ford put out a robocall inviting people to Ford Fest earlier this week and asking those receiving the call to indicate whether he can count on their “support.” (story here)

And then Doug Ford claimed the event will be an election “turning point” while still denying it was a campaign function (story here).

The city had bylaw officers at the event on Friday night and found the conditions of the permit were met (story here).

That would seem to close the book on Ford Fest.

But wait, there’s more.

As the fog of Ford Fest lifted on Saturday, Mayor Ford used his official Twitter account to direct people to fordfest.ca to see photos of the event.

To view the photos on the website you need to give your name, phone number and e-mail.

(I’m not sure why you have to do that, who is collecting the information and where it goes but I offered up my contact information to get a look at the website)

And what’s at the bottom of the Ford Fest page? This contact phone number: 416-751-3673 or 416-751-FORD.

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That’s the same phone number for Mayor Ford’s re-election campaign office.

Ford Fest and the Ford re-election campaign – together at last.

Quote of the Day: Doug Ford on where Mayor Rob Ford lives

- May 21st, 2014

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“Rob lives in a suit.” 

- Doug Ford on why Mayor Rob Ford is wearing a suit in rehab.

Mayor Ford was wearing a suit when he was spotted in Bracebridge last Friday and dropped one suit off at a dry cleaner in Gravenhurst (see story).

Doug Ford, the mayor’s campaign manager/brother, also likened Rob Ford to Elvis on Tuesday:

“You’d think there was a sighting of Elvis Presley,” Ford said on the reaction to the mayor being spotted out of rehab and in Muskoka.

 

Mayor Doug?

- May 6th, 2014

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Doug Ford in Mayor Rob Ford’s chair at city council on Tuesday (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Doug Ford won’t say if he’d run for mayor of Toronto if Rob Ford drops out of the race but he’s not ruling it out either.

Councillor Ford came out Tuesday at City Hall repeatedly claiming that Mayor Ford is in rehab but refusing to talk about why his brother didn’t enter the U.S. last week (story here).

There is another thing Doug Ford won’t talk about – whether or not he would run for mayor if Rob Ford drops out of the race.

“I have no comment on that,” Doug Ford told the Sun last Friday.

“Our family is committed to serving the people.”

That’s a “never say never” answer if I’ve ever heard one.

Asked again on Tuesday if he’d ever consider jumping into the mayor’s race if his brother dropped out, Ford repeated his “no comment” answer.

“I have no comment about that,” Doug Ford said Tuesday.

That’s definitely not a “no.”

And he wouldn’t even have to reprint the Ford campaign bumper stickers:

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