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Rob Ford officially running for re-election in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / January 2, 2014

Rob Ford election 2014Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was resounding in his desire to run for the re-election in the wake of numerous scandals that rocked his office in 2013, and now he's made it official. Showing up early (especially for Ford) to City Hall, the current mayor was first in line to submit his nomination papers for the 2014 municipal election in Toronto.

In an interesting twist, the Mayor's brother, Councillor Doug Ford, confirmed that he will not be running for re-election in his ward but will instead act as campaign manager for his younger brother. He also mentioned the possibility of running for provincial politics in an interview on AM640 this morning.

Rob Ford election 2014In a brief scrum after filing his papers, the Mayor revealed that his campaign slogan would be "Ford more years," a phrase that's as grating as it might be effective. And, as was to be expected, the early strategy for dealing with questions related to the crack scandal that plagued the mayor for much of 2013 is to characterize them as "personal" while turning attention to Ford's record.

Election Day is Monday, October 27, 2014. What do you think Rob Ford's chances are?

Photo by John Tavares in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

112 Comments

W. K. Lis / January 2, 2014 at 09:14 am
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Rob has been campaigning since he lost his first council vote, in his first year as Mayor.
iSkyscraper / January 2, 2014 at 09:29 am
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Given that Ford's "record" consists solely of campaigning, this is all very meta.
E. Toby Coke / January 2, 2014 at 09:40 am
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Will the centrist or left-leaning candidates bother to make any outreach to those who might be tempted to vote Ford? THAT is the interesting question to be answered this year. Looking forward to it!
mar replying to a comment from E. Toby Coke / January 2, 2014 at 09:50 am
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do you mean like free hot dogs and $20 dollar bills? cause apparently that is the way to win over ford nation.
Sam / January 2, 2014 at 09:52 am
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Way to go Rob! You get my vote in 2014!
j-rock / January 2, 2014 at 10:02 am
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I honestly don't know if I can deal with 10 more months of the stupidity and vitriol generated by this ass. Every time I see his supporters on TV talking about how it's fine that he lies and smokes crack because "He's one of us", it makes me want to cry.
John / January 2, 2014 at 10:04 am
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Can this guy go anywhere or do anything without his brother?
Sean / January 2, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Its 2014, my candidate is on the ballot, and already campaigning. Is yours? What is your candidate doing?
Robert Rowley / January 2, 2014 at 10:15 am
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I've been to Toronto and thought it a beautiful and friendly city. I had no idea the people of Toronto were so very retarded as to allow themselves to be bought by this gas-filled bladder. Even worse, this King of Duh looks like it'll get re-elected. Toronto deserves it's growing reputation of being idiots.
AV / January 2, 2014 at 10:29 am
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Cut from the lead photo was Doug's hand up Rob's ass
Jim / January 2, 2014 at 10:32 am
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Ford has my vote, i will even be volunteering my time to help his campaign. He is the only candidate that cares for the tax payer!
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from mar / January 2, 2014 at 10:39 am
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mar wrote: "do you mean like free hot dogs and $20 dollar bills? cause apparently that is the way to win over ford nation."

I seriously hope you're not a strategist. You're not helping your candidate with a view as simplistic as that.

When somebody as awful as Ford gets elected, the shortcomings of the other candidates' campaign strategies should go under the microscope. I don't think that ever happened in Toronto, and that's very unfortunate.
Qaf replying to a comment from Jim / January 2, 2014 at 10:43 am
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*the rich taxpayer.
Brent / January 2, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Who's going to fund Ford's campaign? Who's going to endorse him?

It'll be funny watching the Fords burn Deco money and lose.
canuckone / January 2, 2014 at 10:56 am
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National Post headline
"I'm the best mayor Toronto's ever had."
- Rob Ford.

Very f65king sad state of affairs.
Dave / January 2, 2014 at 11:06 am
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And nary a harsh word for the Lieberals who bought the seat in Scarborough with the former LRT champion turned Subway booster Mitzi what's her name and Wynne and Sousa promising hundreds of millions they pulled out of a hat belonging to all Ontario Taxpayers!
I'm sure you consider those billion dollar boondoggle thieves the epitome of careful custodians of our money.
In a pigs f*n eye!
G Urbanist / January 2, 2014 at 11:17 am
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At least Ford was there to get yelled at by residents after the ice storm. Deputy mayor and rest of council went on holidays.

Sometimes showing up is 80% of the job.
hip / January 2, 2014 at 11:23 am
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RF is the best!
Al replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 11:27 am
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Still drunk from New Year's Eve?
QED replying to a comment from G Urbanist / January 2, 2014 at 11:30 am
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"Sometimes showing up is 80% of the job."

In which case Ford did about 5% of the job based on his attendance at City Hall prior to "I got caught". Remember football? Arriving at 10 am and leaving at 2 pm? He could have been mayor for decades if he had just watched the pursestrings, kept his mouth shut about things he didn't understand, and showed up every day. But he couldn't handle even that. Throw in the whole crack-criminal episodes, and he's done.
Rob / January 2, 2014 at 11:34 am
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With all of Ford's antics he should be easily removed in the Fall.

It doesn't really seem to be that way. I think it really speaks to the weakness of the field to appeal to more than a few groups of people.
Dave / January 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
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Over the longer term the Scarborough subway will be seen as the right decision. Underground subways (that are all linked together) all the way is the way to go for the GTA. Yes its costly but in 30 to 50 years that figure will look way smaller and we are getting a system that will last 100 years and a system people will actually use in large numbers.
Underground - out of the freezing cold - transport is the correct way to go for all of the GTA.

Personally I don't mind paying for good quality infrastructure projects, what I detest is paying for high price public servants, that are paid way more than the going private sector rate. I detest paying for almost non-existent jobs that were created as some job creation program so the government of the day can claim they solved the job problem.
Joe Q. replying to a comment from G Urbanist / January 2, 2014 at 11:42 am
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Kelly took a one-night trip to Florida to visit a dying relative. Hard to call it a "vacation".
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Al / January 2, 2014 at 11:43 am
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More like still stupid, probably. Presumably from birth.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 11:45 am
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Rob Ford will be taking credit for the 2 Bloor-Danforth extension replacing the SRT, when it was Karen Stintz who spearheaded it. Rob was only a cheerleader. (Why do I shake my head when I imagine that?)
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 11:46 am
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You forgot to list a few other things you (and your idol) "detest":

- common sense
- sound planning policy
- opinions differing from yours
- diversity
- democracy
- the City of Toronto

You're welcome.
mar replying to a comment from Sean / January 2, 2014 at 11:48 am
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their job
Henry / January 2, 2014 at 11:50 am
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The sad reality is that Toronto's hysterical anti-Ford movement is inconceivably loud but politically toothless. All the humiliation our media tried to heap upon him only served to strengthen his support. NOW magazine with their juvenile covers and the CBC's limitless ranting did nothing but further convince Ford's base that he and "them" are the underdogs.

Surrounding yourself with people and ideas that are identical to your own is comforting and reassuring, but it doesn't mean that's how the rest of the world feels too. A lot of people really like this guy and as hard as that is to believe, he's going to be around for as long as he wants.
Jimmy Reggiano / January 2, 2014 at 11:59 am
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Five reasons Rob Ford will become mayor again:
5) RoFo + doug are trust-fund kids pi$$ing daddys money b/c theyre self-entitled bellends.
4) Our dip$hit prime-minister needs RoFos money and will pull strings to gaurantee he wins.

3) doug ford paid sandro lisi to watch over his little bro and will make sure RoFo wins.
2) Our police and legal system is afraid of the fordsies.
1) People of toronto lack intellect and too lazy to care, so voting for this crackhead is inevitable.


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Iron Sheik / January 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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woooo! FORD MORE YEARS!!!
Dave replying to a comment from Davy Gravy / January 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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You have unwittingly shown your boorish behaviour, and drug consumption to boot; you are the lemming, unreasonable, and resolute in your direction. Btw that whole thing about lemmings being suicidal, and jumping off a cliff was a fraud - and it was cruelty to animals on t.v.; National of Omaha - he was a fraud, it is widely known, and acknowledged. So, stop being a 'lemming!'. People of Toronto, if they are responsible care not for the reputation for the office of the mayor, and want the candidate that gets the job done, as fiscally responsible as can be.
Steve / January 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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"Ford more years," I am hopeful that Ford will continue his success. Many people in Toronto, like me want to see Ford again in the position of Mayor. Although there are so many people who are claiming that Ford has so many problems, but all the people actually can’t avoid Ford’s efforts and contribution. I personally like him a lot.
Jim replying to a comment from Henry / January 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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That is right, Ford nation made up mostly of people 40+ in age and actually do go out and vote. While many of you complain about Ford online from your mom's basement. Probably have no idea how to vote.
David replying to a comment from Sean / January 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Rob Ford is able to campaign because he doesn't have a job and so has lots of free time.
Mayor McCokehoover / January 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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If I were Rob's wife, Renata, I'd be embarrassed for her husband--poor guy can't go anywhere without Doug holding his hand.

Then again, since Rob was elected Mayor, Doug's controlled his brother's balls as well. Begs the question whether Dougie's been 'round to help her out at home too?
MER1978 replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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"And nary a harsh word for the Lieberals who bought the seat in Scarborough with the former LRT champion turned Subway booster Mitzi what's her name and Wynne and Sousa promising hundreds of millions they pulled out of a hat belonging to all Ontario Taxpayers!"

Uhhhh as much as I think there is plenty of shame to go around RE: the Scarborough subway extension... the province isn't paying a penny more than the original plan... ALL additional costs are coming from the feds + a huge property tax increase.
Terri replying to a comment from Sean / January 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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My candidate is at their job, being professional, getting things done and will register to run for mayor in a reasonable amount of time. An amount of time that will be sufficient for them to explain their platform and plans for our city in an educated and dignified manner...not hound us with their inane lies for 10 exhaustingly long months!
MER1978 replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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"Over the longer term the Scarborough subway will be seen as the right decision."

Sorry but there are absolutely no numbers to back up your argument... the Scarborough subway extension is meant to replace a transit line which moves up to 4K people per hour per direction... to not lose money with subway you need 15K to 20K rides per hour per direction... Scarborough will not quadruple its population even in 50 years. The Scarborough subway extension is a colossal waste of money full stop.

"Underground subways (that are all linked together) all the way is the way to go for the GTA."

Ummmm we're struggling to convince people we need to pay the massive bill for a much much much more modest transit upgrade compared to "subways for everyone"... it's stupid and irresponsible to push for something astronomically expensive.
Rob replying to a comment from MER1978 / January 2, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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Your analysis is faulty. The population does not need to quadruple to quadruple ridership.

You have assumed that there will be no change in the percentage of people who use the newly built transit.
Jacob / January 2, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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Four More Beers!
Dave replying to a comment from MER1978 / January 2, 2014 at 01:15 pm
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Taxes always go up. It is how much taxes are raised that bothers those of us who actually pay taxes. During Miller's regime, taxes were higher and we got nothing for the high tax hike.
CW replying to a comment from Rob / January 2, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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"You have assumed that there will be no change in the percentage of people who use the newly built transit."

Please enlighten us as the to percentage increase required to break even. Maybe throw in a source or two so you can really stick it to him.

For bonus points, give us your over/under for the Sheppard vs SRT replacement.
CW replying to a comment from CW / January 2, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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"For bonus points, give us your over/under for the Sheppard vs SRT replacement."

For those keeping track, the Sheppard line will be at 12 years in the red in November.
Polly Urethane / January 2, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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Queen St West loves Rob Ford!
Kyra@ mimico residents association / January 2, 2014 at 01:49 pm
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Ford more years!
All of you young hipsters saying bad things about MR. Ford obviously don't know any better. Most of you rent and have roommates, so you wouldn't know about paying taxes! All of the home owners in mimico love him. The MRA fully endorses him. He has all of etobicoke behind him! He will be re-elected and when the day comes me and my organization will be doing a ford victory parade in your ossington-queen radius!
MER1978 replying to a comment from Rob / January 2, 2014 at 01:55 pm
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"Your analysis is faulty. The population does not need to quadruple to quadruple ridership.

You have assumed that there will be no change in the percentage of people who use the newly built transit."

The population using that new extension will not quadruple either.

It is unbelievably stupid and wasteful to build for future growth which may never happen when there are many many many places around the city which would justify the upgrade TODAY.
Abdi / January 2, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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Word on the street is Everybody that lives in the Dixon rd high rise apartments will be coining out to vote for him and 75% of those people will be first time voters.
Dave / January 2, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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The gravy train is real, and exists; consider the Councillors who vote themselves expense accounts, after they were curtailed by Ford, and then voted to take away Ford's expense account after the 'scandal', sole-source contracts e.g. caterers on the Toronto-Kew Beach, what about those chairs at $2000 a pop,10-20 times what the retail cost is, and then there is the high salaries; meant to show that they attract 'talented people' - laughable talent, that serves itself. The gravy train exists; it is the corruption that exists in the greater majority of people. Ford is the first to put the concept into the taxpayer's minds' eye - letting them know the waste that goes on at city hall, each and every day. Ford doesn't need the money, he runs the city like it is his business, the profits are the revenues and expenses, the residents are his long time customers...you don't get that mentality from just anyone. The crack stuff...irrelevant. The snow storm proved that last point.
MER1978 replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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"Taxes always go up. It is how much taxes are raised that bothers those of us who actually pay taxes. During Miller's regime, taxes were higher and we got nothing for the high tax hike"

Sorry what exactly do you think we got from Ford's tax increases?

I'm sure Miller could have increased taxes less as well if he massively raised user fees and reduced much needed services like Ford's moronic cut to the TTC's budget resulting in less buses on the road.
AV / January 2, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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This just in: Rob Ford still full of shit

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/02/rob-ford-misinformation-lies-city-hall_n_4532209.html
Rob replying to a comment from CW / January 2, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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He provided statistics, which I gave him the benefit of the doubt about.

I do no claim to know what the break-even point is for that, or any other route in the city.

I also do not claim to know how world peace can be achieved, but I guess that works against me.

His simplistic analysis does not contribute any substance to this issue.
Todd replying to a comment from Abdi / January 2, 2014 at 02:55 pm
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I don't blame them.

Ford's drug addiction and sketchy associations will ensure that the good residents of those Dixon highrises have jobs for generations.
Taxpayer replying to a comment from Kyra@ mimico residents association / January 2, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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This is an ignorant statement to make. Everyone who rents is a "taxpayer". Do you seriously believe that property owners are not increasing rents every time property tax increases happen? Property tax is considered when property owners set their rental prices, and rents increase with every tax increase.

You are either ignorant, or are willfully making false statements that make it seem like homeowners are the only people who should have a say at election time.

Do you have children living with you who are of voting age? Do the people of your association have children who are of voting age? Maybe they will be renting a year from now, and they know the smart choice is to not vote for a fraud. Rob Ford is not responsible with our money. He has no vision. He lies about his record and has broken a number of promises. He is a pathological liar and has none of the qualities of a leader.

We want an intelligent mayor who knows how to build consensus and work with others. We want a mayor who knows how to spend money wisely, and doesn't pander to the low income voters, and then vote against every motion that might benefit them.

If you take the crack scandal out of the equation, Rob Ford is still a bad mayor. He admit in court that he does not even know what his responsibilities are. There is plenty of footage of him on Youtube, participating in council debates and having no clue what he is talking about. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vCpKUNRBEw)

Please, if you have no idea what you're talking about, take yourself out of the debate, because you look just as foolish as Mr. Ford.

Todd replying to a comment from Kyra@ mimico residents association / January 2, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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Kyra, many non-Fordites piss away more money in six months than your precious house in precious Etibocoke, which would be a welfare slum without amalgamation, is worth. Next time you gaze into the mirror embracing all that is Kyra, remember that your booming "nabe" wouldn't be booming without all that new old Toronto money... money that's coming from a new crop of residents who would honestly rather see Etobicoke fall into the lake.

If you're voting for Ford on the basis of fiscal conservatism, I assure you that it is you who has the trouble understanding how taxes work.

Like, are you fucking stupid? Read a book. Doublecheck Ford's facts. It's all bullshit made to appeal to fucking morons like the idiots in your cute little welfare association.
Rich / January 2, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Sorry, don't think i'll be taking voting tips from Kyra "Children of the Corn" Trainor:

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/gta/2013/02/13/mimico_residents_fed_up_with_dust_and_noise_from_local_concrete_mixing_plant/kyra_trainor.jpg

Go back to pissing and moaning about dust and dump trucks you NIMBY crybaby.
Charles / January 2, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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Kyra with your education I expect more than a simpleton who parrots whatever Candidate X says:

Kyra Trainor's Experience

Associate Sales Director, Canada
Novartis
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NVS; Pharmaceuticals industry
December 2011 – Present (2 years 2 months)

Strategic Marketing Manager
Stryker
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SYK; Medical Devices industry
June 2011 – November 2011 (6 months)

Sales Manager
GlaxoSmithKline
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GSK; Pharmaceuticals industry
March 2011 – June 2011 (4 months)

Head, Paediatric Vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GSK; Pharmaceuticals industry
September 2001 – April 2011 (9 years 8 months)

EBusiness and Software Sales/Marketing
Small Business Owner
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BDX; Medical Devices industry
September 1999 – August 2001 (2 years)

Sales Representative
BD
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BDX; Medical Devices industry
1998 – 2000 (2 years)

Marketing
Nestle
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NESN; Food & Beverages industry
1997 – 1998 (1 year)

Research Assistant
UofGuelph Research
1994 – 1996 (2 years)
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 03:20 pm
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Is it possible that you actually believe the idiotic things you post here? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you don't, but it's getting pretty hard to tell.
Dave replying to a comment from Rob / January 2, 2014 at 03:24 pm
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That was so funny AND clever. Amazing! If you don't mind, I am going to pass on your info to the late night talk shows... they need some new writers! I totally see what you did there -- Shake, rattle, and roll... right out the door! Hilarious! Do you have a blog that I could subscribe to? I have been eagerly looking for the next big thing in the world of humor... something truly cutting edge, and TV and internet just haven't been cutting it lately... Until now that is!

Seriously, thank you again for that! Great stuff, keep up the amazing work! All the best!
gucco the clown / January 2, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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Dave, Dave, Dave.."crack snow storm proved it"...you are so funny! I know its not intentional, but keep up the good work! You brought tears to my eyes. You are a little stupid, but funny!
gucco the clown / January 2, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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Much funnier, that is, although as incoherent as a toothless rabid dog.
Citizens are more than just taxpayers replying to a comment from Jim / January 2, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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Several surveys have shown that Ford supporters are generally less well-educated, and make less money than those who oppose him. While it may make you feel better to imagine anti-Ford posters writing from their mothers' basements, the truth is that a lot of these posts are being written from the gleaming office towers downtown. And we do know how to vote. It's just that the angry working-class voters that the very rich, very well-connected Rob Ford has so thoroughly conned, also seem to have figured it out.
Dave / January 2, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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Welll, there was Stintz at the Mayor's levee - Stintz, whose keadership of the TTC produced ????? We got rate increases - we got a couple of outrageous TTC glitches - we got how many people killed and injured by TTC drivers whose union kept them in their jobs? She is managed by closet Liberals? Friends of McWynne! So all you Ford haters - make sure you get out and vote - and remember, it was Miller and his boyfriend McGuinty who extended Miller's term to 4 years along with every Mayor to follow without a referendum .- but now we have learned, sadly, that even though YOU elected a Mayor, others butted in and tried to emasculate your vote. Is that okay? Then get out and vote for it. ,
Gabe / January 2, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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I'm with Kyra. This election is already over. Robs got Etobicoke, Mimco, a lot of Scarborough and North Toronto. Keep on raising and focusing on your downtown centered issues and see where that gets you again! They don't matter to the rest of the city and downtown is the minority in this. Get that through your head. Think outside of downtown to the bigger issues.

FORD more years.
Kent replying to a comment from Kyra@ mimico residents association / January 2, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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This is a troll comment, right. Rob Ford's critics aren't limited to hipsters, everyone is aware of his myriad lies about his fiscal record, substance abuse and criminal associations.

Rob replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 04:07 pm
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Yes, I have a blog. Would you like the address?
floob replying to a comment from Kyra@ mimico residents association / January 2, 2014 at 04:10 pm
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I'm a homeowner in Mimico and I hate the bastard.
try again replying to a comment from Gabe / January 2, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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Take a look at this analysis, and come back and tell me if you still think Ford has a chance. http://torontoist.com/2014/01/the-teflon-mayor-reading-rob-fords-poll-numbers/

The new Scarborough subway plan is barely anything more than a replacement for the rundown SRT. The LRT plan would have covered more territory and served more people, extending out to the Scarborough UofT campus. The LRT also would not have cost us a tax increase.

Tell me again, who is looking out for the suburbs?
aDawg replying to a comment from floob / January 2, 2014 at 04:19 pm
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floob: Same goes for me.

Kent: I'm with you! Kyra sounds like GAE to me!
Tommy / January 2, 2014 at 04:31 pm
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Rich, poor, educated, uneducated NONE OF THAT MATTERS! Everyone gets a vote that is equal to each other. No ones education or financial status makes their vote any more or anyless important than anyone else's.
Don / January 2, 2014 at 04:34 pm
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Kathleen Wynne you liar where is my gift card?!
Fanny / January 2, 2014 at 04:55 pm
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Toronto is quite a pretentious city, so Rob Ford as mayor keeps some balance. He did a good job with the community housing, something the other mayors neglected. Also, it makes sense to complete the Sheppard subway and connect it to the Scarborough transit hub. So he has my vote!
Kate / January 2, 2014 at 06:15 pm
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maybe some of these ardent Ford supporters will discover that there are other sane and intelligent fiscal conservatives out there - ones who finished their education and who don't do crack....
Scarborough Bob replying to a comment from Dave / January 2, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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If Dave ever took a subway he would know that the stations are not heated!
Gord / January 2, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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Come on Kate stay in reality here, name one who's name is on the actual ballot and I'll consider them along with Ford. Now your chance, name one that's on the ballot other than Rob.
In Time replying to a comment from Gord / January 2, 2014 at 07:35 pm
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Currently, there is no one of significance on the ballot because it's day one, but in time there will be credible people who are fiscally conservative and responsible, with the ability to work with others.

David Soknacki is one. John Tory may or may not be another.

Karen Stintz and Denzil Minnan-Wong will not be the anti-Ford conservatives that anyone takes seriously.
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 07:39 pm
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When I take my car to the mechanic to get fixed, I don't care if the Mechanic cheats on his wife! I onle care that he gets the job done, same as Rob!!!

(Yes I know there can be female and transgendered mechanics)
Donns / January 2, 2014 at 07:42 pm
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Stinz said she's waiting until Feb to put her name on the list AFTER the presto card is implemented, she knows she'll get burned for the slow progress and waste of money if she campaigns and moves on from the TTC before presto is executed fully.
Ash / January 2, 2014 at 07:47 pm
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Tory doesn't need another loss, he'll only enter if he's got a sure thing. Also Tory is a corporatist just like Stinz. Both are a now. Wong may raise his profile a bit but is not a threat. Chow maybe but she's made no announcement. The Ford Brothers are on a war path and who's strong enough for such a major battle, this is not your average election.
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 07:50 pm
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Sure, if the work is done to code and passes the tests no problem with the mechanic being high. Same as the construction industry, the house,condo, apartment, building you may be in now may have had work done on it by someone who's high.
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 07:56 pm
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Done care. They can eat bush, smoke whatever, drink what ever they want if they get the job done to perfection the more power to them. Do you care that much about peoples lives...
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:04 pm
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Now add privitizing garbarge collection, he renegotiated the city’s largest union locals to sign collective agreements on his terms and outsourced waste collection west of Yonge—all while avoiding any work stoppages. Killed the vehicle registration tax. Can your mechanic or pilot do that sober?
Vote for a Liar replying to a comment from Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:09 pm
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So you trust your mechanic as long as he gets the job done?

What if the mechanic promised you free parts donated by the "free parts fairy" at no cost to you? What if your mechanic then made no effort to actually get these parts from the "free parts fairy". (Rob Ford promised free subways provided by the private sector)

I could go on with this analogy but I'd just be wasting my time with you.

But, Mr. Ford also promised to never go "cap in hand" to the Province or the Feds because there is only "one taxpayer". What did he do? He went to the Province and Feds to get his money for a subway that serves less people than the LRT.

He also cancelled LRT plans which will probably cost us anywhere from $80 to $100 million in cancellation fees. That's money pissed away by your super mayor "gettin' the job done".

While he pisses away our money, he's also increasing our taxes to fund this subway, when no tax increase would have been needed for the fully funded LRT.

Please tell me how any of this makes Rob Ford a fiscally responsible mayor. Please tell me how you accept lies from a man who does not know how to "get things done".
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:17 pm
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You should see the below the neck, quite active all working parts.
j-rock replying to a comment from Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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Other people have done a better job of pointing out how ridiculous you're being, but you remember that there actually was a strike right? I get that libraries don't matter much to Rob Ford's base, but that still counts as a work stoppage.

At this point, I'm not sure if I'm bothered more by the stupidity, or the constant, unyielding, ceaseless lying that Ford and his supporters engage in.
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:23 pm
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What if Kathleen Wynne promised you a free gift card that you never got. What if you were led to believe the gas plants could be closed for 1M in taxpayer dollars then find out you were misled the entire time and the costs would actually be over a Billion Dollars. What if they thought they'd get off free if the leader resigned. That leader got over $300,000 in tax payer dollars as a gratuity for resigning/retiring early? Would you still trust that party?
mike in parkdale / January 2, 2014 at 08:26 pm
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wait.... shouldn't Rob Ford be too busy with his day job to start campaigning this early?
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:28 pm
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The only thing I don't like about Rob running, is that Kathleen Wynne must be jumping with joy because she knows this election will keep Rob as the biggest headlines for the next year taking the spotlight off her and she might just be able to slip through after all.
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:29 pm
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His powers have been stopped by you're councilors SO more the power to him while he campaigns and gets paid to do it too. Give him his powers back if you care.
j-rock replying to a comment from Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:31 pm
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I think that a lot of people here, myself included, would have a lot to say about the failures of the provincial Liberals, if that had ANYTHING TO DO with the topic being discussed. The fact that McGuinty is also a crook doesn't change the fact that Rob Ford is completely unsuited for the job he (kind of) holds. Is that really the best you can do? I suspect that it actually is.
Stan / January 2, 2014 at 08:33 pm
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Do you like Kathleen Wynne stepping in with $100,000 of taxpayer dollars for gift cards for her own personal image and campaigning. The price tag is about to go up as other cities and towns have now spoken up and said hey why is Toronto getting the $$$ we were out of power too, Wynne has promised them now as well. She is sorry though she didn't realize costs could escalate over after one promise....
Smartz replying to a comment from Shirley / January 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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People can be forgiven for voting for Ford the first time around. They were angry. They were lied to by Ford and his campaign team, and they believed the lies. They fell for a simple slogan.

There was plenty of evidence to show that he was a terrible candidate for mayor while he was running, but people can be forgiven for that.

But to say about Ford supporters "but by God are they smart!" after all we have seen over the past 3 years, that is the most ridiculous statement a person can make.

A vote for Ford in 2014 is not a sign of intelligence.
With other competent conservatives capable of building consensus on the ballot, a vote for Ford will only be a sign of any or all of these: bitterness, stubbornness, stupidity, ignorance, selfishness (we could go on, and none of these qualities will be positive).

If given the choice of 2 candidates who have almost the same platform with candidate A being Rob Ford, and candidate B being someone who is actually respected by other councillors and can lead and build consensus...are you telling us you'd vote for Rob Ford?
Vote for a Liar replying to a comment from Shirley / January 3, 2014 at 12:31 am
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Lies he told under duress? Are you referring to the Youtube video I linked? The man either had no idea what he talked about, or he willfully lied to people about the LRT vs. subway debate.

He repeated the lies on his radio show. Was he lying under duress on his radio show when insisting the LRT would be ripping up roads (while it in fact would be following the same route as the current SRT)

There is no evidence that people in Scarborough want subways or LRT. Of the people who do say they prefer subways, do they even know the facts, or do they only know of the "ripping up roads/blocking traffic" lies that Rob and Doug spewed? Rob Ford doesn't provide facts in his subway debates. When you hear supporters talk about subways, they repeat Ford's lies about LRTs or being "2nd class citizens waiting in the cold". (Hello this is Calgary calling. We have LRT here, you Toronto sissies)

Rob Ford promised private sector funding for a Sheppard subway. There was never any evidence that the private sector was ever going to give away their money to build something that the city would take ownership of later.

“Under our plan,” says Mr. Ford with his usual bland confidence, “the private sector will pay for the construction of the subway and the city will own and operate it when it is finished.”

The "Left" councillors did not force LRT on Scarborough. Transit planners, people who know what they are talking about proposed the most cost-effective plan to move the most people. Just because people "want" something, doesn't mean it's the best thing for a city.

In Ford's bigger plans for subway expansion, he puts higher priority on a Finch subway over anything else that would relieve the over-capacity Yonge line. Ford doesn't understand how transit works, but he does understand how to make promises to get votes.

Finch West (36 bus) daily ridership: 44,000
Spadina streetcar (510): 55,400
http://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Transit_Planning/Surface_Ridership_2012.jsp

To me, that looks like an LRT would suffice. (unless of course you want to build a subway down Spadina, and you can throw more cars on there after too!!)

Rob Ford knows what to say in order to campaign, but he is not smart enough to build anything that makes sense. He campaigns on feelings, not facts. He campaigns on what people want, and not what they need.

There are smart conservatives out there who can fulfill a "Ford mandate", but you continue to support a stubborn jackass who takes no responsibility for his failures, and has taken no responsibility for all of his lies (both personal and his political record).





Smartz replying to a comment from Shirley / January 3, 2014 at 12:58 am
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You must not know what the word "majority" means.
47% is not a majority, especially when voter turnout was only 53%. It's hardly a mandate.

You talk about a spend, spend, spend left government. What about Rob "subways, subways, subways" Ford who wants to build subways to every corner without a plan? So far that plan involves ignoring something that was already funded, wasting money cancelling it, and raising our taxes to build something servicing fewer people!

If you think the role of the mayor is to just bluster through and do whatever they want, and damn everyone else, you're a fool.

Rob and Doug are the guys who wanted to build a ferris wheel, monorail, and giant mall. Councillors should have bent over and said "The idea is stupid, but since you're the mayor,YES, I'll vote for it!!"????

With the help of Doug Holyday, Mike Del Grande, and Nick Kouvalis, Ford's first year was somewhat successful and council did bend to his ways, but he pissed it all away and was unable to work with council after that.

"You're either with me, or against me" is not a way to run any government.

Buffalo Bill / January 3, 2014 at 02:39 am
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I can't wait to vote for Rob Ford, again.
Holy Thundering Jesus / January 3, 2014 at 06:16 am
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good luck toronto, cause you're gonna need it. be sure to have lot's of lube.
Ethan in etobicoke / January 3, 2014 at 08:30 am
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All the controversial stuff that our mayor did on his personal time! He's doing and has done a fantastic job as our city leader. I'll be there on Election Day to cast my vote for him.
duder / January 3, 2014 at 10:11 am
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"He's easily the best mayor in the history of ANY city, he is fantastic on every level, and he's done an absolutely OUTSTANDING job as mayor and absolutely NOTHING, including and up to SMOKING FUCKING CRACK WHILE IN OFFICE, would change my mind about him."

The above statement sums up Ford Nation's feelings. Arguing with these dullards is the intellectual equivalent of throwing pebbles against a brick wall.
Smartz replying to a comment from Shirley / January 3, 2014 at 11:09 am
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Wow. You really proved how clueless you are.

"So are the left operating under the delusion that the 47% of Torontonians who didn't vote have a far left agenda? A majority is a majority, and no amount of sarcasm will change that."

You clearly do not understand what the word "majority" means, and made a ridiculous statement about the other 47%.

If you can't understand what a majority means, there's no point in continuing an argument with you. You support a pathological liar...a man who admit under oath in court that he does not understand what his job is...and who has proven time and time again in council debates that he does not understand that which he is debating.

I fear for our city when people as bull-headed as him are elected by people as bull-headed as you.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / January 3, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Rob Ford has a day job?! When did this happen?
Leaf me alone / January 3, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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RF doesn't give a crap about tax dollars. If he did mechanical leaf collection would have been billed back to homeowners. Why should I pay for select Scarborough and Etobicoke neighborhoods to the tune of 500K? RF is an elitist sociopathic prick.
Jeff / January 3, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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I can't wait to cast my vote against Rob Ford. It will be great to see him lose not only this mayoral race but the millions of his daddy's money that he throws at it.
Dan I. Mimico / January 3, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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Mayor ford will win I'll tell you what! If we have a problem here in mimico he will show up personally. I don't know anybody that will vote against the man. He's going to win. You guys may not support him but the rest of the people outside downtown do! Don't believe me? Just go on YouTube and watch any rob ford clip, if you read the comments their all supporting mayor ford. Ford more years!
Toucan_Sam / January 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm
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FORD more years! Ford more years!
Ford Pissing / January 4, 2014 at 08:58 pm
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But copying Churchill's speeches and inserting 'pissing' is so...wrong...therefore, an apology.
Stan / January 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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Ford is a Toronto Golden Child raised right here in the city. Loves it, Loves his job, Loves the city, Loves working for the taxpayer. Rob loves Toronto and we love Rob! Ford more years 2014!
Whitney / January 5, 2014 at 12:51 am
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Ford More Years. What a damn waste of taxpayer dollars that went into that grocery gift card fiasco that Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals promised. Why did they even get involved in that? Is it just another Kathleen Wynne promo. Wynne is desperate for votes. She knows that its all riding on her in this next Ontario election. She loses and she's done shes over
Andy / January 5, 2014 at 12:54 am
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Fords our guy.Give his powers back already.He's exactly what this city needs and wants
Donnie / January 5, 2014 at 01:02 am
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So I'm gonna be at the polls voting for Ford. Do you know who your voting for yet?I guess not. Or is your side not even gonna show up to the polls again and then cry voter apathy when FORD WINS 2014.
Stan / January 5, 2014 at 09:14 pm
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Ford has proven himself time and time again. Look at his record he is history in the making.
Ford more years! Witness the glory, see the happening, Take the powers that be!!

FORDS OUR MANI 2014!
THE RACE HAS STARTED AND ALL YOU CAN SAYISYOUR CANDIDATE IS STILL THINKING OF RUNNING BUT ISNT ON THE BALLOT YET! PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!
THEY OUT THE GATES ALREADY!!
Chris / January 6, 2014 at 02:26 pm
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How many of these Pro-Ford comments on this comment board do you think were written by either, the Fords or their staffers? It boggles my mind how anyone could ever actual support this moron and the shame he's brought to our city. FORD MORE LIES!
Kukko the Klown / January 6, 2014 at 07:23 pm
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Rob FatfuckFord is a great gobshite blonde, pink turd. He dropped out of a random vagina who was married to a rich man, spawning the blight on mankind that he is today. "If you are are so rich, why aren't you smart?" Well, Rob?
drew peacock / March 9, 2014 at 06:47 am
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whoa!?? Why so hostile?? People in Toronto should be happy to have Ford. He is the best thing about Toronto.

Kimmel sucked but Ford was great

Montgomery triangle is awesome

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