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David Miller to make surprise run for mayor

Posted by Staff / April 1, 2014

toronto david millerOlivia Chow has her first real competition for left wing votes. After a four-year absence from Toronto politics, David Miller is preparing to add his name to the increasingly crowded 2014 ballot.

"David has seen the division, the broken transit promises, the public scandals that erupted after he left City Hall in 2010," said interim campaign manager Avril Tromper. "[Miller] is the only candidate with a proven track record. This city needs him."

In 2003, Miller, a long-time city councillor, beat Tory, who had just quit as President and CEO of Rogers Cable, for the top job.

During his previous term of office, Miller opposed Island airport expansion, favoured LRTs over subways, announcing the Transit City light rail plan in 2007, and implemented the unpopular $60 vehicle registration tax.

Miller decided not to run in 2010, leaving Rob Ford, George Smitherman, Joe Pantalone, and Adam Giambrone to duke it out.

"David wants to bring people together. It's Miller timeĀ - again," said Tromper.

More details are expected this afternoon.

Image: Joseph Chan/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

44 Comments

bobo / April 1, 2014 at 10:35 am
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Nice try BlogTO...
Candace / April 1, 2014 at 10:36 am
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April 1st is a day of sadness.
REALness / April 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
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Starts Today!

Two-day council meeting to discuss BMO field, island airport expansion, neighbourhood improvement areas and street food proposals.

Push! Push! Push!
Chiara / April 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
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I just got fooled hard.
Blair / April 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
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DON'T TOY WITH MY EMOTIONS!
Pearl Dacks / April 1, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Got me!!!
Greg replying to a comment from AV / April 1, 2014 at 10:54 am
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The best part of these types of jokes are the tough guys who characterize them as lame. You got that it was a joke! Brilliant, Sherlock.
Paul / April 1, 2014 at 11:05 am
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Everyone thinks Rob Ford is on drugs ?
ROB FORD ON CRACK / April 1, 2014 at 11:11 am
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Stay lame and obvious BlogTO.
Elizabeth / April 1, 2014 at 11:16 am
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Love this.
Pfft / April 1, 2014 at 11:21 am
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April fools
Karen / April 1, 2014 at 11:23 am
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if this is an April Fools joke it is a seriously painful one!
Ford Nation / April 1, 2014 at 11:40 am
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Good one blogTO!

Have to admit, it's not a bad idea. He'd be the only one with a chance against Ford. (sigh)
jen / April 1, 2014 at 11:43 am
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Ha ha, "Avril Tromper!!" Nice.
DL / April 1, 2014 at 11:44 am
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Too bad. I want this to happen just to see Chow's chances go out the window.
Greg replying to a comment from AV / April 1, 2014 at 11:48 am
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Yes, as indicated by the 800 some odd people who've liked the post.

Also Its/It's. Come on, dude.
Let's do this Toronto! / April 1, 2014 at 11:48 am
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While were all into April Fools city council is deciding on BMO field, Porter Airport and Food Trucks

JETS! JETS! WE WANT JETS!

DECISION DAY IS TODAY!!!!
Derek / April 1, 2014 at 11:49 am
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Oh, hi AV. Nice to see you're still reading. Hearts.
kioch / April 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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guess who's back? back again?
Derek replying to a comment from AV / April 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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If you want to know why we did that, you can always send me an email...
Torontonian / April 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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Everyone fluent in French needn't read further
than the name Avril Tremper.

Nice try, though.
David / April 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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I'm a little tired of this myth about Miller's term being the dark years. The facts don't support this and polling at the time of Rob's infamous election actually showed Miller winning (if he had run). I for one would welcome this announcement but then again, I'd vote for a gerbil over Rob Ford.
Water into beer / April 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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April is the cruelest month,
breeding Lilacs out of the dead land...
...and former broomsmen in the mind.
Candace replying to a comment from AV / April 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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Hey now :)
With out a doubt replying to a comment from funny thing is... / April 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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I agree 100% He was one of the best Mayors Toronto has had in a very long time. People always look back on the negative .
The Urban Daddy / April 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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Well done!

While not a Miller fan, I did gasp and hold my breath. Then remembered the date.

This was one of the better April Fools stories that I have seen today.

Nicely done!
lol / April 1, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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You guys had me for a minute.. lol

Nicely played. A part of me wishes it were true, though.
(Cue the Ford apologists in 3-2-1)
lol replying to a comment from funny thing is... / April 1, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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In total agreement with you.
People say the Miller days were the "Dark Days".. but obviously they have the blinders on.. Miller was articulate, well educated and didn't turn our city into an international joke.

Doc Pickles / April 1, 2014 at 01:15 pm
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Dear clickbaiters, April Fool's Day fake news articles are only funny in print medium. So was Ziggy. #blogTO
Holy Thundering Jesus / April 1, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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Rob Ford Punks the City of Toronto for the last 2 years! HA! SUCKAS!
Rob Ford, Vodka Gourmet / April 1, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Tres bien! SubwaysSubwaysSubways...Saved a billion...Wake me up when its over...zzz..zzz...zzz
Derek replying to a comment from AV / April 1, 2014 at 02:29 pm
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I am. Trust me.
Paul / April 1, 2014 at 02:33 pm
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Though an April Fools Joke, I'd welcome Miller back if I still lived in Toronto...Hell, the man helped the city a lot and the only downside was the garbage strike, which in itself wasn't ANYTHING compared to the crap surrounding FORD, cause he is ALWAYS spewing garbage...AND Miller had $300,000,000 surplus in the City Hall coffers at the end of his term.
Paul replying to a comment from funny thing is... / April 1, 2014 at 02:35 pm
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.AND Miller had $300,000,000 surplus in the City Hall coffers at the end of his term.
Stevo / April 1, 2014 at 03:05 pm
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Paul, you must be on CRACK... when Miller left office the city of Toronto was almost in the same state as the city of Detroit... BANKRUPT... get your facts straight before posting nonsense!
Jerrold / April 1, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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Why did you kill off the Morning Brew? Was one of the best columns on the site (I say that with bias fully declared).
Stevo II / April 1, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Why would anyone else post nonsense when you are doing such a good job of it? Toronto was no more bankrupt or anywhere close. Guess you are due for a distemper shot like the rest of fucked up Ford Nation. Why do you believe Ford's propaganda?
LOL replying to a comment from Stevo / April 1, 2014 at 08:01 pm
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Wow, are you kidding me?
Are YOU on crack??

Please, enlighten us all on how Toronto was as bankrupt as Detroit at the end of Miller's term. I'm sure we'd all be interested to hear where this nonsense comes from.
Shef / April 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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Seriously!!! This clown??? Perfect...
A home grown success story: Rob Ford Genius and Giant. Mini Docu-Series all this week on the CBC. replying to a comment from shamu the otha whale / April 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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BIG HUGE WIN FOR ROB FORD TODAY!!!! He was the main advocate for getting the Porter Airlines agreement through and today was a solid move forward in that direction. Was not a step back for sure, could have gone either way but it went.............FORDS WAY!!!!!!
Phi / April 2, 2014 at 07:13 am
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sigh, I kinda wish this was real, however if he were to run I think Rob Ford might spontaneously combust.
Only one question for Stevo replying to a comment from Stevo / April 2, 2014 at 07:30 am
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I want to beleive your claim, because I know you wouldnt lie, so I ask that you please provide a link to demonstrate that Toronto was in near-bankrupcy.
I thought Robert Deluce was the main advocate? replying to a comment from A home grown success story: Rob Ford Genius and Giant. Mini Docu-Series all this week on the CBC. / April 2, 2014 at 07:31 am
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You just sh*t the bed, son. Maybe your momma will help you with that.

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