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Rob Ford finally takes a hit in the polls

Posted by Derek Flack / May 4, 2014

Rob FordRob Ford has seemed every bit the teflon mayor in the past, as repeated scandals did little to diminish his popularity in approval ratings or campaign polls. Not so this time, it would appear. In a poll compiled shortly after Ford announced that he was taking a leave of absence, the picture finally looks less promising for the mayor. The Forum Research survey shows that "fewer than four in 10 approve of the job he's doing as mayor (38%), and this is down sharply from two weeks ago (46%). In the meantime, approval ratings for John Tory have increased (from 65% to 69%), while those for Olivia Chow are stable (60% to 58%)."

While the number of Torontonians who think the mayor should resign holds pretty steady at 63% (up slightly from 60% in December 2013), so-called Ford Nation has lost some confidence in the mayor. One quarter of voters say they will vote Rob Ford in the municipal election (with not other contenders mentioned - 25%), and this is down from three in 10 two weeks ago (April 15 - 29%), and from close to four in 10 in previous months."

As far as the mayoral race itself goes, John Tory's stock is on the rise as Ford's falls. "In a five-way race (including Rob Ford, assuming he returns), Olivia Chow would win with one third of the vote (33%), closely followed by John Tory with more than a quarter (27%). Rob Ford would take just more than a fifth (22%, while Stintz (6%) and Soknacki (5%) trail. These results represent an increase for John Tory (from 24%) and a corresponding decrease for Rob Ford (from 27%)."

What this picture will look like once Ford returns from rehab and declares himself a changed man (for real this time) is completely up in the air, but it's clear that the mayor no longer goes untouched by scandal.

Photo by BruceK in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

73 Comments

bernie Q / May 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
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I think that there should be a "less than Ford" category for candidates with polls lower than a narcissistic, alcoholic, world wide joke, bully buffoon.
James / May 4, 2014 at 10:52 am
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This is a great political move by ford. Take thirty days disappear and then come back and say i am better then ever. The sympathy votes he will get will help him win the election easily. brilliant. Though no one can confirm or deny he is actually in a rehab though.
Pinchus pishy / May 4, 2014 at 10:55 am
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I think Ford's supposed "rehab" needs to be followed and verified. He can't be trusted to self report honestly. There should be a frenzy of media following him in Chicago. Every Ontario news agency should be following this nonsense south of the border. A lack of attention to Ford at this time should be viewed as a massive failure for news in general. To pay such close attention and follow so closely the goings on earlier (at less relevant points) in

this embarrassing ordeal and drop the ball at such a potentially paradigm point is completely unacceptable. Now is when afore should be most closely scrutinized.
Tom replying to a comment from Pinchus pishy / May 4, 2014 at 11:42 am
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You are so right. This man could not be trusted to pass a collection plate in church! I don't understand how anyone with more than two brain cells could even consider supporting him.
The media should be all over this!
Any other "celeb" would be hounded and he sure thinks he is a celeb.
The Shakes / May 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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Ford's support is only eroding. No one new is joining Crunk Nation. And with each new cycle of scandal, denial, confession, empty apology followed by yet another scandal; he loses a little bit of support. His numbers are just going to keep drifting lower as he continues his inevitable cycle of letting his supporters down.
Earl replying to a comment from Tom / May 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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I always wondered why City Hall didn't just make Ford take random drug tests...
Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Not rehab...clown school.
bill replying to a comment from James / May 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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you decided to believe that. Whatever makes you happy.
S replying to a comment from James / May 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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James, I agree completely. It's ridiculous. His "rehab stunt" just so he can come back and say that he's now "better"... okay seriously, we still DON'T want that guy in office. Great that he's getting help for his alcohol addiction but he's made a mess of EVERYTHING. His alcohol addiction is only part of it. He's simply a terrible mayor, regardless, and people need to think about that too!!!
I seriously don't understand WHO could possibly be supporting him right now.
Norman Robertson replying to a comment from Domenico del core / May 4, 2014 at 01:36 pm
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lmFAO
W. K. Lis / May 4, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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Yet there are city councillors and candidates who continue to support Rob Ford.
linden replying to a comment from James / May 4, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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this is the issue I have, it is left to him to decide when he will return. I still don't understand how is it possible there is no mechanism in place to remove him permanenthlly from the possition of a mayor.
Remove Rob Ford / May 4, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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We've got nothing to worry about. Rob Ford was toast even before the latest scandal. His numbers are simply not there. His base of morons sits at 20-22% tops. He has no growth potential. He has absolutely no endorsements from newspapers, business, political parties. If he makes it to the election without running himself over with his Escalade, he would finish a distant 3rd place. Good riddance Buffoon.
Remove Rob Ford / May 4, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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I'm really surprised he was able to get thru US Customs. They're tough on drug users and convicted DUI felons.
WishfulThinkingAgain? / May 4, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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Another Star poll. What a croc! No one is stepping away from Ford.

There's a poll suggesting Wynne with another minority gov't. If she had a minority gov't with all of the unions support, what makes you think she'll have another minority with only half of the unions supporting her?

Don't believe everything you read.

Linden maybe you should become acquainted with the Human Rights Code. There will never be a mechanism that covers firing someone with an illness, even an addiction issue, which is considered an illness. Why do you think the police don't arrest people for simple possession anymore?
WishfulThinkingAgain? / May 4, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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Another Star poll. What a croc! No one is stepping
ed / May 4, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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Rob (F ound O ver R ock D runk) Ford IS DONE
Nah-uh / May 4, 2014 at 05:03 pm
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FORD MORE YEARS!
Captain Syphillis / May 4, 2014 at 05:45 pm
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Ford is da bomb. But dat mon es a bumbaclot yeaaahhhhhh!!


Rubba dub soldier to the max!!


Montgomery triangle is awesome!!

Ford is awesome!
Visual hornet / May 4, 2014 at 06:36 pm
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Ford has privatized garbage collection , and has started building subways , while being a crackedhead, nor chow or Tory will get as much done being sober. 4more years
Miss Bonita replying to a comment from Captain Syphillis / May 4, 2014 at 06:38 pm
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Captain Syphillis... Sit your ghetto Jane/Finch a$$ down!
Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 4, 2014 at 06:44 pm
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The Star has been accurate about everything they have reported about me. The poll sounds right to me.
Doug Ford / May 4, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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Rob, Kathy, Mom, Randy and Diane would to apologize to The Star, as it is an excellent newspaper. We Fords are all liars. We are very sorry.
Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 4, 2014 at 07:25 pm
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I didn't privatize garbage, I ate the garbage. I haven't built any subways. I didn't save any money. I do look really good in my sex tape.
McRib / May 4, 2014 at 07:49 pm
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man, you're not funny.
STFU replying to a comment from Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 4, 2014 at 08:11 pm
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I am in no way a member of Fraud Nation nor do I support the idiot. That being said, your incessant posts are neither funny nor witty. They are just plain annoying. Shut the hell up already.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Visual hornet / May 4, 2014 at 08:13 pm
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The old city Etobicoke and the old city of York already were and continued with their private garbage collection. Under Ford, they just expanded their private collection east until Yonge Street.
Finalfinalnail / May 4, 2014 at 08:23 pm
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I can't wait for the photos of him laying like a beached whale on some tragic Cancun inlet with cocktail in hand.
aDawg / May 4, 2014 at 09:08 pm
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Better headline: "Rob Ford Finally Takes a Hit in the Balls"
Please make this happen. Thanks.
Torance / May 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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"Rob Ford ""FINALLY"" takes a hit in the polls"?

Finally? Gee I wonder which side this media is on?
Pluckysod replying to a comment from Visual hornet / May 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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Ford has not build a single subway anywhere, but if one is built in Scarborough, we can thank him for stiffing his beloved taxpayers for an unnecessary extra BILLION dollars for a line with fewer stops than the LRT line. All because he's too arrogant or stupid to learn that LRT is not the same as a streetcar system.
pLanker / May 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan wins Liberal nomination in Olivia Chow’s old riding
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/05/04/toronto-city-councillor-adam-vaughan-wins-liberal-nomination-in-olivia-chows-old-riding/


Olivia Chow’s bus service pledge a hit with voters: Poll
http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2014/05/03/olivia_chows_bus_service_pledge_a_hit_with_voters_poll.html
MER1978 replying to a comment from Torance / May 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm
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RE: Torance ... You're honestly complaining that a progressive blog website isn't impressed with a man who quite openly hates everything that is progressive about this city?
D replying to a comment from linden / May 5, 2014 at 01:29 am
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The province has the power to remove him. It's easier if he were found guilty of committing a crime, but right now it's probably bad politics for the NDP to meddle in municipal affairs without nearly 100% support from the city councilors. Also, I believe they city didn't want to oust him back in 2013 when there was a likely chance he could get reelected. Stripping him of powers was probably the lesser evil.
D replying to a comment from D / May 5, 2014 at 01:36 am
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Sorry I meant Liberal, not NDP.
Torrance replying to a comment from MER1978 / May 5, 2014 at 03:01 am
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Yes I am. I expected an unbiased media not a slanted one.
Remove Rob Ford / May 5, 2014 at 05:24 am
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Regarding earlier comments regarding Fords whereabouts. How do we know he's in rehab? The Ford's are habitual liars. It's only a matter of days before we see a video of him staggering down a street in Chicago or sucking on a crack pipe in Florida.
bill replying to a comment from Torrance / May 5, 2014 at 06:05 am
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Interesting how that works for some, it is biased if it does not support your views, but unbiased when it does. I suppose you want the polls to say something else so it becomes biased.
MER1978 replying to a comment from Torrance / May 5, 2014 at 07:40 am
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Cry me a river Fraud Nation.
Freddy replying to a comment from Domenico del core / May 5, 2014 at 08:02 am
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Whatever you say about our mayor, we are not better, We all have done wrong.
It is easier to point out the wrong from somebody else then to see our own.
God bless you.
OnceUponAtime / May 5, 2014 at 08:30 am
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Losing touch MER...

Fuuny how that works Bill. It's not about media not supporting our views, it's about dishonesty and corruption that's constantly being spewed at the public in order to deliberately sway public opinion in favor of the corrupt Liberal government who has given billions of taxpayer dollars away to the media. If I had my way, ZERO of our tax dollars would be lining the media's pockets, and I would also bring in laws to deal with said corruption. This is just another bribe compliments of the Liberal government.

Conservatives don't cry. We get focused.
steve replying to a comment from Freddy / May 5, 2014 at 08:36 am
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Oh you are wrong, most people are better the Rob Ford.
MER1978 replying to a comment from OnceUponAtime / May 5, 2014 at 08:41 am
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It's fun how Fraud Nation excuses for BS mayor are now almost always deflections ranting about the provincial Liberals... it's ok nobody expects for you to be able to defend Rob Ford and his mountain of lies anymore.
Freddy replying to a comment from steve / May 5, 2014 at 08:57 am
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Dear Steve,
Yes, you are right, but that gives us not the right to judge him or condemn him.
His personal life should stay personal like you and me.
The media was harassing him and blowing his mistakes out of proportion.
regards
Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 5, 2014 at 08:58 am
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I was in Montreal on Sunday for the attempt to set a Guiness record for most people with red clown noses in one place. We failed! Curses! Where were you, Ford (Bozo) Nation?
Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 5, 2014 at 09:02 am
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Freddy, My Man! What are you...some kind of clown?
MER1978 replying to a comment from Freddy / May 5, 2014 at 09:44 am
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1. High profile government officials don't have the same amount of "private life" as the average citizen... if Rob Ford doesn't like that he can resign.

2. Rob Ford doesn't give out his schedule and almost never does interviews... when you are mayor it is your duty to answer questions and not just the ones that you want to answer... again if Rob Ford doesn't like that that he can resign.
first replying to a comment from Domenico del core / May 5, 2014 at 09:45 am
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Since when is it acceptable to mock someone based on looks?
Should we mock all women who are overweight?
Should we mock overly think males?
You do understand a lot of people suffer with weight problems. Rita Macneil suffers from such issues and the CBC adores her. Meanwhile Celin Dion is shot down and hated because she speaks her mind and suffers from anorexia.

Lefties make me sick with the double standard.
Olivia chown makes a sexist, racist remark and the idiots jump for joy.

Rob Ford says he is not a selfish lover and gives along with takes, and the lefties call him a monster! Perhaps they are jealous he eats at home. We all know he eats out as well, Clearly.

So what we have learned is that this is a school yard and the bullies are you folks. Shame on you.

May I recite the Ontario human rights code
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ontario-human-rights-code

Protected grounds are:
Ancestry
Colour
race Citizenship Ethnic origin Place of origin Creed
Disability
gender

The lot of you are now in direct violation of the Ontario human rights code.
Bullies.

Hate the man cuz he is an idiot. Something he is 100% responsible for. You are allowed to disagree with his politics.
But physical quality are a area that makes you a loser.
Uh replying to a comment from Torrance / May 5, 2014 at 09:46 am
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Since when did BlogTO become "the Media"?
This is a BLOG, if you don't like it... go back to reading the Sun.
steve replying to a comment from Freddy / May 5, 2014 at 09:46 am
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He brought his personal life to the public office of the Mayor or Toronto. That makes judging condemning his personal behavior open to the public.
The media was reporting on his behavior and questioning his fitness to hold public office, hardly harassing him.
Rob Ford (Bozo the Clown) / May 5, 2014 at 10:03 am
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The clown nose Guiness event was for charity, set up by La Nez du Nuit. Sponsor me next time? And a shout out to McRib & STFU-Thanks for your support & encouragment! FORD MORE MINUTES!
The Shakes / May 5, 2014 at 10:07 am
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Can you stupid people, just stop with the "his own personal time" excuses? The Mayor is a public figure, he works for us - the Citizens of Toronto (i.e. he is our employee). Of course we all have a right to know, that he is a crack-addled, associate of criminals that has accomplished nothing (other than to fool Ford Nation).

At my office, if i find out one of my staff is a crack addict, with high absenteeism, produces nothing of value, lies about how much he's accomplished and consorts with criminals, then yeah he gets fired. None of this "his own personal time" bullshit.
Dr. Kukko-Nominations Are Open! / May 5, 2014 at 10:07 am
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Dumbest Pro-Ford Comment Ever -First's above. I hesitated because it must be a joke (I hope). No one can be THAT dumb!
Torrance replying to a comment from Uh / May 5, 2014 at 10:24 am
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Yes a Blog is media, have you heard of social media before?
Steven replying to a comment from Torrance / May 5, 2014 at 11:00 am
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Can you tell the difference between an opinion and reporting. If your reading the Sun or The National Post they also have a tendacy to confuse the two.
Dr. Kukko-Nominations Are Open! / May 5, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Just read First's comment again and have concluded it is a joke. Pretty good one too. Ford's not a selfish lover? Referencing the Human Rights Code about that Bigot Ford? Stand up comedy stuff!
Mack Attack replying to a comment from Torrance / May 5, 2014 at 11:49 am
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Torrance is back-peddling furiously. The is looking for ANY glimmer of hope in this season of discontent in Ford County.

Just don't statt reading Twitter and expecting unbaised media reporting there too otherwise your head will explode.
Jacob replying to a comment from Freddy / May 5, 2014 at 11:52 am
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If what he's doing behind closed doors affects his job, it is our business.

For example, if he's having an affair with an ordinary person, it's not our business. If he's having an affair with the head of Porter Airlines, it IS our business.
Mack Attack replying to a comment from WishfulThinkingAgain? / May 5, 2014 at 11:53 am
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>>"Another Star poll. What a croc! No one is stepping away from Ford."

A poll is a poll. It provides a data point. But often there is another poll that offers a different point of view I just haven't seen any lately.

And it is not so much that people are stepping away from Ford; he is walking (jetting?) away from them.
Toucan Sam / May 5, 2014 at 02:27 pm
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ABC - Anyone But Chow!!
Mack Attack replying to a comment from Toucan Sam / May 5, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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Chow ABC--About to Become Chief majistrate
Toucan Sam replying to a comment from Mack Attack / May 5, 2014 at 04:36 pm
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If so, I hope she takes a hard stance on rub-and-tugs and people living in subsidized housing making over $100k per year.

So that's what his moustache was hiding....
Rob Ford Takes A Shit At The Polls! / May 5, 2014 at 06:06 pm
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Toucan Sam eats it up!
OnceUponAtime replying to a comment from MER1978 / May 5, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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When the media starts reporting on the private lives of all other public figures (politicians, Chiefs of Police, actors, musicians, reporters etc), then and only then will it be considered okay to delve into Fords personal life. I heard Chief Blair smokes weed, and Olivia Chow is bisexual and that she and Jack had an open marriage. Why aren't we talking about them? Because they're not Conservatives or Progressive Conservatives. Conservatives don't bribe the media to say nice things about them, and dish BS dirt on everyone else.

FORD NATION DOES NOT CARE WHAT FORD DOES ON HIS PERSONAL TIME. Do you understand, now? I didn't think so.

I noticed the CBC going after Horwath today. Figures. The Liberals got nothing going for them except manipulation, lies and bribes. Typical.
Hey First! / May 5, 2014 at 07:25 pm
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Can we mock you because you are so stupid? Ford Nation quoting Human Rights Code to support Bigot Ford? Mock, mock, mock! FOUR MORE MOCKS!
Danny / May 5, 2014 at 07:41 pm
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Olivia Chow meets with, is endorsed by, ranting homophobe who encourages rape

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/04/28/matt-gurney-olivia-chow-meets-with-is-endorsed-by-ranting-homophobe-who-encourages-rape/
Brad / May 5, 2014 at 07:46 pm
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Ford is out of the race for the next 30 days, So we can spend the next 30 days talking about Ford even though he's no where around. OR we can productively listen to and discuss the other candidates, what do you think is the better course of action. The remaining candidates have a 30 day advantage to release policies and have debates without the Ford circus,but we haven't heard a peep from them since he left? Will we? Do they still even have a campaign and a leg to stand on without Ford in the race?
Rick / May 5, 2014 at 08:06 pm
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The problem is Ford is the man that connects with everyone whether they are for or against him so they'll continue to talk about him regardless of whether they understand politics. That's why there are so many "new" to politics Lefties and Hipsters that don't understand at all what they want and what they should be hearing from the other candidates because they don't know and really don't care which is where the anyone but Ford attitude comes from. If they really had a true understanding and believed Ford was done and over they'd move onto the other candidates but they dont because they realize they don't have a clue about Chow, Tory or the others, they don't even understand how a city is run.Just give them some sunshine a few tall boys in Bellwood's park and Ford not in office and they're completely content. I'm personally voting Tory, Chow has been a disappointment and the rest don't have a chance.
KFC Canada / May 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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When is Rob coming back to the True North?? If he persists on staying in the USA we need to let 50% of our employees go. Our business is down 50%. Thanks goodness for Doug!
Danny / May 6, 2014 at 08:24 am
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Ahh thought so doesn't have the balls to address the Olivia Chow issues, deflect, deflect, finger point. Mention Ford, mention Ford Nation deflect, deflect...
Pat-e-cake / May 12, 2014 at 10:07 am
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What is with all you people who keep saying Rob Ford is on personal time, Rob Ford is in public office mayor of Toronto
he has to be alert and on the ball 24/7....

How can anyone depend on a drunken, crack smoking mayor, who shows little respect for Toronto or it's people.

Best not to repeat another 4 years with a man who believe's
he can threaten, bully, and push people around who does not do what he want's or say's.

How can we keep naging at our teens about the use of drugs, booze, and driving drunk when the mayor of Toronto leads our kids to believe you can do it away from home. Ford is no role model and is no leader for our city.

To what we can see the entire Ford Family should be in Re-Hab......
rob / May 13, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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Pat ecake,

You wrong girl

Rob es de Mon. Gettinghealthy, going to kick it up. Ten more ford years!!!


Montgomery triangle is awesome
Pat-e-cake replying to a comment from rob / May 15, 2014 at 07:54 am
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Rob So Sorry To Say.....

Scandals, ill-mannered, attitude, bigotry, sexism, racest, low regard for woman, is only some of Rob Ford's fault's....

As for another 4 years, Ford has far to much baggage to cross the line in time, he will never make it.....

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