Category Archives: Toronto Mayor – the race is on

Don Cherry rips ‘left-wing pinkos’ at council inaugural

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David Rider

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Don Cherry adjusts the chain of office on Mayor Rob Ford in City Hall Council Chambers during the swearing in ceremony.


“Put that in your pipe you left-wing kooks,” hockey commentator Don Cherry told a shocked inaugural meeting of the new city council, blasting “left-wing pinkos.”

Cherry was Mayor Rob Ford’s pick for a “special guest” for the pomp-filled ceremony. Cherry turned up in a pink-and-white silk jacket and patterned tie that was eye-popping even for the famously flamboyant TV star. Continue reading

National Post editorial board: Toronto’s angry (non-white) voters

Tyler Anderson/National Post

October 27, 2010 – 7:25 am

On Tuesday, Toronto awoke to a new era. After seven years of Mayor David Miller, voters did an abrupt U-turn and elected the fiscally prudent, anti-elite, suburban candidate, Etobicoke Councillor Rob Ford, as their next mayor. The event brought back memories of the 1995 Ontario provincial election, when Mike Harris, then the Progressive Conservative MP for North Bay, swept to victory on a wave of discontent with the big-spending, leftist regime of Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae. Then, as now, voters rejected the urbane vision presented to them by centre-left politicians, one which placed government at the centre of their lives. Continue reading

A dark day for the Toronto Star

  • Kelly McParland, National Post · Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Monday was a dark day for George Smitherman, who lost badly in his bid to become Toronto mayor. The next day was even darker — for the liberal Toronto Star, which had become an unapologetic pamphleteer for Smitherman in the weeks leading to the election. On Tuesday, it had to sheepishly report how badly its own propaganda had failed.

In the unhappy recesses of Star headquarters, perplexed editors were forced to accept that the unthinkable had happened: Rob Ford had been elected mayor. The voters of Toronto, who exist in the Star’s imagination as a cheerful, “progressive,” multicultural group of bicycle-loving, environmentally aware supporters of mushy Canadian liberalism, had cast their votes overwhelming for a man whom Star columnists had smeared as a neanderthal. Continue reading

Rob Ford: The people’s choice, in spite of themselves

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 11:13PM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 10:05AM EDT


Vox populi vox Ford.

Against all advice, Torontonians elected Rob Ford their new mayor in numbers significant enough it took the first TV network less than 10 minutes after the polls closed to officially declare the purportedly close race over.

The most irritating thing about the blessedly ended race was how many people felt utterly compelled to tell Torontonians they shouldn’t vote for Mr. Ford, the veteran penny-pincher councillor who completely dominated the campaign. Continue reading

National Post endorses Rob Ford

National Post editorial: Rob Ford is the best choice for Toronto

Tyler Anderson/National Post

Tyler Anderson/National Post

Rob Ford will be able to rein in spending at City Hall.

October 22, 2010 – 4:36 pm

Toronto desperately needs change at City Hall. Spending has increased 43% since outgoing mayor David Miller took office — salaries and benefits by 47%. Over that same time, revenue from user fees and permits rose nearly 30% and property tax revenue by nearly a quarter — far outstripping the city’s population growth. The city has anywhere from 15% to 25% more employees than it did in 1998, depending on whose numbers you go by, and very little to show for it. All candidates in this campaign agree the city faces a $503-million budget shortfall for 2011. Continue reading

Rob Ford – the only election issue in Toronto!

Rob Ford: The Only Election Issue in Toronto!

John Richardson, independent candidate – Toronto Danforth Ward 29

October 22, 2010

The mayoral election on October 25, 2010 is a referendum on only one issue.

That Issue is Rob Ford.

Democracy is Alive and Well in Toronto

The 2010 Toronto mayoral race has been the most exciting ever. The combination of:

– a fixed election date
– a long period of campaigning and
– unprecedented voter anger

has made people take note.  Voting at the advance polls was up approximately 80% from the 2006 election. This suggests a massive voter turnout on October 25.

The Remaining Players

There are three candidates remaining: Rob Ford, George Smitherman and Joe Pantalone.  Under the current system, the candidate who receives the most votes beside his name (“first past the post”) will win. That said, it is not always true that voting for a candidate is the same as a vote for that candidate! In fact, a vote for one candidate is often a vote against another candidate. Continue reading

Globe endorses Smitherman


Toronto is a city suffering from structural problems that need to be overcome over the next mayor’s four-year term. The voters now have a choice between two flawed candidates, neither of whom has a convincing account of how he will bring about these changes; a third does not accept the fact that the city is in any trouble.

Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford during a meeting with The Globe and Mail editorial board, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.

At the editorial board

On the record: Rob Ford

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Rob Ford’s standing in the polls is a loud and clear message from the citizens that all is not well – in particular that they are at the limit of their toleration for new taxes and tax increases. More than any other candidate, he has captured the mood of voters, who are frustrated, even angry. Continue reading

James: This mayoral campaign has been a race like no other–james-this-mayoral-campaign-has-been-a-race-like-no-other#comments
October 13, 2010


Royson James

It didn’t take much political smarts to figure out that the guardians of the city would feel compelled to rally around one candidate to stop the candidacy of Rob Ford.

But only the truly wise imagined that Ford would be portrayed as the most fearsome force in Canadian politics today and that voters would be stampeded into abandoning all their principles to stop the marauding mastodon from the suburb. Continue reading

Rocco Rossi drops out of mayoral race

Brett Gundlock/National Post

Brett Gundlock/National Post

Rocco Rossi has dropped out of the mayoral race.

October 13, 2010 – 9:15 pm

Rocco Rossi dropped out of the mayor’s race on Wednesday, saying he doesn’t want to distract Torontonians from taking a close look at the frontrunners, George Smitherman and Rob Ford. The move came after new numbers showed his support had dropped to less than the margin of error on the poll. He is not endorsing anyone. Continue reading