Olivia Chow hits Rob Ford hard in first Toronto mayoral speech


mentalfloss
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Right in da kisser!

Olivia Chow hits Rob Ford hard in first Toronto mayoral speech

Sprinkled throughout her feel-good speech about families and working together, newly registered mayoral candidate Olivia Chow hit Rob Ford hard over and over — on his policies, on his record, and on his personal life.

“The current mayor’s disappointing leadership has let us down,” Chow told a packed house at St. Simon-the-Apostle Church on Thursday morning.

“He has failed to make the critical investments our city needs to stay competitive. He has failed to help businesses create jobs for so many people who are desperately looking.

The current mayor is failing at his job,” she said before a dramatic pause: “And he is no role model for my granddaughters. We deserve better.”


Many had wondered how the soft-spoken Chow would handle herself in a campaign set to be among the most divisive and dirty in Toronto’s recent history. In her official campaign kick-off speech, she answered that question.

Chow appeared cheerful in a bright yellow blazer, on a stage alongside a dozen smiling children as well as Torontonians of all colours and ages. But amidst the kumbaya backdrop, she was on the offensive.

“In the last four years, we’ve all paid more and more, and got less and less.”

She complained that while the TTC has never been more expensive, the service is far worse. People “waiting longer for buses” and then “packed like sardines” once inside.

“We’re told jobs are coming, but one out of 10 of our neighbours can’t find a job,” Chow said, taking a jab at Ford’s claim that unemployment has dropped off on his watch.


“This will take tough slogging, not easy slogans, to get our city back on track.”

Chow touted her record as a city councillor, when she “balanced budgets with Mayor Mel Lastman.” She highlighted her humble beginnings as a daughter to immigrants growing up in St. James Town. Her mother had been a teacher in Hong Kong, but “had to settle for being a maid” in Canada because she couldn’t find work otherwise.

“I can remember as a teenager wanting nothing more than to have a pair of hockey skates, because there was nothing more powerful, nothing more Canadian, than to be able to play hockey,” she said.

Except Chow’s family couldn’t afford them, so the “skates had to wait.”

“Those lessons — that you need to work hard for the things you want and that you can’t spend what you haven’t earned — have stayed with me my entire life.”

Even these anecdotes about her childhood seemed to be indirect jabs at the mayor — and John Tory.

City Councillor Pam McConnell connected the dots more overtly after Chow’s speech.

“She is not from an elite family. She is from a Toronto family,” McConnell said.

Policy-wise, Chow said she will be releasing a comprehensive platform in the coming weeks and months. Her website — oliviachow.ca — focuses on three policy issues: children, jobs and transit.

More than anything, Chow stuck to transit on her first day as a mayoral candidate.

In one politically risky move, Chow announced she would like to scrap subway expansion in Scarborough. If mayor, she would resurrect the light-rail strategy that Ford killed. Her campaign is framing the sensitive issue as a fiscally prudent move, which will cost less, deliver more and get finished quicker. Chow argued that since the studies for “above-ground” rail are already finished, shovels could be in the dirt immediately. A subway wouldn’t get started until 2019.

When it came to the downtown relief line, Chow said the city will get to it “eventually,” but she offered no further details. As for Porter Airlines’ expansion, Chow said she is opposed to it.

On Wednesday, Chow became the last of the expected major candidates to register. A proxy filed her paperwork on the same day she resigned her position in House of Commons as the representative for Trinity-Spadina.

Chow is the lone progressive of the five major contenders. At present, polls suggest a three-way race between Chow, Tory and the incumbent mayor.

Olivia Chow hits Rob Ford hard in first Toronto mayoral speech
 
Locutus
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'hard'

sure sure

anyway, tax and spend leftoid who will garner the downtown hipster vote. that's the end of this yoko wannabe.
 
mentalfloss
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Ford is already taxing and spending more than she's promising.

Dat subway to Scarberia is being paid for by an increase in property tax that will last the next 30 years.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

that's the end of this yoko wannabe.

 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#5
What happened to that 18-year-old breath of fresh air?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

What happened to that 18-year-old breath of fresh air?

Porn.




With Rob Ford.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Porn.




With Rob Ford.

You posted it....

18 year old schools Ford in mayoral race
 
mentalfloss
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I know..
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#9
Sometimers?
 
mentalfloss
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My mistake.

It was Chow.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

My mistake.

It was Chow.

Is she another Miller?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Is she another Miller?

Ford was worse than Miller on overspending and tax increases.
 
damngrumpy
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#13
Elections are funny things this contest is between someone who is sober and sane
against a drunken crazy person who could win and that would say a lot about the
people of Toronto wouldn't it? Of course the people of Toronto are Maple Leaf fans
still that says a lot too.
 
Tonington
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mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

But she did pot as a trustee.

Olivia Chow smoked pot 'a little bit' as school-board trustee
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#16
Who hasn't?

Most evasive answer I ever heard to "Have you smoked pot?" was "Do I look like I smoked pot?"
 
tay
#17
The gift that keeps on giving...........




CTV: New video of Rob Ford stumbling, swearing in St. Patty's day beads






https://twitter.com/NatalieCTV/statu...397376/photo/1








 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Ford was worse than Miller on overspending and tax increases.

Not from what I have seen.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Not from what I have seen.

Rob Ford might have been out-saved by David Miller
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Rob Ford might have been out-saved by David Miller

Do you have another source aside from the Star?
 
mentalfloss
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Olivia Chow links John Tory to Rob Ford

Chow, the former NDP MP who began her campaign Wednesday, suggested on Sunday that she will attempt to depict Tory as Ford-lite.

“Hear this, John Tory: there is no such thing as a kinder, gentler version of failure,” she said.

Olivia Chow links John Tory to Rob Ford
 
Locutus
#23
Campaign Lie Detector



surprise, they're all liars, misinformed and and sling bullsh!t.


Campaign Lie Detector: Fact-checking Rob Ford, Olivia Chow, Karen Stintz | Toronto Star

also, Sue-Anne weighs in:

Reinventing history, Olivia Chow-style

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/03/17...via-chow-style
 
mentalfloss
#24
Gee, I wonder if the Sun has a partisan agenda? Lol

Well at least they're presenting polls, even when the candidate they like isn't the fore runner.

Olivia Chow leading in early polling
Last edited by mentalfloss; Mar 17th, 2014 at 10:24 PM..
 
Locutus
#25
you wanna fact-check Levy, pay your money and take your chances buckaroo.
 
mentalfloss
#26
In that lie detector article, it isn't surprising that Ford is the least credible.

Stintz should really play nice and Chow's lies are pretty benign.
 
Locutus
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Well it is the star after all and I don't think they have any agenda either.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

you wanna fact-check Levy, pay your money and take your chances buckaroo.

Fact check nothing.

All she did was take vague slogans from Chow's campaign and contrast them with cherry picked situations from her past.

All these guys from the Sun are a joke because no one except their viewers really take them seriously.
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Fact check nothing.

All she did was take vague slogans from Chow's campaign and contrast them with cherry picked situations from her past.

All these guys from the Sun are a joke because no one except their viewers really take them seriously.

You wouldn't take Sun News seriously if they told you sunrises in the east....
Not a biased bone in your body....none.....
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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#30
For me the big factor I see is that anybody would do a better job than Ford.

I'm not even going to focus on the drug issues Ford has, even though that is another big factor..... The thing is, the only time I hear about Ford is when he goes on talk shows, or goes to see a sporting event, or flies off to the US to have interviews about his drug problems, or having a photo op here or a photo op there, smiling for cameras, sucking in his media popularity while it lasts...... Traveling here and there, hoping on another interview or tv show, etc etc....

I don't even remember the last time I heard anything relating towards him doing his damn job..... Which last I checked was being the Mayor of a large city, not some circus side show.
 

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