It wasn’t the crack-cocaine scandal, nor the racial slurs or homophobic remarks. It wasn’t even by the hand of another political opponent. A tumour in his abdomen was the take down of world’s most infamous mayor Rob Ford had of remaining in power.
After spending most of the weekend at Mount Sinai hospital by his brother’s bedside, Doug Ford says he will officially hit the campaign trail today, after entering the race for mayor just before Friday’s 2pm deadline.
When the tumor was discovered in Rob Ford’s abdomen last week, the Mayor decided he would run for council in Ward 2 instead of going for re-election and encouraged his brother Doug to run for the city’s top job.
Surrounded by Ford supporters and media for a news conference at his mother’s home Friday evening, Doug Ford explained his decision to enter the mayoral race because he “couldn’t bear the thought of city hall returning to the old days at the expense of the good, honest, everyday people.”
“Together we’ve always been an unstoppable team,” he said. “Rob said, ‘Just because I have to sit this one out, it doesn’t mean I won’t be by your side. Our supporters need us to continue what we’ve started’. ”
Upon the news of Doug Ford replacing Rob Ford in the bid for mayor, John Tory was quick to say this could be a worse thing for Toronto than seeing a second Rob Ford term.
“I don’t think Doug Ford offers more of the same, in fact he may offer Toronto something that is worse,” Tory suggested.
A Forum Research poll done after Doug Ford entered the mayoral race showed he had 34% support, second to front runner John Tory with 41% support, and Olivia Chow in third with 19% support.
Tory tells AM640 his strategy for the new contender will not change much. “I’ll be taking the same message to people which is, you know, isn’t it time we really brought the Ford era to an end with all the confrontation and division? You can’t get transit built, you can’t get housing money for Toronto, you can’t really do an effective job of getting jobs here for people if you’re not working with the other governments and with council,” said Tory.
John Tory and Olivia Chow took part in a debate focused on youth issues at the Evergreen Brick Works Sunday afternoon. Doug Ford did not attend the debate Sunday but did visit his brother at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Although Ford did not attend the debate, that didn’t stop Tory from taking a swipe at his new rival candidate.
Tory said the “Ford era” must come to an end.
“A Ford is a Ford. Have you driven one lately,” Tory joked while speaking with reporters about driving the Ford’s out of cit hall.
“We are going to bring in a new breath of fresh air.”
Is it important that Doug Ford carries out the Ford agenda despite his brother being in hospital? Or should he focus on his family, it’s health and well being?
Is Doug Ford the only candidate who can carry out the For mandate?
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –
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