Olivia Chow is no Jack Layton, Councillor Doug Ford says of Mayor Fords
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#1 Nov 21, 2012
Olivia Chow is no Jack Layton, Councillor Doug Ford says of Mayor Fords potential rival
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Polls may say Olivia Chow has the best chance of toppling Mayor Rob Ford in the next civic election, but the mayors brother says shes no Jack Layton.
Chow, the Member of Parliament for Torontos Trinity-Spadina riding, has said she is being urged to run by many members of the public, and is listening to them but has not made any decision.
Asked Wednesday about a possible Chow candidacy in 2014 or sooner, depending on a judges upcoming ruling on a conflict of interest allegation against the mayor Councillor Doug Ford said,We never underestimate any opponent at all and we always run like were in last place.
However, he also said that Laytons widow makes (former mayor) David Miller look like a fiscal conservative ... Olivia Chow is no Jack Layton and if (voters) want tax and spend government, theyre going to elect Olivia Chow, its very simple.
Ford added that the mayor had the utmost respect for Layton, the former Toronto city councillor who led the federal New Democratic Party to Official Opposition status before his death last year.
A Forum Research poll conducted last Friday-Saturday suggested that, if the election were held then, Chow would have beaten the conservative mayor even if Councillor Adam Vaughan were in the race and got some of the centre-left vote that would normally go to Chow.
Councillor Mike Layton, Chows stepson who has a good working relationship with Ford despite their political differences, called his comment odd.
Of course shes a different person than my dad, Layton said in an interview.But she has done nothing but throw her life into making Toronto and Canada a more fair and equitable place, and she will continue doing that in whatever (future) role she has, maybe as a federal cabinet minister ...
People should perhaps choose their words more wisely.
Councillor Ford has said he would like to run provincially for the Progressive Conservatives.
Asked if he is at city hall for the long haul, Ford quipped:I cant answer. Politics youre like a toilet seat. Youre up one day, youre down the next.
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