Canada If things don't get interesting, Tory has nothing to fear from Ford: Teitel

14:36  14 september  2017
14:36  14 september  2017 Source:   thestar.com

Doug Ford parade visit in union shirt raises hackles

  Doug Ford parade visit in union shirt raises hackles Rumoured Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford does not have the endorsement of CUPE Local 416, the union said Tuesday after photos of him at a Labour Day parade infuriated some organized labour supporters. Photos on social media show Ford wearing a black Local 416 T-shirt with members of the union, which represents more than 5,000 City of Toronto outside workers, at the annual celebration of union rights in downtown Toronto on Monday.Ford was a city councillor during the 2010-2014 mayoral term of his late brother, Rob Ford.

John Tory strips deputy mayor of title after Doug Ford endorsement. Doug Ford will run for mayor in 2018 rematch. Well, here’s hoping things don ’ t get much Luckily, for those of us who aren’t keen on an interesting Ford More Years, Doug Ford doesn’t appear to have the lovable loser quality that

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Doug Ford, the late Rob Ford’s sterner, slighter brother, has returned to the Toronto news cycle on a mission to land the city’s highest office. Ford announced last week at his family’s annual Ford Fest cookout (I’ve been and say what you will about the Fords, but they throw a great barbecue) that he plans to take on John Tory in the 2018 mayoral race, a man Ford recently described as “all talk, no action.”

And yet, according to a new poll released on Tuesday, it may be Ford himself whom Tory will one day describe as all talk and no action. The poll, conducted by Mainstreet/Postmedia, indicates that if a Toronto mayoral race were held today, Ford would lose badly to Tory. According to the poll, Tory “wins easily” against Ford “with a 27 point lead.” However, if Tory faces both Ford and city Councillor Mike Layton, the progressive vote splits and Tory loses 20 points.

Doug Ford will run for mayor in 2018 rematch

  Doug Ford will run for mayor in 2018 rematch Doug Ford will run for mayor in 2018 rematch“Robbie, this one is going to be for you,” Ford told a huge crowd at the annual “Ford Fest” party in their mother’s sprawling Etobicoke backyard.

By Emma Teitel — Toronto Star — Sep 14 2017. Doug Ford , the late Rob Ford ’s sterner, slighter brother, has returned to the Toronto news cycle on a mission to land the city’s highest office.

If things don ' t get interesting , Tory has nothing to fear from Ford : Teitel | Toronto Star.

“John Tory has nothing to fear from a one-on-one matchup against Doug Ford,” said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, said in a statement about the poll. “But things get much more interesting if there’s a strong progressive candidate in the race.”

Well, here’s hoping things don’t get much more interesting. Here’s hoping they stay nice and boring. Interesting is great in every context except politics. It’s great when you’re watching a Ted Talk or that new Netflix documentary Diana. Interesting is not so great when the future of your city is at stake.

Luckily, for those of us who aren’t keen on an interesting Ford More Years, Doug Ford doesn’t appear to have the lovable loser quality that ingratiated so many to his younger brother.

John Tory’s deputy mayor backs Doug Ford in 2018 race

  John Tory’s deputy mayor backs Doug Ford in 2018 race One of John Tory’s deputy mayors has endorsed Tory’s rival Doug Ford in the 2018 mayoral race, leveling a major blow in a campaign that has not even officially begun. In an interview with the Etobicoke Guardian’s David Nickle, Deputy Mayor Vince Crisanti, who represents Ward 1 (Etobicoke North), said Tuesday he will support Ford.“My stripes ain’t no different. So next year, come election time, I’ll continue to do what I’ve done in the past and support Doug Ford,” Crisanti, a long-time Ford ally told the paper.“We still have a year and a bit left in this term.

As Ashley Csanady, host of the political podcast Canadaland Commons, put it on the air this week, “Despite being wealthy, Rob Ford had a man of the people vibe to him. And Doug does not.”

Put another way, where Rob Ford was a coach, Doug is more management: hair slicked back, icy stare, dark suit. He’s kind of like Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks, pre-community service.

Silly analogies aside, Doug Ford may lose to Tory in 2018 because another tawny populist succeeded in 2016. I’m talking about U.S. President Donald Trump, a walking warning to the world that proclaims, “This is what happens when you aren’t vigilant. This is what happens when you don’t take bullies at their word.”

Doug Ford is not Trump, but he excels at a similar style, one that is brash, flashy and contemptuous of media. Hopefully Torontonians, even some who voted for Ford, are put off by such a style in light of recent world events. After all, Canadians at large are put off by it. According to another poll, this one also from Mainstreet/Postmedia, in February, “Only 16 per cent of Canadians would call President Trump honest, only 21 per cent would call him rational, and only 23 per cent would call him inspirational.” While Canada isn’t by any means immune to populist creep, many in our nation are less keen on populist bravado than they might have been pre-Trump presidency and, if Tory is smart, he’ll play to those fears when he faces Ford next year.

Please, let’s not start talking about who’s going to win the 2018 Toronto mayoral election: Keenan

  Please, let’s not start talking about who’s going to win the 2018 Toronto mayoral election: Keenan Please, let’s not start talking about who’s going to win the 2018 Toronto mayoral election: Keenan It’s too early for predictions.That’s true for the Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup prospects — training camp doesn’t convene until later this week, and there’s a 50-year history of shattered dreams and crushed hopes available to deter anyone tempted to start planning Auston Matthews’ parade.And it’s also true of the 2018 Toronto mayoral election, which is more than a year away and doesn’t even officially start until May of next year.It’s too early to figure out what might happen.

But there’s a catch of course. This, from the same February poll: “While Canadians disapprove of Trump (84 per cent), 53 per cent approve of his economic policy — higher than the 43 per cent who approve of Trudeau’s economic plan.”

In other words, Trumpism can win here and so too can its cousin, Fordism, for a second time. Which is why in the event that Doug Ford gives John Tory a serious run for his money in 2018, I have a suggestion for our notoriously wooden mayor: fight Ford tactics with Ford tactics, while at the same time remaining a mensch. Be nice but be bold. Host your own bash, John Fest, complete with a classic rock cover band that pens an original tune just for you. Better yet, develop your own barbecue sauce (“John’s Own”) and donate all the proceeds from the sauce to a children’s sports charity. When you win, you can go back to being boring and we can rest a little easier until the next Ford takes the podium.

Why it's wrong to ignore Doug Ford: Hepburn .
Why it's wrong to ignore Doug Ford: Hepburn There are few things Doug Ford loves more than the sound of his own voice.

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