Thursday, March 06, 2014
Olivia Chow Gets Ready To Take On Rob Ford
Well it seems like I've been waiting forever, but Olivia Chow is finally ready to begin her campaign to become the next Mayor of Toronto.
After a year of careful preparation, Olivia Chow is finally ready to enter what is fast shaping up as a tough race to become Toronto’s next mayor.
Chow is fully expected to file her formal nomination papers at city hall during the week of March 17 and will immediately release her complete campaign platform, which is being described as “ambitious, surprising and bold.”
And it seems like it has been worth the wait. She has a solid campaign platform, a first-rate organization, she is still the only left-wing candidate in the race. Her polls even before she declares have been very encouraging.
Chow, currently the NDP MP for the downtown riding of Trinty-Spadina and a former city councillor, has been the front-runner in virtually every public opinion poll over the past year.
And the timing couldn't be more perfect.
Her decision to delay her entry until late March was a calculated move aimed at giving a bit of time for Ford, Tory, Stintz and Soknacki — all seen as conservative-leaning candidates — to start attacking each other instead of focusing strictly on her.
With the right-wing candidates splitting the vote and fighting each other, and the city still reeling from Rob Ford's humiliating appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show.
The 5-year-old kid was smarter. The Muppet had more substance. Squished between those two featured guests was The Oaf Who Did Not Take Hollywood By Storm, dressed up like a pimp — one of the few unsavory stock characters not heretofore associated with Mayor Rob Ford — and as leaden as an anvil.
Because even some of the moronic members of the Ford Nation have been forced to admit that Kimmel made their hero look like a FREAK.
Ford didn’t even have the reflex to duck, just sat/stood there looking like a stooge. He’ll never get it: That he’s the joke and they’re laughing at him, not with him. In another era, he’d be the freak-geek on the midway.
And of course Ford now has not one but TWO police forces investigating his nefarious activities.
The Ontario Provincial Police has taken control of the Toronto Police Service’s investigation into Mayor Rob Ford.
The OPP is assuming oversight of Project Brazen 2, an ongoing Toronto investigation that is targeting both Mayor Ford and his friend, alleged drug dealer Alessandro Lisi.
So far, the investigation has resulted in the arrest of Mr. Lisi for drug trafficking and extortion related to the infamous crack video, and tracked the mayor around the city for months, documenting Mr. Lisi and Mr. Ford's meetings.
So we can't even be sure he won't be arrested before the election. As I believe he will.
And of course this isn't a good omen.
But it is an omen. I haven't the slightest doubt that Toronto is ready for the change Olivia Chow can bring. This city deserves better.
And I'll be joining her campaign as soon as I can.
Progressive Toronto is rising again.
And this Con hog is going down...
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