September 14, 2017

Doug Ford announces Toronto mayoral run: Is another populist surprise coming?

David MenziesMission Specialist

Before there was a Brexit and before there was a President Trump, there was Rob Ford, a man who rode a populist wave straight into the Mayor’s office, winning by a landslide. 

His heartfelt mantra was, "respect for taxpayers. He despised the City Hall gravy train and from the first day he took office, Ford worked tirelessly to derail the tax-and-spend leftist locomotive.

Sadly Rob Ford passed away in 2016, but perhaps there will be a new Ford in Toronto’s future.

It was standing room only last week at the jam-packed annual Ford Fest barbecue as Doug Ford announced that he will indeed run for Mayor next year.

Watch as I give you a glimpse of the event and the response to Doug's announcement, including the highly predictable and negative reaction from the media party.

The Media Party got it wrong with Brexit, they got it wrong with Trump, and they got it wrong with Doug’s brother, Rob. In the 2014 race, with less than seven weeks to campaign, Doug finished a very respectable second place to Tory, capturing 33.7 per cent of the vote versus Tory’s 40 per cent.

Judging by the impassioned crowd at Ford Fest, it looks like the political and media elites might just be in for another Brexit/Trump populist surprise come October, 2018.

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commented 2017-09-14 19:11:39 -0400
Van Halen, even Apple spell check agrees with me.
commented 2017-09-14 19:10:24 -0400
James van Haven,

You are not a new member. Just the same old fart who keeps recreating names. This one was a dead give away, along with your same comment about being new from a previous name.

Just be honest like Andrew Stephenson, and keep posting under the same pseudo-name. It shows strength of principle.
commented 2017-09-14 18:43:21 -0400
“Don Carlos Cervantes commented 35 mins ago
In the last mayoralty race, Doug Ford got in at the last minute, and despite that great disadvantage he came in a very respectable second place humiliating the third place Olivia Chow, and snapping at the heels of first place John Tory. "

Doubtful that it was a disadvantage. He was a Ford and the name alone is good for 350,000 votes. Doug actually did better than Rob was polling at through most of the campaign.

“The ordinary people of Toronto however, and the regular ratepayers, respect Tory not at all and see him as just another tax and spend liberal at best and a marionette who is slavishly manipulated by the liberal elites at worst; who heretofore has reversed much of the good work that Rob Ford had achieved for the good people of Toronto. "

Ah, the platitudes. The same thing was said in 2014. The “regular taxpayers” are the "liberal elite* in most of Toronto. Some of the housing projects are quite fond of Ford, but they’re not exactly “taxpayers”.
commented 2017-09-14 18:05:06 -0400
In the last mayoralty race, Doug Ford got in at the last minute, and despite that great disadvantage he came in a very respectable second place humiliating the third place Olivia Chow, and snapping at the heels of first place John Tory.

Some in the peanut gallery will assure us that John Tory is now a popular mayor, well that is not entirely accurate. The CINO John Tory is no doubt popular among the liberal elites because he is one of them (always has been) likewise the radical Left will also tolerate him because he is the closest ‘credible’ candidate who will at least partially represent their interests. The ordinary people of Toronto however, and the regular ratepayers, respect Tory not at all and see him as just another tax and spend liberal at best and a marionette who is slavishly manipulated by the liberal elites at worst; who heretofore has reversed much of the good work that Rob Ford had achieved for the good people of Toronto.

No, Doug Ford’s well attended BBQ last weekend where he announced his mayoralty run to enthusiastic acclaim, has graphically demonstrated that populist support for the ‘Ford Nation’ is alive and well in Toronto, and will be sure to take Doug over the top next election. All decent Torontonians certainly hope so.
commented 2017-09-14 17:24:15 -0400
Don Carlos Cervantes,

I am a new member here, so how exactly is predictable negativity. Sounds like you just don’t like opposing view.

Sorry, but Doug can’t win here. The people in Toronto really like Tory for the most part and he’s been doing a good job overall. Doug is hoping that the support Rob had will transfer to him and it won’t.
commented 2017-09-14 16:55:37 -0400
We already know the answer. Tory already beat Ford, indicating Toronto rejects him (despite the right wing media’s constant verbal fellation and insistence that Ford was going to win a shocking victory). The media would love another Ford, the Star made millions on covering the scandals.
commented 2017-09-14 15:28:00 -0400
Dear friends. Please note the ‘predictable’ negativity of James Van Halen. I cannot wait for the next mayoralty election to prove just how wrong this man can be.
commented 2017-09-14 15:28:00 -0400
Dear friends. Please note the ‘predictable’ negativity of James Van Halen. I cannot wait for the next mayoralty election to prove just how wrong this man can be.
commented 2017-09-14 15:25:38 -0400
Speaking purely for myself. Go for it Doug! You will have my full support and vote in a New York minute, and I am not even a New Yorker.
commented 2017-09-14 14:52:43 -0400
Doug Ford doesn’t have a chance. Tory actually has a high approval rating and is well liked.

It was Rob that people liked – not Doug.
commented 2017-09-14 13:27:49 -0400
Ford is the candidate of choice if you want to see the smug effete MSM melt down like feces in the sun.
commented 2017-09-14 12:47:29 -0400
Very simple: do not vote for whoever the media favours. Otherwise, you are voting for your impoverishment at best, or enslavement under sharia at worst.
commented 2017-09-14 12:22:19 -0400
Making an observation as one not familiar with Ontario politics.

From what I gather of Tory as TO mayor, there was not much difference between he and McGuinty for the 2007 provincial election. So the populace chose the real left wing candidate over the wanna be left wing candidate on the basis of better to have the socialist devil you know than the socialist devil who hides.

This principle can be extended to the 2019 federal election from early indications.
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