LISTEN: Chow Launches Campaign

Appears to be final contender to enter the race

Rob Ford is ``no role model'' and Toronto deserves better, Olivia Chow said Thursday after she became the latest high-profile candidate trying to unseat the scandal-plagued mayor.

Chow made no direct mention of Ford's admission that he smoked crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs while mayor, nor his videotaped booze-fuelled rants.

Instead, Chow called Ford's leadership ``disappointing,'' saying he had failed to make critical investments and create jobs, and only hinted at the other issues facing the mayor, who is the subject of an ongoing police investigation.
``The current mayor is failing at his job,'' Chow said. ``He is no role model for my granddaughters. We deserve better.''

A day after resigning as an NDP member of Parliament, Chow emphasized her humble beginnings and her family's hardworking immigrant story in her speech to a packed church in the inner city neighbourhood of St. James Town, where she grew up.

Chow, the wife of the late NDP icon Jack Layton and a former city councillor, says that she may have grown up poor, but she was served well by the city's public schools, hospitals, libraries and public transit.

``My life is proof that together we must put children and families at the heart of this wonderful city of ours,'' she said.

``Growing up, I learned to work hard and make every penny count, to save for rainy days and to invest wisely.''

Ford has said he's not concerned about the new high-profile candidate, saying his re-election support is strong despite the string of scandals he's faced over the past 10 months.

Chow's communications director Jamey Heath says Chow is the only "progressive'' contender among the crowded field of candidates.

She is already considered a front-runner and the only serious left-wing candidate in the crowded mayoral race that includes one-time provincial Progressive Conservative leader John Tory, city councillor Karen Stintz and infamous incumbent Ford.


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  1. Peter posted on 03/13/2014 09:09 AM
    She doesn't sound confident or organized.
    Also it is not a good sign when a person speaks with a lot of "um's" between their words. That is so annoying and not part of a good speaker.
    She should listen closely to one of Mayor Fords interviews.

    I do keep hearing "Spend, spend Olivia" in the media, so there probably is some truth to that, as her being a big time spender. She didn't refute it in the interview, in fact she said she will be spending.
    1. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 09:20 AM
      @Peter She had the courage to come on to Conservative Talk Radio given the first questions. Ford has not done the Moore in the Morning show because he can not answer simple yes or no questions...
      All of Ford's budgets have spent MORE than any of Miller's balanced budgets and are only balanced because Ford FAILED to eliminate the LTT
    2. Scrappy posted on 03/13/2014 09:36 AM
      @Sonny I know that raising the spectre of "Ford" is the flavour of the month but I believe this story is about Chow.
    3. Stephen posted on 03/13/2014 09:54 AM
      @Sonny @Sonny, are you seriously calling John Moore a conservative? She could not have been in a more safe interview, not that Moore would not have done a good job, but he is not an overly aggressive interviewer.
    4. Steve posted on 03/13/2014 09:57 AM
      @Sonny John Moore is anything but Conservative. Olivia did well to talk to him and not the likes of Agar or Oakley. I suppose living in public housing as the Layton/Chow's did is considered good? All that did was take a unit away fro someone who needed it. Goose and Gander analogies apply here. Tax and spend, the NDP way. Miller never balanced crap. It's easy to show a balance when you do nothing but raise taxes and increase the sixe if government to compensate.
    5. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 10:26 AM
      @Steve & Stephen. What the hell question? Moore is a libertarian from MTL. Agar & Oakley are proFord Cons.
      I don't think you understand how Coops work, their market rent helped to subsidize others.
      The Ford Goose lives in a house in Ward 4 when he represented Ward 2 to visit TCH for photoops that have gotten worst there.
      Ford has cut your services & staff and raised your property taxes in the 2.25% range over the past three years.
      Ford did not eliminate a dime of the LTT because he needed to balance every one of his budgets...
    6. john posted on 03/13/2014 10:46 AM
      @Sonny put down the weed step away form the table . i am going to take u back to the physio ward cause u need our meds . take our meds thats a good boy . . oh heaven forbid she talks to someone like jerry agar . ( my hero ) even dickhead mcginty was afraid to talk to him . gos to show u dont it ? aneyways i like jerry cause he dos not care who he talks to . he asks them qustions and dos not care if thay are offended them or not . i respect people like that .
    7. Ted posted on 03/13/2014 12:25 PM
      @Sonny John Moore? A conservative? If you are going to smoke so much crack Sonny maybe you should stop attacking Ford.
    8. Toronto Grumpy Taxpayer posted on 03/13/2014 01:29 PM
      @Sonny Councillor Liberal Josh Colle cancelled city expenditures because of union pressure...It was a dishonest gesture on his party and frankly there is a lot of duplication of services provided to city of Toronto that are Ontario services...Why do we pay for legal and health services that are clearly a Provincial Responsibility? Why are we as taxpayers responsible for low cost housing that is and Ontario Provincial Matter....? Not happy with Josh Colle and the rest of the liberal councillor idiots who frankly are working with Kathleen Wynne and the Incompetent Corrupt liberals to screw the Toronto taxpayers for more taxes. THE ANSWER IS SIMPLY NO TO REVENUE TOOLS AND GET RID OF COUNCILLORS LIKE JOSH COLLE AND KAREN STINTZ AND JOSH MATLOW.
    9. Toronto Grumpy Taxpayer posted on 03/13/2014 01:29 PM
      @Sonny Councillor Liberal Josh Colle cancelled city expenditures because of union pressure...It was a dishonest gesture on his party and frankly there is a lot of duplication of services provided to city of Toronto that are Ontario services...Why do we pay for legal and health services that are clearly a Provincial Responsibility? Why are we as taxpayers responsible for low cost housing that is and Ontario Provincial Matter....? Not happy with Josh Colle and the rest of the liberal councillor idiots who frankly are working with Kathleen Wynne and the Incompetent Corrupt liberals to screw the Toronto taxpayers for more taxes. THE ANSWER IS SIMPLY NO TO REVENUE TOOLS AND GET RID OF COUNCILLORS LIKE JOSH COLLE AND KAREN STINTZ AND JOSH MATLOW.
    10. Edwin posted on 03/13/2014 02:23 PM
      @Steve Did you listen to the interview, or do you even follow anything?
      Jack and Olivia lived in community housing but they paid market rent. Just like you or I would have. Which, pays for the subsidized units in that building. ??

      Get your facts straight. Wait, if you are part of the Ford camp, you are just like your leader I suppose. So can't expect anything more. Always twist things. Way away from what they really are.
    11. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 04:29 PM
      @Edwin Given they paid market rent why did they run like thieves in the night when they were exposed living in social housing? If they hadn't done anything wrong why didn't they stay there?

      So far I haven't heard one Chow ass kisser explain that and I'm pretty disappointed at the media for not having the balls to ask that question.
    12. john's mom posted on 04/30/2014 07:06 PM
      @john Of course Agar is your hero. He, like you, rarely makes sense.
  2. Scrappy posted on 03/13/2014 09:33 AM
    The nepotism shown by this family is really something. They have passed down their knowledge of how to live, very well, off the public purse. They have made their living strictly off the labours of others but never really had to be accountable in the real world of business where the benefits are not just given.
    1. Dawn posted on 03/13/2014 09:48 AM
      @Scrappy Dear Scrappy; Chow was raised by a family new to the Country if you read her book. Getting elected is one thing. Being hired by your father like the brothers Ford is another! Incidentally, Doug inherited Rob's Ward 2 seat and has hinted another Ford may run...
    2. Scrappy posted on 03/13/2014 11:22 AM
      @Dawn Not sure what this has to do with nepotism on the public purse. I am sure that the Ford's business was made by the Fords themselves and not from taxpayers. It is like living or dying on your own efforts.
    3. Dawn posted on 03/13/2014 12:55 PM
      @Scrappy Rob & Doug derive their salaries from the public purse. Deco Labels does more business with the City. Rob had the City do road work in time for that company's anniversary party.
    4. Scrappy posted on 03/13/2014 01:01 PM
      @Dawn Would you like to retract your statement regarding the Fords' salary and also their expenses. Road work was already months in the works. Get your facts straight.
    5. dama posted on 03/13/2014 02:25 PM
      @Dawn You really don't know what you are talking about.. Doug Ford donated his councillor's salary to charity.. even tho Rob Ford draws a salary which he is entitled to,, he used his own money to do all City business..

      His law sut, he paid himself unless the taxpayer paying for Hazel McCallion's legal fee..

      Susan Fenell,, travelled 1st Class and in $500 hotel rooms .. all paid by taxpayer not Rob Ford..

      Now,, will Olivia Chow do the same,, since she is collecting 2 Federal pensions,, and OK.. she is donating her pension to charity,, hopefully it is to Sick Kid Foundation since her platform is for children..
    6. Edwin posted on 03/13/2014 02:27 PM
      @Dawn Dawn. I wouldn't waste your breath or expect too much here. The Ford camp really don't understand and they don't play by the rules (so to speak). Meaning, they will go on about things that have absolutely no truth to them. it was Rob does so his followers, well, they follow.

      Haha. It is funny to read all of the nonsense they write here though.
    7. dama posted on 03/13/2014 02:53 PM
      @Edwin Why are you posting then? You did so because you have an opinion, right?

      Ford Nation has an opinion too, doesnt mean we dont understand what is going on.. and what rules did Ford Nation violated? name one.. please..

      having said that.. I dont like the shenanigan of what Rob Ford did.. smoking crack and drunken stupor. but that is really nothng comparyed to what The Liberal did.. WASting my hard earned money on all those scandals.. and you know what they are..

      So didI play by your rule nowby posting this?
    8. Dawn posted on 03/13/2014 03:43 PM
      @Scrappy No. Mayor & Councillor Ford derive their salaries from property taxes we in Toronto pay. Ford used his power to get the work done. Just like he misappropriated a TTC bus by offloading the paying passengers to use it to shelter his football team, the precious snow flakes.
      When Chow wins, I hope she donates the pension money to a charity that Ford Nation does not like because it is up to her...
  3. SojBee posted on 03/13/2014 10:01 AM
    Let me see, so olivia chow will:

    (1) Cancel the funded Scarborough-bloor line extension, because " the folks in scarborough need to be respected". Another Mayor, another wasted time and money cancelling a project ready to go.

    (2) Olivia will raise taxes (consistently) every single year, justified if it is at the rate of inflation. Well news for you NDP woman, I am not guaranteed a pay increase equal to inflation every year. Your tax policy is clearly NOT fair!

    (3) She will put children and family at the core of the city policies – in other words more social program fantasias she wants to fund; she is just not specific on them yet, if ever!

    One thing I will say, she certainly does not disappoint! Definitely DOES NOT have my vote!
    1. Walter posted on 03/13/2014 10:23 AM
      @SojBee I just caught the last part of the Moore show. I understood that she will cancel the B-D subway extension and switch to an LRT that does not run in traffic. Finally someone who understands that the best and most economical transit needs to be built.
      Elevating the Eglinton LRT through the Scarborough stretch (and connecting it to the SRT) is exactly the right solution and I am impressed that Chow came up with it. It saves $1B and still provides a transfer free ride Yonge with no interference with traffic.
    2. Peter posted on 03/13/2014 10:39 AM
      @Walter .
      Thank you for your comment Walter.

      I don't think your statement is so valid. You can't just make propositions like Chow does without an engineering input.
      The engineers have already had that on the table, and they would have covered that so called bright idea already. It's not that simple.

    3. SojBee posted on 03/13/2014 10:54 AM
      @Walter Actually, Walter; its a regurgitated idea. Hence the argument for months on end before funding was finally arranged between all 3 levels of government, (even though the provincial liberals tried to back track after the by elections last year).
    4. john posted on 03/13/2014 11:09 AM
      @Walter okey so the LRTs might be a cheaper option the only problum is u have to replace the tracks and other maintenance issues as well as massive traffic slowdowns . were as the subway u dont have to fix it all the time . theres no need to plow the snow off it . it lasts longer cost less to maintain . it dos not slowdown traffic . LRTS would defeat the whole purpose of having it if it did .
    5. toronto grumpy voter posted on 03/13/2014 01:21 PM
      @SojBee If she even dares cancel the subway, she is out.....ROB FORD OF MAYOR 2ND TERM..
    6. Gary Taylor posted on 04/30/2014 05:33 PM
      @SojBee This woman is like David Miller on steroids. Toronto will become an even less liveable city that it currently is if this wild-eyed socialist gets anywhere near the mayors office. Those of us who support Ford's ideology may be forced to decide whether to switch to Tory if it appears he is the only candidate capable of stopping the "Chow Down" on our wallets. Alternatively, if Ford is still running a close second, it may be Tory supporters who will have to do some soul searching.
  4. Scott posted on 03/13/2014 10:10 AM
    more subsidised daycare...better breakfasts for kids...creating new jobs for young people
    the above talking points all boil down to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!
    As Peter posted.....extremely disorganized and lacking confi
    1. TORONTO GRUMPY VOTER posted on 03/13/2014 01:22 PM
      @Scott The jobs and businesses are not coming back to Toronto due to HIGHEST BUSINESS TAXES IN ONTARIO. She is lying and she should stop lying about job in Toronto ..SHE IS PART OF THE Problem of city of Toronto that saw a mass exodus of companies over the last 30 years..
  5. Mary posted on 03/13/2014 10:21 AM
    Another professional politician spouting empty platitudes. "I want to put children and families at the heart of our city." Gee Mrs. Layton, does this mean you want to do stuff for people? Wow, I thought most voters are looking for a candidate who's going to work for the betterment of the squirrels and pigeons in our city.

    Olivia Chow=YAWN
    1. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 10:52 AM
      @Mary Sadly your sarcasm is borne out by the left on council, which is why we have a serious racoon problem in the city. They take priority over humans.
  6. john posted on 03/13/2014 10:32 AM
    one thing is for sure chow chow is not getting my chow chow .
  7. GAP posted on 03/13/2014 10:35 AM
    Right now, if I had to vote, and my choices were John Tory or Olivia Chow, of the two, I'd vote for John Tory.

    I don't see a reason to vote for Olivia Chow when someone like John Tory is running. Just on the quality of the individual each is, John Tory wins my vote.

    Also, you can't run for mayor and NOT have a clear picture in your head of what you want to achieve and HOW...specially given the circumstances. Money is short, things are falling part , and many people have lost hope.

    And yet here is Olivia Chow vague, unclear, and doing the political song and dance. Such a turn off! If first impressions are important, then Olivia Chow has failed to make a good first impression. This morning, from her, at best, I heard mediocrity. It's note vote inspiring!

    Also, and this is more of a side observation, I thought she failed to relate to the people of Toronto. In fact I found her attempt to do so a bit insulting. Shoppers? That's her worst job? You want to relate to the people of Toronto? Try a factory job...the type that starts at 6am and finishes at 6pm. I think Shoppers opens at 10am, right? Lets not even touch poor family background. My parents had to donate blood to put food on the table.

    I'm sure I won't be the last to say this, but Chow Olivia... you don't get my vote.
    1. SojBee posted on 03/13/2014 10:57 AM
      @GAP I just hope that if need be, either Tory or Ford step aside to make sure a right leaning person stays Mayor! Chow is fiscally scary to me!
    2. Ted posted on 03/13/2014 12:31 PM
      @GAP A vote for Tory is a vote for Chow.

      Enjoy your new Mayor Chow fool.
    3. dama posted on 03/13/2014 02:35 PM
      @SojBee JT and Rob Ford will not step aside .. especially Rob Fordm he was the 1ST one to register and challenged all other candidates to register,, and JT after weighing his pros and cons,, recently announced and registered,, so it will be a fight to the end,,

      Karen and Sonacki might step aside but these are no major factor in this race

      Ford Nation if it is intact will see Rob Ford win again..
  8. john posted on 03/13/2014 11:14 AM
    she is just like her husband full of shit . thats why the NDP never got in and never will .
  9. AdrianoC1981 posted on 03/13/2014 12:19 PM
    People people people, no need to get all flustered. It's as easy as ABC=Anyone But Chow. Olivia will definitely try to "Chow" down on our pocketbooks. Don't be distracted by her "sad story" of when she was the daughter to poor immigrant parents. This might be news to you Olivia, but the majority of citizens in Toronto yield from immigrant parents who work or worked very hard to keep their families afloat. A vote for Chow will just deflate their life preservers and send them under the water into the welfare system. We need a mayor who actually cares about his people.
  10. Fact Provider posted on 03/13/2014 12:58 PM
    On Ocxtober 27th, Toronto should say "Ciao to Olivia".
  11. Dean posted on 03/13/2014 01:15 PM
    Chow is NDP, through and through. That means that as an MP, this was her vision for any Canadian working an honest living:

    You go to work, you put in your time and you do your job to provide for your family. Before you can collect your paycheck, Olivia Chow slaps you across the face, steals your wallet, and buys every welfare recipient a new bong and every union stooge a nice steak dinner. Then she gives you back the scraps to try and take care of your own family.

    Have we seen ANYTHING to convince us she won't bring that sort of toxic, backward thinking to the role of Mayor? Of course not.

    It's as simple as A-B-C: Anyone But Chow.
    1. dama posted on 03/13/2014 03:05 PM
      @Dean You know in an election.. politician wil tel yu things that is pleasing to your ears.. and Olivia Chow is no different,, one of her key point is the "Children and Family deserves better" platform..

      so you are right that her being an NDP through and through .. you know that will urn out to be more social programs for children and families.. more day care, perhaps where are these money coming from?

      Is Olivia Chow going to bring back unions in garbage collection after the contract expires?

      Unions are probably happy that she is in for this race and will probably throw their support behind her. .. Adam Vaughan and Jack and those lefty councillors are rubbing their hands and praying that she wil be the next mayor and will get all those CHAIR positions .. TTC will go to Mike Layton..and Adam will get Economic Development from Michael Thompson..

      If I am Michael Thompson, I wil throw my support behind Rob Ford... lol
      that will never happen...
    2. Gary Taylor posted on 04/30/2014 05:38 PM
      @Dean Dean, that was fantastic! I could not have said it better myself. I have been a Ford supporter but if it looks like only Tory can stop her, I will switch my vote. Keep fighting the good fight my friend.
  12. Toronto Grumpy Taxpayer posted on 03/13/2014 01:16 PM
    Typical government NDP leech..Never had a real job in her life. Will have a total of 2 government pensions...Endorsed by the incompetent Liberal George Smitherman. I do not trust her or the NDP...I do not like her....and I fail to understand her accomplishments... I have lived in Toronto most of life and resent having a career politician like her.....(30 years) is too long. WE need new people in government and not the typical stale government politicians like Olivia Chow ....NO THANK YOU>
  13. Ken posted on 03/13/2014 01:34 PM
    ABC! ABC! ABC! ...Anyone But Chow!

    She has been sucking on the public teat for nearly 30 years! Her late husband sucked on the public teat for his entire socialist life! Her son-by-marriage is now sucking on the public teat! This family has no shame.

    Sucking on the public teat for nearly 30 years is not experience, it's simply a legal form of theft. This City, Province and Country need cumulative term limits for people! A maximum 10 years as an elected official - regardless of level of government! We need to rid the cockroach career teat suckers!

    Toronto. Give your heads a shake. A vote for Chow is a vote authorizing open rape of your wallet!
  14. dama posted on 03/13/2014 02:15 PM
    ``My life is proof that together we must put children and families at the heart of this wonderful city of ours,'' she said.

    I thought children and families polici belongs to the Federal and Provincial government? if there is no money transfer from the Federal and Provincial government, where is Toronto City Hall getting the money to dund such programs???

    Taxpayer.. .. that's where O Chow is going to get the money from?

    Her life is also proof that ONE must get subsidising housing with lower rent, isnt that what she got with Jack Layton?

    and is Rob Ford a good role model? of course not,., and wasn't Jack Layton caught in a massage parlour in Chinatown? Attacking Rob Ford will bring this to the forefront....
    1. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 03:56 PM
      @dama The City gets over 19.3% of it's Operating Budget from the Province and a mere 1.8% from the Feds. Fords opposed Nutrition Programs for children and questioned their value. Wouldn't you want children to concentrate in school instead of having rumbling stomachs?
      She and Jack paid MARKET RENT in a COOP to subsidize lower paying units. Chow is a better role model than a no good lying drug using drunk criminal mayor.
    2. dama posted on 03/13/2014 04:20 PM
      @Sonny Ya.. those percentage from the Federal and Provincial is not enough to cover more important projects and infrastructure, and if that Nutrition Program was scrapped why blame Ford? he has ONLY ONE vote..,, ohhh I forgot,, you just want to blame Rob Ford.. now I get it...

      so that is your reason that children are hungry going to school, then u are barking up the wrong tree.. you should write/notify Liz Sandals (Education Minister) to implement BREAKFAST program for every students in the Province.
      so you rely on NDP politician to feed your kid.. ya.. socialist .. right ?

      Also, I dont see Mississuaga , Brampton or any other city having this Feed The Kid Breakfast program.. . why why Toronto???

      Olivia Chow and Jack Layton knows a good thing to give it up to the next poor soul.. in social housing...

      So what do you see in Chow to be a good role model? even why ask your kid to look at someone else to be a good role model.. shouldnt you as a parent (if you are) to present yourself as a good role model or maybe their grand parents?

      I would,, and not ask them to see others as good role model.. one can be inspired by others to achieve better..
    3. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 04:24 PM
      @Sonny She and Jack may have paid market rent in a COOP, but tell my why they RAN away and moved out as soon as the story broke in the media.

      They were obviously guilty of something, such as taking up space that someone needy could have benefited from, otherwise why would they run away?
    4. Scrappy posted on 03/13/2014 05:12 PM
      @Sonny Rumbling stomachs? What third world do you live in? I came from a single parent home and even if we had toast we always had something for breakfast. What parent can't afford even bread, this is just a catch phrase that sounds good to the left?

      As far as the coop housing, they took away an apartment that could have been used by someone who needed it.
    5. dama posted on 03/13/2014 05:21 PM
      @Scrappy I see that you are not a socialist.. only socialist will depend on NDP, I.E Olivia Chow to provide that.. hmmm I wonder where will she gets the money for the Breakfast program..

      maybe Sonny can donate more of his money besides paying higher taxes.. that will be a right thing to do..then again.. I doubt that..
    6. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 06:40 PM
      @Scrappy I live in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. What is wrong with nutrition? You should vote for your role model Ford and when he loses, it won't matter that a person who is needy can't pay for an apartment that cost market...
      I gladly pay my taxes knowing that children will get educated with it.
    7. jd posted on 03/13/2014 09:31 PM
      @Sonny Perhaps you should allocate 10% also to continuing education for yourself.
  15. Angry Bill posted on 03/13/2014 03:23 PM
    No, a vote for Tory isn't a vote for Chow, as someone above said. A vote for anyone but Tory is a vote for a continued, dysfunctional city government with mismanaged spending.

    Did I hear right when I heard that Chow intends to increase the size of government? You wanna increase socialist programs, this naturally comes with an increase in government size. Tory, on the other hand, has stated for several years that he hates bloated government. He would reduce it, if anything.

    So, you choose... a bigger, more bloated government, or a reduced, more efficient one. If you really have to think too hard about that, then go ahead and vote Chow.. because you definitely deserve the type of government she'll give you.
  16. jd posted on 03/13/2014 04:49 PM
    "Look at my track record" was repeated over and over by Olive. So what is that record? Olives po girl story is lame. Her real world work experience is negligible ie. waitress. I sure am not comfortable with her managing a multi billion dollar budget. She does not sound or appear confident or well versed in issues. Scarborough is going to get screwed again. This ghost created candidate can't speak or communicate at a level of english grammar one would expect of a Mayor of Toronto and considering how long she's lived in Canada one would have expected her to be more refined in english. Truly a pathetic launch to her campaign. She has no energy or excitement and if she was applying for a job in an interview I would determine she doesn't want the job. Not motivating and not ready for prime time. God help us all cause we're going to hear the same boring crap repeated over and over and over. I'm bored with her entry already.
    1. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 06:47 PM
      @jd AT least she knows how to launch a campaign!
      Ford went with his brother to City Hall to bud in line then register his name. His personal issues are so bad that he couldn't go through the front door and got stuck in a freight elevator for 45 minutes and yet was late 1 hour as guess who paid quite a bit at the Economic Club of Canada heard him say the same BS as usual
    2. jd posted on 03/13/2014 07:43 PM
      @Sonny Im beginning to notice already a pattern of Olive worshippers deflect any criticism of Olive and not answer any questions about Olives platform or issues. If this is how one launches a campaign then she is doomed from day one. Have you not listened to this timid weak woman on the Moore show or later in the day on the Batra show? She does not have answers and cannot answer directly what her plans are for Toronto. After this much time to launch a campaign one would have thought the issues and answers would have been thought out and answers ready. Olive is looking more like a SAC candidate in a high school election. She has not demonstrated leadership and as a so called seasoned politician is woefully unprepared. its shocking to say the least. Who are her handlers? Why have they not prepared her. Her three topics are children, jobs and transit. Are you serious? What is she going to do about jobs? Transit? No diversion route downtown? Are you serious? And children? NDP favorite talking point. I feel like lm back in the 60s with these issues. Olive has demonstrated she is a dinosaur and not up to the real issues facing Toronto. At least she knows how to launch a campaign...god you sound like a child. Grow up and focus man on the real issues facing this not ready for prime time non world class city. Open your eyes and take a good look at this weak platform Olive is promoting.
  17. jd posted on 03/13/2014 04:58 PM
    I was reading Olives background on her website. It says she taught english as a second language to immigrants. Olive doesn't have a grasp of english herself particularly spoken. Just listen to the podcast it's pathetic. Olive needs ESL herself. Again!
    1. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 07:27 PM
      @jd She has no problem grasping at your money however.
  18. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 05:07 PM
    Chow keeps mentioning she knows the value of a dollar. What she omits is she's referring to YOUR dollar, not her dollar.
    1. Dean posted on 03/13/2014 05:33 PM
      @Frankie All NDP programs are funding by a magical, bottomless source of finances called "Other People's Money."

      The closest thing to a plan that the NDP have are to tax and tax the middle class until they have to live like the lower class, so that the lower class can live like the ex-middle class and the union class can live like kings.

      I can't tell what's more frightening: The plan, or that they seem incapable of seeing that it's completely unsustainable.
  19. Jack posted on 03/13/2014 05:08 PM
    How did that Jackson 5 song go? "ABC, easy as 123, simple as do-re-mi..."

    The concept of "fiscal responsibility" is as foreign to an NDP politician as dry land is to a fish. So say it with me: Anyone-But-Chow! Anyone-But-Chow! Anyone-But-Chow!
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