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UPDATE: Mayoral candidates attack Rob Ford on day of his return

John Tory, Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz released statements and reacted to the mayor's statement on his return

Olivia Chow's new YouTube ad

Two mayoral candidates are attacking mayor Rob Ford on the day of his return to city hall. 

Ford is back at work after spending two months in a Muskoka-area rehab centre.

In a statement, he apologized for his mistakes and says he is "resolved" to stay in the mayoral race. 

One of his opponents in the mayoral race, John Tory, reacted to the statement outside city hall. 

"I wish him well... in the continuing challenge of recovering from his personal difficulties," Tory said. "But my view also remains the same that he should resign from office."

Olivia Chow also spoke to reporters after Ford's statement.

"The question is not whether Rob Ford is clean and sober," Chow said. "The issue is that he is a failed mayor."

Karen Stintz released a statement, saying the city is "not defined by one person." 

"Rob Ford is not Toronto and the upcoming election is not a referendum on Rob Ford," Stintz says in the statement. "Here's what the election is about: the kind of Toronto we want to live in and the kind of Toronto we want to build for our children."

Earlier, Chow has posted an ad to her YouTube page, attacking Ford's billion-dollar claim. Watch it here: 

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  1. AC posted on 06/30/2014 10:07 AM
    if this idiot had any self respect or ethics and if he really loved this city he would of resigned 2 years ago
    1. Mark7 posted on 06/30/2014 12:43 PM
      @AC If you respected this forum, YOU would leave! You are as annoying as donny p.
  2. williampaul posted on 06/30/2014 10:59 AM
    little miss olivia should watch herself. nobody likes Ford, but olivia sure knows how to do the subsidized housing her little Jacky-boy. funny how that was OK in her books. Would not trust this cash-cow under any circumstances. Tory for Mayor. We need leadership, notg chow and her splashpads and petting zoos for the people on every corner
    1. tanjo posted on 06/30/2014 01:00 PM
      @williampaul I am not a Chow supporter, but at least get the facts straight. The "subsidized housing" thing was address months ago. It was a mixed complex and they paid full price. Also, please look up the definition of "cash-cow" before you use it. Hint: they produce cash, they don't eat it.
    2. don was right posted on 06/30/2014 09:38 PM
      @williampaul wasn't chow a chinese communist party ,ember? Is she still?
  3. john posted on 06/30/2014 01:15 PM
    lol funney listing to these candidates go on about ford .

    thay know ford is going to hand there ass to them in a sliver plate with gold trimmings and a butler . in the next election .
  4. dama posted on 06/30/2014 02:27 PM
    I am surprised that John Tory would have "commented" on Rob Ford's old association with the underworld, and asked that Rob Ford stepped down.. is JT nervous of Rob Ford;s return???

    JT, do your own campaign and stop bring up old Rob Ford's stuffs and let the people decide on Oct 27.. and that is the only way to go..
    1. Angry Bill posted on 06/30/2014 03:21 PM
      @dama He's done that twice before, and lost twice before, dama. People don't vote for people on their obvious merits, they vote based on slander, attacks and 3 second sound bytes. John's adviser team is obviously trying to get him to play to win this time. As such, John had to take a stand and make a comment today, whether you like it or not. I'm sure he doesn't either, but he had to.

      So, I'd have been more surprised if he HADN'T commented.
  5. It's good to see Rob Ford hasn't changed. posted on 06/30/2014 05:26 PM
    It's good to see Rob Ford hasn't changed.
    Same old vague generalized apologies, (did everyone notice he substituted the word 'regret' just like media spin experts advise clients to do).
    Then off the the message he wants to get out to the crowd.
    Same old Rob Ford 8 sizes smaller.
    1. Sonny posted on 06/30/2014 07:45 PM
      @It's good to see Rob Ford hasn't changed. He's still fat and all of his budgets have been greater than Miller's last at $9.2 Billion. Now that Rob has opened his mouth he will be losing support. 68% will not vote for him which means 32%plus will win the mayoralty
  6. Peter posted on 06/30/2014 07:56 PM
    Hee hee hee, - I am laughing at John Downs. His show is on the air and he hangs up on everybody who is pro Mayor Ford.

    The silent majority is going to show their strength when Mayor Ford is reelected.
    John, don't be surprised when this happens.

    Good going Mayor Ford.



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  7. Sally posted on 06/30/2014 08:48 PM
    All these other candidates know that if Ford keeps his nose clean he will wipe the floor with them.
    1. Rob Ford is someone posted on 06/30/2014 09:11 PM
      @Sally Rob Ford is someone all Conservatives should be proud of.
      He has brought the party to its lowest level ever. And the beauty of it is, if somehow he can manage to pull this through, Rob has the potential to bury the party forever. Four years will cripple the party with Fords antics.
      Rob helped the scandal plagued Liberals win the provincial election by being even more of an attention grabber.
      One almost wonders if Rob Ford is a Liberal plant.
  8. Rob Ford is someone posted on 06/30/2014 09:21 PM
    ya gotta love Ford he's a spectacle of innocence. When you look hard for the bottom line then there it is underneath all the media BS, he's a winner. a educated voter will easily support him and I know there is a lot of smart people out there, more than he needs
    1. Rob is trying posted on 06/30/2014 09:34 PM
      @Rob Ford is someone Rob is trying to pick the lock of his sisters basement right now as we speak!
  9. don was right posted on 06/30/2014 09:40 PM
    One hopes that teh cyber bully police will shut them down. isnt that what cyber bullying is? saying mean things and posting them on the internet?
  10. Rob Ford's Brother, Doug Ford posted on 06/30/2014 11:38 PM
    I hope you liked the speech I wrote for Rob.
    I did it because I am the brains.

    It was supposed to be 10 minutes long, but you know the troubles all us Fords have with reading stuff, so it went 17 minutes instead.

    I wish he had thanked the drama coach I hired for all the help he got with the well placed sniffs and sobs, but Robbie did a pretty good job, considering that he's just the dumb fat A$$.

    Look out Christine Elliott, I am the brains and I will be the leader of the PC's.
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