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Mayoral candidates meet in East York for debate

The top five mayoral candidatesmet at Presteign-Woodbine United Church on Monday night

All 200 seats were filled as people were spilling out of the room and poking their heads through the windows from outside.

The people of East York wanted to watch the top five mayoral candidates have it out.

The Parkview Hills Community Association hosted the mayoral debate at the Presteign-Woodbine United Church on Monday night.

The biggest topic of discussion was transit.

Candidates took questions from the audience, the media panel and each other. Each mayoral candidate was able to ask another candidate about a subject of choice, followed by a two minute discussion. Most candidates pointed their questions to John Tory.

He spoke about his SmartTrack plan and about the state of transit as a whole. Tory got loud cheers from the audience when talking about his vision for transit in the city. After elaborating on his SmartTrack plan he said, “We should’ve been adding a stop every year for the last 10 or 15 years… and heaven knows by now, we might have it all the way out to Pickering,” which was followed by cheers from the audience.

All candidates took advantage of the opportunity to have a two minute discussion with another candidate except for Mayor Rob Ford.

“Why am I going to sit here and ask a question, when I know their stance?” said Ford.

This debate is one of over 40 more to come, leading up to voting day on October 27.

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  1. End this circus posted on 07/29/2014 07:16 AM
    End this circus. Vote John Tory for Mayor.
    We need leadership to return to city hall.
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 07/29/2014 08:16 AM
    FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS
    1. Sonny posted on 07/29/2014 01:07 PM
      @Karl Burgin No. Four more months
    2. john posted on 07/29/2014 02:08 PM
      @Sonny FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS ,
  3. jose posted on 07/29/2014 10:12 AM
    question! Mr. Ford how will you pay for all the subways?
    answer! I've built subways folks

    not only can we not afford any more time dealing with these people we now know him and brother have used their positions to line their own pockets at taxpayer expense.
    bring the hammer down on them
  4. Dave posted on 07/29/2014 11:26 AM
    If the folks in Upper Canada elect these clowns again they need to stop making fun of people from the Maritimes.
  5. Frankie posted on 07/29/2014 11:32 AM
    If the city won't limit this farcical time frame of 18 months (?) campaigning before an election the province should. Who cares about 45 debates starting over a year (or whatever) before an election. How about something civilized like 45 days and while we're at it, 22 councillors representing the number of federal & provincial ridings?

    The whole process has become a joke, a waste of taxpayer dollars, and a distraction for councillors attempting to run the city (some would say... into the ground).
    1. Mike posted on 07/29/2014 12:18 PM
      @Frankie hi it's Rob
      it's no joke folks. I built subways. when your #1 and stanley cup champions you build subways. it's no joke people ask how i'm going to pay for it but folks you just build them.
      they're built i built them. when you #1 and run things in a transparent professional way you get things done.
      i built all the cranes you se also.
  6. Lies my posted on 07/29/2014 01:18 PM
    Lies my FORDer told me.

    “These allegations are ridiculous. It’s another story with respect to the Star going after me.”
    On his way to a PFLAG Pride flag-raising ceremony the morning after the Toronto Star and Gawker broke the crack video story. These would be his only words on the affair until his non-denial denial a week later. The Star proved no easy target
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/29/2014 03:27 PM
      @Lies my You need a new line
  7. dama posted on 07/29/2014 04:01 PM
    I caught a bit of the debate and I thought David Sonacki(sic) did well..
    when JT answered that as CEO or any executive position he held, he was able to
    delegate the responsibilities. etc etc and David said.. running city hall is different than a CEO and he was right..

    Really.. if you dont do what the CEO said.. you will be fired where else in city hall, you only have ONE vote..

    If there is a new poll after this debate I think O Chow will be losing a few points too.. her performance was not that great..
    1. Bobby posted on 07/29/2014 04:20 PM
      @dama i agree with your points.
      Stintz is out to lunch, Rob just won't answer anything straight. he can't! and he won't
      How will you pay for subways Rob?
      Folks i built subways, I'm the best, vote for me.
      good lord does he think we're idiots?
      i find Soknacki very intelligent. thinks before he speaks like Tory. my list he should be in the top 3. Chow i like but wish she was more articulate like Soknacki and Tory. she will still get a lot of support from the downtown ethnic vote. she does a lot for that community. Asian/Italian/Portuguese older ethnic she has that locked up
    2. tanjo posted on 07/29/2014 04:37 PM
      @dama Socknacki is probably the most economically sound of the top 5 candidates. Unfortunately, he does not have Tory's supporters, Ford's gregariousness and he wasn't married to Jack Layton.

      He needs to spend more time in the public eye before enough people will support him as mayor. I would vote to see him in council, however.
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