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UPDATE: Tory calls on mayoral race rival to own up to troublesome Tweets

Mayoral candidate John Tory says opponent Olivia Chow should make political operative accountable for racially charged Tweets

Mayoral candidates Olivia Chow and John Tory are at odds over controversial tweets
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Mayoral candidate John Tory calls on opponent Olivia Chow to own up to racially-charged comments made by a senior political operative.

The man at the centre of the controversy is Warren Kinsella, who assists the Chow campaign as a volunteer strategist, and also serves as president of a consulting company that is on Chow's payroll.

On Tuesday, Kinsella made comments on Twitter that insinuated John Tory's transit plan is essentially racist because it doesn't include expanding rail service to the Jane-and-Finch and Rexdale areas.

Chow and her campaign team dismiss Kinsella as a volunteer and add that he does not speak for their candidate.

"I just call on [Chow] ... to really accept responsibility for comments that are totally unacceptable in the politics of 2014 in Toronto, or in any other time or any other place," Tory says.

Kinsella's controversial tweet had a headline that said "Is John Tory’s Smart Track, you know, Segregationist Track?", and has a meme type photo with a thought bubble over Tory's head which says "You will note we were careful to exclude Jane/Finch and Rexdale from SmartTrack."

The tweet was later removed, and Kinsella posted the following on his own website:

Dear John Tory

Apparently you are getting ready to say you are deeply offended by a tweet I made yesterday. I can tell this, because your campaign staff have (a) noticed 24 hours later and (b) are busily promoting on Twitter the very thing you intend to say offends you.

As such, I unreservedly and genuinely express apologies for hurting your feelings. I don’t think you are George Wallace. And I’ve deleted the tweet to make that crystal clear.

It is fair, however, to criticize your transit plan. It is also fair to ask whether your plan considers some parts of the city more equal than others.

Finally, it is also fair – since you are so preoccupied with expressions of regret, this morning – whether you will now finally apologize for mocking the disability of my former boss, Jean Chretien. Will you finally do that? Will you?

Didn’t think so.

Sincerely,

Warren

But when asked about the tweet and the resulting fallout, Olivia Chow said Kinsella is only a volunteer and does not represent the views of the campaign team.

However, Newstalk1010 has learned that the company Kinsella is president of, has been hired to do media monitoring for the campaign.

After the press conference, a member of the Chow team said they would be speaking with Kinsella about the tweet.

Kinsella later tweeted the following, while in Boston where he says he's watching a Red Sox game with his kids.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 08/20/2014 12:53 PM
    Pretty distasteful. Another example of the sorts of people who can't stand honesty and integrity in others, and childishly attack them with laughable attacks.

    Both Kinsella's stupid attack, and Warren's sanctimonious letter show what utter twits they are.

    It is the nature of small-minded people to attempt to drag down those who are obviously much better than they are. John Tory stands miles above these people and their small-minded politics.
  2. AbbyW posted on 08/20/2014 01:33 PM
    I find Chow's comments that he's a volunteer insulting of our intelligence. She's hired him for media monitoring so unless she's found some obscure definition of volunteer, it seems he works for her. That she tries to mislead us is another example of how low she'll stoop.

    Listening to journalists and radio commentators I've never heard anything good mentioned about Kinsella. The fact he's working with Chow says a lot about her.
    1. dama posted on 08/20/2014 02:50 PM
      @AbbyW Warren , a Liberal does not work for free or as a volunteer..
      Chow will lose another few percentage point based on her reply
      on this issue, distancing herself is worst than man - ing up..

      This election is John Tory to lose too therefore he has to make sure
      his handlers do not make such mistake..
  3. AbbyW posted on 08/20/2014 02:20 PM
    Look carefully at the above photo. Must have been engineered by Chow as it covers virtually all visible groups. I don't see any white males (now a visible minority), disabled people, nor LBGT people. Have I left anyone out?

    Perhaps Tory should claim she's prejudiced against those excluded in her engineered photo.
  4. ToddK_2 posted on 08/20/2014 02:25 PM
    Chow will bring us back to the Miller days multiplied by 5.
    1. StuG posted on 08/20/2014 04:17 PM
      @ToddK_2 equal to Miller i'm good with it.
      Tory i'm good also.
      just as long as Ford effs off for good and him and his mental case brother also go. then we can finally move forward
  5. StuG posted on 08/20/2014 04:14 PM
    I would like my train to bypass Jane and Finch also.
    and so would the conservative trolls commenting on here if they were honest.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 08/20/2014 04:27 PM
      @StuG Just to poke a stick at the bear a bit more, wasn't there a story on here a couple of months ago regarding something like 80% of the people in those "areas" who get on the bus and just don't pay?

      Can we still call them "customers" if they just take the service and don't pay for it?

      Ok, that's it from this conservative troll.
  6. GregH_5652 posted on 08/20/2014 06:03 PM
    Kinsella is a bit of an enigma. He can write the most thoughtful, balanced and insightful article and then turn around and spew the trash that he sent to Tory. What an obnoxious ass! Still neatly and warmly housed up Chretien's ass after all these years.
    There's nothing sincere about what you wrote, Warren.
  7. Ronecol posted on 08/20/2014 08:13 PM
    I wonder if the "judgement" section of Kinesella's frontal lobe was partially supressed at the time.
    1. Jack posted on 08/21/2014 10:10 AM
      @Ronecol He's a Liberal; he was born without any such lobe.
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