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Mayoral candidates promise a week of major platform announcements

Major players in the race to be Toronto's Mayor promise significant announcement related to their campaign platforms

Rob Ford, John Tory, and Olivia Chow are the frontrunners in Toronto's Mayoral race

As students go back to class and the rest of Toronto returns to a more regular routine, candidates in the city's Mayoral campaign wasted no time stealing the spotlight.

All of the major players have promised a week of important platform announcements.

John Tory spent Tuesday morning greeting transit riders at Kennedy Station with a provincial cabinet minister by his side.

Long-time Scarborough MPP Brad Duguid joined Tory on the trail, touting an endorsement that was made official last month.

While the two friends used to sit on opposite sides of the legislature, Duguid is backing Tory for Toronto's top job.

Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Employment, and Infrastructure does not speak on behalf Queen's Park, but he suggested Tory has many allies across the political spectrum.

"John knows how to work with people and he knows how to work with (City) Council," Duguid says.

Olivia Chow rolled out a proposal to go after multi-million dollar real estate sales to raise money needed to fund transit expansion and City programs that provide breakfast to children who have no choice but to go to school hungry.

If elected Mayor, Chow pledges to add 1 percent in Land Transfer Tax fees to property deals over $2 million. 

She says that would help fund things like new buses and new subway lines.

Chow's plan estimates the rate hike would affect roughly 500 real estate transactions each year, generating up to $20 million dollars, annually.  

"In the grand scheme of things; if you can afford a $2-million house, you can afford to pay a little bit more," she says.

"It's not honest to say 'I can improve public transit' and 'I can do all these things for people' without having to find a way to pay for it."

Meanwhile, there was no sign of Rob Ford early on Tuesday but his brother and campaign manager was front-and-centre.

Doug Ford slung mud at John Tory, who leads in the latest opinion poll, calling the former Ontario Progressive-Conservative leader a 'flip-flopper.'

"It's whatever way the wind blows with this guy -- and you wonder why this guy's been a failure in business and in politics?" Ford says.

Rob Ford is set to spell out his plans for public transit at a news conference on Wednesday morning.

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  1. AbbyW posted on 09/02/2014 07:55 PM
    The fact that unions are preparing a war room to support Chow demonstrates how fiscally disastrous she'd be for Toronto. She'd make David Miller look like a miser. All she knows how to do is spend spend spend and tax tax tax, all without any respect for taxpayers. She should become a union head.
  2. Fact Provider posted on 09/02/2014 09:26 PM
    These results are far more accurate than the recent joke from Forum Research (remember them? - they predicted a majority conservative government provincially).

    The numbers for Ford - 28% - are an aberration, and they will drop.
    Chow is right where she belongs, proving that 26% of Toronto voters don't recognize a left wing "also-ran" when they see one.

    Now, Ms Chow, it's time for you to retire from the race graciously - you cannot win.

    Now, Mr. Ford, it's time for you to disappear from the Toronto political scene forever.

    Now Mr. Tory, it is time to consolidate what you have, build on it some more and start getting the election day ground game in motion.
  3. Angry Bill posted on 09/03/2014 01:05 PM
    Really, Doug? You claim that John Tory is a failure in business and politics? Last I checked, Rogers was doing great when Tory was running it, and it still is. Same with the CFL when he was commissioner. If that's what you call failing in business, then I should be so lucky to fail like John Tory did.

    And in politics, John presented an honest platform. The voters chose the opposite. Voters don't want honesty. So, you're calling Tory a failure basically because he's honest.. unlike, say, you and your brother? And most other politicians?

    And you call him a flip flopper? Really? If he was the type to flip flop, don't you think he might have backed down on the private school funding issue that the liberals grabbed hold of when he was running provincially? Instead, he stuck to his beliefs. If that's what you call flip flopping, then again, other politicians should strive to be as flip floppy as John Tory.

    I'm disliking the Ford camp more and more if this is the sort of mud slinging they're trying to pull.
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