Tory and Ford steal spotlight at Mayoral debate

John Tory and Rob Ford set themselves apart during Thursday afternoon's Mayoral debate

The Mayoral candidates were all smiles before they took the stage
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

John Tory and Rob Ford set themselves apart during Thursday afternoon's Mayoral debate.

The sold-out event brought about 600 people to a Toronto Region Board of Trade lunch at the downtown Hilton hotel on Richmond Street, that featured all four heavy-hitters in the race.

Ford and Tory stole the 90-minute show, with Tory deflecting Ford's consistent attacks over everything from Tory's record at Queen's Park, to his stance on public transit projects. 

The two were louder than their opponents, candidates Olivia Chow and David Soknacki, and seemed to have more notable moments as the discussion carried on. 

Chow and Soknacki seemed unable to get their voices above the fray and drive their points home. 

Tory looked and sounded comfortable and seemed at ease in front of an audience that was largely made up of business people. 

The room seemed to be behind Tory, applauding and cheering as he jabbed Ford over his record as Mayor and the constant scandals that have rocked his office. 

When Ford would attempt to counter, it was typically greeted with silence, laughter, or a smattering of applause. 

Several times, Ford was dragged into talking about the scandals and accusations that have been made against him in the wake of the crack video scandal. 

This came after debate questions were asked about 'personal integrity.'

After the debate, Ford was asked about the chilly reception his remarks received.

The incumbent chocked it up to the crowd being 'elitist' and says "they can laugh all they want. I have a proven track record of success."

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 09/05/2014 10:42 AM
    Overall, a good smack-down. And Tory did well in this bout.
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