Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Toronto 'crack mayor' challenged by right wing

25 February 2014, 12:29

Ottawa - Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor, Rob Ford - who has admitted binge drinking and smoking crack - now faces fellow conservative challengers in his upcoming bid for re-election.

The mayor, mired in scandal for months after being accused of unseemly behaviour during a series of drunken rampages, has been stripped of most of his powers.

The anti-tax populist still enjoys strong opinion poll support and has not been deterred from seeking a new term.

But two high-profile candidates from the right - former opposition leader John Tory and Toronto's transit commission chair Karen Stintz - filed nomination papers and joined the race on Monday.

Tory and Stintz will face city budget chief David Soknacki, Ford and 28 lesser known candidates in the race for mayor of Canada's largest city in a vote eight months away.

Tory was immediately cast as the greatest threat to Ford.

But, with the frontrunners all calling for fiscal accountability and low taxes and presenting overlapping transit strategies, it's also possible a left-wing candidate could swing the election.

One such candidate could be Olivia Chow, a federal opposition MP and widow of the Canadian left's political icon, Jack Layton. She has not yet officially declared, but is widely expected to run.

Despite the scandals, Ford's diehard backers in the suburbs of the Canadian metropolis have so far kept his prospects alive, with polling showing steady support at about 45%.

The mayor's camp was quick to attack Tory after he announced his bid, casting him as a member of Toronto's "elite" and Ford as a champion of the working class, though the Ford family's net worth is estimated at $9m.

"You're looking right now at bluebloods and the establishment and the elites of John Tory versus the blue-collar, hard-working folks," said the mayor's brother and city councillor, Doug Ford.

Tory, who is making his second run at the mayor's job after narrowly losing in 2003, told reporters he hoped to bring decency and decorum back to Toronto City Hall.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...