Latest debate sees Ford, Smitherman compete for irrelevance to black community
Given that they’re signed up for literally dozens of debates, it’s easy to believe that the mayoral candidates run out of things to say. Last night’s debate, sponsored by the Canadian Black Caucus, offered further proof, with neither of the front runners distinguishing himself as the two took on some of the race’s less prominent candidates.
From the Star:
[Mayoral candidate Wendell] Brereton focused on holding the leading candidates to account. As [Rob] Ford touted his long-running sports programs as a way to engage at-risk youth, Brereton cut him off.
“I have five kids,” said Brereton, “and I don’t want anyone to offer my children another gymnasium. If you want to do anything in my community, bring a bank.”
He derided [George] Smitherman’s lavish praise for Regent Park, saying the relocation of residents during the redevelopment was a “badge of shame.”
When confronted with issues like crime, poverty and discrimination, nothing shows the relevance of your ideas more than suggesting that kids just need to run a few laps. Smitherman did Ford a favour, though, by leaving early and signalling his own keen interest in the matters of Toronto’s black community, prompting another zinger from Brereton:
When someone asked whether the winner would “forget about” black people after the election, Brereton replied, “Well, I won’t walk out of the Black Caucus debate early.”
• Mayoral candidates talk ‘priority neighbourhoods’ [Toronto Star]
Images: Ford, toronto.ca; Smitherman, OldTownGuy; Brereton, Facebook
6 thoughts on “Latest debate sees Ford, Smitherman compete for irrelevance to black community”
As much as I dont like Rob Ford, he owuld get my vote to teach SMitherman a lesson. He has gotten/is way too cocky and thinks he has it downpat to be our next mayor.
He would realize with the amount of undecided votes, he should be a little more reserved and relax.
Smitherman is the only choice for mayor. The only one that has the leadership to run the great city of Toronto.
The same previous Health Minister who mismanaged $$$billions and got NOTHING done? hhhmmm.. I dunno. David Miller looks great now!
Are you high, Pee? David Caplan was health minister when eHealth hit. He resigned.
There are 36% undecided and unpolled, Brereton is forming a formidable grass roots movement. He has pull with the police due to him being an ex-cop, he has pull in the black community, he has pull in the Christian community, he has pull in the priority neighbourhoods with all his volunteer work. Toronto might wake up on October 26 2010 and realize the mayor is a man the media tried to lock out but the unpolled voices will say otherwise..
This guy in an open debate is a beast, he will make the front runners look like their standing still, no one wants to debate a preacher…This is going to get good in a moment
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