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Doug Ford, Thank You For The One Promise You Did Keep

In 2012, referring to council, Doug Ford said: "I can't get anywhere with these monkeys." Was that a term of endearment? How can Mayor Ford expect to get anything done at City Hall when you use such language? Oh, that's right. Since then, he mostly hasn't. No need to answer. When you told the father of an autistic child who rightly and democratically challenged your views to "go to hell," what were you thinking?
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Meet B.C.'s Ford Nation

That's what makes Ford Nation so extraordinary -- the incredible dichotomy that exists when it comes to criticism of most politicians and criticism of Rob Ford. Ford effectively gets what amounts to a jaw-dropping free pass from his base (in Toronto or in B.C.) nine times out of 10.
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Rob Ford Makes It Official

TORONTO - Toronto’s controversial Mayor Rob Ford threw a large party _ complete with recorded music and a live band _ for the official launch of hi
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Ford Is Rapidly Taking Over Chow Country

I thought former Trinity NDP MP Olivia Chow, would be a formidable challenger to Mayor Rob Ford. But I am starting to have my doubts, as the glow of the brief honeymoon with Chow has dissipated. And Olivia Chow is faltering and fading. Chow's agenda recalls an earlier more left-wing extremist period in Toronto politics. Since the first debate, the indications are even stronger that Ford is cutting into Chow Country. The reasons are obvious.
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Why Fiscally Responsible Torontonians Won't Vote For John Tory

Tory's best hope for victory is that he must go after Chow's downtown support immediately. Let me throw another log on the fire. My thesis is not only that the right has abandoned Tory, and will not vote for him in significant numbers, but that Tory has actively shifted left to go after mushy Liberal support. In other words, John Tory, in the first days of his campaign, has revealed himself to be, what many of us true fiscal conservatives, have long suspected: that John Tory is a mushy downtown Liberal elitist in Tory clothing.
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I Support Rob Ford: The Man and His Policies

I believe Mayor Rob Ford will be re-elected. Some of you Ford haters, critics and doubters may question my position. Unlike these robo-calling pollsters, my associates and I have actually gone out into the field, into the darkest, deepest Ford Nation. We have talked to real people about Ford. The support is still strong. Still pollsters and old media types cannot believe why Ford Nation is sticking with Ford. So they have come up with another cockamamie theory: Ford supporters support Ford's fiscal agenda, but not Ford the man himself. Excuse me while I go all Marshall McLuhan.Ford is both the message and the medium.
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A CBC Without Don Cherry Isn't Worth Watching

The biggest loss to the CBC is that it will no longer be able to access a working-class crowd because this very important Canadian audience only gravitated to CBC for HNIC and the presence of Don Cherry. The loss of Cherry and Hockey Night in Canada is a lost opportunity for CBC to escape its uptight Waspish politically correct, elitist/urban/sophisticated Toronto-centric shtetl.
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Ford Nation Should Stop Listening To Its Heart

There's something about Justin Trudeau with his sideways smiles, V-necks and ladies' night that reminds me of smarmy men from my past. That connection is hard to break, even though as a friend recently pointed out, he's probably the politician who best reflects my views. As with our personal relationships, we are often blind to our favourite politicians' faults. We defend them when others bring up their shortcomings -- "You don't know the real Barack!" -- rather than accept the facts. That's why it stung so much when I recently read a piece in the Globe and Mail titled "From messiah to lame duck: How Barack Obama fell to earth."
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Why Ford Is Still the Man to Beat

I think all those years of drinking fancy tea at David's Teas, sipping Almond Milk at Whole Foods and eating organic beef from Rowe Farms, where everybody knows your cow's name, may be the cause. I don't think even 30 days of rehab in Scarborough will do the trick. But I will try one more time to explain the populist and enduring appeal of the Ford phenomenon. I have known and met many members of Ford Nation in the last few years. I have met them at coffee shops, restaurants and in their homes. I have met them at Ford Fests. The bulk of Ford's support is in the cities of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough.
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'Ford Nation' Is Resilient

Toronto mayor Rob Ford's approval rating has apparently held steady despite a scandal-plagued week involving admissions of crack cocaine use, public intoxication and the release of a video of the...