Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford took a pass on two debates Wednesday, instead opting to hold a spontaneous press conference to attack election front-runner John Tory.
“Last night, I asked John a simple but extremely important question: John, which committee handles the city’s purchasing?” Ford said, referring to Tuesday’s debate. It was his first time participating in once since announcing his mayoral bid on Sept. 12.
“He looked at me like a deer caught in headlights,” Ford said to media gathered at his campaign headquarters. He continued to berate Tory for his apparent lack of municipal experience by mocking his unfamiliarity with the number of city standing committees.
He then turned to his right and flipped over a placard, revealing his proposal.
“I’m going to designate Sept. 26 as ‘Take John Tory to Work Day,’” Ford continued. “John, please come with me, come to work for a day and I’ll show you how you get things done.”
Tory responded to the invitation with a statement calling Ford’s lecture about the inner workings of city hall “flat out laughable.” He pointed out Ford’s poor attendance record.
“This is someone who missed more than half (53 per cent) of council votes this year,” the Tory campaign said.
Ford has the third-worst attendance record of all councillors at city hall in the past four years, according to city data. He trails behind councillors Rob Moeser and Gorgio Mammoliti – both who have taken medical leave in the past to recover from surgeries.
Toronto voters head to polls on Oct. 27.
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