Thursday, May 15, 2014
'Misogynistic, bigoted, homophobic, rude': Karen Stintz on Rob Ford
Stintz argued Ford isn’t the only one that can tout a political record on the campaign trail and pointed out she has a record at City Hall of voting to outsource garbage and get union contracts under control.
“The one thing I don’t have is a belief system that is misogynistic, bigoted, homophobic, rude,” Stintz said in her keynote speech to the Women’s Executive Network. “I don’t break the law on a regular basis.”
The former TTC chairman kept slamming Ford.
“I look at this mayor and I think, you know what, it is not good enough that you have a track record of achievement of things you didn’t actually do on your own,” Stintz said. “You’re not the role model for my children, you don’t represent me, I don’t think you’ve earned the right to continue to be our mayor.”
After the speech, Stintz stood by her comments about Ford — who is currently on a leave to deal with his admitted problem with alcohol.
“He’s said those things,” she said. “He’s said homophobic, bigoted, racist, intolerant comments.
“Irrespective of any treatment that he seeks for his addictions, he still holds those values and I don’t believe those are Toronto’s values.”
Stintz also took shots at rival candidates John Tory and Olivia Chow during her speech.
She accused Tory of claiming her policy initiatives as his own.
“I like to joke if you want to know what John Tory’s next policy announcement is, go visit my website,” Stintz said.
As for Chow, Stintz dismissed her as the “NDP candidate.”
“My strong view is that if we elect Olivia Chow she is the NDP candidate, she represents the NDP view and we will go back to the days of David Miller and I just don’t think that’s where the city is at right now,” Stintz said.
She argued people want “responsibility and accountability and a government that works.
“That’s why I’m running for mayor,” Stintz said.
Doug Ford — the mayor’s campaign manager — declined to comment Thursday on Stintz’s remarks about his brother.
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