Analysis: Olivia Chow, John Tory all talk, no action

Olivia Chow appears on the John Tory Show on Newstalk 1010 on January 20, 2014. (Craig...

Olivia Chow appears on the John Tory Show on Newstalk 1010 on January 20, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

TORONTO - When are these people going to stop pretending and start contending?

Councillor Adam Vaughan made this excellent point Monday about John Tory and Olivia Chow’s possible mayoral ambitions.

Vaughan rightly noted the “faking coyness” of those clearly kicking the tires for a run at the big job is growing tiresome.

He argued it’s time for a declaration.

Of course, no one is under any obligation. But the members of the public are also under no obligation to listen to anything hinters say until they finally make a decision one way or the other about challenging Mayor Rob Ford. Councillor Karen Stintz has pledged to run and former councillor David Soknacki has registered as a mayoral candidate for October’s municipal election.

Things were not made any clearer when Chow, the NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina, appeared on Tory’s Live Drive radio show on Newstalk 1010 Monday on the pretence of promoting her new book, My Journey.

It was awkward in that they might be leaving their great jobs to run against each other. One of them could potentially be mayor later this year.

It was a pretty good story line that didn’t quite live up to its billing.

Tory played a clip of Vaughan’s comments from Newstalk 1010’s morning show with host John Moore, but Chow did not bite:

“If Adam Vaughan can look into the future and predict what is going to happen, all the more power to him,” she said. “I don’t have that power yet.”


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