Rob Ford says Chow makes Miller look conservative

Olivia Chow speaks at York University on March 6, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency Files)

Olivia Chow speaks at York University on March 6, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency Files)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford and other mayoral candidates didn't waste any time firing shots at Olivia Chow.

Ford took aim at the former NDP MP's politics Wednesday, a few hours before she had a volunteer file her nomination papers to run for mayor.

"She makes David Miller look like a conservative," Ford said after touring a Toronto Community Housing building.

"We're going to have some fun in the next few months. On Oct. 27 (election day), 8 p.m., that's going to be the knockout shot."

Jamey Heath, the communications director for Chow's campaign, dismissed Ford's criticism.

"It's sad that Rob Ford didn't wait for Olivia Chow to launch her campaign before attacking," Heath said. "But the reason he's attacking is because she is the leading contender to become Toronto's new mayor."

However, Ford wasn't the only mayoral candidate targeting Chow.

Amanda Galbraith, spokesman for candidate John Tory, questioned Chow's fiscal track record.

"With respect to Ms. Chow, she's never met a public dollar she couldn't spend," Galbraith said in an e-mail Wednesday.

The Tory campaign also launched a website Wednesday, valueofadollar.ca, slamming Chow for sending taxpayer-funded mailouts to residents last week from her MP office.

And Karen Stintz said electing Chow would be returning to the past.

"Toronto can't afford to go back to the ways of an NDP mayor," Stintz said in a statement. "Toronto needs someone reasonable and accountable in the mayor's chair, not someone who is going to perpetuate old-style 'tax-and-spend' attitudes."

Stintz also pointed out that Chow is eligible for her federal pension at the same time she is seeking another job.

"(Chow) has a history of being a double dipper. First, when it came to housing and taxpayer salaries, and now, when it comes to securing her full Ottawa pension after just six years of MP service and then seeking the mayor's salary."

Chow is eligible for her MP's pension but has promised to donate it to charity if elected mayor.

Her campaign called allegations Chow lived in subsidized housing back in 1990 "patently false."

Heath maintained Chow lived in a co-op apartment and "did not take one penny in subsidy.

"She paid market rent," he said.


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