TORONTO - He won't take Olivia Chow lightly but Coun. Doug Ford said the potential challenger to his brother's job as mayor would bring back "tax-and-spend" policies to Toronto.
"Olivia Chow would make (former mayor) David Miller look like a fiscal conservative," Ford said Wednesday.
Ford said he respected Chow, now the MP for Trinity-Spadina, and her late husband Jack Layton, but didn't put the two in the same political class.
"Olivia Chow is no Jack Layton," Ford said of the one-time city councillor and mayoral candidate, who was leader of the Official Opposition NDP in Ottawa when he died last year.
Chow has not ruled out running against Coun. Ford's brother, Mayor Rob Ford, in the next civic election in 2014.
"If they (voters) want tax-and-spend government, they're going to elect Olivia Chow," Doug Ford said. "It's very simple.
"The people of Toronto are going to have to decide if they want Rob Ford or Olivia Chow."
As for his own political future, Coun. Ford said he's still not sure if he will run again for city council in 2014.
"In politics, you're like a toilet seat, you're up one day and down the next," said Ford, who's mused in the past about putting his name forward as a Progressive Conservative candidate at Queen's Park.