TORONTO – Doug Ford – Rob Ford’s brother and campaign chair – accused reporters of bias for asking whether his campaign-scheduled city hall scrum slamming his brother’s mayoral rival broke campaign rules.
The availability took place noon Tuesday outside of the mayor’s office at city hall. There, Doug Ford slammed provincial Liberal Brad Duguid’s praise of John Tory and his statement that (while not “officially” endorsing him) the governing party is “enthusiastic” about Tory’s candidacy.
This appears to break Toronto election rules prohibiting the use of city infrastructure or property for campaign purposes. (While exceptions are made for “unplanned” scrums, this was scheduled and publicized by Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign team Tuesday morning.)
“You can call it whatever you want. This is about building the city, this is about what we talk about day in and day out, building subways,” Doug Ford said when a reporter asked whether he was holding a campaign event at city hall.
“People see through the biased media, and not all the media is biased, a good chunk of them are.”
Ford said reporters shouldn’t be ask questions about the campaign at a scrum scheduled by the campaign.
“Well folks, I got an idea: If the media wants to hold people to account for the rules, don’t ask me one question here at city hall ever about the campaign. You guys can’t help yourself,” he said. “There’s a campaign on and we’re going to move forward. We’re going to talk about the issues going forward every single day.”