Mayoral debate back on after flip-flop confusion

Toronto election debate
Doug Ford, centre, is pushed to answer a question as whether he will march in annual Pride parade by fellow candidates John Tory, right, and Olivia Chow as he takes part in a Toronto Mayoral Debate in Toronto on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO – A Toronto mayoral debate scheduled this evening in North York is back on for at least some of the candidates after a series of flip flops over the past 24 hours.

Initially, councillor Doug Ford refused to take part in the event if Ari Goldkind was in attendance.

That prompted organizers Thursday night to remove Goldkind from the invitee list.

However, when John Tory heard about the omission he too decided to pull out on “principle”.

Organizers later in the evening then decided to re-invite Goldkind and now both Tory and Olivia Chow have confirmed their participation.

Ford is still the lone holdout in the debate.

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The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at York Woods Library Theatre on Finch Avenue West.

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