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Sarah Thomson Once Again Running for Mayor

With a poem, a horse, and a carriage, Thomson enters the mayoral race.

Photo from Sarah Thomson’s Facebook page.

Sarah Thomson, Women’s Post publisher and former mayoral candidate, is back to being a current mayoral candidate. Torontonians recently became aware of her imminent and then actual candidacy in the following ways:

  • Her team released a press release last night stating that Sarah Thomson would be arriving “IN STYLE” at City Hall to file her papers at 8:30 a.m. this morning.
  • Sarah Thomson herself sent out a tweet teaser:
  • The now-candidate also issued a poem, entitled “Toronto Subway Poem,” on Tumblr. Here are the first eight lines:
  • Stop and go. Stop and go
    I want a city with transit below
    I want a city with underground trains,
    Light rail or subway, they’re almost the same.
    I want a city that is filled with a passion
    to dream of a future not cramped by inaction.
    We’ve fought far too long over underground trains,
    A hard angry battle, filled with disdain.

  • And finally, Sarah Thomson made it official by turning up at City Hall today in a horse and carriage to hand in her paperwork. Lest you think the horse and carriage were simply an attention-getting ploy, her team’s latest press release indicates that “Sarah is passionate about transit. She rode into City Hall in a horse and wagon to remind people about how Toronto’s transit first began and why investment and dedicated funding is crucial to moving transit expansion forward.”

She has also launched a campaign website, which details her business successes and commitment to politics—and reminds us that one poll from the 2010 mayoral race had her in third place, with 17 per cent support (“outspoken right-wing councillor” Rob Ford was in second with 26 per cent, and George Smitherman was leading with 29 per cent). Thomson’s history with the now-mayor has since been marked by controversy: in March 2013, she accused Ford of having touched her inappropriately at an event.


  • Don Rhodes

    That is all….

  • vampchick21

    Yeah….no. Feels too circusy to me. I’ll let her and Ford snip at each other and focus on the other three, thanks for playing.

  • dsmithhfx

    Duelling comedians…

  • wklis

    Sarah got less than ½% in the 2010 election. Forget about it.

    • VictorianShuter

      To be fair, she did drop out less than a month before election day.

    • Don River

      Still more than you got.

  • OgtheDim


  • Astin44

    Congratulations to Sarah for once again getting herself in the news.

  • VictorianShuter

    The richest white dub poet in Toronto?

  • Dave

    I’ll say one thing about Sarah Thompson: Given all that’s come out about our mayor, her allegations from a year ago seem even more credible than they did at the time. Remember how incredulous many of us were when she said she thought he might have been coked up?

    • dsmithhfx

      She may not be much of a politican, but on the truthiness side Ford ain’t fit to lick her dandruff off the sidewalk.

      • TheSotSays

        “Truthiness” ??????

        Nevertheless, it would prove he has a better sense of humour than anything you could come up with.

        • dsmithhfx
          • TheSotSays

            “Truthiness” is a bit pretentious isn’t it or “affected” maybe?

            A normal person would likely try to work the word “veracity” into any serious discussion of Rob Ford and Thompson’s sad case of dandruff.

          • OgtheDim

            So says a disciple of Bullpucky mountain.

          • dsmithhfx

            “A normal person would”

            You’re not a normal person.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Yep, I can’t think of a better way to connect with average voters than to rent yourself a horse-drawn carriage for a staged publicity event. I mean, who wouldn’t be enchanted by a candidate who shows up to register riding in every little girl’s fantasy?

    Uch. The only way she could make this worse is by eating cake at every debate. Pass.

  • OgtheDim

    Thomson is one of the mistakes the Star and the Globe and the CBC made 4 years ago when they decided who they would talk about as major candidates. She was only picked because she was female. Rossi was picked because he used to be an exec on a party.

    Ideas……….who needs them. Lets talk about people because of gender or a past political post.

    At least the current crop of 5 candidates has some policy discussion points, of sorts.

    • dsmithhfx

      Unless “the scarborough subway extension is a done deal” can be considered a discussion point, only Soknacki and me-too Chow have fronted any to date.

  • Don River

    She may be nuts, but I like her.

    • OpportKnocks

      “may be”?

  • dannyR

    This can only shave margin off Chow’s vote, and if Tory drops out all his base will go to the bully. She’s helping Ford.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      There’s still Soknacki.