Duly Quoted: Doug Ford, on His Council Attendance Record
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Duly Quoted: Doug Ford, on His Council Attendance Record

Mayoral candidate tells the CBC that he works hard—and that he's absolutely not a bully.

“You’re being disingenuous with the listeners … I worked 18 hours a day … Did I miss a few votes about maybe a stop sign? Or about extending a lunch or extending a speaking time? Yeah … I had one of the best attendance records for showing up, being there; I was out lobbying votes. You don’t just sit in your chair at council when they pontificate over nothing.”

-Doug Ford, responding to questions this morning on Metro Morning about his council attendance record. (Ford was absent for 53 per cent of the council votes in 2014.) Ford later returned to the matter of host Matt Galloway’s sincerity, saying, “I’ve never had an interview that someone has been so disingenuous to me in my life”—that was after Galloway asked Ford whether he was a bully, and referred to his public feud with the police chief and his verbal attack on the father of a child with autism. (The candidate also made it clear that, no, he does not believe he’s a bully.) Ford then went on to defend his plan to cut the Land Transfer Tax, asserted that John Tory doesn’t understand City Hall, and said that what he loves most about Toronto is its diversity—and also Ford Fest: “Ford Fest, it’s a true snapshot of Toronto.”