Sep 18, 2023
By Jane Brown
It will be the first face to face meeting between Olivia Chow and Premier Doug Ford since Chow became Toronto’s mayor in June.
The two are scheduled to meet at 1pm Monday at Queen’s Park and will answer questions from reporters an hour later.
Mayor Chow comes into the anticipated meeting with a list of requests to discuss.
She’s not impressed with Ford’s plan for Ontario Place, she needs him to kick in a share of the bill to pay for hosting some 2026 World Cup games and she’s looking for a new revenue deal for the city including the authority to impose a municipal sales tax or a share of the HST.
The premier is in a tenuous political position, which may work in the mayor’s favour.
Recent polls suggest the ongoing Greenbelt scandal has had a negative impact on the Ford government’s popularity and the premier’s credibility.
For his part, Doug Ford has said he would meet with Mayor Chow with hopes of finding common ground.
This positive sentiment was in contrast to his comments while Chow was running for mayor, when Ford said it would be an “unmitigated disaster” if she was elected.