Oct 07, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The issue of racism and anti-Semitism continued to dominate the Toronto mayoral campaign last night.

Doug Ford went on the attack against a news release from John Tory’s campaign calling on Ford to apologize for what it called a stereotypical response on Sunday night. Ford said he wasn’t anti-Semitic because his doctor, dentist, lawyer, and accountant were all Jewish.

At last night’s debate, Ford admitted his response wasn’t well-chosen. But then he lashed out at Tory because his family belonged to the Rosedale Golf Club that once banned Jews.

Tory said once again that Ford should have issued a proper apology on Sunday night. But, instead, he says Ford resorted to “manufactured outrage”.

Olivia Chow, meanwhile, said racism is still alive in Toronto. She says she has received a number of racist and sexist comments during the campaign.

The issue of anti-Semitism began on Sunday when fringe candidate Ari Goldkind called on Ford to apologize for his brother’s remarks before Rob Ford went into rehab.

Ford now says he won’t take part in any more debates if Goldkind is involved.

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