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John Tory and Olivia Chow take part in a mayoral debate focused on the arts in Toronto, Monday September 29, 2014 (Mark Blinch For The Globe and Mail)
John Tory and Olivia Chow take part in a mayoral debate focused on the arts in Toronto, Monday September 29, 2014 (Mark Blinch For The Globe and Mail)

Tory admits to donating to Doug Ford’s 2010 campaign Add to ...

John Tory has apologized for denying that he contributed to Doug Ford's 2010 campaign, telling reporters Saturday that he doesn't remember the donation.

At a debate Friday evening, Mr. Tory denied giving a donation to Mr. Ford, whom he is now running against for mayor.

In fact, City of Toronto records show that Mr. Tory gave $300 toward Mr. Ford's 2010 campaign for Ward 2 councillor.

But Saturday morning, after rival candidate Olivia Chow issued a press release slamming Mr. Tory, he apologized to reporters saying he didn't remember donating to Mr. Ford.

"Frankly, even to this moment, I don’t recall donating to Doug Ford’s campaign. I may well have done. I’ve tried to support people in public life of all different stripes," he said.

"If I said to her that I didn’t donate and I was incorrect, then I apologize."

Mr. Tory added that after the 2010 campaign, he also made contributions to the three leading mayoral candidates at the time -- Rob Ford, Rocco Rossi and Sarah Thomson -- to help them pay off their campaign debts. "I hope people will focus on that," he said.

"Two times I've gone out ... and I helped to raise money to get rid of debt for people who had run for public office in good faith."

In a statement, Ms. Chow criticized Mr. Tory for his "demonstrably false and misleading" comments.

"John Tory will, it’s obvious, say anything," she said.

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