Shalom Life | October 31, 2014

‘It Doesn’t End Tonight,’ Says Ari Goldkind After Finishing Fourth in Toronto’s Mayoral Election

“I can tell you this: I will not sell out. I will not change anything I’m saying”

By: Darryl Coote

Published: October 28th, 2014 in News » World

Photo Caption: Ari Goldkind at the Andrew Richard Designs building on Adelaide St. East

Photo Credit: Darryl Coote


It’s all over. After months of campaigning Toronto has a new king.

John Tory, with over 40 percent of the vote, is the city’s next mayor.

Doug Ford finished second with 33 percent of the vote followed by Olivia Chow with 23 percent.

And Ari Goldkind, considered a long shot from the start of the mayoral race, finished fourth with just shy of 0.4 percent of the vote.

Though not a substantial number, for the 250 people who were on hand Monday night at Andrew Richard Designs on Adelaide Street East to show their support for Goldkind, it represents that a new, honest voice has now been injected into Toronto politics.

“(Goldkind) stuck to his principles a lot more than what we’ve seen with the other candidates,” software development professional Pascal Lefrancois-Deignan said. “His ideas, maybe not the most popular, were honest and they showed exactly what needed to be done.’”

“I hope (Goldkind) runs in four years,” Lefrancois-Deignan added. “I think he did an excellent job.”

Yolanda Palkowski, who carried around an Ari Goldkind sign under her arm for much of the night, agreed with Lefrancois-Deignan.

“I think in 2018 he has an excellent chance at being our next mayor now that he has a high profile,” she said, adding that he has laid the grass roots for a great run in four years from now.

For Judith Cockman, she sees much potential with Goldkind because of his passion and commitment to working together as a community.

“What (Goldkind is) speaking about -- living for each other, taking care of each other, doing it with a pragmatic approach, with the passion, with the smarts -- that to me is how we change the world,” she said.

Goldkind, who arrived after the election was called, credited the success his campaign had gained to the efforts put forth by his supporters and volunteers.

“This wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for you,” Goldkind said the to room, adding that together they have done “something amazing.”


Goldkind with his supporters (Photo: Darryl Coote)

“I think the dream we had actually came true, which was to be taken seriously, to show this city that politicians don’t have to be a certain way, that politics doesn’t have to be played a certain way,” he said, and that this campaign has ushered in a new “conversation.”

“So many of the ideas we put out into the atmosphere are ideas that are being talked about now. I’m not disappearing.”

And though he doesn’t know in what capacity he will be participating in that conversation, he has no intention on blunting his passion or ideas.

“I can tell you this: I will not sell out. I will not change anything I’m saying.”

He also congratulated Tory during his thank you speech and said that even though they disagreed on principles, Tory’s campaign was always “respectable” and that he “doesn’t make people feel small when he speaks to them,” which Goldkind couldn’t say was true for all the other candidates.

“I have no regrets,” said Goldkind. “It’s been an amazing year … What I’ve always said was this (campaign) was meant to be the conversation that people should be having at their dinner table.”

“We have run a campaign that I’m massively, massively proud of,” Goldkind said in conclusion, “And I hope that all of you, whether you voted for me or not today, were massively proud of the campaign that we ran. So I want to thank everyone for coming. And like I said, it doesn’t end tonight, it begins tomorrow.”

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