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Rob Ford: 'If you don’t want to vote Conservative, vote NDP’ in byelection

Mayor Rob Ford announces the expansion of the city's anti-graffiti campaign at West Deane Park on Martin Grove Road on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

TORONTO – A day before five byelections in the province, Mayor Rob Ford is calling for an “anyone but Liberal” voting strategy.

Previous Toronto mayors have avoided commenting on provincial politics, but Ford says he is different.

“As the mayor of this city, I want to see change. If you don’t want to vote Conservative, vote NDP,” he said.

“We cannot reward these Liberals with this corrupt behaviour.”

Ford calls the Liberal government corrupt and he wants voters to punish the party for squandering taxpayers’ money with the gas plants scandal.

“Enough is enough.”

Transportation minister Glen Murray says Ford has a funny way to show his appreciation for the Liberal government giving the city money for transit upgrades including a subway in Scarborough.

“Ninety per cent of all transit projects right now are being picked up by the provincial government. Only four per cent is coming from the Conservative government and precious little from the city,” he said.

“He doesn’t have any money in the project to call himself a champion.”

Murray says it is time for Ford Nation to wake up.

“As a resident of Toronto, this guy’s been raising my property taxes and he hasn’t built a single metre of subway. So the subway champion can only talk about subways, can’t deliver them and for all the fiscal concerns, this is a guy who’s continually raising our taxes.”

Byelections are being held in five ridings Thursday, including in Scarborough-Guildwood and Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

The Tories have not won a seat in Toronto since 1999.