With the dust settling rather quickly and expectantly after John Tory’s landslide victory in his run for mayor in Toronto’s recent mayoral election, the third-place candidate has managed to surprise a lot of people – except herself.
Former pundit turned mayoral-hopeful, Faith Goldy managed to snag third-place behind the incumbent mayor, and his opponent, former chief city planner Jennifer Kesmaat. Her candidacy was mired by controversy, as her anti-immigration, anti-Muslim rhetoric stoked her opposition. Goldy has long used these sentiments to her advantage, applying her inflammatory statements and publicity stunts to buoy her public profile.
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While Goldy’s third-place ranking has earned her the coverage she seems to have desperately courted during the election, we’ve put together eight facts about her that are worth knowing.
You never know where she might show up next. After all, her Twitter bio is simply: “Next Prime Minister of Canada.”
1. Goldy earned 3.4% of the vote
That may not sound like much but it managed to easily seat her in third place. In total, she managed to procure 25,667 votes across the city. Press coverage of the race focused almost solely on the front runners of the election and in spite of this, she managed to earn well over 10,000 votes ahead of the fourth place progressive candidate, Saron Gebresellassi.
2. She’s a graduate from the University of Toronto
According to Goldy’s Linkedin page, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012, where she received an honours double major in politics and history with a minor in philosophy, political science and government.
That same year, she earned the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in Political Science. The award recognizes “graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.”
3. She stage-crashed one of the mayoral debates
Organizer’s of one of the city debates refused to allow her to participate. Tory was even quoted in a press release saying he would not debate any candidate with a history of hate speech. This wasn’t just a shot at Goldy, as Canadian neo-Nazi Chris Brosky and self-described “internet troll” and former doctor, James Sears, also ran.
Though not invited to the Artsvote debate, Goldy showed up anyway, walking on stage before being escorted off by police.
4. She got her start on the now-defunct Sun News Network
Long ago, when broadcast television was a place business could go to start money, Quebecor Media created the Sun News Network. Meant to be the televised arm of the Toronto Sun, an online capture of the channels launching announcement said it was to be “personality-driven, prime-time programming. It will be less politically correct and we will focus on what people are talking about around the water cooler or at the dinner table.”
Goldy was a reporter and contributor and often appeared on panels to give a Christian-female perspective. The network was where she honed the aggressive reporting style that she still uses today.
The Sun is also where she would work with Ezra Levant, a host at the time, who would go on to found Rebel Media – a right-wing website that would later employ her.
5. Bell refused to run her campaign ads
Goldy’s public profile and rhetoric made her too fringe for most mainstream media outlets beyond a few newsworthy publicity stunts. Bell Media’s CP24, according to Goldy, originally agreed to allow her to buy ad space on their network, but then later refused to run her campaign ads and refunded her money. She teamed up with prominent Canadian Civil Rights lawyer Clayton Ruby to challenge the decision in court.
She brought the case before a judge for an emergency decision due to the proximity of the election. It was quickly dismissed. In his 22-page ruling, Judge Peter Cavanagh wrote that this was outside his jurisdiction and should be brought to the CRTC.
6. She took the 14-word pledge to preserve the white race
While appearing on a YouTube show called the Worried Millennial, Goldy recited a pledge known as ‘the 14 words.’
“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
While she dismisses the pledge at the time as a non-controversial statement, the origins of the pledge are much darker. David Lane, a once-obscure and little known American white supremacist, who died in 2007 while serving a 190-year jail sentence, coined the phrase.
Goldy later recorded a video where she denied knowing about the origins of the credo, but maintained that the words themselves were not in anyway racist.
7. Goldy was recently fired for appearing on a white-power podcast
The Daily Stormer is a longstanding online publication that hosts neo-Nazi ideas and discussion. Billing itself as the ‘most censored publication in history,’ the site has long been a home to blatant racism and anti-semitism, and is an online forum for the alt-right movement.
Goldy appeared on a podcast hosted by the site during her controversial coverage of the 2017 Unite the Right Protests in Virginia. As a result, she was fired from her role at Rebel Media by the publication’s owner, and fellow Sun News Network alum, Ezra Levant.
After being fired, Goldy tweeted that Levant was the “best boss.” During the podcast, she’d joked that Levant, a jew, would eat pork “if you ever offer him free bacon.” She did continue on to defend her then-employer, “Ezra Levant knows where I stand on a lot of issues, and he has afforded me a tremendous amount of freedom.”