WARMINGTON: How was the debate? The food was better | Toronto Sun

The debate may have got mixed reviews. But there was no debate about the great food.

The Asian China Buffet, at 161 Rexdale Blvd.., was a unique location to watch the leaders square off.

While the candidates vying to be Canada’s next prime minister were on TV, the lemon chicken, fried rice and spare ribs were on the hot buffet three metres away.

“We always loved coming here,” People’s Party of Canada candidate Renata Ford said of her and her late husband, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

She came Monday night with their 12-year-old son Dougie.

“We thought this was good way to watch the debate and support Etobicoke North at the same time.”

And there was a table full of PPC supporters chowing down while taking in the verbal battles.

“I think all the candidates made their points,” said Renata. “I am especially proud of my leader, Max Bernier, because he’s the only one that is talking about a different vision of Canada based on economic responsibility.”

Ford is up against  Liberal incumbent Kirsty Duncan and popular Conservative candidate Sarabjit Kaur and says following in the Ford family tradition of running for office has “been the honour of my life.”

While polls have her running third in this race, she is not so sure.

“It’s hard to tell because when I go to the doors I am hearing the respect people have for Rob, Doug and Michael and Doug Sr. and they tell they are going to support me, as well,” said Renata.

She thinks it’s possible.

“One thing I hear is how much they miss Rob. What I think they miss is the service he brought,” she added. “I am going to bring that same service to Etobicoke North and the people in this riding know I will.”

Before they ate and watched the screens, Renata and Dougie stopped at the front door and looked at the pictures of both Rob Ford as mayor and current Premier Doug Ford.

It inspired her to want to be the first Ford to go to Ottawa.

While this room was largely in favour of Bernier, a family who have their roots in Cameroon, had varying opinions.

“At this table you have people who have been here as long as 24 years and as short as two days,” said Rose Moussi.

As for who Rose thought was the best?

“Justin Trudeau,” she said. “He is for the immigrant and for women and mothers.”

But Rodolphe Fossang said he likes the approach of Premier Doug Ford “in keeping down the debt.”

Once I left the restaurant, I headed over to nearby Schuey’s Pub on Martingrove Rd. to see what the people at the bar were thinking.

And they were thinking hockey.

“Our customers love their hockey,” said bartender Jennifer Mazerois. “I would turn on the debate if somebody asked. But no one has asked.”

Same goes at the Wild Wing next door.

It seems the federal debate did not capture the imagination of the public the same way as those famous 2016 battles between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deomocratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

“I think it’s the format,” said Les Kobli. “Just too many people up there.”

My takeaway is what we had on that stage were some politicians angling for a minority Liberal   government while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer passed the test of showing he is ready to become the next prime minister if given the honour.

But I do admit I made this observation while talking a trip back up to the buffet for some more egg rolls and hot and sour soup. I give the debate, its candidates and it’s moderators a B.

But the Asian Buffet grub and staff gets an A-plus.

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