And they’re off! While candidate registrations doesn’t begin until May and it’s illegal to campaign before then, Doug Ford found a loophole: he’s running for Ontario PC leadership which we all know is a launching pad for Mayor and a legal excuse to start building an organization, fundraising and begin campaigning. His first rally is on Saturday at the Toronto Congress Centre. John Tory gets to campaign as Mayor making official appearances and cutting ribbons. He can also leverage the machinery of the Mayor’s office to gather the the media’s attention on demand. Whoever runs from the left is going to have to find a way to shoehorn themselves in here or risk being crowded out by an early 2 man race. Curiously, Jen Keesmaat just tweeted that she’s been offered a basement to make an announcement. She’s also been very active in the media, writing op-eds or otherwise just opposing Tory. Let the race begin.