I started this blog almost 4 years ago just as Rob Ford was sworn in as Toronto’s 64th Mayor. The name for the blog came when Don Cherry famously said, “This is what you’ll be facing, Rob, with these left-wing pinkos — they scrape the bottom of the barrel,” even declaring Ford, “honest, he’s truthful, he’s like Julian Fantino — what you see is what you get.” Fantino has faced his own set of controversies as Commissioner of the OPP , Chief of Police in Toronto and more recently as a Conservative federal MP.
Coming to the end of Ford’s four year term and election slated for October 27th, I could not even fathom the debacle that his first term as Mayor would turn out to be.
Toronto deserves more. Seriously. Brother and former Councillor Doug Ford and campaign manager to Rob Ford has called the lead up to the election “a dirty campaign” even accusing other mayoral competitors of dirty tricks: smashing in his car window, planting the now infamous “shirtless jogger” and shirtless protestors, Doug referring to them as “fringe lunatics”.
On Tuesday, an article in the Toronto Star quoted a source at the GreeneStone rehabilitation facility in Muskoka, said that “Rob Ford literally had the run of the place. There were no rules around Rob Ford,” and an unnamed counsellor at the facility said, “We are not paid enough to deal with this guy.”
Rob Ford’s return to Toronto city politics and election campaign most definitely have not gone as well as I imagined his team hoped it would. Maybe the public has finally had enough, with so many unanswered questions with a protective, non-transparent and carefully crafted campaign, from selective access to the press to limited one-on-one interviews.
But what has grown more apparent as the days slowly crawl toward an October election, is how polarized the Ford brothers have become. Even if the mayor of the city is the figure head, they are still merely one vote at council.
In recent days, Rob Ford has gone out of his way to show that he is not going to be a team player and even solidify his negative image of being homophobic with or without the booze and drugs. He may scream from the top of the CN tower that he doesn’t hate gays, but his actions are all too clear: sitting during a round of applause for World Pride and being the solo vote against a council motion to support a LGBT youth shelter without providing an explanation.
Don Cherry, once a Ford ally, was quoted as saying as early as November 2013 on Sportsnet 590 The Fan after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine, “I just don’t know what to say to that. Yes, I am disappointed. I think as a mayor, if he could just cut out all the rest of the stuff. As a mayor, he’s done a good job, and everybody thinks that.” No word from him since.
It’s time that we as the citizens of the city of Toronto take it back in October, voting Ford out once and for all.