Toronto Mayor Rob Ford demonstrates his governance style

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  1. I think he caught sight of the gravy train.

  2. gumbowing says:

    The man is truly a buffoon. It’s like a more boorish version of the late Chris Farley was elected mayor of TO.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

      There’s a fair amount of evidence that Chris Farley was something of a minor comic genius, or could be, although his reputation suffered from some of the shitty movies that he made even as he succumbed to drugs and booze. Aside from the fact that he was elected mayor of the largest city in Canada, I’m not sure that Rob Ford is good at anything. [P.S. I'll agree that Ford comes off as a Farley character.]

  3. scatterfingers says:

    The low-density tracts of the city voted this high-density buffoon in. I think there’s something Freudian about that.

    • John Fleming says:

      Don’t make fun of the man because he’s overweight.  Make fun of him because he’s a hateful right-wing asshole.

      • scatterfingers says:

        Not “dense” as in fat. Fat is actually not very dense. Dense as in a less-than-sparkling intellect.

        • John Fleming says:

          I stand corrected, sir.  I see a lot of weight-related criticism of Ford, which I dislike almost as much as I dislike the man himself.  I apologize for assuming that you were doing it too.

          • scatterfingers says:

            No need to apologise! My comment was probably a bit too vague, and I can’t say I’ve never made fun of him for his weight by, say, implying he’s full of gravy. Which is fairly hypocritical considering that I am right now full of gravy myself.

          • IamInnocent says:

             He considers that the Universe rotates around him: he’s surely full of gravy-ty.

        • millie fink says:

          Thick as a brick.

      • Jason Brown says:

        no don’t make fun of him because he is right wing – but the hateful asshole works and dont forget just plain stupid and ignorant

  4. Jorpho says:

    Canadian content!

    woooooo

  5. John Kiggins says:

    I’m not a Ford supporter, but I feel like accuracy important in these things – he coaches high school football, not little league football.

  6. Stephanie says:

    He was also trying to annex a city park, not a neighbour.

    He also got about 14 city managers involved in cleaning up the road in front of his family business.

  7. Nadreck says:

    He is indeed the worst mayor the city has ever had, (and there’s a big rouge’s gallery in competition) but your narrative of his ridiculousness is a bit off.  He tried to get involved in the removal of the bus from rush hour service to haul the team around but he botched it.  The team was getting involved in a fight with a Catholic High School team after a rained out game and the cops were called.  The cops phoned the TTC under the theory that they didn’t want both teams hanging around in the rain for an hour or so until the bus that had originally chartered turned up.  The first diverted bus got lost and then Ford phoned some TTC transit official that was out of the office and had nothing to do with operations anyway.

    He didn’t boycotted the Toronto Star (they ridiculously and illegally don’t get city press releases) because of the fiasco in which a lone reporter was peering over the fence into his backyard, but simply because they oppose his administration.  The reporter thing devolved into a he said/they said shouting match about what really happened because the Star didn’t have any witnesses.  Ford got a lot of political mileage out of it.

    His major problem is that he’s too mentally lazy to read the manuals on how to be mayor.  He tried to cancel a billion dollar transit project that had been over 10 years in the making and cost the city millions in the resulting mess.  It was something he had no legal right to do at all.  He gets involved in infractions of conflict of interest rules and then admits that he hasn’t bothered to read the rules.  He constantly tries to directly order city staff around which is something else he has no right to do under Ontario law.

    Even the new batch of rookie councillors has given up on him as they understand the budget process better than he does even though he was a councillor for about 10 years before becoming mayor: 10 years in which he never made a single political ally.  His election is a monument to people’s anti-intellectual worship of stupidity in this town.

    • Missy Pants says:

      Lets not forget that he tried to get a Streetcar driver in trouble when he got yelled for driving past the open streetcar doors and that the police said he’d done nothing wrong when photographed driving 70km/hour and reading, nothing wrong at all.

      I hate him so much, he’s so absurd, but he does give hope to all the other university drop outs around the world! If you can’t finish university you too can be mayor one day (so long as your filthy stinking rich).

      • scatterfingers says:

        I’m a university drop-out too. However I’m not mayor. I’m self-employed and doing quite well. I hope I didn’t give too much hope to anyone, though.

  8. soap says:

    I don’t know.  It doesn’t look like he dropped the ball.

  9. Ari B. says:

    Laughable Bumblefuck sounds like the name of a cover band.

  10. Fishcado says:

    Doesn’t matter what he does since Canada doesn’t count. 

  11. Kevin Carson says:

    He’s a bigger assclown than James Trafficant, and that’s saying one whole fuck of a lot. Still not an assclown in Donald Trump’s league, though.

  12. This version is better: http://i.imgur.com/n06T9.gif 

  13. rocketpjs says:

    He has done a great job of being the cautionary example that will help ensure that Vancouver and the 21 municipalities in Greater Vancouver never amalgamate into one massive clusterfuck like Toronto did.

  14. Paul Renault says:

    Don’t hold back Cory, let us know how you really feel about him, eh.

  15. Oplopanax says:

    While I completely agree that the man is a dispicable ass who’s actions more that demonstrate his idiocy, I don’t find this unfortunate incident worthy of ridicule. A video of an overweight man falling down is cruel and unfortunate, and not a comment on his governing style. He deserves criticism for being a bully, a liar, and a idiot who willfully misunderstands “conflict of interest”, but not for tripping.

  16. Ryan Lenethen says:

    Toronto, why are you so crazy? I mean you elected Mel Lastman for two terms! So as much as Ford is a “laughable bumblefuck” (nice description btw!), this isn’t exactly Toronto’s first dance at the prom.

  17. ZA_SF says:

    Look, Toronto can’t expect to continue to pull in those US TV show productions if it doesn’t look more like how NYC and Chicago *used to be.* Canada, remain the Disney-fied version Americans pay you to be. [/cheek]

  18. katkins says:

    Ah, the famous Fail Mary pass…

  19. Genre Slur says:

    What I love about the timing of this is that his city is I) holding the 100th Grey Cup, and II) the Toronto Argonauts are representing the East in the Grey Cup. If the city’s Mayor is any indication of the Boatmen’s ability to execute on Sunday, then Kevin Glenn and the rest of the Calgary Stampeders are gonna be easily hoofing back to town with Lord Earl’s booty.

  20. morgane says:

    In a country i’ve heard about, Mayor Ford would be called “a republican”

    just saying…

  21. skeptacally says:

    if you leave the ekkehard ehlers music from the “scattered crowd” piece playing while you scroll down to this post, bumblefuck’s tumble becomes soothingly hypnotic.

  22. skeptacally says:

    in other news, i’d love a .gif of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=znE1Hyj0WMY

    bumblefuck was late for court yesterday — where he is facing a $6 million libel suit — so he double-parked and sprinted past the waiting reporters.

    now, for you non-canuckistanians, this court date should not be confused with the hearing he faced for election fraud, or the court hearing for conflict of interest that could force him from office (ruling to come soon).

    as for dashing past reporters on his way to court, bumble may not be nimble on the gridiron, but he’s made the blinding flash past reporters a most successful (and regularly executed) trademark.  for a big man, he sure can motor into a courtroom.

  23. skeptacally says:

    finally (and sorry to be a comment-hog), i want to thank you, cory, for giving me a new name for ford. i live just far enough away from toronto (peterborough) to be able to enjoy his antics.  part of me wants to believe that it is all very cleverly executed political performance art.  

  24. abelle26 says:

    Aaaaand he’s been ousted! Thank you, justice.

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