Why Mayor Rob Ford belongs on Toronto's shitlist. Again.


48 Responses to “Why Mayor Rob Ford belongs on Toronto's shitlist. Again.”

  1. MB says:

    So basically, he’s Chris Christie?

  2. Stjohn says:

    He’s got nothing on the running succession of full-on criminals Detroit has managed to put in office over the last 50 years.   I remember looking longingly across the river at Windsor, at its nice buildings and green spaces, and wondered what Detroit would be like if Michigan had become part of Canada instead of the USA when it was still up for discussion.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

       But, see, even if your mayor is in jail, you at least have the satisfaction of knowing that justice was done, which is not the case with Rob Ford. Yet.

  3. trentboyett says:

    The entire Rob Ford mayoralty has been an elaborate conspiracy.  Hear me out.

    After the passing of Jack Layton, Olivia Chow no longer wished to remain in national politics and wanted to come back to Toronto.  Unfortunately, her image had become so entwined with the NDP brand that only a fiasco of biblical proportions would permit her to leave the party and return to the civic arena.

    Enter the Ford brothers and the above litany of gross incompetence.

    Now, if she leaves the NDP it will look like a great act of self sacrifice.  She’s giving up her national dreams and coming back, like a figurative Ghostbuster, with proton pack charged and ready to toast our Stay Puffed Marshmallow nightmare. 
    Very clever.

  4. Halloween_Jack says:

    I dislike Rob Ford intensely, while only having ever been to Canada once (and Toronto never), because I’ve always thought of Toronto as being a possible fallback option if things really go to shit in the States, but I’ll give him this: he makes you feel better about almost every other elected official that you’ve ever had of your own. 

    • evilJaze says:

      Eep.  You must be from the States if you would consider Toronto to be a “plan B”.   Come to Ottawa.  We’re boring, but we’re safe and our mayors are smart.

      • Angling Saxon says:

        Yikes, gawd, no…don’t go to Ottawa. Don’t do that to yourself. It’s not just boring, it’s soul-stultifyingly boring. And it’s significantly colder than Toronto, which is still a part of North America’s Carolinian forest. Which is really saying something when you’re talking about Canada.

  5. Genre Slur says:

    He’s a more sober yet less honest Ralph Klein. Well, a less politically aware Ralph Klein. I don’t know for sure that he is more sober.

    • sincarne says:

      I’m not familiar with Ralph Klein, but Ford was done for possession of cocaine on the same day he was charged with DWI in Florida. He was also ejected from a Leafs game for a drunken altercation in which he told a woman that she should go to Iran and be gang-raped as she’s a teacher, and therefore a communist. So at the least, Ford can put up some stiff competition.

    • evilJaze says:

      Hm.  I would say he is to Ralph Klein as Beast Man was to Skeletor.

  6. lsamsa says:

    A bully does not a mayor make.
    I remember years ago watching a clip of Rob Ford, councillor, talking about the indiscriminate spending by other councillors. That was a good thing…our representatives should be accountable on every expense they incur & charge to the city, ultimately to the taxpayers.
    However, Ford’s attitude & tone set my radar off. He seemed not just confident, but arrogant. I agreed with his remarks at that time, but his demeanour left me very unsettled…not a threat in that situation, but now that he is mayor of Toronto…a whole different scenario.
    He blows-off any criticism…talking on his cell phone while driving…attending football games when he should be conducting city business…caling the police for any little thing he feels intrudes on his life. Seriously…Mary Walsh doing her Marg Delahunty thing??!! Geesh, even Prime Ministers & Premiers were good sports when Marg confronted them unannounced.
    I was infuriated when he said he wouldn’t attend the Gay Pride Parade…not because I have any stake in that….but because he is the Mayor or Toronto…and the mayor should support any & all of the city’s functions. This one, is one of the largest in North America and is one of many events that demonstrates our city’s inclusion of all people. Yet Rob Ford thought that his annual family get-together at the cottage took precedent…never giving it a second thought after much criticism.
    We’ve had a lot of different mayors in our wonderful city…but none so self-centred & arrogant. At least Mel, in his own weird way, cared about the city & its people.

  7. foobar says:

    So, can anyone explain to this Vancouverite how he ended up Toronto’s mayor in the first place? I know we all like to poke fun at Toronto, but they can’t be *that* bad.

    • IamInnocent says:

      Two words: Greater Toronto, which includes now all the suburbs into the voting pool, apparently diluting the strength of the genetic pool of that city.

      • Lemoutan says:

        I’m not from around there and ‘suburbs’ may not have the same connotation as it does in Toronto. How the chap got into position of power still eludes me.

        • aviation_heritage says:

          Did Ford “buy” his election to mayor?  Let’s see what happens with the release of the audit of his election expenses.  If he gets reappointed to the position he has lost once, he could get turfed out a second time for illegal election expenses.  Certainly, the “loan” from his family is a “breaker” of the rules and alone is suficient cause to be tossed.  Who else is he beholden to?  Which developers supported his campaign and have benefitted from his benevolence?

    • Joel Phillips says:

      The other significant candidates were:
      - Rocco Rossi (right wing; mafia style campaign posters) 
      - Sarah Thompson (centrist; unknown to anyone before the election started) 
      - George Smitherman (centrist; former provincial politician responsible for wasting billions of dollars on eHealth; also gay, was the target of a low-level homophobic campaign that, arguably, Ford supported)
      - Joe Pantalone (leftwing; deputy mayor, but otherwise a non-entity)

      Thompson and Rossi dropped out, Pantalone sucked leftwing votes away from Smitherman.  Ford kept his mouth relatively shut during the campaign, and focused on nebulous, but politically attractive ideas like the “gravy train”.  The rest is history.  

      • Missy Pants says:

        You forgot about Adam Giambrone, head of TTC and youngest city councillor, and NDP. Who was second in the polls until it was revealed that he was having sex with “prostitutes/students” (its unclear) in his office at city hall.

        • Kludgegrrl says:

          I never heard anything about prostitutes!  I recall it was simple infidelity to his partner and the general smarmyness of doing it in his office at City Hall. 

          There was nothing *illegal* just distasteful. 

    • spicygarage says:

      Toronto was forced to amalgamate with the suburbs and inner suburbs strength, that’s what. Urban former municipalities voted Smitherman- and Pantalone-red; the others voted Ford-blue. (That map is striking.) This month, John Sewell wrote a piece in the Globe and Mail that explains the chasm between Torontoise urban and suburban mindsets. It explains everything.


    • edkedz says:

       Yeah, imagine all the yahoos out in Surrey, Delta & Abbottsford being able to impose their candidate on those of us in the city of Vancouver proper and I think you’ll be able to see how it could happen…

      (Especially if they were inclined to seek revenge for  snarky remarks like mine…)

  8. TNGMug says:

    I voted Nenshi.  I’ll do it again.  At least in this city we’re still talking about voting based upon Merit rather than some kind of hateful proxy war on our fellow citizens….. well at least on the civic level…..

    • Kimmo says:


      Mother. Fucker.

      May this rancid fuckstain be vaporised by a large meteorite.

    • Dlo Burns says:

      This is the type of ‘conservative’ logic that irritates me: Vote me in to save money! Then I’ll unnecessarily fuck up the city/state/etc infrastructure at great expense which will probably be undone as soon as I’m out.

  9. IronEdithKidd says:

    Great poster.  Are those plastered all over the place?

  10. chortick says:

    And yet… somehow… when the Toronto Star (which has waged a savage hatchet job on him daily since he was elected) recently ran a quick poll of its own devising, hoping to show that the people of Toronto had soured on Rob Ford, they found to their horror that he would easily defeat any other currently serving councillor.

    • MouseWithBrick says:

      Yeah.  No.  The Star poll showed that Ford would win if _all_ of the opposing councillors ran, like in 2010, as they would bleed votes off each other.  In each of the one-on-one polls done in the past two years conducted by several papers including that Ford mouthpiece, the Sun, Ford loses in ANY head-to-head match with any other opponent, including the IKEA monkey if I’m not mistaken, so your use of the phrase “would easily defeat any other” is misleading and wrong.

      It also showed that Olivia Chow (not a current councillor) would wipe the floor with him, if she ran.

  11. liquidself says:

    I don’t know why but every time I think of Rob Ford now I instantly think of Alfred Jarry’s Pere Ubu.

  12. swlabr says:

     Now that’s an apt metaphor! 

  13. Corey Harn says:

    Ya, why would people actually want an honest person in government office?  Hippies and academics are your enemy?  I assume you are an anti-academic(fool), you are the type of person Ford relies on.

  14. sincarne says:

    Typical Ford supporter. What do you like about the guy? Why, nothing he’s done. It’s that people you don’t like don’t like him.

  15. TNGMug says:

    Exactly.  Who cares about honesty and competence when you can appeal to the comraderee of the stupid.  

  16. Antinous / Moderator says:

    In the US at least, people who project their own moral failings onto the rest of the human race largely drive the political machine.

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