Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's long history of public drunkenness and brawling

Two weeks ago, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was accused of drunkenly groping and propositioning former mayoral race rival Sarah Thomson at a Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee charity event. He denied it, and smeared Thomson on his radio show.

Now, many people have come forward to say that Ford had become drunk and disorderly at military charity event called the Garrison Ball. These are just the latest in a series of incidents of public drunkenness for the mayor, who is a horrible embarrassment to the city of my birth.

The Toronto Star has a long account of Ford's frequent bouts of public drunkenness and brawling, including events that he lied about at the time and later had to apologise for.

However, over the next hour, people in attendance noticed that the mayor seemed impaired. According to interviews, he was “incoherent,” “stumbling,” “rambling,” “intoxicated,” “slurring,” “seemed to be drunk,” “was nervous, excited, sweaty, out of it.”

Military guests were offended at the mayor’s behaviour, according to guests interviewed by the Star. “It felt disrespectful to the event,” said one organizer.

The six guests who provided accounts of the mayor’s condition spoke on condition of anonymity. The Star found that while these guests were concerned with the mayor’s condition, they did not want to be identified for two reasons. First, they did not want to be linked to a story that would cast a poor light on the annual Garrison Ball, which raises money for Wounded Warriors, a federally registered charity. Second, these guests, who all have prominent positions in the community, feared they would somehow be blacklisted for speaking out about the mayor.

Rob Ford: ‘Intoxicated’ Toronto mayor asked to leave military ball [Toronto Star/Robyn Doolittle & Kevin Donovan]


  1. It really says something about Ford that Canadians aren’t enjoying the usual schadenfreude that comes from troubles in Toronto. No city deserves that.

  2. Indeed.  Ford has managed to make a bunch of weak mayors look like pillars of the community by the simple act of lowering the bar to somewhere beneath the floor.  The man is a laughingstock and I feel sorry for Toronto.

    1. Considering only two mayors before him, was “Mel Lastman”, not exactly the highest bar to follow. TO seems to elect some strange people.

  3. I think it’s great that he gets along so well with a former political rival. Kudos, Mayor Ford.

  4. This past is missing something very important: the words “Laughable Bumblefuck”.

  5. Based on the above photo I can’t imagine how any woman wouldn’t be completely smitten by his romantic overtures.

  6. So, who’s for restoring Toronto’s older municipal boundaries so the butterballs who vote this butterball in get their suburbs back and the Torontonians can have a decent city to live in? 

  7. I never noticed this before (being from the other side of the country), but he also bears somewhat of a resemblance to Limbaugh.

        1. I always found him remarkably sympathetic just because he was so much brighter than the rest of the characters.

  8. Ford is fine. He’s like our affable buffoonish mascot. 

    So long as he doesn’t have any real power in the city, and as of now he doesn’t and city council runs things, then he’s a fine figure head. 

    1. If you want a buffoonish mascot you are welcome to Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. His manners are impeccable, if not his sense of judgement. London won’t miss him.

    1. Not corruption.  More the problem of non-partisan elections.  Most of the candidates in the election leaned liberal, but there was no one clear liberal candidate, and each one had their own reasons for not dropping out to create a consensus.

      Ford solidified the conservative vote, but also capitalized on the huge divide between downtown and the suburbs.  He motivated the suburbites by claiming that the urban districts were essentially siphoning money away from them.  He had catchy catchphrases about taxes (aka, “the gravy train”) that appealed to those audiences.  He had force and bluster.  All he needed was a plurality, and he got it.

      The reality was that most of his supporters knew little to nothing about him.  And we’ve spent the last three years learning.

  9. I blame more the people who voted him in.
    It’s one thing to want ‘something new & different’…we all want something better.
    But to elect such an arrogant blowhard, who picks & chooses what civic events to attend…who has such issues as to freak out in the face of a well-known Canadian satirist & call the police….who, despite his protestations…looks much the worse for wear at a public event.
    Rob Ford is a total embarrassment to the city of  Toronto.

  10. Damn…and here I thought that Buddy Cianci of Providence was the most ludicrous mayor of all time. You Canadians are showing us yanks up again. 

  11. Speaking as a T’rontonian who remembers the glory days of Mel Lastman…..heh heh, but seriously, I just fucking miss David Miller.

  12. FWIW, I caught up with my brother-in-law who is in the Armed Forces, and of the people he knows that were actually there, no one can recall this occurring.

    Is this simply a witch-hunt to take Ford down? Because the gods know he seems to be doing a great job on his own. Just let him go. He will manage it on his own quite nicely. LOL

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