The day Rob Ford got himself fired

Ivor Tossell on the mayor who couldn’t stay mayor

by Ivor Tossell

At Toronto’s City Hall, surely the most ambiently lunatic building in Canada, a stage was set up to launch the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive. Eight small children had been procured to act as “honourary elves,” sitting cross-legged on a carpet at the foot of a Christmas tree, flanked by boxes of mini-trikes and construction cranes. A boxed CFL football sat ominously to one side. The mayor was scheduled to launch the drive at 1 p.m. An enormous crowd of reporters buzzed about. Interest in the mayor’s event had amplified to unusual levels by news that the mayor had just gotten himself fired.

For everyone who’s ever bemoaned the fact that our democracy doesn’t offer a way to recall politicians, witness Rob Ford: the man who couldn’t stay mayor. In a ruling released this morning, a Superior Court justice declared Ford’s seat vacant—a weirdly existential way of putting it—after finding the mayor violated the municipal conflict-of-interest act in a small-stakes, but entirely willful, transgression.

Ford has been in office for two tumultuous years, in which his cost-cutting mandate quickly gave way to a scorched-earth war on the media, a succession of botched policies and a never-ending series of altercations, each more bizarre than the last. Giving the finger to a six-year old; chasing a reporter around a park near his home; helping eject a bus of TTC riders into the rain to get his football team a ride home. Finally, today, the mayor of Toronto was sent back to the voters to ask for his job back. In the end, Rob Ford recalled himself.

Upstairs at City Hall, in the mezzanine above the Toy Drive stage, Ford emerged from his glass-walled office, pushed back the wall of waiting cameras and spoke laconically for a few brief minutes, before staging a breakout in the direction of the kids. He promised to appeal, and run again if there was a by-election.

“The people are going to speak,” he said. “I’m not going to have people saying that I can’t do this, I can’t do that. I’m going to fight for the taxpayers as I always have.”

Downstairs, he delivered a halting speech from the stage, ignoring the morning’s events, then kneeled like a sad Santa to give the elves some gifts—and then he was gone.

Ford’s reluctance to have people—lawmakers, colleagues, well-meaning friends, Superior Court justices—say he can’t do this or can’t do that, has been a recurring problem in Toronto these last couple years. Ford attempted to steer the city with an internalized sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, a sense which unfortunately kept running up against reality, the kind that manifests itself in budget sheets and laws. He tried to push through a subway plan that made no financial sense. He tried to push through a redevelopment scheme that made no planning sense. He wanted to have criminals deported from the city, until a talk-radio host suggested to him that even criminals have basic Charter rights. (This, like so many other things, really happened.)

Ultimately, Toronto’s mayor got sacked for breaking a simple yet unforgiving Ontario law: If you vote on or discuss an issue in which you have a financial interest and you can’t prove that it was a mistake you made in good faith, you get removed from office. The law is too crude an implement and deserves to be revisited. Yet it’s still the law, and Ford ultimately had no excuse for breaking it.

Rob Ford runs a football foundation. He tirelessly fundraises for it from people he meets, including developers and lobbyists, and lately he did it with city resources. This is against the rules. The city’s integrity commissioner entreated him over and over to follow these rules–another person telling him he can’t do this, can’t to that—but to no avail. And after years of breaking rules that merely put him on the hook for financial penalties, Ford finally broke the rule that cost him his job: He got up in council and argued that he shouldn’t have to pay just such a penalty. Then he voted against parting with the money. That’s a conflict of interest, and some of the finest lawyers in town weren’t able to convince the judge otherwise.

This was no technicality that went unnoticed by all but vigilant Ford enemies who were waiting to pounce. It was a small-beans issue Ford willingly escalated into a giant hill of beans, which he proceeded to die on. It could have been defused and de-escalated at any number of junctures. But Ford’s unwillingness to follow anything but his own increasingly erratic lights turned it into a court case. As the judge noted, Ford’s defence relied “essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude” to the rules and those who’d enforce them.

It is an uncomfortable thing, having an elected official removed from office by a judge who–as we’re all about to be reminded–was not elected at all. Even the city’s progressives were queasy at the prospect. Rob Ford’s defeat was dearly hoped for by many Torontonians, but not this way: If a judicial ousting strikes conservatives as a sneaky end-run around voters, it strikes liberals as a hollow victory.

Likewise, it is true that the legal complaint against Ford bore the fingerprints of people who don’t much like him (though I suspect it was launched more out of political principle than for political gain). But just because the complaint was political does not mean the judgment was politicized.

Ultimately, the case encapsulated so much of what Toronto has seen in the Ford years. The political conversation in the city is no longer about left or right, or austerity versus investment, nor about the merits and demerits of embarking on any given project. The great question of the Ford years has become, “Can the mayor accomplish anything at all?” And to that an adjunct, “Has anyone seen the mayor lately?” The other week, things got to the point where he got into a scheduling conflict between his high-school football games and his court dates.

But in the end, the citizens will not be denied their say. An appeals process will now run its course, but a by-election for a new mayor seems likely in the near term. Rob Ford has called a referendum on himself. The question will not be whether Toronto wants tax hikes or service cuts, or bike lanes or road tolls, or subways or streetcars, bless them both. The question will simply be whether this is any way to run a city.

Ivor Tossell is the author of The Gift of Ford.




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The day Rob Ford got himself fired

  1. He was a politician who would rather have been a plutocrat. Protip: if you’re not interested in politics, then don’t go in to politics.

  2. Good bloody riddance.

  3. You did a great job summarizing what has up till now been a term littered with missteps and blunders. It’s a shame that Ford came to such an ignominious end but what a relief that it is almost over.

  4. Are Conservatives in North America all fans of Idi Amin Dada-President For Life?? Meaning, somewhat sarcastically, that they don’t have to follow any rules or laws and are in office to do what THEY please. Just look at USA and the GOP party.

    • Real conservatives are now pushed to the sidelines; the right wing parties in North America are generally libertarian, not conservative in any historic sense, especially in the U.S. where they proclaim themselves to be apostles of Ayn Rand.

      • Valid point. Thanks.

        • Rob Ford isn’t a libertarian. He can’t even spell “libertarian.”

          • I never wrote that he is a libertarian…..My comment relates to the conservatives–of which I believe he considers himself to be a member.

          • I blame Rupert Murdoch for his covert efforts to de-legitimize the right wing. Faux News, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh present such a laughable parody of the right that thinking conservatives are alienated by it.

            In Canada, the opposite approach was taken by Stephen Harper and the Reform Party. The Reform party co-opted the Progressive Conservative party and has replaced them de facto in name. Former PC voters now feel like they are voting for the PC party when they are actually voting Reform-ishly.

  5. Ford simply does not have the brains to be the mayor of the countries largest city

    • “country’s”

      Sorry, couldn’t resist.

      • I agree mike.

        And “country’s” is incorrect, that means country is. Thank you.

        • And “country’s” is incorrect, that means country is.

          I honestly don’t even know what to say to that…

        • So which countries is TO the biggest city of?

          • You ended that sentence with a preposition.

            (Good God, I can’t be stopped.)

            ;-)

          • I know, but I thought we were so far down the road on this it didn’t matter. We seem to have lost the original poster. lol

          • Ha! I like you Lord. Keep it going.

        • “country’s” is the possessive form of “country”, so it is correct. For “country is”, you’d say “the country’s going to pot” is unusual in written speech I think, but not in spoken. Still it’s fine, but the first one isn’t wrong.

  6. Hey, I like this new guy. Good article.

    • Yes, I hope he going to be a regular contributor.

    • Agreed! Excellent article. Prompted me to follow the link to itunes and download his book for $2.99! Mini-book. What a great way to support writers I like.

  7. Good riddance, he isn’t against the law. He has been somewhat arrogant.

  8. Too arrogant to be Mayor of Toronto.
    Even after the judge’s ruling, he the mayor think that he mayor Ford is above the law. Good riddance!!

  9. Should commandeer a bus to reality, with a stop at the library on the way. And if he’s fighting “tooth and nail” as he says, he’s gotta take his nails off the chalkboard and his teeth outta the cheesecakes. If while at his toy drive he at least trash talked Renny for stealing the $2million in toys from Salvation Army, maybe he could’ve salvaged some support from the kids.

    • I believe you meant to say “liberry”.

  10. “The great question of the Ford years has become, “Can the mayor accomplish anything at all?””

    I don’t think anyone has put this better. This city and entire region needs a mayor, not an obstructionist, self-serving Conservative simpleton more concerned with catching the football game then running the business of the largest city in Canada, the job we pay him for. How any Conservative cannot concede that he has made the office of mayor a joke and done absolutely nothing in 2 years but obstruct the business of council and Toronto, I honestly don’t know.

    Those seeking this ruling may have made it political but the ruling was not, nor was it undemocratic, unfair or in any way wrong. Lets not let the 6 year old or his schoolyard “nation” continue to drag us down. Council should vote immediately for a by-election.

    • To be fair, Ford is not really a Conservative, since he spends money like a drunken sailor on anything that matters to him personally — removing bike lanes, burying LRT lines, fixing the street in front of his family business, trips to Chicago…. He is more of a self-interested populist. I don’t consider him even to be truly right-wing.

      • Well stated. The new line I’ve been hearing on talk radio over the past 24 hrs is that he’s already saved the city “A billion dollars”. I have no idea where that imaginary number came from, and every time someone repeats it, the number goes up. It started at $600 million when I left work last night, and by the time I got home, we were at a billion. From where I’m looking, he’s cost the city a great deal of money, and most of it unnecessarily.

  11. But just because the complaint was political does not mean the judgment was politicized.

    ***

    They so very rarely are, despite many pieces by political scientists and journalists claiming otherwise.

    • Well, it depends on what the case is about, how it came up, etc. Certain types of decisions are very frequently politicized (especially the big constitutional cases that tend to make the news), while most are not. Of course, that doesn’t mean that societal norms don’t significantly affect the way in which decisions are made. It’s really hard to read cases from the nineteenth century that talk about freedom of contract and such and not realize that the judges just as much imposing elite opinion on everyone else as they are following unclear legal precedent.

      • the “big constitutional cases” aren’t “politicized” so much as merely dealing with novel issues. The judges aren’t providing often upwards of 100 pages of careful reasoning (sometimes more) for no reason.

  12. Go back to coaching football.

  13. A Crazy, abrasive, drug addicted,loud mouthed, criminal not fit to represent this city – good riddance to this embarrassment.

    • Drug addicted? I never heard about that. He got busted for weed in Florida like 10 or 15 years ago or something. What’s this story about?

    • Yeah, there are enough things to pin on Ford without having to resort to unsubstantiated claims. He’s got a DUI and a drug bust on his record, but it was marijuana. I’m pretty sure that he’s not a drug addict.

      • Usually if there are DUIs and busts, that’s a pretty good sign there’s a problem. Rich kid, has obviously been able to do whatever the hell he wants to growing up — could have been a pothead since 14, easy.

        • And it’s one explanation for his behaviour, drugs and alcohol throughout youth WILL affect your brain.

  14. Amazing. I laughed and laughed. It’s just so rich. If only all politicians were held accountable in this fashion, by law. dessert tonight is schadenfreude pie, and it’s delicious.

    • Wonder if taxpayers will find the 7 million for another election tasty

      • are you kidding? it’s a mastercard commercial. it practically writes itself!

  15. originally i agreed with the author’s “might have to be revisited” bit, but now I am not so sure. Judge’s would be reluctant indeed to impose the penalty were it not the only one (like the reverse of why mandatory minimums are so bad!) yet it can be warranted and the good faith clause means it won’t affect people who legitimately meant well. It’s not like it’s a crime you could just inadvertantly commit, it’s something that can happen ONLY once you’ve voluntarily run for office and you’re expected to know the rules or at least make a good effort to conduct yourself properly. if not, goodbye.

    • I haven’t studied it closely, but the one area where it seems to be substantially overreaching is in the “cannot speak on the issue” front. It’s one thing to say that it is a conflict of interest to vote on the issue, but prohibiting the individual from speaking can create situations where one is unable to defend his/her own conduct. (That said, I suspect the original intent was more on things like speaking on behalf of subsidies for a company in which the individual owns stock, not speaking in one’s own defense when accused of impropriety.)

      • i wonder if it was drafted more in mind of undisclosed more secretive conflict of interests.

      • Exactly. The penalty part isn’t the problem and shouldn’t be changed, but perhaps there are other things in there that should be modified.

      • I think the penalty is more because of Ford actually voting on the matter (of repaying the money) instead of recusing himself from the vote, rather than him speaking to the matter.

  16. Please come to Windsor and GET RID OF THAT CROOK!!

  17. Soooooo….. who’s paying for the appeal?
    Ford is humiliating Torontonians on an international scale. He’s not my Mayor, but he may as well be – when Toronto hurts, most of Canada hurts. And Toronto’s been hurting for two years.

    Again… who’s paying for the appeal?

  18. Once again the tax consumers defeat the tax payers, good luck toronto

    • Written by a person who does not live in Toronto, clearly.

    • It’s funny that Ford supporters’ characterizations of their opponents always veer between two extremes. They’re either “latte sipping socialists” who hide out in their fortified enclaves in Rosedale, Forest Hill or Lawrence Park, plotting against everyday working people. Or they are jobless parasites wearing tie-dyed shirts collecting free money from the “taxpayers” that comprise “Ford Nation”.

      Both are ridiculous caricatures with no basis in reality. I and several of my friends and co-workers live in “old Toronto”, didn’t vote for Ford, but get up and go to work every day. We pay taxes, and by virtue of the good jobs we were able to get by going to the dreaded “socialist” universities, we likely pay more in taxes than most of Ford’s suburban base who punch a clock or wear a name tag at their jobs. Yet, for the past 2 years, despite the taxes we’ve paid, none of us have felt particularly “respected”. The fallacy that “taxpayers” are only those that agree with the mayor needs to end.

    • Okay, you want a mayor for Toronto that keeps a tight hold of the purse. Don’t blame you in the least. There’s a couple of million Torontonians, I understand. Are you telling me the ONLY person who can keep a tight hold on the city’s purse is this bully? Because I simply do not believe you. Pick a better candidate that will cut costs in a reasonable, thoughtful way!

    • Ah, a Randroid. You could get through the turgid drivel that was Atlas Shrugged without vomiting; doesn’t surprise me that you can’t recognize a cretin when you see one.

  19. Imagine the chaos of a ‘vindicated’ Rob Ford running amuck throughout Toronto. It’d be like chasing a bull back into the China shop just after they got it to the door.

    • Running amok. But i don’t think he can run very fast.

  20. You would almost feel sorry for him if he was not such an arrogant cretin.

  21. I guess the law of averages caught up with Ford. Conflict of interest. I wonder how many connected people in politics have ties to charities but it’s done behind the scenes in municipal politics. I think Ford is just a high profile example.

    • Anything is POSSIBLE, but that’s a big accusation to be throwing around without proof.

      • I didn’t throw out an accusation. You are putting words in my mouth here. Read a little more carefully. Thanks.

        • your accusation was addressed at a broad class of people rather than individuals, but still an accustion.

          • Well, not really. I wonder how many politicians have ties to specific charities, too. I would hope most of them!

    • If it’s done behind the scenes, without using city resources that’s fine. They’re still their own people.

      When it’s done using resources the taxpayer provided, and the authority the citizenship granted, that’s where the problem comes in.

    • It’s not the tie to charity. It’s that he was ordered by council to repay the money he illegally gained (fundraising on the city letterhead and dime), REFUSED, was asked again, REFUSED, argued in council, then VOTED against paying the money back. What could be a clearere case of Conflict of Interest?

      As the article says, he had many many opportunities to rectify his initial improproety and made it worse each time, to the point of breaking the law.

  22. Finally some justice is delivered to a man who nearly destroyed my own life, so he could win his election! What a disgrace he is! DDH

    • How did he nearly destroy your life?

    • Yeah, you may need to elaborate on that a little. I’m no fan of Ford, but that’s a pretty heavy accusation.

    • Yes, how did he almost destroy your life, speak up or shut up.

  23. Fantastic summary, best article on the matter I have read yet. Well done.

    And yes, good riddance to the man-child. You danced around it in the article, but it is basically his low IQ that got himself fired.

  24. Who gave this guy enough cash to win the election for mayor in the first place?? All the contributors could stand up & take some of the credit for bringing Mr Ford to his current spot. I think that would be interesting group for Torontonians to keep their eyes on in future.

    • He’s got plenty of cash on his own. His father founded DECO Labels and Tags, which makes an estimated $100 million in annual sales (according to Wiki). This is why he and his equally obnoxious brother can afford to play at politics. And which is also what makes his refusal to pay a $3,000+ fine so much more ridiculous.

  25. The most telling line in the entire article is: “I’m not going to have people saying that I can’t do this, I can’t do that.” Well, a judge has just told him that he can’t do something. Ford is entirely incapable of listening to anyone, even those that have his best interests at heart, and that’s why he may find himself out of a job.

  26. Judge removed him for the “current” term. A byelection will fill the “balance” of the “current” term. So Robert Ford is not eligible to run in a byelection (he can run again for the new term in 2014).

  27. I thought it was too good to be true when I heard he had been fired. He’s an ass and an idiot, who never should have been in office in the first place. Good riddance.

  28. Great article. And very true. Every time Ford was on the news it always left me scratching my head. Then I realized the people of Toronto had simply elected an idiot. Then I quit scratching my head.

  29. Great job, Ivor. The lede was great. And, yeah, nobody wanted him to go this way but he cut his own trap door and braided his own rope. Whether the drop comes….

  30. wow, is he really that stupid

  31. is he english or irish?

  32. He is so stupid he doesn’t even realize he’s stupid. Just pigheaded. He would be better served concentrating on football. Less stress and he could probably get more accomplished. What’s really sad is that so many stupid Torontonians voted for this ballonhead. He probably still doesn’t know who Margaret Atwood is.

  33. The reality is that politicians who violated the people’s trust, and have had far greater
    conflict of interest, continue to run our cities, provinces and country. Many have profited personally on the back of our citizens, yet all continue to stay in power, and keep their elected jobs. It saddens me that a man who clearly had good and noble intentions for his cause (regardless if you agree) is bulldozer-ed out of office by what is clearly an political ploy to regain power of our city by those who fail to understand that I pay my taxes, and I expect the money I pay to be spent responsibly to run the city I live in. You may not agree with my politics, but shame on you if you don’t agree that the democratic process has been violated. Love him or hate him, he was elected legally by the People of Toronto. How dare you remove my voice, and the voice of the Toronto voters!?!

    • “…he was elected legally by the People of Toronto.” And then he broke the law. If you don’t like the law, ask Queen’s Park to amend it. Once you make an exception for Ford because “it was only for charity,” you’re going to get other politicians stretching the limit of it further and further. One other thing: Other than Joe Fontana, who will indeed be turfed out if he loses his court case, please name these other politicians you say are continuing to run our cities/provinces/country with far greater conflict of interest. Two mayors in Quebec were just forced to resign, as was the mayor of Ottawa a few years ago. So it means the system is actually working and Ford must be accountable too.

    • Three mayors have resigned in notoriously corrupt Quebec have now resigned. You are arguing from a position of ignorance here; we are actually pretty good at rooting out conflics of interest and corruption. This perception that Democracy is not participatory, and that once a leader or party is in, there is no process which can (or ought) to remove them is disturbing in the extreme. Impeachment, Nonconfidence votes, and judicial removals like this one are crucial to the workings of democracy–they ensure that leaders who don’t play by the rules, who treat institutions and laws with contempt, and who reveal themselves after an election to be incompetent, dangerous, or antidemocratic can be removed. Rob Ford fell afoul of a law that he could very easily have avoided breaking if he had made any attempt at all to act in good faith. Heavens, his defense was that he had not read the Conflict of Interest Act, and then when told that it was the mayor’s duty to be familiar with it, he continued to insist that (as a defense in court!) he was ignorant of even the idea that the mayor ought to know what the rules of being mayor were!

      If you think Democracy means punching a ticket and sitting back while people like this admittedly (and proud!) ignoramus foul things up, then I’m personally glad you’re not the one writing the constitutions.

  34. Who is Justice Hackland? The head judge in Ottawa who did three big favours for the CPC until somebody noticed that the Ford case would make four. What to do?

    I know! Get Hackland to smack him, really overdo it, give him good grounds for appeal, and fix it there. The Conservative guide to case-fixing: do what the Liberals do, but do it bigger, badder, and beat up the people who notice. I call it corruption +.

  35. Why, Toronto conservatives, would you want to claim Ford as one of your own? What he brings to the conservative ‘brand’ is consistent bumbling, a gift that keeps on giving to political opponents. And how is he a serious and respectable representative of conservative thought? He has limited ideas, underlined by a blinkered, sadly circumscribed vision (Stop the Gravy!) of what Toronto can be. Wouldn’t conservatives do themselves a favour by turning their backs to Ford and embracing someone (anyone!) with more gravitas?

    • “He has limited ideas, underlined by a blinkered, sadly
      circumscribed vision (Stop the Gravy!) of what Toronto can be.”

      Oh, c’mon now…his view of Toronto is more complex than that. It also embraces “subways, subways, subways”.

      “The People” (as Ford likes to call his beloved Ford Nation) have always taken this to be a rallying cry in favour of a particular mode of public transit but I believe he was actually championing to one of his favourite foods.

  36. He certainly lacks leadership ability.

  37. If a leader don’t know “Rule of Law” “How he can lead properly???’. We had learned many time he doesn’t care even Municipal Law. I voted him, but it is time to leave. Thank you.

  38. The Rob Ford circus is soooo tired. He needs to go so that council can actually get on with big-city issues.

  39. The Liberal ass who wrote the article shows his true colours by fabricating the bus story. Even the Metro cops said that Ford had nothing to do with the bus. This guy has no creditably for the rest of the story. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story….

    • So who, under what authority, commandeered the bus?

  40. I don’t know how he got to be Mayor in the first place. He is nothing but a joke.

  41. Very nice writing. I think I will read Macleans more often.

    The law is a just law, and like the “no brown M&M’s” rider of Van Halen, it may seem trivial to some, but it serves a much greater purpose. In the Van Halen case, the presence of Brown M&M’s in the dressing room was the “canary in the mine” indicating that promoters may be missing other more important issues such as lighting safety, rigging, etc.

    In the mayor’s case, this was an obvious demonstration of his willful ignorance of process and ethics. If he can not conform to such simple rules, or diffuse it before it gets to court, then he clearly cannot be trusted with the office. It is not a matter of politics. It is a matter of conscience.

  42. Excellent article. Prompted me to follow the link to itunes and download his book for $2.99! Mini-book. What a great way to support writers I like.

    Although I have some problem with the way he says the judge was not elected. This is true but we must have someone reminding people about the rules that keep our democracy safe.When this doesn’t happen there are dictators. In a way, Justice Hackland was elected because we vote to retain this system of democracy. His ruling means we ask the people to choose again. This is not getting in the way of an elected official if that official is respectful of the rules that govern us all. If the voters like the way Rob Ford is doing things, he will get back in. This is incredibly democratic.

  43. Now if only some grown-ups would be willing to take on the criminal pretender in the Prime Minister’s office…

  44. “I’m not going to have people saying that I can’t do this, I can’t do that…” Isn’t that why Rob got fired… because he continued to do things he wasn’t supposed to do? Because he thinks the law doesn’t apply to him? Even after getting ousted as Mayor, he still hasn’t learned!

    • Has anyone reminded him that in a ‘country,’ when a ‘judge’ tells you to do something in a ‘court,’ you bloody well do it? It’s called the ‘law’. Any conservative ought to agree that respect for it is what makes a country.

  45. I’m glad that the law is used accordingly for the bad actions of Mr. Ford. A slap on the hand won’t stop him for pushing his weight around… literally. HE should be out of office forever!

  46. To all you haters; know that this is a good man.
    He will be back

  47. You’re a first class ASS Ford.. give it up and leave.. take your brother with you… you’re a disgrace to the office you were voted in to. I sure hope Torontonians learned their lesson, and vote in someone RESPECTABLE like Mrs Chow!!!!!!

  48. Good grief, this ‘writer’ again? Didn’t expect to see such a total poseur on the site of a magazine that professes to be taken seriously… His ramblings on ‘technology’ in the boring grey pages of the G&M were bad enough, but now he’s turning his attention to politics? What exactly qualifies this person to write about politics other than the fact that he purports to call himself a “journalist”? Yet more typical boring Toronto media hype. I’ll be cancelling my subscription.

  49. Tossel is a good writer.

  50. Toronto’s greatest mayor of all time… I will miss him if he’s forced out. The author says “Can the Mayor accomplish anything at all?” How about: 1) a budget that was smaller than the year previous, first time ever in the history of any Canadian government, 2) privatization of garbage collection, 3) stared down various unions, obtaining fair deals with no strikes, and there are many others. I LOVE ROB FORD, I love what he represents and what he brings to City Hall, and the more the commies hate ‘im, the more I love him.

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