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The day so far: Rob Ford bobbleheads invade city hall

Senate reform hearings open in Ottawa, UN seeks millions in aid for the Philippines


 

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THE STAT

$301 million

Total emergency assistance to the Philippines requested by the United Nations

THE VISUAL

“Rob Ford and a baby”—snapped by NOW Magazine news writer Ben Spurr, as Ford autographed bobbleheads

THE QUOTE

“I don’t think there’s a politician in the country, including the prime minister, that could have bobblehead dolls and have them line up around the corner.” —Doug Ford, brother to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

THE NEWS

Rob Ford: The spectacle at Toronto’s city hall continues. Three hundred people lined up to receive bobbleheads fashioned after the city’s wayward mayor, Rob Ford. The Canadian Press reports that the crowd included supporters who “wanted to be part of the event.” The mayor is finally a tourist attraction all his own, his public image immortalized by a toy with an unsteady head. At some point, Ford started signing the bobbleheads. Critics may carp about Ford’s apparent detachment from reality, but he at least understands the basic truth of his personal spectacle.

Senate reform: The Supreme Court’s hearings into Senate reform opened this morning. Lawyers from across the land filled the room, and the esteemed justices on the bench heard their arguments. The room’s concerned with a number of questions the feds asked the court about term limits for senators, consultative elections to the Senate, property ownership requirements for senators, and the process to abolish the Upper Chamber. The Toronto Star‘s Tonda MacCharles, tweeting from the courtroom, has more details. As noon approached, Ontario’s lawyers were making their case. Maclean’s political editor Paul Wells kept an eye on the proceedings. His view, in sum: federal lawyers couldn’t hide their lack of confidence, the judges appointed by Harper didn’t lob softballs, and CPAC could be slightly more helpful. Maclean’s contributor Emmett Macfarlane explains in great detail what’s at stake with the Senate reference.


 
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The day so far: Rob Ford bobbleheads invade city hall

  1. “I don’t think there’s a politician in the country, including the prime minister, that could have bobblehead dolls and have them line up around the corner.”

    There’s some interesting spin. Yes, City Hall has become a circus, but look at how popular the circus is!

    It’s as though Doug hasn’t even considered the fact that a large amount of this popularity comes from people wanting a bobblehead doll of the crazy mayor who’s being mocked every night by Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. People would have lined up around the block for a signed bobblehead of Anthony Weiner too.

    If Doug thinks popularity and lines are a good in their own sake though, I have a suggestion. Make a bobble head that looks like it’s in a drunken stupor, and with a crack pipe in its hand, and you’ll see the lines grow even longer!

    • the bobblehead Rob Ford should occupy the Mayor’s office at City Hall.

      would likely do a better job running the city.

  2. And here I thought Justin Trudeau was the only bobble-head in Canadian politics.

    • I have noticed a couple of bobbleheads in behind harper on TV, pretty blondie blonde girlie bobbleheads. Sometimes they are cheerleaders too, but they are always bobbleheads.

  3. Oh well that’s proof of credibility, having a bobble head. Is Rob Ford planning an independent friendship tour with North Korea soon? A rap song on You Tube?

  4. Political souvenirs are standard collectibles. Buttons, posters, tees and bobbleheads sell on ebay.

  5. Shouldn’t this read Rob Ford bubblehead, not bobblehead?

    • It’s the difference between what he is, and what he has ;-)

  6. brutal .. he needs to get out cant believe he’s running to be mayor again what a joke. As he smokes some more crack.. to be a role model you dont fess up after lieing you go get help from professionals about your problem. I’ve seen more intelligent people sell stuff on 5spot.ca then this ! WOW canada looks like a joke right now compared to the u.s

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