Charles & Camilla to meet Rob Ford: what could go wrong?

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Canadian Heritage just released its detailed Ontario itinerary of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla’s four day royal tour of Canada for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The first event in Toronto for the pair will be watching the massive Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridge’s Bay. While 60,000-plus Torontonians get there by roads, the royal couple will arrive by RCMP launch. Smart move. Traffic is notoriously horrid.

And it’s at this event that tour organizers have cleverly dealt with the “problem named Rob.”

2110  Their Royal Highnesses arrive at Ashbridge’s Bay and are greeted by the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, M.P.P., and Mrs. Terri McGuinty.

           The Premier presents the Mayor of Toronto, His Worship Rob Ford and Mrs. Renata Ford.

Meeting the controversial mayor at dusk, at a deafening event that doesn’t allow idle chit chat–“We just love bicycles, don’t you?”–neatly contains a potential nightmare scenario of having him go royally rogue in front of the world’s media.

It’s the play of the day.

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