Thursday, March 27, 2008

Why We All Still Have a Chance in Politics


A brief chronology of Rob Ford is as follows:

2000 - Elected as councillor representing Etobicoke North Ward 2

2002 - Repeatedly calls a fellow Etobicoke councillor "Gino Boy" in a heated budget discussion (granted, he had a point - it is, of course, Etobicoke)

2003 - Calls the same "Gino Boy" a "snake and a weasal," aka. a Liberal

2005 - Says to a homeless protester, "I'm working, go get a job"

2005 - In regard to AIDS funding, quoted as saying "AIDS is very preventable," adding "if you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn't get AIDS probably, that's bottom line." After a firestorm erupted, instead of retracting his remarks he continued with: "how are women getting it? Maybe they are sleeping with bisexual men."

2006 - Apologizes after being removed from a Toronto Maple Leafs game "for having one too many beers." Allegedly his drunken behaviour was not appreciated by nearby fans, who were being verbally accosted by the councillor.

2007 - Rejects funding for bicycle lanes, saying "I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day."

2008 - Enrages the South Asian Community with his commentary on "Oriental work ethic." He said "those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out ... that's why they're successful in life. ... I'm telling you, Oriental people, they're slowly taking over, because there's no excuses for them. They're hard, hard workers." Go to Spadina on a Sunday to see proof of Ford's remarks.

March 26, 2008 - Arrested for an undisclosed domestic incident. He has been charged with assault and threatening death.

This man is a Conservative legend. He personifies the political spirit of Canada, its cultural mosaic and perpetually left-leaning aspirations.

His continual fall from grace gives us all hope under the harsh light of the public eye (other than the whole spousal abuse thing).

1 comment:

Zachary said...

I don't know. Seems like an upstanding kind of gentleman. In a city like Kingston, or more realistically, Cornwall, this man would be mayor-nay king! Domestic assaults aside his people skills and ability to tap into his constituency is just really his key skill...No but seriously this guy is a hick who belongs more likely in my local political circles.