It’s no secret that mayor Rob Ford, was a force to be reckoned with in the political world, and publicly struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Ford passed away on March 22, 2016, at the age of 46 from a rare form of cancer. As the world mourns Ford, we also remember some of the outlandish things that this mayoral rock star did. It’s pretty safe to say that the rest of the world has never been so interested in a Canadian politician until Ford came along.
Nearly everywhere the mayor went, he garnered attention from the public. While his popularity waned in recent years, it didn’t diminish completely. Ford was sure to keep people interested with his antics. He was known for relating to all people the same and taking an “everyman” approach to politics, even though he came from a privileged upbringing. Ford was also pretty popular with children, and started playing with the kids during a Gardiner Expressway playground opening when he should have been taking care of his mayoral duties. Even when Rob Ford wasn’t exactly doing too well in the public eye, Canadian citizens didn’t heckle him and proved to the world how polite they are once again. Ford often showed up at events with his tie undone, said inappropriate things in meetings, and denied things that could easily be proven. However, there’s no denying that Ford will be remembered for years to come. Here are 12 things you may not have known about “crack mayor” Rob Ford .
12 Ford Got a DUI—Then Lied About It
11 Ford Had No Compassion For the Homeless
10 Ford Threw Tantrums During Council Meetings
9 Ford Had Interesting Views On Helping to Solve the AIDS Crisis
8 Ford Was Racially Insensitive
7 Ford Often Got Drunk In Public
6 Ford Was a Drug “Dealer”
5 Ford Tried to Kidnap His Children
4 Ford Had a Rocky Marriage
3 Ford Was Caught Reading and Driving
2 Ford Made Advances At Other Women
1 Ford Was Fired As Mayor—But Didn’t Quit
In 2012, a judge removed Rob Ford from the office of mayor. Ford was ordered to step down because he violated conflict-of-interest laws. However, Ford was able to appeal the judge’s decision and kept his position as mayor. We’re guessing there were days he may have regretted this decision. Chances are he was just fighting for the mayoral spot from a place of pride. If Ford would have left when the judge ordered him to, he may not have been scrutinized so closely. For example, after getting back in office, Ford let an f-bomb slip after he walked directly into a TV camera. Then one St. Patrick’s Day, Ford was escorted out of Bier Markt bar after he rushed the dance floor and was extremely drunk and erratic. These things probably wouldn’t have created such a buzz if Ford wasn’t mayor at the time.
Sources: nymag.com, cbc.ca
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