First in Canada and now in the wider world, Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford is something of a celebrity. Over the course of a few years, he’s been at the centre of high-profile scandals both in and outside council chambers that, for any other political figure, could call for either a resignation or impeachment. But that hasn't stopped Ford for running for reelection in 2014, and engaging in debates verging on screaming matches which are - like so much Mr. Ford does - incredibly uncomfortable to watch.
When we think of a political figure, what usually comes to mind is leadership, diplomacy, professionalism, personality, and a little charm. However, Mayor Rob Ford, as so many have pointed out, seems to embody the complete opposite of those desirable traits. It’s not only that he’s unflinchingly straightforward, and seems to have little regard for a little thing called tact. It’s also, much more worryingly, the reports that suggest issues with alcohol and even drugs.
Like it or not, though, Rob Ford isn't going anywhere quite yet. The world at large - and especially the internet's meme-makers - can't help but reluctantly enjoy watching Ford's unpredictable and often wildly inappropriate behaviour. Despite his run-ins with controversy that would daunt anyone, let alone a mayor, he still maintains that he has done more good for Toronto than harm. As he often says, he’s not perfect. Nobody is. But are his questionable activities excusable?
That’s for the residents of Toronto to decide when they vote on October 27th. For now, the race is in full swing, and there’s no telling what might happen. For Toronto's population, Ford's blunders might have a more personal intrigue but for an international audience, this list of faux pas by the Mayor of Toronto will at least prove amusing! Reported from sources including CBC, Huffington Post, National Post, and other reputable Canadian publications, we take a look at some of the most questionable actions of a larger-than-life mayor.
5 Abusing Alcohol
4 Conflict of Interest
3 Racial Insensitivity
2 Alleged Sexual Harassment
1 Admitting to Using Crack Cocaine
Alcohol is one thing - like any country, Canada loves their beer and spirits - but crack cocaine is a whole other story. In late 2013, Ford admitted to using crack cocaine within the last two years. Not long before, the online journalists at Gawker reported to having seen a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine from a pipe. Since then, the Chief of Toronto Police reported that indeed such a video existed and was in the possession of the police. Still, Ford has not seen the video - as he told Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month when he was a guest on his talk show.
When making his statement to the media, Ford admitted that he did not even remember the circumstances of his use. He claimed while he did not remember using the crack cocaine, he has used it in the past. Despite the shocking behaviour of Ford throughout the years, including his admitted use and possession of an illegal substance, Toronto’s council has no power to impeach him, and the Provincial government refuses to step in. “I am not going to quit or take a leave,” Ford told reporters. For now, it seems the unlikely notorious celebrity is a man of his word.
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